Presenter: Kevin Fuller
Presentation Description: Learn about the Public Employment Risk Reduction Programs’ scheduled inspections and the four high risk work activities that are asked about during these enforcement visits. Gain understanding about what to expect from a PERRP enforcement visit, employer rights and responsibilities and best practices for a safe workplace.
Presenter: Ryan Towns
Biography: Ryan Towns joined the BWC in January of 2016. Prior to joining the Bureau he has worked in county and city government assisting with regulatory compliance in the environmental, occupational and food safety fields. Within PERRP he promotes safe workplaces and the prevention of injuries and illnesses by raising awareness of occupational safety and health hazards as well as performing industrial hygiene duties and compliance investigations. Ryan is a Registered Sanitarian with the State of Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Environmental Health.
Senior Compliance Safety and Health Officer
Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)
Cell Phone: (419) 309-6603
Presenter: Jim Yates
Presentation Description: We don’t see as well as we think we do. How many times have we heard “I’ve walked by that a thousand times and I didn’t see it until the incident happened?” COVE introduces concepts that help enable workers to process visual information more clearly. We discuss a proven methodology that will help address the seeing gap and build practices and disciplines that help mitigate issues and improve workplace safety. And it works at home too!
Presenter: Doug Pontsler
Biography: Doug Pontsler is Chairman and Managing Director for COVE, the Center of Visual Expertise. Launched in 2018 by the Toledo Museum of Art, COVE is dedicated to the
application of visual literacy for industrial and service applications with an emphasis on safety. In this leadership role he is responsible for all aspects of the
enterprise including thought leadership, product development and client satisfaction.
Prior to his current role, Pontsler is the former vice president of operations sustainability and EHS for Owens Corning (retired). Pontsler joined Owens Corning in 2002
and held leadership positions including director of corporate services and vice president of global sourcing. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Pontsler spent 23 years
with Eaton Corporation. While at Eaton, he held various roles of increasing responsibilities in accounting, finance, vproduction and inventory control management, factory management, and sourcing.
Pontsler served as a member of the National Safety Council (NSC) Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. He is a recipient of NSC’s 2019 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. Pontsler is also involved in the community as past chairman of the Regional Growth Partnership and current executive board member promoting economic development, past executive committee member of the Marathon Classic LPGA Tournament, and prior cabinet member of the United Way Campaign Committee for the
Greater Toledo Area. Pontsler received a bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University with a major in accounting.
Presentation Description: Steering Your State Fund Workers’ Comp Ship
1. Identify the alphabet soup of the Ohio’s workers’ comp system
2. Learn how a claim impacts premium rates and potential steps to reduce the impact
3. Discover what discount and rebate programs exist to assist employers in reducing premiums
Presenter: Ken Finley
Biography: Ken has been in the workers’ compensation arena since 1991 representing employers’ interests. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (go Bearcats!) with a BBA in Marketing and Management. Since 1996 he has worked as a Risk Manager for V+A Risk Services, an Ohio third-party administrator for Workers’ Compensation. His career has included involvement in the Ohio Staffing & Search Association (NW Ohio Regional Director), Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Workplace Regulations Committee and the Workers’ Comp Forum. Primarily, Ken is the first call for many of his clients to strategize next steps when injuries occur and financial forecasting of its premium impact. He speaks at OSSA, Safety Council and Chamber of Commerce functions, educating employers on this wacky world of workers’ comp.
Ken lives in Pemberville with his wife, 2 teenage daughters and a foreign exchange daughter from Germany.
Presenter: Thom Kramer
Presentation Description: Health Care environments have multiple regulatory and accrediting bodies that directly impact the Environment of Care and Emergency Management. Safety Management, Hazardous Materials, Medical Equipment, Life Safety, Security, and Utility Systems all fall under the Environment of Care umbrella. This presentation will focus on the requirements that fall under Safety Management, Hazardous Materials, Life Safety, and Emergency Management in the health care environment.
Presenter: Heather Lorenz
Biography:Heather Lorenz is a Board-Certified Industrial Hygienist, Board-Certified Safety Professional and Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer with more than 20 years of experience in industry, academic, and clinical environments. Heather has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Occupational Health from The University of Toledo.
Heather has comprehensive environmental, safety and industrial hygiene experience. She directs the Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety at The University of Toledo. Responsibilities include program management, working closely with other administrative offices to assist with compliance, environmental, health and safety issues related to faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors on the campuses of the University of Toledo including The University of Toledo Medical Center and associated clinics.
Presenter: Erin Whitton
Presenter: Paula Burleson
Biography: Received a Bachelors of Science degree from Ohio University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay. Worked at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant as an operator, process supervisor, and Production Division Safety Coordinator from 1977 to 1985. Spent six years at The Ohio State University in the Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Department, writing safety programs, performing asbestos audits, and teaching welding, chemical and electrical safety classes to university students and employees. Became associated with environmental and hazardous waste issues and construction safety while acting as Safety Manager for a small consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio for three years. Served as a safety officer on hazardous waste sites, wrote site-specific safety and health programs for HAZWOPER projects and performed industrial hygiene monitoring for site contaminants. In 1997 returned to work with the state in the OSHA Onsite Consultation Program, with primary emphasis on performing construction site safety inspections. In 1999 earned the prestigious designation of Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP). Currently performs inspections for construction employers throughout the state, is an authorized trainer of the 10 and 30 hour Construction Safety classes and provides reviews of safety and health programs and workplace safety policies and procedures.
