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2016 Archived Sessions

Conference Keynote Sessions



Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Leadership Speak, Helping Leaders Help You!
    Panel Discussion

    Let's face it, unless we are effective at providing leadership with the information they need, it can be difficult to start a loss control initiative, implement a change, or obtain commitment for any improvement process. This session will engage state leadership and provide insights about what they need from you to support your efforts.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Energy is Everything!
    Brandon Johnson

    Maya Angelou said it best when she stated, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” That is what Energy is all about - how you are making people feel - in your daily interactions and activities. During Brandon’s interactive, energizing, and reflective presentation you will learn and be able to immediately apply the best strategies on how to bring the best version of yourself to business and life every day.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Vision Speaks Louder Than Words
    Daniel Shannon

    The key to being able to make the transformation from being someone who fits in to someone who stands out is VISION! Vision for the work you're doing, Vision for the results you want, and perhaps most importantly, Vision for the unique ways that you will make it happen! Once you have explored the different ways to tap into every ounce of your identity in order to reach those goals, it will become instinctive for you to leverage traits and characteristics that are specific to YOU, in order to realize that Vision every day. The VISION of your mind will become the blueprint for your life!

Concurrent Sessions


Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  • Managing the Requirements of a First Aid, CPR, and AED Program
    Al Terwedo

    Have you ever had a medical emergency in your building? This presentation will tell you everything you need to know to set up AED’s, first aid kits, and a first responder program in your agency.

  • Navigating the Changing Rules and Regulations that Guide UAS (Drone) Use by a Public Agency
    Rick Braunig, MnDOT; Tara Kalar, MnDOT

    There are both federal and state requirements pertaining to drones. Come learn how a public agency can operate a drone legally and safely.

  • ROWA, ROWA, ROWA, Your Employees Back To Work
    Troy Zenzen, CorVel; JoAnn White, CorVel; Katie Friend, CorVel; Jim Germain, RMD

    This interactive panel discussion will highlight common issues that occur with returning employees to work, from interpreting the Report of Work Ability forms to figuring out exactly what a light duty job should be to the roles of the employee, supervisor and workers’ compensation coordinator in the return to work process. Audience participation will be encouraged as we play out real situations and then collectively discuss and share ideas on how to best manage these situations.

  • Leadership Skills 101
    Carolyn Sampson, Ph.D, Hennepin Technical College -- Customized Training

    Excellent leaders are critical to the success of any organization, and leadership skills are critical to the success of any employee no matter their job title. This session will provide an introduction to the concept of leadership (as opposed to management) and critical skills needed to be an effective leader. Main topics include: characteristics of an effective leader, beyond the org chart – roles and responsibilities, communication skills, and how to influence others.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

  • Tips to Manage the Environmental and Behavioral Factors that Cause Slip, Trips, and Falls
    Chris Guevin, Department of Administration; Ned Rousmaniere, Minnesota Management and Budget

    This discussion will focus on both the environmental and behavioral factors that cause slips, trips, and falls and provide you with preventative ideas to incorporate at your agency. You will receive snow removal best practices and a tool that identifies behavioral factors in your slip, trip, fall injury investigations. Panel:
    • Chris Guevin, ADM
    • Ned Rousmaniere, MMB



  • Safe and Secure: What it Looks Like and How to Accomplish it!
    Tracy Worsley, Minnesota State

    Security can mean many different things to many different people, from employee safety to property protection and everything in between. This session will discuss best practice use of various security techniques (e.g. surveillance, signage, barriers, lock, lighting, patrol rounds etc.) and explore new and emerging trends associated with:
    • employee security and safety
    • property security (theft and damage)
    • general liability exposure (protection against injury and damage claims)
    • incident reports

  • An Inside Look at MnDOT's Return to Work Program
    Sue Kielty, MnDOT

    Ride along and see firsthand how MNDOT developed and continues to refine its Return to Work Program. You will learn how to assess and evaluate a return to work program, see how to put tools in place to help return employees to work, and learn how to think big by developing a comprehensive plan for improving and moving forward with a return to work program.

