Want to see the breadth of sessions available? Here are the sessions that took place during the 2023 Conference, plus all the discount opportunities!

Pre-Conference Member Discount
NDSC Members receive discounts on Pre-Conference courses. Just enter MEMBER2023 in the discount code box and hit apply code at the beginning of your registration. This discount only applies to Pre-Conference courses.

Other Discounts
Early bird discount will automatically populate in your registration if you register before January 27, 2023. NDSC Member discount and the WSI Policy Holder discount will be asked towards the end of your registration. The discounts will only be applied after you answer yes to those questions.

Save almost $1,000 with our NEW group discount for your company!
When you register 10 paid attendees, you’ll receive the 11th attendee completely FREE (equal or lesser value). This doesn’t include Pre-Conference courses. Just email ndsafetyconference@ndsc.org to register your group.

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In-Person sessions only

PC01 – ASC Team Safety

$349 NDSC member, $439 non-member
Rick Halldorson, NDSC
8:00am-5:00pm, All Levels
Whether you call them safety committees, workforce committees, or safety teams, this course is designed for safety, health, and management personnel responsible for putting these teams together, but who may lack experience in team building. Learn how to build an effective safety team or get the most from an established team. Course includes a self-assessment and interactive exercises, allowing participants to use newly learned concepts.


In-Person and Virtual sessions

AKN – Wednesday Keynote – Laugh. Learn. Connect. The Art of Building Powerful Connections that Grow Your Business

Scott Bloom, Scott Bloom
8:00am-9:45am, All Levels
1.25 POST

As a corporate entertainer and comedian, author and personal growth advocate, Scott draws from his professional and personal world to deliver a hilarious and insightful talk that illustrates the importance of connecting with colleagues, co-workers and customers that goes beyond the ordinary courtesies. And in today’s world where deeply personal and productive connections have been disrupted and diluted by a double whammy of rising digital interactions and a pandemic, this is especially significant. Scott shows how to rise above the challenge and reanimate meaningful connections by scratching below the surface, by pulling out the details, by getting personal and by making life fun.  Using customized, identifiable content infused with humor and plenty of audience participation, Scott illustrates how the power of keeping it light AND personal can foster healthy, sustainable connections that can grow your business. He leans heavily into his core comedic strength and purposefully deploys laughter as the tonic for maximizing these lessons and the experience; and he addresses how anyone can use their strengths and passions to do the same. Then he goes granular, providing tips on creating the most authentic connections, including why it’s important to:

  • Make an investment in another
  • Tailor the experience based on the person
  • Stay open to each other’s stories
  • Create a true partnership based on trust and support
  • Express gratitude and appreciation for others

Bottom line is that in a seriously funny way, Scott connects with the audience to demonstrate how the audience can connect with each other. The ideas shared will surely impact your results as your team learns to build new bonds and grow. 

A01 – Building a Safety Coach

Joe Melton, CSSI
11:00am-12:00pm, Intermediate
Who is responsible for Safety? A corporate cliché would be “Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
A goal without a strategy is a wish or hope. If safety is everyone’s responsibility all the time, what are Senior Leaders providing to employees to ensure they have what they need to be successful? Toolbox talks? PPE? A professional Safety Director/Staff? A Safety Committee? We can go on and on, but what we do know is all industries struggle with front-line leaders and middle management development with soft skills. This session will focus on how organizations can establish their “Minor League” development for their future leaders. We will focus on what skills we have found from our experience that Safety Champions typically possess.

A02 – Suspended Worker Rescue

Troy Gardner/Brad Warr, ROCO Rescue
11:00am-5:00pm, Intermediate
“ANSI Z359 as well as OSHA 1926.502(d)(20) require employers to provide the prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or assure that employees are able to perform self-rescue.” Roco’s Suspended Worker Rescue training is designed for safety and simplicity while minimizing exposure to the rescuers. The course includes hands-on techniques for rescuing a co-worker who is suspended from a personal fall arrest system (PFAS). Team rescue operations will be presented in order to prevent or minimize suspension trauma hazards for fallen workers. Safe, simple techniques will be used along with some of the latest and most effective equipment. General fall protection requirements and the hazards of suspension trauma will be discussed. Pros and cons of the various systems will be thoroughly covered. Course Max: 20

