aluminum safety summit

The Aluminum Safety Summit - Event Sessions

October 15-16, 2019 | Rosemont, IL

The organizers reserve the right to alter the schedule and substitute speakers as needed. Check back often for program & schedule updates.

Tuesday, October 15

Morning General Session 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Get a high-level perspective of the safety issues impacting everyone in the operation. Great speakers who are passionate about safety will share their stories, discuss how their approaches to safety impacted and changed their lives, and explain how you can implement positive change for a safer workplace right away.

The Day We Will Remember Forever
Ricky Rollins, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches
Ricky will tell the story of how he almost died 24 years ago on a steel mill start-up and how he came to realize what the effect of that accident would have had on his young family if he had died that day. He will also tell four more stories from the perspective of friend, father, husband, brother, co-worker, supervisor and department manager of things that have affected his circle. Each story will have a message in it that everyone will be able to take away to use in their lives at home and at work.

Ricky’s stories will make you laugh and also think deeply about your life and the people you love.
Safety Culture & Organizational Change
Gary Higbee, SafeStart
Every company has a culture at the corporate level. In most corporate handbooks that culture is intended to produce similar cultures at each facility managed by the corporation. But we all know that’s not always the case. In practice, every site has a different culture. This can present a number of challenges for corporate-level safety managers to implement an effective safety system evenly throughout an organization. Mr. Higbee will explore the issues with respect to culture and organizational change initiatives. You will learn the 5 critical components of effective change management and have some fun along the way.
Safety Culture Leadership … Lessons Learned from Alcoa and Tesla
Laurie Shelby, Tesla
Organizational culture drives a company's safety culture. The presentation will share Ms. Shelby’s top 10 learnings on improving a safety culture from working in an industrial setting steeped in traditional views to now working in an innovative, disruptive company building new technologies. Navigating safety leadership in two dramatically different businesses really starts with how leaders define safety. It is first principles thinking – the basic element for a good safety culture.

Lunch: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Preventing Chemical BurnsAnodizing
Linda Williams, HSE Manager, Hydro
32 million workers in the U.S.A. work with hazardous chemicals. These chemicals can include sulfuric acids, hydrogen fluoride, ammonias, and sodium hydroxides. In 2015 there were 3,490 reported cases of workplace chemical burns. Prevention is possible with the right knowledge of chemicals within processes, safe handling practices and proper storage.
Chemical Containment & Spill ResponseAnodizing
Genny Dwyer, Process Engineer, Linetec
Chemicals are used throughout the anodizing process, so containment while using and when storing is an important part of working safely. Taking the appropriate precautions is the key to being ready for any emergencies. Everyone working in the facility needs to understand what chemical hazards are in their work areas. We must always be ready to react to any situation involving hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals. When any chemical is used, being proactive is the best way to keep everyone safe. However, we can’t prevent all hazardous situations with chemicals. Knowing what needs to be done and by who is critical to reducing injuries to our associates.
Best Practices in Extrusion Plant Ergonomics Extrusion
Jim Fograscher, Senior Manager Corporate Safety, Kaiser Aluminum
Handling materials and tools around an extrusion press is a dirty and heavy job. In this session we’ll explore how extrusion workers are vulnerable to overexertion injuries. We'll also explore a variety of ergonomics solutions to lower their risk of injury.
Implementation of the Metal Exchange Safety System Recycling
Mark Buchner, Metal Exchange
Molten Metal SafetyRecycling
Curt Wells, The Aluminum Association
Complacency is the enemy in managing molten metal. Vigilance is required to ensure molten metal safety and this presentation will provide an overview of incident history, key factors influencing molten metal behavior, and practical tips for ensuring safety in molten aluminum charging, transfer, and casting operations.
Best Practices in Scrap SafetyRecycling
Daniel Ard, Regional Safety Manager for River Metals Recycling, a division of The David J. Joseph Company
Daniel Ard will provide an overview of the David J. Joseph Company's safety process and highlight best practices in addressing potential hazards in the metal recycling industry.
Achieving Safety Excellence thru Increased Employee EngagementRecycling
Brian Winters, OmniSource
Real safety excellence can only be achieved if and when all employees of an organization are fully engaged in the overall safety program. The ultimate goal is to ensure that our employees return home safely to their families each and every night. We must involve our employees in creating a culture that supports this goal. During this session, we will review a variety of initiatives and tactics that are intended to enhance employee engagement in safety.
Safety Standards … What's New and on the HorizonGeneral
Curt Wells, The Aluminum Association
TrainPoint Virtual Reality Software Capabilities, Training & Live DemonstrationsGeneral
Bradley Wyatt, John McDougall, Rich Benedetto; TrainPoint VR
TrainPoint specializes in safety training to ensure a safe, productive and OSHA-compliant workplace. The TrainPoint Team will be presenting their hazard identification and Lock Out Tag Out training, and will showcase various medium platforms they are utilizing. They will explain how Virtual Reality (VR) can help in safety training and the endless possibilities that can be accomplished in VR.

