Cal/OSHA Summit 2018

Cal/OSHA Summit 2018

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Cal/OSHA Summit 2018 is the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals to get cutting-edge developments on new safety regulations, compliance strategies, and management tactics.

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Cal/OSHA Summit 2018

October 17-19, 2018 | Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Cal/OSHA Summit 2018 is the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals to get cutting-edge developments on new safety regulations, compliance strategies, and management tactics.

The leading safety conference for California safety professionals is back for 2018! Cal/OSHA Summit 2018 is the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals to get cutting-edge developments on new safety regulations, compliance strategies, and management tactics. 

Attendees of Cal/OSHA Summit 2018 will: 

  • Access proven strategies to avoid the most common mistakes of Cal/OSHA’s most violated standard on injury and illness prevention 
  • Ace Cal/OSHA inspections by learning tips for a successful walk-through 
  • Uncover proven tactics to protect California workers from heat stress and illness, according to Cal/OSHA’s strict requirements 
  • Discover safety incentives that other California companies have successfully implemented to drive low-risk behavior 
  • Network with peers and industry experts alike 
  • Hear motivating and informative talks on post-accident drug testing and injury reporting, HazCom labeling practices, and workplace violence prevention 
  • Get hands-on with a workshop to help you optimize your return-to-work process 
  • Identify high-impact strategies to get buy-in on your safety culture program, from management and staff alike 
  • Leave with a powerful action plan to protect their workforce in 2018 and beyond 

Trending Sessions Include:

  • Foundations of Cal/OSHA Compliance: Strategies That Every Safety Professional Needs to Know
  • Heat Stress: Protecting Your Employees and Complying with California’s Strict Requirements
  • Safety in California: The Latest Updates Impacting Compliance and Management
  • Preventing Workplace Violence in California through Hazard Assessments and Training
  • Planning for the Unforeseen Crisis: Emergency Preparedness in the Golden State

Who Should Attend Cal/OSHA Summit 2018?

  • Safety Directors
  • Risk Management Directors
  • EHS Managers
  • Health & Safety Officers
  • Facilities Supervisors
  • Vice Presidents
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Safety Coordinators
  • Safety, Health and Environmental Specialists
  • Safety Attorneys
  • Loss Control Specialists
  • Business Owners
  • Compliance Specialists
  • Corporate Safety Professionals


PRECONS — October 17, 2018

Foundations of Cal/OSHA Compliance: Strategies That Every Safety Professional Needs to Know
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Andrew J. Sommer

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Conducting Effective and Compliant Cal/OSHA Safety Training
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by: Dave Galt
Are you responsible for training employees or developing training materials for your organization? If so, this session is for you. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the employee safety training content and delivery methods Cal/OSHA requires or allows, including eLearning, microlearning, hands-on, methods to verify competence, and other emerging technologies and delivery methods, as well as what qualifications trainers must have.

In addition, participants will learn about instructional design approaches to learning and content delivery techniques, and the context where each method is most effective. These approaches will be evaluated in the context of online and mobile elearning, classroom instruction, hands-on, verification of competence, and what Cal/OSHA considers acceptable.

The workshop will include several scenarios of how training content and delivery methods are measured for effectiveness and compliance. Attendees should bring own samples of training content and delivery systems for group discussion and evaluation.

By the end of the workshop, you will have learned:

  • How your training programs measure up to Cal/OSHA’s IIPP and regulatory-specific training topics
  • The most common Cal/OSHA training compliance mistakes and how to correct them
  • Core instructional design and training delivery principles
  • Essential (and required) 5 elements of a compliant and effective safety training program
  • What to do before and after training to enhance learning effectiveness and verify competence
  • Tips to motivate difficult or reluctant learners
  • Emerging learning methods and technologies (microlearning, LMS, virtual classroom)
  • The correct types of documents and records to keep


DAY 1 — October 18, 2018

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
8:00 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.

Safety in California: The Latest Updates Impacting Compliance and Management
8:05 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Presented by: Don Dressler
What are the top safety compliance priorities for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the Appeals Board, and the Standards Board here in California? What new regulations can we expect and how will they impact your business? You’ll get answers to these questions and more. Cal/OSHA 2018 kicks off with critical updates on new court rulings, policy initiatives, regulatory enforcement, and training requirements under federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA.