A03 – Ladder Inspection/Training

Matt Patterson, Werner Co.
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels
It’s important to inspect every ladder before every use, and remember to tag it and throw it out when in doubt. Werner Climbing Pro, a series designed to promote ladder safety through education, will cover how to choose your ladder, safety before the first step, and safety when climbing a ladder.
• Choosing Your Ladder – This will cover important considerations to make when choosing the right ladder based on environment, height and duty rating.
• Safety Before the First Step – This will cover how to read important ladder labels and markings, the importance of inspecting your ladder before use, and how to set up your ladder.
• Safety While Climbing – This will cover the three points of contact rule, how to carry tools while climbing, and factors that contribute to falls.

A04 – OSHA Update

Scott Overson, OSHA
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels
This presentation will give an overview of key rulemaking activities currently affecting business and industry.

A05 – Making the Most of Our Time in the Field and on the Floor

Eric Svendsen, Safety Culture
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels
Safety cultures are significantly impacted by the degree to which leadership is “present” in the day-to-day activities of the workforce and the extent to which they make a point to observe the work practices of their teams. This is best accomplished through regularly scheduled safety-leadership walkthroughs. This presentation explores the common causes of missed opportunities during safety walkthroughs, calls attention to the importance of the kinds of questions we ask in our conversations with employees and lays out a strategy for maximizing our time on the floor and in the field.

A06 – Viewing Stop Work Authority Through a Human Factors Lens

Peter Batrowny, SafeStart
11:00am-12:00pm, Intermediate
This session will explore how organizations can create a climate to develop and support a program designed for people to look out for each other and speak up related to individual safety performance and decisions. We will discuss how the HFF can be a valuable tool to examine the SWA value. We will also discuss individual HF that may prevent people from exercising SWA and how the organization can support the sustainability of an SWA program.
• Identify organizational elements that affect SWA success.
• Identify individual human factors that prevent people from speaking up related to safety.
• Identify individual HF that prevent people from speaking up related to safety.

A07 – Collaboration vs Confrontation

Bill Spreeman/Casey Spreeman, Columbia Grain International/Black Diamond
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels

The two approaches to resolving compliance issues can both be effective, however companies should be fully aware of the effect their approach will have on employee perception, retention, public perception, brand impacts, future compliance issues (potential), TRUST and leadership. Bill and Casey will share their experiences with resolving compliance issues related to significant employee injuries and fatalities. These are very impactful on the workplace and relationships with all stakeholders. Companies should be prepared for the situation where they may be faced with the unthinkable.

A08  – The Power of One Message

Erica MacDiarmid, ENM Consulting
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels

We all know safety is important, most of us live and breathe safety, and we understand the importance of following procedures. But we also have a job to do and sometimes those safety policies or procedures just “get in the way.” Have you ever been in a situation where you know what needs to be done but lack the support of the company? In this session, you will learn how one person, for better or worse, changed a company. And how in those worst-case scenarios, jobs could have been saved, companies folded, and how to prevent sending yourself and others to the unemployment line. Walk away from this session with a better understanding of how you can help your work environment by being proactive and communicating positive changes.

A09 – Winning the Fight Against Fatigue

Dale Robinson, HR Safety Consulting, LLC
11:00am-12:00pm, All Levels

Fatigue refers to mental or physical exhaustion that stops a person from being able to function normally. It is more than simply feeling tired or drowsy. Fatigue is caused by prolonged periods of physical and/or mental exertion without enough time to rest and recover. A Fatigue Management System is a data-driven and scientifically based process that allows for continuous monitoring and management of safety risks associated with fatigue-related error. Many industries are dealing with employee fatigue. Results of fatigue have led to worker injuries, illness and even death. Operational and personnel wise, fatigue can lead to financial hardship as well.
This session will address the 4 important steps for Fatigue Management.
• Fatigue related data,
• Fatigue analysis methods,
• Identification and management of fatigue
• Application of fatigue mitigation procedures.