Welcome Reception (Dinner on Own): 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

General Session 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 A.m.

Serious Injuries & Fatalities (SIF) Prevention at Novelis
Not Just a Bolt-on; Integrating Safety into Operational Excellence
Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar, Inc.
The term "safety culture" is often overused and misunderstood. Most companies hold safety as one of their values – something that represents who they are at the core. However, leaders and employees often fail to demonstrate that value by their words and deeds. Leaders mean well, but many do not understand what is required of them to achieve "zero harm" on a daily basis. If safety is a value, all employees should be involved in creating and following clearly defined and understood expectations. There must also be an effective management system in place to ensure those expectations are being met by all members of the organization, just like production & quality. When an organization truly embraces safety as a value, there are dividends paid in the forms of improved quality, profitability, and morale. This presentation explores case studies where safety is an interwoven component of operational excellence.
From Worst to First: The Transformation of the Safety Culture at Scot Forge
John McGillivray, Scot Forge
During his time at Scot Forge, John McGillivray has developed a world-class safety program that has been recognized by both OSHA and EHS Today magazine for safety excellence. This session describes Scot Forge’s journey to transform its company from having multiple injuries per week into one of the safest places to work in America. Attendees will see the steps and techniques used to create the award-winning safety process and understand the mindset and engagement required to make, and sustain, this transformation.

Lunch: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

General Session 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Roundtable Discussions to Share Best Practices: What are Your Burning Platforms in Safety?
Panelists: Chip Dollins, SCM & Curt Wells, The Aluminum Association
Panelists will be leading interactive frank discussion about a variety of safety issues. What are the issues that are keeping you up at night? Bring your questions and challenges to this session with the goal of improving the overall safety of the industry.
Personal Responsibility
Tony Samento, Samento Industrial Training
With 20 years’ of experience as a crane and forklift operator, Tony Samento witnessed his coworker being pulled into a high-speed paper machine and realized the need to educate employees on personal responsibility for safety. Tony has provided safety training to over 180,000 employees in various environments across the United States and overseas. He will provide a sample presentation representing some of the training they provide and the negative consequences that often leads to injury and worse.
EnPro Safety 360 Process & Bonnell Case Study
Joe Wheatley, EnPro Learning Systems
Safety leaders can be developed throughout your organization, not only at the top executive level, but among front-line supervisors and employees. Learn how Bonnell Aluminum develops safety leaders through two tools that will surprise you in how they combine to change an organization's safety and risk mindset 180 degrees. Then take safety leadership to the next level by engaging employees through Safety Action Teams. With more safety leaders and Safety Action Teams, you can create a safety culture where injury prevention is a core value that is practiced in the way people work every day.
Seminar Evaluation, Wrap-Up
Panelists: Chip Dollins, SCM & Curt Wells, The Aluminum Association