Sponsored by Avetta

Webinar: Safety Leadership Conference Day of Learning

An EHS Today-hosted series of webinars, sponsored by Avetta

Originally Broadcast: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m EST (GMT -5, New York)
Duration: Three 1-Hour Sessions
Event Type: On-Demand Webinars
Cost: Free

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Register for one or all three! A preview of the upcoming Safety Leadership Conference with three interactive webinars with a Q&A session:

Session 1: Available On-Demand
“Using Critical Thinking Skills to Become a Better Safety Professional”
Paul English, Area Safety Manager, CMC Steel Texas

As safety professionals navigate through their career, the use of critical thinking during investigations as well as day-to day operations can be tedious, to say the least. Learn and understand the different idiosyncrasies of critical thinking and how it can apply to safety professionals. Perception versus reality, beliefs versus knowledge, can change in a single instance or incident.

Session 2: Available On-Demand
“Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: Using Effective Drug Testing and Policies to Reduce the Pain of the Painkiller Epidemic”
Mark Gomsak, Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Opioid and prescription painkiller use and abuse has hit most workplaces with a wide array of legitimate concerns for the employer.  Questions abound as to drug testing, addressing workplace safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and rising costs of opioid use to the employer.  A significant percentage of the workforce is presently under the influence of prescription medications, and addiction to pain medications has led to absenteeism, impairment, workplace accidents and an overall negative impact in the workplace.  In fact, according to a recent survey, 71% of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, yet, only 19% feel extremely prepared to deal with prescription drug misuse.  This session will cover the applicable legal questions and explore a look at the answers for handling the rising epidemic of misuse or abuse of prescribed medications spilling over into the workplace.  Attendees will learn how to implement drug policies and testing that effectively address opioid use and abuse while being compliant with various legal requirements imposed by OSHA, the ADA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other statutes.

Session 3: Available On-Demand
“Developing Safety Managers into Corporate Leaders”
Ed Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips

This presentation will focus on the skills necessary for Safety Managers to become leaders in their companies.  The program will examine how to effectively communicate to the C Suite to not only get C Suite recognition of Safety’s contribution to the company’s bottom line but also to engage front-line employees in dramatically improving the company’s safety program.  The program will examine methodology for demonstrating to senior executives the creditable ROI of safety programs that will drive business improvement.  In addition, the presentation will examine how Safety Managers can more effectively influence upper management and hourly employees to become effective leaders.  Finally, this session will discuss characteristics of world-class companies and explore how the knowledge of those characteristics can be used to bring Safety to a seat in the C Suite.




Paul English, Area Safety Manager, CMC Steel Texas

Paul English is currently the Area Safety Manager for CMC Steel Texas located in Seguin, Texas and an Adjunct Faculty Member of Eastern Kentucky University. He has worked for Fortune 100 companies including Nestle and Ford Motor Company in different facets of occupational safety, security and emergency response operations. While at Ford Motor Company, he was the recipient of the President's Health & Safety Award for Innovation representing The Americas for reducing injuries and illnesses while launching 3 new vehicles. He earned a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology specializing in Industrial Risk Management and an M.S. Safety, Security & Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He has numerous publications regarding incident investigation, process safety management, benchmarking safety metrics and emergency response. He is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional, CSP.

In 2011, he published his first book, Safety Performance in a Lean Environment: A Guide to Building Safety into a Process. This book discusses and reviews how occupational safety and environmental programs can harness the power of lean enterprise and manufacturing techniques to help jump start a stalled safety program or enhance existing programs.

Mark Gomsak, Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Mark J. Gomsak is an attorney in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, where he represents and advises employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters in Kentucky and around the country. Mark obtained his law degree from the University of Louisville. Mark uses a proactive and practical approach to assist clients in successfully resolving current issues and preventing future problems. He has extensive litigation experience, successfully defending clients in lawsuits and administrative charges alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour and FMLA violations. In addition, a significant portion of Mark's practice includes advising and defending clients in OSHA matters including inspections and citation contests.


Edwin G. Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. Ed has extensive experience representing employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests during his 30+ year career and has assisted U.S. and international clients in developing and implementing internal safety and health compliance policies and strategic plans. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Ed served in that capacity from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness, and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, DC, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed has been named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.