Refreshments and Networking Break
9:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Fall Protection in California: Current Requirements and What to Expect with Future Rulemaking
9:55 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Ergonomics: Worksite Evaluations, Exposure Control and Employee Training
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Kristie Elton

Lunch (provided)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Heat Stress: Protecting Your Employees and Complying with California’s Strict Requirements
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Presented by: Allen Pruitt
Cal/OSHA requires business owners in California with workers that are directly impacted by hot, outdoor working conditions to comply with Title 8 Section 3395 of the California Code of Regulations – Heat Illness Prevention. Providing water, scheduling rest breaks and providing shaded cool-down and recovery are givens; however, in order to fully protect workers and comply with regulations, employers must go beyond the basics.

In this session, best practices to combat heat stress will be shared, including:

  • Training strategies for active, daily participation
  • Tangible, onsite tools for effective “cool-downs”
  • Tips for allotting time & planning around acclimatization

Workers Comp and Return to Work: The Need-to-Know Requirements and Best Practices to Be Compliant and Get Employees Back to Work Safely
2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Presented by: Andrew J. Sommer
When an employee is injured or suffers an illness, whether or not the cause is occupational, it’s important for the safety and HR teams to evaluate when, and in what capacity, the worker can return to work, whether to full duty or with light duty restrictions or other accommodations.  By returning the worker to duty sooner, you may reduce workers’ compensation exposure in the event that the employee’s condition is due to an industrial injury or occupational exposure to a harmful agent.  But, on the other hand, if an employee returns to work too soon, he or she may be at risk for re-injury.  Plus it’s important to balance your organization’s practical considerations with your legal obligations and rights under California and federal law.

This intensive session is designed to walk you through the return-to-work process here in California, so you’re prepared to deal with potential challenges associated with administering fitness for duty examinations and providing accommodations.

You’ll learn:

  • When a fitness for duty examination should be requested
  • The types of medical information available to employers and what’s off limits
  • How to tell if a worker is or is not eligible to return to work
  • Your obligation to grant reasonable accommodations under the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Legal strategies for managing injured or sick employees’ return-to-work
  • Requirements under the California Family Rights Act including the granting of medical leaves of absence and medical privacy concerns

Refreshments and Networking Break
3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Preventing Workplace Violence in California through Hazard Assessments and Training
3:25 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Presented by: Hector Alvarez, Alvarez Associates

The Latest Top Cal/OSHA Violations and Trends in Cal/OSHA Enforcement
4:20 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Presented by: Josh Henderson, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Cal/OSHA continues to pose operational and compliance challenges for employers. Inspections are becoming more burdensome and Serious Citations are trending up. These challenges will only continue as Cal/OSHA considers and implements new general and industry-specific safety orders.

Meanwhile, enforcement initiatives are bringing a new focus on particular industries. Is your business under enhanced scrutiny?

This session will describe these trends and other regulatory developments under Cal/OSHA, and discuss recent, important decisions from the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board. A discussion of best practices and practical solutions will make for a lively and informative session.

Experience Event


DAY 2 — October 19, 2018

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Learn
7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Injury and Illness Plans in California: Strategies to Comply with Cal/OSHA’s Most Violated Standard
8:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Presented by: Laurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCS
California law requires employers to develop and implement written and effective illness prevention plans (IIPPs) for general industry. Although this a mandatory requirement, year after year, it continues to be Cal/OSHA’s most violated standard. What makes this compliance requirement so challenging to meet? In this session, we will discuss how to create and develop a program that is effective in educating and empowering all employees in reducing or eliminating accidents and incidents through the use of risk assessment, employee engagement and communication, and active leadership support and involvement.

Refreshments and Networking Break
9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Planning for the Unforeseen Crisis: Emergency Preparedness in the Golden State
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Matt Hochstein

Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Post-Accident Drug-Testing and Safety Incentive Programs: How to Comply with OSHA’s ‘Reasonable’ Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Provisions
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Danielle Moore
OSHA’s 2016 final rule updated requirements for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses, which also included a new provision that explicitly addressed retaliation for reporting incidents. OSHA has also released a memo addressing an employer’s obligation to have reasonable procedures in place for employees to report injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation. Cal/OSHA is required to adopt a substantially similar regulation, so California employers should become very familiar with the federal rule’s provisions. This session will cover your compliance obligations concerning post-incident drug and alcohol testing and incentive programs—and will help you understand when you could be at risk for violating the anti-retaliation provision of the rule, according to OSHA’s recent memo.

-Conference Adjourns- 

2018 Location

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
Hotel Website

Room Rate: $165/night 
Hotel Cut-Off: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Reservation Center: 1-800-744-1500 and referencing the BLR Cal/OSHA Summit conference


Hector AlvarezHector Alvarez
Alvarez Associates

Mr. Alvarez is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention and a Certified Threat Manager™ by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice. He has built over 25 years of threat management, security, domestic terrorism and crisis management experience serving as a Security Director protecting one of our nation's most sensitive critical infrastructures, to working as a city police officer and as a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them.

