May 24, 2023 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Fitness for duty and legal aspects for the safety professional.

Biography: Carl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health Management at the University of Findlay. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate regulatory compliance courses. He is also an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio and Federal Courts with over 30 years’ experience in assisting companies as well as safety and health professionals with EPA and OSHA regulatory compliance. He is an active member in the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio including acting as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee. Carl is a former Staff Hearing Officer of the Industrial Commission of Ohio with experience adjudicating disputed issues involving workplace injuries and occupational diseases. He has assisted safety and health professionals in developing safety policies, employment policies and environmental protection policies designed to protect employees from workplace hazards. He is OSHA 30 hours certified in both General Industry and Construction and retains certifications as a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and Certified Occupational Safety Manager. His research is focused on the impact that non-occupational factors such as geography and cultural issues might have on occupational health hazards.

Biography: Roman “Ray” Arce has been with Marshall & Melhorn since 1992. He has more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law, and in 2021, became a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law through the Ohio State Bar Association. Ray represents employers in cases concerning labor and employment law and counsels employers on how to comply with the requirements of OSHA, ADA, FMLA, affirmative action, and EEO laws. Ray is also active in the greater Toledo community, serving as board member for various non-profit organizations over the years.