Safety + Health

Meet the Safety + Health Program Development Team.

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Partnering to Grow Safety
Speakers: Randy Heldoorn, Senior Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 47
Roger Heldoorn, Region Manager, Distribution Construction & Maintenance, Southern California Edison
Michael Rodela, Field Safety Manager, Southern California Edison
Jeff Wilding, Campus President, Northwest Lineman College
How we prepare and support new employees is a critical component of a strong safety culture. This two-part presentation explores how building connections with educational institutions and unions/employee associations can set our teams up for success – particularly when it comes to new employees. We’ll learn about relationships built between utilities and the NW Lineman College, and how this proactive approach impacts safety culture. We’ll also hear how Southern California Edison and IBEW Local 47 collaborated to create and roll out the Craft Driven Safety Program, and the resulting improvements in field safety culture and performance.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Hidden Hazards: Wildfire Smoke, Legionnaires, and Indoor Heat
Speakers: Steve Eversmeyer, Safety Training Consultant 3, NW Natural
Sometimes hazards are easy to spot, sometimes they are not. Find out how industry leaders have used Industrial Hygienists to find and mitigate hidden hazards.

April 16, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
How to Apply Human Performance Best Practices to Your Business
Speakers: Michael Farlow, Director of Safety & Health, ONE Gas
Greg Smith, Safety & HPI Manager, Chelan County PUD
Learn innovative ways to apply the best practices from Human Performance to both Vehicle Safety and Injury Mitigation.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Silent Near Miss
Speakers: Neiman Hatcher, Adjunct Professor, Boise State University
Utility industry employees can be affected by fatigue while working nonstop through system outages and not even know it. They may be so focused on service restoration that they fail to recognize the impacts of fatigue. This session will discuss the research, science, and psychology associated with fatigue. We will share how fatigue can affect performance, productivity, and safety, on and off the job. In addition; we will hear case studies that will educate us on the impacts of fatigue and why it is important for organizations within the utility industry to invest in a fatigue management program.