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Learn more about the sessions being offered at the 2018 Safety & Loss Control Conference: 

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • What do I do Next? The Life Cycle of a Workers' Compensation Claim: What to do and When to do it
    Jim Germain – Department of Administration, Risk Management Division 
    Kristin Brusegard – Department of Administration, Risk Management Division

    Join us as we present and discuss the life cycle of a workers’ compensation claim and direct your focus to areas where Workers’ Compensation Coordinators can and should be involved, areas that are particularly prone to pitfalls, including a review of what the pitfalls are and how you can work to avoid them. We will help new and seasoned Workers’ Compensation Coordinators anticipate and respond to changing facts, factors, and outside forces so that you can best be involved in managing your agency’s claims.  We’ll offer specific tips and guidance for Workers’ Compensation Coordinators on how they can work in partnership with the Claim Specialist to proactively manage workers’ compensation claims.

  • Insurance 101: Don't Learn by Accident
    Adam Bald – Department of Administration, Risk Management Division
    Scott Johnson – Department of Administration, Risk Management Division 
    Marlys Williamson – Department of Administration, Risk Management Division

    The subject of insurance can be daunting and confusing even for a seasoned professional. This session will return to the basics of insurance and provide a foundation for understanding insurance including: what products are available, explanation of the claims process, loss control services that are available, and the resources that are available through the Risk Management Division.

  • Overview of OSHA Recordkeeping, Emphasis Programs and Top 10 Issues Identified in the Workplace
    Michelle Smith, MNOSHA WSC
    Breca Tschida, MNOSHA WSC

    This session will provide an overview of OSHA 29 CFR 1904 Recordkeeping standard. The session will discuss the new requirements for electronic reporting of OSHA 300A summary log and other recent updates to the standard. The session will also explore OSHA Emphasis Programs and will review the top ten issues encountered in the workplace by MNOSHA.

Opening Keynote Session


  • The Future Requires 'Unlearning'
    Jack Uldrich

    Today, we live in a world where "constant change is the only constant." New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business before they can seize tomorrow's opportunities. In this fascinating, informative and interactive presentation, Jack – hailed by BusinessWeek as "America's Chief Unlearning Officer" – explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization.  

General Sessions


  • Gettin' Gritty, Finish What You Start!
    Dr. Jermaine Davis

    Grit. You see it in the face of those who are "in it to win it." Grit is passion and perseverance when pursuing your long-term goals in Life, School, and Work. It's dedication. It's determination. It's "keeping the main thing the main thing." It's getting back up when life knocks you down. When leveraged correctly, grit can change the trajectory of your life, your team, and your organization for the better!

    Grit is a quality that can be nurtured and developed from the inside out. Research indicates that grit is a better predictor of success and achievement than street smarts, intuition, and intelligence. Grit is the great differentiator that gives individuals, teams, and organizations a competitive advantage in the marketplace. 


  • Responding to Disaster When it Strikes
    Mark Malcom, DMI

    Mass shootings, severe storms, building explosions, and transportation crashes – disasters come in many forms and all threaten an organization's ability to respond and recover. This session will provide an overview of the key considerations organizations should consider when planning for the unthinkable from a presenter who has had boots on the ground during large-scale disasters. 

    This session will also provide an overview of the disaster management service recently put in place by the Risk Management Division. Available to all state agencies and Minnesota State campuses, the disaster management service provides our customers with access to specialized services to assist with employee, family, and victim assistance and counseling as well as media management and communication following catastrophic disasters. 

Concurrent Sessions


  • Using Employees' Safety Perceptions to Improve State Safety Culture 
    Jason Amborn, Department of Public Safety
    Kemal Munn, Department of Administration - Risk  Management Division
    Mark Paulson, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Suzann Willhite, Department of Natural Resouces

    This session will provide an update on efforts to improve the State's safety culture through the use of the statewide safety perception survey. We will provide an overview of where we were, where we would like to be and how we plan to get to our destination.

    We will also discuss actions taken by other groups to positively change the safety culture within their organizations, and also identify ways in which feedback from the safety perception survey will be used to develop enterprise-wide solutions to improve the overall statewide safety culture. 

    The session will also explore options to use the safety perception survey data to engage employees in order to improve the safety culture, studies show that organizations with higher employee engagement perform better in safety. 

  • Driving Fleet Safety Improvement
    Adam Bald, Department of Administration – Risk Management Division
    Paul Johnson, Department of Natural Resouces 

    Your fleet safety program probably covers the well-known dangers of alcohol, fatigue, speeding, and aggressive driving that can lead to crashes. You're no doubt on top of the need for regular vehicle inspections and maintenance. But fleet safety is a diverse area, and you may be less aware of some other factors that can affect driver and vehicle safety. This session will focus on the importance of safe trailer towing, driver's license record checks, and distracted driving. 

  • Using Technology, Insight, and Strategy to Deliver Better Workers' Compensation Claim Outcomes
    Jeff Brock, CorVel
    Cody Marks, CorVel

    Technology is transforming the way we live, the way we work, and the way we do business. CorVel's Jeff Brock and Cody Marks will be discussing a variety of combinational technologies that bring together an entire workers' compensation claims ecosystem that will focus on current technologies, emerging technologies, and future technologies that are driving a better healthcare model for workers' compensation employees. From 24/7 tirage and telehealth to personalized medicine, wearable technology, big data, and machine learning – we will uncover what is next and what is driving market trends. The future will transform our industry and what we have to accept as the status quo will change forever. 


  • Safety Goals and the Value of Leading Metrics
    John Cashman, Marsh

    This session will explore why relying on lagging indicators/metrics to establish safety goals can lead to pitfalls. We will also explore the value of establishing leading indicators/metrics. The session will also discuss safety culture and what are some of the drivers of culture change. 

    Specific leading safety metrics will also be shared along with example dashboards containing both leading and lagging safety performance measures. We will also discuss how to make safety goals and measures more meaningful to all levels of your organization.

  • Prevention and Control – The Key to Property Conservation 
    Jeremy Fripp, GRC

    Developing a risk management strategy that meets your business needs by understanding the causes and contributing factors to fire losses and how to mitigate and avoid them.

  • What Does "Arising Out of Employment" Really Mean? 
    Luke Seifert, WC Program Attorney, Department of Administration – Risk Management Division 

    Injuries must arise out of employment and while employees are in the course of their employment. This session you will learn what "arising out of employment" means to compensability. You will learn about recent workers' compensation decisions and how these cases have an effect on the nexus between employment, injuries, and compensability. Various scenarios such as working from home, lunchtime injuries will be discussed. 

  • Data Analytics – You Can Do It! 
    Todd Christenson, Department of Administration - Risk Management Division

    This session will explore how workers' compensation, safety, and risk management professionals might use data to focus their limited time and resources on issues that will have that greatest impact on their organizations. We will discuss sources and types, analysis techniques, and data visualization. After all, what gets measured gets done! So figure out what you need done, develop the data, and start measuring!

Closing Keynote Session

  • The 10 Commandments of Communication
    Ted Shick 

    Who doesn’t want to communicate better? Put your “listening ears” on for this fun and engaging presentation as we list and describe the 10 commandments from our non-verbals to giving effective feedback to keeping people informed. Great application for both work and life, we even discuss the dreaded “cognitive distortion” and how to avoid it. You’ll leave more enlightened.
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