2018 Safety Summit

13th Annual Alaska Occupational Safety Summit

October 16 and 17, 2018 | Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, AK

2018 Conference theme:  “Making Safety Personal”

Who should attend? Professional Safety Directors, Safety Consultants & Professionals, Human Resource Professionals, Risk Managers, Collateral Duty Safety Officers, Project Safety Professionals, Frontline Supervisors, Business Owners and General Managers.

See our speaker highlights below, and  click here for the Program Booklet

Brought to you by the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety  Professionals
in association with the Midnight Sun Chapter of AIHA.

ceu-credit-logoBased on this year’s outstanding education program, the ASSP awarded 1.2 CEU’s to attendees of this prestigious event.

The Alaska Chapter of ASSP is again proud to present a strong and full program agenda this year, featuring the latest updates from around the industry and the country. One by one the selected presentations will address the array of health, and safety concerns industries have to contend with, and provide essential training and information right here in Alaska!

Keynote Speaker:

Regina McMichael, CSP, CET.

Regina McMichael, CSP, Founder – The Learning Factory and Soon to be Published Author of the ‘Safety Training Ninja’

The conference committee is very excited to again present a world renowned presenter – Regina McMichael, CSP, CET. Can safety professionals, supervisors and the workforce be inspired with humor and life lessons? You bet! Hear Regina share how to be a better safety leader and better person!

Imagine the perfect safety world, where the workers thank you for your help, training is easy, valuable and effective, and that everyone thinks you are awesome for all that you do. Why you are a safety superhero!  But that not how it is.  In fact, some days, it’s hard to remember why you do this job in the first place. In this program, Regina will revitalize your passion for safety and remind you that it’s about the little wins in safety that keep us engaged.

THE WIFE LEFT BEHIND: THE MAKING OF A SAFETY PROFESSIONAL” – Regina started in safety when she suddenly found herself planning a funeral after her husband fell to his death while employed as a roofer. That began her journey to save just one life to make up for the one she lost. Your audience will go from struggling from the day-to-day challenges of the compliance driven work mentality to remembering that working in safety is full of amazing opportunities to help people see the little wins that happen along the way.

Who is it for?  Anyone responsible for or affected by workplace safety.  Anyone looking for more motivation and direction in their chosen career path.In this program, Regina will revitalize your passion for safety and remind you that it’s about the little wins in safety that keep us engaged.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a new perspective on the impact of the loss of a life and the opportunity to save one.
  • Learn the only way to truly ensure safety on the job (it’s not what you think).
  • Reignite your passion for what you do and transform it into the ability change your life and the lives of those you work with.

100% of our attendees said they would recommend you to a colleague. “We would be excited to have you back!” —Recent Client

Regina has done a dynamic job with packing the room and the high impact intensity has kept them coming back for more. She is well informed and confident in her delivery.

Participants walk away with a new form of teaching safety to keep it fun and fresh. This year she was one of our top 10 speakers highlighted as one not to miss and her genuine approach

makes it pertinent for use across industries.

Since 2013 she has received an excellent Speaker Quality score of 89% to 95% based on attendee evaluations.

It’s been a GREAT pleasure to work with Regina and have enjoyed her positive and cheerfulness every time I encounter her at our shows. She is truly someone I’m glad to know in my

professional career and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.

H.K.Conference Program Manager, National Safety Council

Following the conference, we surveyed the delegates to get their feedback on Regina’s presentation. They all rated her either a 4 or 5 (agree or strongly agree) when asked

if they felt her presentation provided them with information they could take back to their facilities and incorporated a change.

Brian Fedline – United Auto Workers

Regina McMichael blew it out of the water. She was amazing.

American Society of Safety Engineers – 2016 Future Safety Leaders Conference Attendee


Regina is President of The Learning Factory, Inc., the safety education and training company.  She has 29 years’ experience in safety and health education, training, communication and leadership.  Regina teaches around the world and mentors safety professionals to achieve their dream of becoming a Safety Training Ninja© and a passion-driven professional! Regina is also the founder of Peace, Love Safety, the leadership and training catalyst supporting organizations while elevating their SH&E programs from compliance driven checklists to human and humanity- based solutions.  Her diverse background has allowed her to provide hands-on expertise in the research, writing and production of training manuals, videos and articles.

