Session Title: Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine: Important Considerations
The COVID-19 vaccine will begin to become available to Americans soon. It will initially be available only to frontline healthcare workers and people with increased risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. Nevertheless, employers should now be considering whether they will require their employees to be vaccinated.
R.J. (Randy) Stevenson is Chair of the Baird Holm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Group. He counsels and represents private and public employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including matters involving workplace safety and health (OSHA) across the United States.
Randy is one of only a handful of labor and employment lawyers in the region who has been elected a Fellow of “The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers,” the premier peer-selected organization of labor and employment lawyers in North America. Admission is by invitation only, following a rigorous screening process.
Since 2003, Randy has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law and Labor Law, and was named that publication’s 2016 and 2020 “Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” for Omaha and its 2017 “Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year.” He has been listed for many years in Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business® (“Band A”), and in Martindale-Hubbell® with an “AV” (the highest) rating. Additionally, Randy is listed as a “Midwest Star” in Benchmark, America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
Session: Safety Culture
This presentation will discuss the foundations of building a Safety Culture through an unique approach that focuses on psychology, unconscious perception, and traditional misconceptions. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how people think, why traditional safety needs to be challenged frequently, and how to create an environment for people to be successful.
Speaker: Benjamin Honig, CSP, CIT
District Safety Manager
Kiewit Fire Sprinkler Group
Ben Honig is a Certified Safety Profession and Certified Instructional Trainer with 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Ben has managed safety programs and developed successful safety cultures for Kiewit Corporation over multiple projects across the country, including the $2B Denver VA Medical Center project and $1.3B US Stratcom project. Ben specifically focuses his energy on creating environments for people to be successful. Ben is currently assigned to the Kiewit Fire Sprinkler Group as their District Safety Manager.
Session: Building your safety committee; Where as much gets done as is said.
Speakers: Jim Steele and Abbey Cherney, Airlite Plastics
Abbey has been a member of the Airlite team since 2011 and quickly become involved in our safety initiatives. In 2012 Abbey took a leadership role as 1st Shift’s Safety Committee Chairperson on a newly formed safety committee. Under her leadership, the 1st Shift’s key performance indicators quickly began to climb, setting an example for the other shifts, who soon followed suit. She maintained this role for five (5) years and then became our first “Safety Committee Coach”, a lifetime position designed to allow safety committee leaders to step aside after two years and “coach” others to be become Airlite Safety Leaders. Abbey paved the way for this program and Airlite now has four Safety Committee Coaches.
Through the years Abbey has become involved in the National Safety Council’s “Women in Safety” group, routinely attending and facilitating local safety seminars. As an active member of the safety council Abbey has received eight safety certificates including NSC’s “Advanced Safety Certificate”. On top of that, she has completed seven American Society of Quality (ASQ) certifications which cross over nicely to safety. She has also received “Certificate of Safety Leadership” from the University of Nebraska – Nebraska Business Development Center and the “Train the Trainer Certification” from the US Department of Labor –OSHA.
Jim Steele, EHS Director for Airlite Plastics.
•BS Degree in Industrial Safety
•Over 25 Years Experience Developing, Sustaining, Evaluating, and Improving EHS Programs in Various Industries throughout:
Session: Excavation Safety
Speaker: Shane Docken, MS, CSP, ASP, SHEP
Safety Manager, Hazmat Coordinator
Metropolitan Utilities District
Shane Docken currently holds two bachelor’s degrees and has a master’s degree in Justice Administration and Crime Management. Shane Docken is a Certified Safety Professional with over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. He is the Safety Manager and Hazmat Coordinator at Metropolitan Utilities District who works with over 850 employees in the gas and water utility industry. He currently manages the Safety Program and runs the Hazmat Team at MUD. Prior to working at MUD, Shane Docken owned his own construction business and worked with different companies across the Omaha Metro area. He is a strong advocate of safety with a focus on excavations, confined space, and hazmat related activities.
- Bachelor’s degree - Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Bachelor’s degree – Emergency Management
- Master’s degree – Justice Administration and Crime Management
- Certified Safety Professional – BCSP (CSP)
- Associate Safety Professional - BCSP (ASP)
- Advanced Safety Certification - NSC (ASC)
- Certification in Safety Leadership - NSC (CSL
- Specialist in Safety and Health Construction - NSC (SSH-C)
- Specialist in Safety and Health General Industry - NSC (SSH-G)
- Certified Safety and Health Official – Construction - NSC (CSHO-C)
- Certified Safety and Health Official in General Industry (CSHO-G)
- Safety, Health, and Environmental Professional - NSC (SHEP)
- 40HR HAZWOPER Certification
- Certified in Confined Space and Rescue
- ALICE Instructor (Active Shooter)
Robert Bogle, Corporate Director of Health & Safety
Valmont Industries, Inc.