2013 Conference Sessions

Conference General Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 1:15 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

  • Laugh for the Health of It
    Robin Getman, CSP, Speaker, Trainer, Humorist, President, InterAct Group, Minneapolis, MN
    What do you see when you scan the faces of your customers and coworkers? Simple, cost-free and underused, healthy laughter is vital to a creative and productive work environment. Enjoyment or irritation? Engagement or frustration? What do you hear? Laughter or ridicule? Gratitude or grumbling? If smiles and chuckles don’t make your list, your organization may need a reminder that laughter is seriously good for business. Time flies in this high energy, fast-paced and rousing experience. You will inventory your fun factor and identify mind/body benefits of laughter. The fun starts here and the benefits linger!

Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

  • Employee Right to Know and the Global Harmonization System
    Peter Kuzj, Industrial Hygienist, Workplace Safety Consultation, Department of Labor and Industry
    On March 26, 2012, the Global Harmonization System (GHS) went into effect. GHS affects all employers in the US and world. Learn about GHS and its effect on your business. This presentation will focus on: What GHS is and how it is different from Employee Right to Know (ERTK), why it was implemented, what you need to do, and effective dates.
  • State Fair: Safety on a Stick
    Mary Pittelko and Kaitlin Wenda, Minnesota State Fair, Scott Johnson, Admin Risk Management, Carol Magurany-Brotski, Safety Administrator, Department of Natural Resources
    Often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually. A successful fair doesn’t happen by accident! This session will explore the risk management efforts of the MN State Fair and its partners before, during, and after the gates open and close!
  • Cruisin’ with CorVel: A Road Trip of Case Management Services
    Katie Friend, Regional Account Manager, CorVel and Julie Horak, RN, BS, CCRN, CNLCP, Medical Case Management Unit Manager, CorVel
    This session will cover updates in CorVel Case Management Services. We will be traveling the path of catastrophic claims from start to finish. We will demonstrate new navigation tools with comorbidity management for return to work planning. We will map out a path for the new 90-day case review plan to help avert detours on your claims. The presentation will bring you up to speed on the latest directives from the MN Department of Labor and Industry regarding rehabilitation services and the use of disability case management services. Lastly, we will discuss pharmacy reviews to help prevent  your cases from traveling south. Fasten your seatbelts, we have a lot to cover in an hour!
  • The lonely life of a change agent: strategies for support and effectiveness
    Ned Rousmaniere, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), EAP and Linda Feltes, MMB, Worksite Wellness
    Safety Officers, Workers’ Compensation coordinators and risk managers are charged with helping a workplace to become more attentive, careful, and thoughtful – and that’s typically a thankless and lonely job. Though the benefits of universally embraced safety and loss control programs are obvious, individuals and organizations typically resist new habits, no matter how beneficial they are. In this session, experts in human behavior and wellness will share their insights about impacting other peoples’ assumptions and personal patterns.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

  • Understanding Minnesota's Moose Decline
    Michelle Carstensen, Ph.D., Wildlife Health Program Supervisor, Department of Natural Resources and Carol Magurany-Brotski, Safety & Risk Supervisor, Department of Natural Resources
    During the last two decades, northwest moose have all but disappeared from Minnesota’s landscape despite attempts to improve habitat and the discontinuation of a hunting season. The northeast moose population is on the verge of a similar decline. Using funding from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the $1.2 million project is using the latest technology and an unprecedented amount of DNR staff to learn more about the mortality of this iconic species. This session will explore the hazards and control measures involved with the project which includes the capturing and collaring of adult moose and mortality investigations.
  • Cyber and Privacy Liability for State Government: What’s New and What’s Next?
    Judy Corradi, Public Entity Group Practice Leader, Marsh’s Minneapolis Office and Marni Storey, Cyber and Errors and Omissions Broker, Marsh’s Minneapolis Office
    This presentation and discussion format will cover the latest trends that governmental organizations face in cyber liability and data breaches. Unique challenges and liabilities associated with electronic communication, data storage, use of social media and privacy laws continue to emerge, highlighting the need for effective controls and mitigation – including the use of insurance. Marsh will discuss the most common causes of governmental data breaches, recent cases and mitigation techniques. Focusing on insurance as a mitigation technique, you will learn about technology liability coverages – what’s covered by insurance vs what’s uninsurable – as well as typical costs of a data breach and privacy liability obligations. Discussion will also include a range of insurance costs for applicable coverages, as well as the steps that a state agency would need to take to purchase insurance for a cyber/privacy event.
  • 2013 Workers’ Compensation Legislative Changes
    Richard Schmidt and Whitney Teel, Attorneys, Cousineau McGuire
    In this session you will learn about the 2013 legislative changes and how these changes will impact workers’ compensation claims. The changes covered will be changes to attorney fees, compensability of post-traumatic stress disorder as a mental-only occupational illness, increases to the average weekly wage and how this impacts workers’ compensation benefits, changes with regard to cost of living adjustments, changes to the nature and extent of rehabilitation and placement services, and proposed treatment parameter changes with regard to long-term narcotic usage.
  • The lonely life of a change agent: strategies for support and effectiveness (repeat session)
    Ned Rousmaniere, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), EAP and Linda Feltes, MMB, Worksite Wellness
    See session description above.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Emerging Ergo Trends – A Panel of Experts
    Mark Anderson, ErgoSystems, Gene Kay, ErgoAdvocate, Steve Gutmann, S. H. Gutmann Consulting, LLC, and Dave Ferkul, MNOSHA
    The past decade has seen a great emphasis and much progress on fitting the job to the person rather than the person to the job. However, the ways people work continues to evolve at an ever increasing pace!  This session will explore emerging ergo trends, both general and office based issues, through a panel discussion by local ergonomic experts.
  • Negligent Entrustment: The Hidden Fleet
    Craig Trepanier, Attorney, Trepanier and MacGillis, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
    It’s a mistake to think a company’s liability is eliminated or even reduced when employees drive personal vehicles on company business. Do you have traffic safety policies in place to protect your employee and your organization? Learn about negligent hiring, retention, and entrustment and how to comply with the regulations.
  • Incident Investigations & Supporting Documentation for Claims
    Terri Peterson, WC Claims Specialist and Gary Westman, WC Program Manager, Department of Administration Risk Management
    Learn the importance of incident investigations and how the facts you document as an agency workers’ compensation coordinator are vital in the claim process. In addition, in this session you will learn about the continuous process of information sharing with the claims specialists. Bring your questions and examples of situations that you have encountered, and we will address these to help improve our shared understanding of the workers’ compensation process.
  • R.E.L.A.X. Stress Isn’t a Four-Letter Word
    Robin Getman, CSP, Speaker, Trainer, Humorist, President, InterAct Group, Minneapolis, MN
    Stress can propel you to peak performance or it can drain your brain. It’s up to you. How do you foster positive stress? Diminish negative stress? Distinguish the difference between the two?  Experience five stress-busting techniques to help you R.E.L.A.X.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