  • International Terrorism from a Minnesota Perspective 
    Jon Watson, FBI, Intelligence Analyst

    This presentation examines the dozens of Minnesota residents who have joined terrorist groups in East Africa and the Middle East. Minnesota youth recruitment is examined, as well as terrorist propaganda videos specifically targeting the state. Types of terrorist threats are discussed along with indicators and protective measures.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • IH in Review: Most Common Industrial Hygiene Issues Facing State Entities
    Jim Kubisiak, Department of Administration

    Over the past 20+ years, Safety and Loss Control has received numerous requests for various industrial hygiene related services. Requests range from answering questions on the phone or email to in-depth investigations. This session will cover many of the common issues that have been addressed over the years. Topics including exposure monitoring, respiratory protection, indoor air quality and more will be discussed.

  • Conducting an "After Action Review": What Worked, What Did Not Work, and What Do We Need to Improve?
    Carol E. Magurany-Brotski, Department of Transportation (MnDOT); Paula Castleman, Lake Superior College

    The After Action Review (AAR) is a performance based discussion that allow participants to discover for themselves what happened and why during a particular event (training, field work, new equipment, meeting, task, etc.) and how to replicate/sustain good practice and improve on weaknesses on future actions. Its purpose is to focus on learning to improve by reflecting back on activities during the particular event. The AAR conduct should be one of openness and focuses on the what and not the who. It involves the exchange of ideas and observations. The AAR participants have no fear in providing feedback. This presentation will introduce the AAR and the Before Action Review (BAR) and will invite attendee participation in a simple in-class exercise.

  • "Arising Out Of and In the Course of Employment: Dykoff v. Xcel Energy -- What it Means and What it Does Not Mean"
    Randall Lane and Josh Steinbrecher, Attorneys - Heacox, Hartman, Koshmrl, Cosgriff & Johnson, P.A.

    We will discuss the background of primary liability and the concept of arising out of and in the course of employment including case law leading up to Dykhoff, the Dykhoff case itself and what we are seeing with respect to the court’s application of Dykhoff. We will also discuss Dykhoff’s impact on claim handling with a focus on the acceptance and denial of claims. Finally, we will leave time at the end of our presentation for an open-ended questions/answers session.

  • International Terrorism from a Minnesota Perspective (Repeat Session) 
    Jon Watson, FBI, Intelligence Analyst

    This presentation examines the dozens of Minnesota residents who have joined terrorist groups in East Africa and the Middle East. Minnesota youth recruitment is examined, as well as terrorist propaganda videos specifically targeting the state. Types of terrorist threats are discussed along with indicators and protective measures.
 

Pre-Conference Professional Development Courses


Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

  • Safety Leadership Skills for Supervisors & Managers
    Carolyn Sampson, Ph.D, Hennepin Technical College -- Customized Training

    Excellent leadership skills are critical to the success of a supervisor or manager of people. Excellent safety leadership skills can help supervisors and managers become even more effective leaders of people and projects while achieving safety goals and minimizing costs associated with poor safety performance. According to OSHA “it has been observed…and confirmed by independent research that developing strong safety cultures have the single greatest impact on incident reduction of any process.” This session will provide an introduction to the concept of safety culture and tools for effective safety leadership in Minnesota state agencies. The overall goal is to foster leadership skills that help create and support a positive safety culture. Main topics include: (1) why should we care about safety; (2) safety culture – definitions, benefits, roles and responsibilities; (3) safety leadership – communication skills and how to influence culture in a positive direction.

  • Violence Prevention Plan Overview -- A Panel Discussion
    Brenda Tuma, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED); Tamara Bohmert, Department of Public Safety (DPS); Jenny Kane, Department of Public Safety (DPS); Karin van Dyck, Department of Transportation (DOT); Randy Johnson, Department of Public Safety (DPS)

    This panel discussion will go over the basic elements of a violence prevention plan and give examples of how you can implement the plan at your agency. You are welcome to bring your violence prevention plan and questions to this interactive session!

  • 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 (ADM); Kristin Brusegard, Department of Administration (ADM)

    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 they can work in partnership with the Claim Specialist to proactively manage workers’ compensation claims.

  • Avoid Communication Regret!
    Mike Schommer, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

    When the pressure is on and you're trying to communicate important information about a risk scenario, it can be very difficult. Not only do you need to remember what you want to say, you also have to avoid saying something you don't mean to say. How can you do this and come out looking caring instead of clueless? Learn some practical tips used every day by professional risk communicators when talking with reporters, community groups, and other important stakeholders.  
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