Presentation Description: This session offers a brief overview of how to determine if training is needed, identifying potential trainers, planning, conducting and evaluating training, basic principles of adult learning, use of audio-visual materials and tips on improving overall presentation skills.
Presenter: Tammi Nye
Biography: I joined the Bureau as an ISCS (Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist) in January of 2016 but I have a total of 25 years’ experience in safety, the majority in General Industry as a Distribution & Logistics Safety Manager for a Fortune 50 company. Previous experience includes safety in manufacturing for Fiberglass, Rubber and Vacuumed Formed plastics. Primary areas of consultation include, Occupational Safety and Health management and compliance (CFR 1910, 1926 and Hazardous Waste), Workers Compensation Claims Management, Accident Investigation, Root Cause Analysis, Incident prevention and reduction, Behavioral Based Safety and interviewing, orientation and training, program development and implementation, policy and procedure creation and writing, training and development.
BWC-Division of Safety & Hygiene Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist
Presentation Description: What is required of the City of Toledo by our Stormwater Permit and our role as both regulator and regulated
Ways that industry can be proactive about stormwater protection (i.e. things we like to see on inspections, etc.)
How being “extra eyes” in the field and reporting water pollution concerns can benefit us all
Presenter: Marilyn Berry DuFour
Biography: Marilyn Berry DuFour has served the City of Toledo for 26 years, including 11 years as an Assistant Naturalist in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry and 15 years in the Department of Public Utilities, Division of Environmental Services. While with Environmental Services, she has tackled a broad range of assignments in wastewater and surface water sampling, air pollution complaint investigation, air pollution and industrial wastewater monitoring and stormwater education and protection. Marilyn is currently a Senior Environmental Specialist in the Stormwater Section with primary responsibility in Public Education and Outreach, Public Participation and Involvement and Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Heidelberg University.
Presenter: LaShawna R. Weeks
Biography: LaShawna R. Weeks joined the Toledo Division of Environmental Services, Stormwater Section in October 2017. She serves as a lead inspector for the City of Toledo’s Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination Program and, alongside this, conducts stormwater compliance inspections and enforcement activities for private construction sites and industrial and commercial facilities. Some of her other roles include investigating complaints of suspected violations of pollution control laws, educating business and the general public on environmental laws and pollution prevention measures, performing technical and project management for a broad range of special projects and serving on various committees addressing environment-related issues. LaShawna holds a B.A. in Geology from the College of Wooster.
Presenter: Erin Whitton
Presentation Description: Historically, workplace safety has improved through use of power (in the name of good). Authoritarian approaches have led to a focus on goals, measurements, commands, and policing. Women in leadership roles are challenged to incorporate persuasion, networking, dialogue, facilitation, and a process focus. Join us as we chat with four successful female safety professionals about challenges they’ve faced, obstacles they’ve overcome and lessons they’ve learned in the field.
Presenter(s): Anne Cook; Senior Manager, EHS; Plant Nutrient Group; The Andersons Inc.
Babette Burnette; Safety Director; The Spieker Company
Paula Burleson; OSHA On-Site Construction Consultant
Lisa Wellman; EHS Manager, Cooper Standard
Moderator: Tami Matthews; Health & Safety Specialist, DPI, Inc.
Biography: Lisa Wellman
Lisa Wellman, COSM, COHC, COSS currently works as an HSE Manager for Cooper Standard ISG. Lisa has held various environmental, health, and safety positions at manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ohio including O-I and Principle Business Enterprises. She has also led all North America facilities for New Avon, LLC as a Senior Manager of EHS & Security bringing over nineteen years of well-rounded experience in the field.
Lisa graduated summa cum laude from The University of Findlay with a BS in Business Management in 2016.
Lisa believes communication in safety is everything. She has successfully turned safety programs around reducing injury rates and has also created safety programs from the ground up.
Presentation Description: Kst, Pmax, MIE- what does all of this mean for your facility? In this session we will explore these common explosivity test values and what they translate to in the workplace.
Presenter: Phil Rausher
Biography: Mr. Rauscher earned his BS degree in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry from Youngstown State University. He went on to earn his MPH in Environmental/Occupational Health from the University of Toledo. He since has earned a graduate certificate in Quality Management Systems from Bowling Green State University. He is a board-Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional.
Mr. Rauscher is currently the Director of Science and Education for ACGIH. In this role he coordinates the education and committee efforts of the organization including the formation of TLV/BEIs. Prior to that, Mr. Rauscher is an Industrial safety Hygienist for the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene.
Mr. Rauscher is the president-elect of the Northwest Ohio chapter of AIHA and was the 2019 Bloomfield awardee.
