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Safety Day 2014


 General Information


Thursday, October 9, 2014

7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

CVTC Chippewa Falls Campus


What is Safety Day?

Safety Day is a conference designed for participants to learn about a wide variety of safety and health-related topics in a single daylong conference. Sessions are fast-paced and provide the most relevant, up-to-date information based on today's OSHA standards and regulations. Several workshops will give participants practical experience and certifications.

Who Should Attend?

Safety Day in designed for Safety Managers, Human Resources, Front Line Supervisors, Maintenance Employees, and any General Employee looking to update their safety skills and knowledge.


Price TBD.  Price will include continental breakfast, snacks, a box lunch, full conference hand-outs, and a certificate of completion.

2014 Session Schedule Coming Soon!

Here's what we offered in 2013:

Scroll down for complete session descriptions.


7:15-7:45 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45-8:00 AM
Introductions and Kick-off
8:00-8:30 AM
Keynote Speaker: Tom Huffcutt, CVTC, on Safety Culture Awareness
8:45-9:45 AM
(Session A)
Electrical Safety
Safety for the Public Sector Employee
Worker's Compensation
Effective Safety Committees: Best Practices Roundtable
10:00-11:30 AM
(Session B)
Lockout Tagout
First on the Scene: Emergency response and electrical emergencies
Workplace Violence
Industrial Hygiene
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
12:30-1:30 PM
(Session C)
Fall Protection
OSHA/MSHA/DOT update (panel) **Due to the government shutdown, this session has been closed.  Please choose another session.
Alcohol & Other Drug Awareness & Policies
Score your Safety Program
1:45-2:45 PM
(Session D)
Chemical Labeling and the New GHS
Workplace Wellness
Behind the Scenes: OSHA Directives and Website Navigation
The Temporary Worker in the Workplace
2:45-3:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Doorprizes

 Registration Information


​Registration deadline is Friday, October 3! 


Please read carefully to ensure your registration information and payment is received correctly:

Individual wishing to register self and pay online or by check:

Please follow this link to register and pay online with a credit card or check.  *Please note: All registration information is required.  You will be required to fill out a paper registration for any missing information during your check-in at Safety Day.  It is advised to fill in all information requested to avoid delays during check-in.

Employers wishing to register and pay for multiple employees:

Please follow this link to register and pay online with a credit card, enter a PO number or pay via invoice.  *Please note: All registration information is required. Employees will be required to fill out a paper registration for any missing information during your check-in at Safety Day. 

Minimum employee information needed to register online:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Mailing Address
  • Valid email
  • Valid phone number
  • Sessions Attending

Other registration methods:

1.  You may fill out the registration form below and mail or fax to CVTC with payment.

2.  You may call to register and pay via phone at 1-800-547-2882.

2013 Safety Conference Registration Form.pdf2013 Safety Conference Registration Form.pdf


 Parking & Directions


​Click here for a map and directions to the Chippewa Falls Campus.  Parking permits will not be required on the day of the conference.

Session Descriptions

Session A: Electrical Safety

Intermediate Session
Presented by Wayne Geist

Get the answers to your electrical safety questions for your workplace. With the recent emphasis from OSHA on NFPA 70E (Live Electrical Work) and a variety of training programs, this session will explain for the non-electrician the basic requirement for you to use as building blocks for your employee training sessions:

  • Why is it so important to work safely with or near electricity?
  • What do I need to know about electricity?
  • What kinds of injuries result from electrical currents?
  • What are some general safety tips for working with or near electricity?
  • What are some tips for working with power tools?
  • What are some tips for working with power cords?
  • What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?
  • When and how do I test the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?
  • What is a sample checklist for basic electrical safety?


Session A: Safety for the Public Sector Employee

Basic Session
Presented by Scott Amacher, State of WI

The Division of Industry Services establishes and enforces occupational safety and health standards for public sector employees. Consultation and inspections are provided by Industry Services Occupation Safety and Health staff. This informative session is designed to review the similarities and differences between expectations for safety in the public and private sector.


Session A: Worker's Compensation --How does Worker’s Compensation Work?

Intermediate Session
Presented by Maureen Anderson, Marshfield Clinic

Have a challenging worker’s compensation claim? Need answers about claims management? What are the employee and employer rights and responsibilities when the injury occurs? This session will explore the answers these questions and more!


Session A: Effective Safety Committees: Best Practices Roundtable

Presented by Sonja Leenhouts (TTM), Charlie Walter (Cardinal FG), and Ryan Martin (Grassland Dairy)

Are you looking for ideas to encourage participation in your company’s safety committee? Interested in starting a committee where you work? Attend and hear from your peers – the successes and struggles of maintaining employee involvement and engagement in workplace safety committees.


