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WV Governor's Safety Conference Schedule

2020 West Virginia Governor's Safety Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 28

Drug Management in the Workplace

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.  Registration

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.  Welcome 
  • West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Keynote - Opioids in the Workplace: A Complex Problem Made Easier
  • Don Teater, M.D., MPH
  • Both legal and illegal use of opioids in the workplace are a significant problem in West Virginia.  Opioids are impairing and increase the chance of a workplace accident or injury.  They also delay recovery, increase medical costs, and increase disability when used following an injury.  This presentation will show how the development of a comprehensive drug-free workplace program can reduce opioid use, improve safety, improve injury outcomes, and identify and treat workers with opioid use disorder.  These programs will save money and result in a happier and healthier workforce.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.   Break

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.  The Social Determinants of Health and Well-being: Committing to Our Communities
  • L. Christopher Plein, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration and Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service, West Virginia University
  • This presentation will focus on an overview of the social determinants of health and well-being. Leading authorities, organizations, and agencies emphasize the importance of understanding how surrounding environmental, social, economic, and cultural context influences health and wellbeing outcomes. This is especially relevant to our understanding of substance use disorder. We will discuss the role that stakeholders can play in promoting positive outcomes through a commitment to community that includes citizens, private enterprise, non-profit organizations, and public institutions.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.  The Deep Roots of Addiction and Stigma: Challenges in the Workplace 
  • Michael Brumage, Program Director, School of Public Health's Public Health/General Preventative Medicine Residency, West Virginia University and Medical Director, Cabin Creek Health Systems
  • Rarely do we discuss the roots of the addiction crisis. Meaningful answers stem from a clear understanding of addiction and stigma. In this talk, we’ll look at adverse childhood experiences and the social determinants of health and how they impact employment and safety. We’ll also look at programs and services available to help employees.

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.  Break

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Protecting First Responders from Illicit Drugs During the Opioid Crisis
  • Jennifer Hornsby-Myers, Senior Certified Industrial Hygienist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response Office
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has conducted a number of Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs) concerning unintentional occupational exposure to opioids. Results from several NIOSH HHEs will be discussed. These include evaluations of incidents where law enforcement officers and fire fighter-emergency medical services (EMS) providers have experienced health effects after potential unintentional exposures to illicit drugs. In addition, the session will cover current NIOSH recommendations on preventing occupational exposure to opioids.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Kentucky's Response to the Opioid Epidemic
  • Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
  • This presentation details Kentucky and West Virginia ling history with the Opioid and the laws and programs Kentucky has implemented to combat it.

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.  Break 

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.  Making Positive Change During America's Heroin Epidemic
  • Jan Rader, Chief, City of Huntington Fire Department 
  • This presentation will give an overview of the conditions in Huntington, WV during the worst epidemic of our times. And how the community and first responders are making a difference in the most difficult of times.

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Break 

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 29

Transportation Safety

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  Opening Session
  • Charleston Area Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  West Virginia Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program (Safety, Quick Clearance, Communication)
  • Gary Tincher, Traffic Incident Management Consultant, West Virginia Department of Transportation  
  • The presentation will focus on history, implementation and current successes of the West Virginia Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program ( TIM Training). Attendees will learn the basic information, need for training, outline of the training and how to receive training through the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways. The Training incentive package program will be explained and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and sign up for training opportunities. This program addresses the risks encountered by responders in all types of traffic incidents, as well as work zones. It gives simple and effective solutions and recommendations on mitigating those risks.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  Effective Use of In-vehicle Monitoring and Fatigue Risk Management in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Kyla Retzer, Research Epidemiologist and Coordinator, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Motor Vehicle Safety 
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Break

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Motor Vehicle Safety in the Construction Industry: Review of Fatality Data and Safety Management Strategies 
  • David Fosbroke, Statistician, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research
  • In United States, the construction industry has the highest number and third highest rate of fatal occupational injury. Road transportation incidents were the second leading cause of fatal injury highest in construction. The presentation summarizes injury surveillance data analyses and identifies opportunities for reducing road transportation related fatal injuries different sectors of the construction industry. In Heavy Civil Engineering Construction, continued effort to reduce workers on foot being struck by vehicles should be combined with efforts to reduce fatal roadway collisions. In both Building and Specialty Trades Construction, the primary focus should be on reducing fatal roadway collisions.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals TM:The Transportation Construction Industry's Only Internationally-accredited Safety Program
  • Katie Chimelewski, Director of Safety and Certification, American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • Nearly 50,000 people are injured or die in and around U.S. transportation infrastructure projects each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. An average of 125 workers are killed annually. The cost of these tragic incidents—to families and employers—is staggering. Industry leaders decided status quo safety performance is not acceptable. Through the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF), they brought together top safety professionals to develop a “next-level” initiative aimed at achieving this vision: “To ensure the safety and well-being of construction workers, motorists, truck drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and their families by making transportation project sites worldwide zero-incident zones.”

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Nanomaterials in Highway Construction: The Latest on Use, Exposure, Controls and Hazard Communication
  • Bruce Lippy, Ph.D. Director of Nanomaterials Research, CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training)
  • The construction sector has seen an increase in the use of nanomaterials in a range of applications such as coatings, treated lumber, and insulation. CPWR, with funding from NIOSH has identified over 600 nano-enabled products. Carbon nanotubes are now being added to cement, concrete and asphalt in large-scale highway applications. The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the use of a carbon nanotube-containing cement on roads in the state. This presentation will examine how ENPs are being used, what we know about exposures and risks to workers, and how risks can be reduced with engineering controls, PPE and hazard communication.

11:30 a.m.   West Virginia Governor's Safety Conference Award Luncheon