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CBIA's Annual Health & Safety Conference


Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

CBIA's Annual Health & Safety Conference

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CBIA Member @ $159.00 + CT Sales Tax: $10.10 Ended $169.10 $10.29
Non Member @ $200.00 + CT Sales Tax: $12.70 Ended $212.70 $12.69

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CBIA’s Annual Health & Safety Conference—the largest of its kind in the state—provides business owners and safety and HR professionals with the essential tools for creating and maintaining a healthy, safe workplace.

Contact Lise Cliche (registrar@cbia.com; 860.244.1977) for information about vendor opportunities.

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event can be claimed for CM credit.




Networking & Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am

Plenary Session: 8:35–9:30 am 

Preparing for Disaster: Making Order Out of Chaos
Is your business prepared for another hurricane? How about an explosion? Join us for an overview of how employers and employees can work together to handle a major disaster in the workplace.

Tom Ashmore, CEO, President and Founder, Tom Ashmore Enterprises

Randy T. Ashmore, Director of Training and Operations, Tom Ashmore Enterprises

Breakout Sessions

Concurrent Sessions: 9:40–10:40 am

Employee Driving Habits and Your Bottom Line

Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles or oversee a mobile sales force or a forklift in the loading dock, you must monitor the on-the-job driving habits of your employees carefully. Driving accidents cost employers billions of dollars each year, so implementing a driver safety program to change employee driving habits not only protects your employees, but impacts your bottom line. We’ll discuss:

  • Employee driving agreements
  • Vehicle selection
  • Incentive programs

Steve Rourke, Manager of the Driving School and Administrative Services, AAA


Aging Workers: Preserving Experience, Maintaining Safety

Workers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the American workforce. Employers—while benefitting from their skill and experience—face new challenges in making workplace modifications to manage their safety and avoid costly injuries. This session explores how to implement effective ergonomic and safety measures suitable for older workers in both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing environments.

Martha Sanders, PhD, MSOSH OTR/L CPE, Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University

Concurrent Sessions: 10:50–11:50 am

Workplace Violence: How to Make the Possible Improbable
OSHA requires all employers to provide a workplace free from hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. But did you know:

  • Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year?
  • Less than 30% of American workplaces have formal policies or procedures to address job-related violence?
  • Only 20% of private industry employers provide preventative training?

Join us to learn about administrative and physical controls that can make your worksite a more secure and less violent environment.

Jeffrey Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist

Safety Committees: Not Just Another Weekly Meeting
No other team in your organization has a bigger impact on promoting a culture of safety than your safety committee. Though mandated by state statute, safety committees are often limited in their effectiveness, for reasons including lethargy and lack of focus or leadership. Join our panel for a thought-provoking discussion on

  • Energizing your committee
  • Best practices for positively impacting your company’s safety efforts

Moderator:  Mark B. Haskins, CSP, Principal Consultant, Practical Safety Solutions, LLC

Attorney John M. Letizia, Managing Partner, Letizia, Ambrose & Falls, P.C.

David W. Cohen, WC Commission

Lunch Session: Noon–1:10 pm

OSHA Update
What OSHA wants you to be concerned about.

Warren G. Simpson, MS, CIH, CSP, Area Director, Hartford Office, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Breakout Sessions

Concurrent Sessions: 1:20–2:20 pm

Globally Harmonized Systems: 12-, 24-, 36-Month Compliance Strategies
Over the past few years, no other issue has captured safety professionals’ attention more than global harmonized systems. But the compliance requirements are complex and many questions remain unanswered. This session gives you essential insight on the most efficient way to comply with these regulations.

Anne Bracker, MPH, CIH, Occupational Hygienist, CONN-OSHA

Denese A. Deeds, CIH, Co-Founder, Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc.

Someone’s Hurt, Now What? Managing Effective Returns to Work
When an employee gets hurt, a company lacking an effective injury management system faces disruptions in productivity and potentially high costs. So how can you expedite a successful return to work and full productivity? We’ll discuss how to coordinate all parties (managers, HR, medical professionals, employees) involved in workers’ comp and disability issues.

Moderator:  Claudia Hix, DO, MPH, FACOEM, Medical Director, Occupational Health Works, LLC

Dr. Jim Montana, DPT, Physical Therapist, Saint Francis Occupational Health, Torrington

Thomas J. Danyliw, MD, MS, FACOEM, FAAFP, Medical Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine/Employee Health Services, Middlesex Health System

Francis X. Drapeau, Partner, Leighton, Katz & Drapeau

Lois A. Krause, Director of Human Resources, Capewell Components Company, LLC

Plenary Session: 2:30–3:30 pm

Making Safety a Part of the Company’s DNA
This panel discussion addresses how to establish an effective partnership between management and employees in which safety is not just about satisfying OSHA, but part of company culture.

Moderator:  Milton Jacobs, CSP, MPH, President,Safety Solution Consultants, Inc.

Michael Ziskin, CHCM, CHMM, FIHMM, CBCP, Founder and Executive Vice President, Field Safety Corporation

Lewis Armstrong, Technical Manager, RockTenn Company

Anita Jain, Director, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety, Rogers Corporation


Have questions about CBIA's Annual Health & Safety Conference? Contact CBIA

When & Where

The Farmington Club
162 Town Farm Road
Farmington, CT 06034

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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