Session B: Lockout Tagout

Intermediate Session
Presented by Jimi Michalschek, ESC Services, Inc.

The Control of Hazardous Energy sources (aka “Lockout/Tagout”) is a frequently-cited OSHA standard. This session provides a detailed review of that standard and interpretations, elements of a training program for employees, a review of acceptable energy-control procedures and an emphasis on hands-on training.


Session B: First on the Scene: Emergency Response and Electrical Emergencies

Basic Session
Presented by Ben Bella (Eau Claire Energy Co-op), Bruce Fuerbringer and Scott Burkart, (CVTC Instructors)

Regardless of where the accident happens, there are essential items to understand about approaching a situation when electricity is involved. Experts from the Electrical Industry and the Fire Service will present appropriate pre-plan response considerations for site safety, assessment, and site management. This session will also include a demonistration of a live power line!


Session B: Workplace Violence

Basic Session
Presented by Judi Anibas, CVTC Workplace Security Trainer/Consultant

Due to recent events across the country, more and more employers are struggling to develop prevention and response procedures that will help protect employees from harm. Learn from experts about threat identification, threat reduction and interaction with local law enforcement.


Session B: Industrial Hygiene

Intermediate Session
Presented by Bill McNierney, Legends Technical Services

Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards. This session will describe these methods along with demonstrations of common IH equipment, including: noise, light, industrial dust, gas meters.


Session C: Fall Protection

Basic Session
Presented by Pat Harel, Capital Safety

Falls account for 10% of all workplace fatalities, and 15% of injuries where people lose time from work. This session will review OSHA’s recent Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and includes a variety of equipment demonstrations and training tips. *Includes onsite simulator!


Session C: OSHA, MSHA, and DOT Update *This session has been modified

Intermediate Session
*This session has been closed due to the current government shutdown.  Please choose an alternate session during Session C.  What’s currently happening within the federal agencies that affect your workplace? This is your chance to ask representatives from the agencies which affect workplace safety about their current legislative updates, local emphasis programs and inspection priorities.


Session C: Alcohol & Other Drug Awareness & Policies

Basic Session
Presented by Judi Anibas, CVTC Workplace Security Trainer/Consultant

What can you legally do if you suspect coworkers or employees are under the influence while on-the-job? Do you have adequate company policy and procedures in place to address the modern epidemics of alcohol and illicit drug use in your workplace? This presentation explores the basic requirements and “right to know” details so appropriate action is taken when you’re faced with a problem at work.


Session C: Score your Safety Program

Intermediate Session
Presented by Jon Leenhouts, CVTC Safety Trainer/Consultant

Just how effective is your safety program? Ever wonder whether you can make more of a change to improve the understanding, knowledge and use of safety practices where you work? Through the use of simple measurement tool, you can score your own safety program during this session. Includes management commitment, employee participation and regulatory compliance so you can spot potential trouble areas, increase participation and implement great strategies to help move your organization forward!


Session D: GHS: New Chemical Labeling and SDS Requirements

Basic Session
Presented by Jon Leenhouts, CVTC Safety Trainer/Consultant

Changes to chemical container labeling, the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and employee training are coming! By 12/1/13, employers must ensure their employees have received mandated training so this session will review those requirements and provide a series of resources to complete these tasks. GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS was developed by the United Nations as a way to bring into agreement the chemical regulations and standards of different countries. In short, it is an international attempt to get all countries on the same page.


Session D: Workplace Wellness

Basic Session
Presented by Sara Carstens, RN, BSN and Joni Gilles, RN (Mayo Clinic Health System)

What’s the cost/benefit for implementing a Workplace Wellness program in your company? Are you taking advantage of all of the resources and support your community health professionals can offer? How do you get-and keep- your employee’s commitment to improving their health? Attend this session and receive answers to these, and more questions!


Session D: Behind the Scenes-OSHA Directives and Website Navigation

Presented by Mary Bauer, OSHA

OSHA Directives are great tools to help explain what’s required by the OSHA standards. Learn all about where to locate them, how they’re read and used by OSHA compliance officers and how you can find important information quickly! Having access to these informative tools can help make business decisions regarding employee safety better, more effective and faster. Answers to your safety questions and regulations are just a click away – if you know where to look! Join us for an informative and interactive session where the OSHA website will be thoroughly reviewed and demonstrated.


Session D: Temporary Workers

Intermediate Session
Presented by Thea Lugo, Manpower and Sonja Leenhouts, TTM

OSHA announced an initiative that will focus on safety for temporary workers supplied by staffing agencies. What’s the mindset of the temporary worker? What does it take to learn a new task? This session will explore the balance needed to produce a quality product and yet, be safe. The host employer's and staffing agencies are both responsible for temporary worker's safety and health at the workplace. Includes best practices for incorporating temporary workers into the work place will be discussed.