A10 – WSI’s Ergonomic Grant Program…How Can It Help Your Company?

Randy Wegge, WSI
11:00am-12:00pm, Basic

This session will give an overview of WSI’s ergonomic grant program. Some of the topics that will be discussed include program eligibility, key components of the program, grant levels, and Q & A. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the program process and the benefits of participating.

CANCELLED – A11 – Benzene Regulations

Dylan Staack, REPSS
11:00am-12:00pm, Intermediate
An assessment of the current and upcoming benzene standards. This discussion will outline the current standards and will discuss how the changes in the new standards will affect regulatory compliance. We will also discuss best practices for monitoring and personal exposure reduction and will introduce the tools available to accurately determine exposure.

A12  – OSHA Panel Discussion

Jennifer Rous/Scott Overson, Art Thompson & Bill Spreeman
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels
Don’t miss this panel discussion with top OSHA personnel and expert safety consultants. They deep dive into prevalent safety issues here in North Dakota and our region and compare OSHA top 10 violations with WSI injury statistics. From trenching to industrial hygiene and all topics in between. Plus, they will address key OSHA definitions like “Competent Persons” that can have a major impact at your workplace, and how to properly interpret them.

A13 – Trauma Post Suspension: A Patient Care Scenario

1:30pm-2:30pm, Basic

Participants in this interactive hands-on session will use patient simulators to practice assessing and providing first aid to a patient following a fall and suspension. Techniques on management of injuries related to suspension shock trauma with a focus on hemodynamic factors will be covered. Course Max: 30

A14 – Ladder Fall Protection – Core Training

Matt Patterson, Werner Co.
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels
This Course presents an overview of the fundamentals of ladder fall protection. It also provides an in-depth look at the A, B, C, D, E and F’s of fall protection, the products, and their features. This fall protection course will also cover inspection of harnesses, labels and different products used in the field, what harness, anchor point or body connecting device to choose for each application, how to wear the harness and ways to properly adjust the harness for each user and new ANSI update for SRLs.

A15 – Not Another Safety Training

Joe Melton, CSSI
1:30pm-2:30pm, Intermediate

We’ve all sat through an educational or training session during which it was painful to pay attention and stay awake. During this session, we’ll share some techniques and tools available to help spice up your trainings. The speaker will discuss and display techniques/tools he has used during the several hundred trainings he has conducted. He’ll also cover tips for building effective PowerPoints and keys when developing handouts. This course will focus on simple rules and techniques for when to use pictures and videos. We’ll discuss inexpensive games and interactive materials that can be used to make your trainings more hands-on for the learner. The speaker will discuss group interactive tools to engage and gauge your attendees’ knowledge.

A16 – Lead it, Don’t Read it! Improving the Quality of Our Safety Talks

Eric Svendsen, Safety Culture
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels

We’ve all seen it before – or maybe even done it ourselves! A pre-shift meeting or safety talk that’s uninspired, boring, and looks a lot more like an exercise in going through the motions – out of obligation to a policy – than it does an opportunity to get their heads in the game to work safely because it’s the right thing to do! This presentation explores best practices for engaging employees in safety meetings, safety talks, pre-job meetings, general production meetings, and other venues for safety communication.

A17 – Beyond the Buzzword; What Being Proactive in Safety Really Means

Peter Batrowny, SafeStart
1:30pm-2:30pm, Intermediate
We talk about being proactive but are our actions and metrics truly proactive? Learn how Visual Literacy enables us to be proactive in our safety leadership.

A18 – Walking-Working Surface, Keeping Your Workers on Their Feet

Scott Gaddis, Intelex Technologies
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels
This session will improve your understanding of slips, trips and falls (STF) and how workers navigate their walking-working environment. Areas discussed will be recognizing the risks and identifying what controls are warranted to provide better safety. The session will also explore how slips, trips and falls occur, how to employ advanced inspection techniques and the STF controls hierarchy. Participants will also discuss a case study detailing proper risk analysis to build out full program understanding. A technical whitepaper will be offered to all attendees.