Presentation Description: Disruptive behavior is inappropriate behavior that interferes with the functioning and flow of the workplace. It hinders or prevents employees from carrying out their professional responsibilities. It is important that managers and supervisors address disruptive behavior promptly. If left unaddressed, disruptive behavior typically continues to escalate, resulting in negative consequences for the individual as well as others.
1) Participants will be able to identify 3 disruptive behaviors and the warning signs.
2) Participants will learn strategies to address disruptive behavior in the workplace.
Presenter: Tally Gollogly
Biography:Tally Gallogly is a Manager of ProMedica Employee Assistance Program and is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio. He has been a counselor for 29 years. He is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor as well as Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Tally enjoys the variety of counseling and teaching seminars he provides at ProMedica EAP. He also likes to provide Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) services for Department of Transportation (DOT) clients. Tally began his career providing inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment in Bowling Green and Sandusky Ohio. He has been providing Employee Assistance Counseling in Northern Ohio for the past 24 years. Tally’s interests include running, biking, swimming and spending time with his family. Tally has two adult children. He and his wife Kathy live in Port Clinton Ohio.
Presenter: Linda Lindsey
Biography: Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in agency counseling from the University of Toledo. She is licensed in Ohio as a Licensed Independent Clinical Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Linda has over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, with 20 years as an internal healthcare EAP consultant. She has experience providing human resource training and consultation in corporate, industrial, and healthcare settings; regarding drug and alcohol policy, family issues, supervisory skills, stress management, sexual harassment, diversity, workplace violence prevention and other topics of interest to employers and their employees. Currently she works managing the ProMedica Employee Assistance Program.
Presentation Description: Exoskeletons are wearable devices that can augment a person’s physical capabilities. Previously found only in the realm of science fiction, exoskeletons have been successfully used in medical rehabilitation, the military and more recently, in manufacturing jobs. Learn more about what exoskeletons are and what they can (and cannot) do. Exoskeletons hold many promises, but what are the unintended consequences of this unproven technology?
Presenter: Dr. Delia Treaster
Biography: Dr. Delia Treaster is the Ergonomic Technical Advisor for the Division of Safety and Hygiene at BWC. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with over twenty years’ experience helping companies reduce their risk of ergonomic injuries. She has conducted training on basic principles of ergonomics, ergonomic risk factors, and ways to improve workplaces. Prior to joining BWC, Dr. Treaster worked as a Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, a Senior Ergonomic Specialist at Travelers Insurance, and an ergonomic contractor with Humantech. She holds a Masters degree in Human Factors Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics, both from Ohio State University.
Presenter: Kim Nelson
Presentation Description: We will be discussing the distracted lifestyle—–Distracted Walking, Distracted Driving, Distracted everything!! We will discuss why we are attached to our devices 24/7, how we can break the cycle in our own lives our families, and in our workplaces. Come prepared to discuss the challenges and dangers of distractions in your daily life.
Presenter: Sandy Wiechman
Biography: Sandy Wiechman (Weak Man) is the current coordinator of Wood County Safe Communities. After retiring in 2012 after 30 years in Law Enforcement, Sandy applied for and received funding for a Safe Communities Grant through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The funding is a pass-through grant from NHTSA – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is based upon a 3 year average of fatalities in Wood County. Bowling Green State University serves as the lead agency for the grant. Reduction of fatal crashes, education, and awareness is the primary goal of a Safe Communities Program. Under Sandy’s leadership, the Wood County Safe Communities Coalition has had many successes and accomplishments. Some of these include: “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride” program that provides free rides home on New Year’s Eve to those within the City of Bowling Green and the surrounding 10 mile radius of Bowling Green. Implemented a successful campaign to purchase a driving simulator for use in Wood County to bring education and awareness to the problems of Impaired and Distracted Driving Collaboration with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, Sheriff’s Offices in Wood, Sandusky and Henry Counties, and their Safe Communities Coalitions to bring awareness to the dangers of
driving on State Route 6 during the 100 deadliest days of summer. A unique program that brings the Car Fit education to the seniors of Wood County on a 1:1 basis instead of a group setting. This has proven to increase participation as it eases the Seniors anxiety of asking questions and erroneous concern of law enforcement taking their drivers license. Sandy spends her free time volunteering at her church and is a member of the Wood County Park Board. She is a native of Wood County and currently lives in Bowling Green.
Presenter: Kim Nelson
Presentation Description: In your EHS role, you wear many different hats and have a lot of technical knowledge. But, as you move higher in your organization, the requirements for technical environmental and safety skills give way to requirements for management skills. In this session, you’ll be introduced to an easy-to-apply management framework imperative to your success as a health and safety professional. Are you ready to S.T.A.R.T.?
Presenter: Tami Matthews
Biography: Tami Matthews has a career in management spanning 20 years, having served as a Director; Trainer; and Consultant helping educational institutions meet and observe a variety of guidelines and regulations in order to receive financial support and maintain licensing and accreditations. Today, she has transitioned into general industry, and is currently enjoying her role in health and safety management with Decorative Panels International, an American Standards Brand Company. Tami earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education; a Master’s certificate in Organizational Leadership; and holds Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS); and Occupational Safety Management (COSM) certifications.
Presenter: Debi Blankenship