Safety + Health

Safety + Health is the track for everyone!  Whether you work with electricity or gas, in the field or in the office, safety and health are of paramount importance to our industry.  Our topics and presenters offer something for everyone.

Meet the Safety + Health Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

April 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Partnering to Grow Safety
Speakers: Jeff Wilding, Campus President, Northwest Lineman College
Kimberly Davis, District Manager, Southern California Edison
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.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Hidden Hazards: Wildfire Smoke, Legionnaires, and Indoor Heat
Speakers: Sylvia Shattuck, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Southern California Gas Company
Bonnie Burns, Safety Programs Manager, Southern California Gas Company
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

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
The Ergonomic Challenges of Staying Isolated
Speaker: Rachel McKenzie, Director of Programs, MoveSafe Inc.
The sudden shift in the workplace brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of ergonomic challenges. We’ll explore the best ways to keep our bodies safe while working from home or in the field as well as some strategies for managers to help their teams maintain good ergonomic practices during this unusual situation. We’ll also share how different sized companies have responded to the challenges as well as give some thought to potential changes once the pandemic precautions have ended.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
A Conversation about COVID-19
Facilitators: Paul Ortmann, Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Quintin Gaddis, Senior Manager of Substation Operations, Portland General Electric
Rachel McKenzie, Director of Programs, MoveSafe Inc.
Rick Mair, Supervisor Gas Operations, Dominion Energy Wyoming
Join the roundtable conversation about COVID-19 best practices and share your handy tips, greatest challenges, and view to the future. We’re all in this together!