A19 – Passing Through the Storm – Michelle’s Story

Dennis Snodgrass, NDSC
1:30pm-2:30pm, Basic

Tropical storm Tammy offered no mercy. The wind and rain were fierce that dreary afternoon. The funeral was over. The family was meeting for an early dinner to mourn the loss of Michelle’s fiance. She told everyone that she would meet them there, she just wanted to run and grab some things and have a minute alone. While her mother spoke with Michelle on the phone she heard a brief, “Oh no,” and then silence. They had lost her. This presentation is about the dangers of distracted driving. No family is ever untouched by tragedy, and it is common to feel disconnected from others that have similar heartbreak. Some cope better than others, but it is important to learn from our experiences and never let any incident go to waste. There is hope and healing when passing through the storm.

A20 – Extreme Temperatures “How to Survive”

Dale Robinson, HR Safety Consulting, LLC
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels

Temperature extremes require special measures, particularly if accompanied by extremes of humidity. Knowing how to recognize the causes of illness from extreme temperatures and how to prevent them is vital. Hypothermia, frostbite, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can all lead to serious or life-threatening situations. Prevention is the key measure. Can we control exposure (Eliminate, substitute, engineer, administrative or the use of PPE)? Learn the basics of how to recognize and prevent illnesses brought on by extreme temperatures.

A21 – They Don’t Understand! How to Bridge the Gap Between HR & Safety

Erica MacDiarmid, ENM Consulting
1:30pm-2:30pm, All Levels
There was an incident resulting in an injured employee. Now what? What does the company need to know and why? What rights does the employee have and how do they work with HR? In many cases, there is a disconnect between the company, HR, and safety. Between trying to do what is best for all parties involved, the infighting can be relentless and cost the company hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost time, employee wages, and increased insurance. This interactive session will provide awareness and suggestions on how to bridge the gap for the best possible outcome. Join us to learn how to save your company time and money. And most importantly, maintain your sanity as you navigate through WSI, HR, and company policies. This class is geared toward anyone in a leadership or supervisory role, HR and HSE personnel.

A22 – Quantitative vs Qualitative Fit Testing: Identifying the Gaps in your Respiratory Protection Program

Conor O’Donnell, AccuTec-IHS, Inc. 
1:30pm-2:30pm, Basic
An in-depth look at the various methods for fit testing. This comparison of methods will outline all available practices on the market, and will discuss proper execution of the practice. This discussion will ultimately identify the gaps in the current methodologies, and will help the EHS professional make decisions for fit testing best practices.

A23 – Priority or Value? What Do We Really Think and Believe About Safety?

Eric Svendsen, Safety Culture
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
Safety culture starts with the way we think and believe about safety. Culture is about people and relationships, not about compliance to regulations. Safety must be taken out of the category of “highest priority,” and placed in the category of “core value” before it can become a culture. Core values are identified and connected to personal safety, as are the differences between priorities and values. Participants work in small groups to define the differences between following and enforcing safety as a compliance regulation, and leading safety as a culture.

A24 – Trench Collapse with Traumatic Asphyxiation: A Patient Care Scenario

3:30pm-5:00pm, Basic
1.5 LCCR

Participants in this interactive hands-on session will use patient simulators to practice assessing and providing first aid to a patient who was recently rescued from a trench collapse. Topics will include scene safety, EMS activation, traumatic asphyxiation, spinal stabilization, fractures, crush syndrome, hypothermia, teamwork, and communication in an emergency environment. Course Max: 30

A25 – Influencing Up

Joe Melton, CSSI
3:30pm-5:00pm, Advanced
1.5 POST

Influential leadership is the key attribute that separates individuals who can manage a team versus those who can influence without authority. Influencing subordinates or providing direction is a practice that has been targeted as critical soft skill development for a few decades now; the gap in many of these developmental programs is targeting our ability to influence those we do not have authority over, as well as influencing those up the chain of command. In this session, we will dive into the four domains of effective influential leadership; we follow the guide provided by the US Army Rangers that all Rangers are a leader. We will develop individual leadership profiles while working through the four domains, identifying which areas individuals are more robust in while identifying which areas could use some development. These development plans will directly correlate to enhancing the attendee’s ability to influence in their careers, communities, and personal lives. Objectives:
1. Master the four domains of effective influential leadership
2. Develop an individual influential action plan.
3. Identify influential leadership attributes for personal development.
4. Identify measurables for measuring soft skill development.