Don DresslerDon Dressler
Managing Partner and Attorney
CalWorkSafety, LLC

Don Dressler has been working with safety and work injuries since 1969, formerly the President of a specialty workers' compensation insurer covering agricultural employers in California and Arizona, and a safety and workers' compensation consultant since 2003. Dressler focuses on safety, reducing injuries and workers' compensation costs, OSHA compliance accident investigations and human resource issues. He obtained his law degree from Stanford University, BA from Kansas State University, MBA from Pepperdine University, Certificate in Human Resources from University of California at Irvine where he taught as an adjunct faculty for 8 years.

David GaltDavid Galt
Senior Legal Editor – EHS Training

Dave is a Senior Legal Editor, EHS Training at BLR — Business and Legal Resources in Old Saybrook, CT, and has been with the company since 2001. He coordinates the development and editing of BLR’s workplace safety, transportation, and environmental training content for Training Today, Safety.BLR, and Enviro.BLR portals to help businesses comply with OSHA, EPA, and DOT rules

Dave serves on the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association, or NESHTA, Board of Directors.

Joshua HendersonJoshua Henderson
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Mr. Henderson has a broad-based workplace safety and health practice, including advice, counsel, and training on various OSHA regulations, and has defended employers in litigation before the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, the OSHRC (Fed-OSHA), the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (WISHA), and others. Mr. Henderson also is a trusted advisor and representative for management in traditional labor matters. His labor relations practice includes NLRB and federal litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, strikes and other concerted activity, and secondary boycotts. The balance of his practice consists of other complex employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions, EEOC systemic litigation, and the defense of retaliation, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims.

Matt HochsteinMatt Hochstein
Vice President, Client Services
Hagerty Consulting

Matt Hochstein is a skilled leader with extensive experience managing and delivering complex projects. Widely regarded as an accomplished facilitator and skilled at guiding senior-level briefings, programmatic workshops, and policy implementation strategies, he has extensive experience staffing and managing teams of various sizes.

Currently Matt is responsible for developing and implementing Hagerty’s 2016 Business Development and Executive Relationship Plan. Matt also manages Hagerty’s Washington, D.C. office, where his responsibilities include coordinating all federal business activities and collaborating with Hagerty leaders across the firm on significant company-wide initiatives. Prior to Hagerty, Matt worked with Deloitte Consulting as a Manager in the Strategy and Operations practice area; there he was responsible for operational management of client engagements in addition to supporting business development and personnel management within the firm.

Danielle Hultenius Moore
Partner, San Diego office
Fisher Phillips

Danielle Moore is a partner in the firm's San Diego office and co-chairs the Fisher Phillips firm-wide Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.

She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline and termination practices.

Danielle is "AV" Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently named one of San Diego’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Top Attorneys," one of 2014 and 2015’s "Best of the Bar," as well as one of the "Top 40 under 40 Best and Brightest Minds of San Diego."

Laurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCSLaurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCS
HSE Professional

Laurie has over 20 years of health, safety and environmental experience and is a CSP, ASP and CLSC. She is a certified DNV auditor, holds a masters training certificate for aerial working platforms and forklifts, and is a certified RigPass instructor. She is a member of several industry organizations. She is currently the regulatory chairperson for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, committee member for API RP 75 re-write, and has been a member of the American Society for Safety Engineers for over 12 years. Laurie attended the University of Connecticut for HSE, Columbia Southern University for Science and Columbia Southern University for Business.

Allen Pruitt
Manager, Industrial Sales
Portacool, LLC

Allen Pruitt is a Manager of Industrial Sales at Portacool, LLC. Allen works with leading industrial, automotive and rental distributors to provide cooling options to facility managers to ensure their facilities are as productive, safe and compliant as possible.

Over the past eighteen years, Allen has worked with distributors assessing facilities in the industrial and construction fields. Since joining the Portacool team in 2010, he has done hundreds of site assessments to assist customers with heat stress and OSHA compliance concerns and is the go to person at Portacool regarding OSHA and heat stress for the sales team.

Andrew J. Sommer
Partner, San Francisco office
Conn Maciel Cary LLP

Andrew J. Sommer is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey’s OSHA Workplace Safety and Employment practice groups, based in California. He defends employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on Cal/OSHA enforcement actions and employment litigation.

Mr. Sommer represents employers in a variety of industries in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA. He also develops effective safety policies and procedures including Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Heat Illness Prevention Plans and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Programs.

Pricing Details

Main Conference

  • Retail Pricing | $799
  • Materials Only | $319.60

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  • AM/PM Preconference Sessions | $299 each
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