  • PowerLift: Back Safety Training that Works!
    Terry Weston, CSP, The Center for Business and Industry at South Central College, North Mankato, MN
    The patented one-of-a-kind Powerlift system is designed to help businesses reduce the number of injuries caused by improper lifting, pushing and pulling tasks. With back pain being the #1 reason employees file workers’ compensation claims, effective manual material handling training can save businesses money, especially when considering that over half of back injuries result from improper lifting. This no nonsense, hands-on approach to safe lifting has been proven effective across many industries.
  • When planning a trip abroad, don’t forget the Travel Accident Insurance!
    Carol Foley, Director, Global Health and Safety Services, HTH Worldwide
    Keeping MnSCU students, faculty, and other travelers safe during international travel is of utmost importance. Come hear how the HTH Worldwide Travel Accident Insurance Program is keeping study abroad students and other MnSCU travelers safe during travel. Learn about their evacuation services – critical in times of a medical emergency, natural disaster or political unrest. They will also explain their cashless access to top medical care, what to do in the event of accident/illness, HTH website features and downloadable apps, common misconceptions, and more. Anyone else planning to travel abroad can benefit as well from HTH’s insight on safety tips for travel in foreign countries!
  • Subrogation Issues in Workers’ Compensation – What a Workers’ Compensation Coordinator Needs to Know
    Bruce Larson, Attorney
    What happens when a third party is involved in or causes a workers’ compensation injury? Everything you need to know about subrogation as a workers’ compensation coordinator will be covered in this session as you will learn what subrogation is, how to spot a viable subrogation claim, and how subrogation works with workers’ compensation claims and much more.
  • R.E.L.A.X. Stress Isn’t a Four-Letter Word (repeat session)
    Robin Getman, CSP, Speaker, Trainer, Humorist, President, InterAct Group, Minneapolis, MN
    See session description above.

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Professional Development Courses

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to noon

  • The New Language of Risk
    Dorothy Gjerdrum, ARM-P, CIRM, Executive Director of Gallagher Public Sector
    Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a broader approach to managing risk that is not tied to insurance, safety or claims. It starts with mission and strategy and considers risk as anything that could help you achieve – or keep you from achieving – your goals. Based on the international standard on risk management (ISO 31000), this is the wave of the future for risk management! In this three-hour interactive session, we will learn about ERM and consider how it could be applied to your agency’s operations and decisions. The presentation will include an overview of risk management and ERM and “real world” examples from the public sector. You will leave the session with two practical applications: How to create a risk advisory committee and a risk assessment decision making tool.
  • Work Comp 101 for the New Work Comp Coordinator
    Jim Germain, WC Claims Supervisor, Department of Admin Risk Management and Gary Westman, WC Program Manager, Department of Admin Risk Management
    If you are a new workers’ compensation coordinator for your agency or simply want a refresher session on workers’ compensation basics – from when and how to file a workers’ compensation claim to dealing with special circumstances in the workers’ compensation process, this session is for you. We will cover when and how to report a claim, how to gather information necessary to report the claim as well as when and what to share on a continuous basis. Upon completion of this session, you will walk away with information that will help you in your role as your agency workers’ compensation coordinator. We will also cover the process of reporting a claim through SEMA4 and iRISK. We will show you how to use iRISK to access claim information that will save you time and help keep you in the loop as to developments and the status of any claim in your agency.
  • Designing and Conducting your own Table Top Exercises!
    Cathy Hockert, MPH, CEM, CBCP, Continuity of Government Planning Director, Minnesota Management and Budget
    If you are like most organizations, you probably have several different types of “plans” sitting around that are intended to guide your organization’s response should some sort of event occur. These “plans” are usually only effective if they have been tested in some capacity. This session will guide attendees through the process of designing and conducting table top exercises. Table top exercise are an effective method of testing plans in a collaborative stress free environment with the goal of identifying plan deficiencies before they are put into action!

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 12:45 to 3:45 p.m.

  • Measuring Safety - What Gets Measured Gets Done!
    Session currently under development. Topics will include: Safety Measurement Systems: Are You Measuring Success?, Safety Perception Surveys, and Safety and IH Audit Programs.