A26 – Drugs – Signs & Symptoms in the Workplace

Travis Jacobson, Minnkota Power
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
1.5 ICCR, 1.5 POST

The use of drugs can do some interesting things to the human body, a lot of which, cannot be controlled by the person using the drugs. These signs and symptoms are used by individuals to determine the use of drugs. There are several things a person can look at to help determine if someone is under the influence. This presentation will provide some tools to help supervisors, etc. determine if someone is under the influence of drugs.

A27 – Strategic and Tactical Implications of SIF Programs

Peter Batrowny, SafeStart
3:30pm-5:00pm, Intermediate
This session will explore the new thoughts in SIF precursors. We will discuss the strategic and tactical implications of developing, implementing, and continuously improving a SIF program. This session is appropriate for organizations that have a SIF program or desire to develop and implement a program.
• Understand the theoretical elements of a sound SIF program
• Discuss practical implementation concerns and successes
• Identify continuous improvement opportunities

A28 – Going from Good to Great: Transforming Safety Performance with Technology

Scott Gaddis/Justin McElhattan, Intelex Technologies
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
Safety professionals have access to more safety technologies than ever before. However, many organizations are still working on paper and spreadsheets within siloed data systems – unable to achieve great performance. This session will cover technology solutions and key applications that will transform safety programs for the better. You’ll learn about new technologies for safety, core safety applications that build a better safety management system, technologies that will improve training and communication, using big data and prescriptive analytics to improve performance, and how to improve safety from your mobile device.

A29 – Jump Start your Safety Committees

Dale Robinson, HR Safety Consulting, LLC
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
1.5 ICCR

If a Safety Committee checkup is not performed periodically then the effectiveness will lose its worth. This session will also introduce ideas to revitalize, or jump start your Safety Committee and look at lessons learned from other safety committees in industry. It will address issues that are most common within an established Safety Committee and will allow for discussion amongst peers to see what has worked and is not working in their committee.

A30 – Safety Benchmarking, Staying in Touch with Your Employees. Perception vs Reality

Bill Spreeman, Columbia Grain International
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
There are many ways to measure and determine the effectiveness of your safety systems and cultural effectiveness. Focusing on traditional leading and lagging metrics can be misleading and allow the commitment to culture to be left to chance. Using perception metrics is an important option that all companies should consider. Prior to selection and use of benchmarking tools there are some considerations that will be presented and discussed.

A31 – myWSI – New and Improved Employer Dashboard

Nicole Spoor/Stephanie Maher, WSI
3:30pm-5:00pm, All Levels
Serving employers beyond standard business hours has been a priority for Workforce Safety & Insurance over the past several years. While we have offered employers online services for many years, in 2017 we took a big step with the myWSI portal, connecting employers to their WSI account. In the summer of 2022, we gave employers a new experience and additional functionality. The updated experience includes a customized dashboard based on the user’s access, improved navigation to applications, enhanced tools for managing users, and overall new look. In addition, the Designated Medical Provider application was updated and is now accessed through myWSI. This session will provide an overview of the myWSI portal and how to navigate the new and improved employer dashboard.

A32 – I’ve just been Voluntold to Lead the Team – Now What?

Erica MacDiarmid, ENM Consulting
3:30pm-5:00pm, Basic
1.5 POST 

You have just been told that you are now the person in charge. Your peers now report to you. Yay – you’ve been promoted! Now what – you didn’t ask for this opportunity. How do you transition from peer to manager? In this session, you’ll learn about the characteristics and attributes of a good manager and the difference between a leader and a manager. Learn new ways to communicate information to your former peers to help them make the mental transition from friend/colleague to manager. Walk away from this session with tools to help you manage a team, have those difficult conversations, and ways to excel in your new management position.