Regina has worked in the construction, insurance, aerospace, automotive and service industries.  She loves traveling the world delivering her safety and leadership messages to all types of organizations.

 Learn more at:  http://www.thelearningfactory.me/index.html and https://reginamcmichael.com/

General Session Highlight:

Eldeen Pozniak, BA, BSc, CRSP, CMIOSH

Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers


As Safety Professionals, we are continuously exploring the best way to get people to do the safety things we need them to do and how we can take our program to that next level.  This session will explore how making safety personal can be a foundation piece.  Building on peoples definitions of safety, we will explore the best practices that build a safety system that widens people’s definitions to facilitate that next step.  Eldeen will take you on a journey to explore your foundations for safety, look at yours and others definitions that affect safety, and consider some key components,…. with a few laughs along the way


Eldeen Pozniak is the CEO of Pozniak Safety Associates Inc., in Canada and Diggins Safety Consulting in the USA.

She is a Certified Professional Speaker through CAPS –Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Well known for her sense of humor, story-telling and down to earth approach, Eldeen uses experiences from her consulting practice and her personal life to deliver a timely, well researched and insightful message that resonates. She has a passion for sharing messages of leadership and safety lessons.  She has spoken to audiences around the world.  Her engaging and powerful keynotes, seminars and workshops identify core messages, explore your existing safety knowledge and approach, and help you examine their choices along the life and work journey.

Eldeen, a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), a Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA), a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK (CMIOSH), has a diverse designation and educational background.

Eldeen has serious credibility on the topics of health and safety from the plant floor to the corporate suite.  She has 25 plus years of experience and involvement as an advisor and consultant to various industry sectors, government organizations, and businesses, and as lecturer at educational institutions.  Due to her commitment and professionalism, she has received a regional and national Safety Professional of the Year award in Canada.  She has been honored with being inducted into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame, by an invitation to Buckingham Palace Garden Party in 2017 as recognition of her contribution to the global safety effort, and has been honored by the ASSE in their publication – 100 Women making a difference in the safety, health and environment profession.


A truly a captivating presenter!

DCP Midstream – Racheal Henry

A thought provoking & education presentation,.. her skill & talent entertained,engaged, and motivated as she was both concise and insightful

Jim Tweedie – Director Operations Canadian Gas Association.

The most impressive speaker I have ever heard. She was dynamic, charismatic, and clearly so invested in safety. I cried, I laughed, and I was awe-struck. If she cannot get

people to buy into a culture of safety, no one will. It was an absolute pleasure, to have the opportunity to hear her speak. Enbridge – Kelly Mandzuk

“Eldeen is a story-teller, weaving the message of her presentation throughout a variety of life experiences that bring the message home to each individual in the room. Her

message transcends and is applicable to many industries and settings. She is equally comfortable in corporate boardrooms and on the international stage as she is talking to the people

on the shop floor about working safely, in order for them to go home at the end of the day.”

Wayne Glover – Associations First

Learn more at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuk_O2UTBHzH2iQK8RJHD_w

“By Invitation Only” Executive Luncheon 

As a sponsor, you’ll receive invitation(s) (# dependent on level of sponsorship) to be held in the Quarter Deck of the Hotel Captain Cook. You’ll be joined with other valued sponsors and hear a message from the VP of Risk for AJ Gallagher – Jim Smith, CSP and Rixio Medina, CSP . This will be held the opening day of the conference, October 16th at noon in the Quarter Deck of the Hotel Captain Cook. Remember, you cannot register for the Executive Luncheon, it is by invitation only, and is the Summit Committee’s way of thanking our sponsors for their support, dedication, and commitment to safety.

Jim Smith, M.S., CSP
Director, Risk Control Services for Arthur J. Gallagher and Company

Jim is Director, Risk Control Services, for Arthur J. Gallagher and Company in South Florida.  Jim manages risk control engineering team which provides risk management and safety consultative service for clients in many different industries.  Jim works on large clients with high retention or self-insured insurance programs with multiple location operations.


Jim was the 2017-2018 President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (Engineers) (ASSP). He has over 34 years of experience in risk management, safety, and claims management. Prior to joining Gallagher Company, Jim worked over 18 years as a Corporate Risk, Safety and Claims Manager.  Jim has received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Industrial Safety from University of Central Missouri. Mr. Smith is a Certified Safety Professional and a professional member of ASSP.  The American Society of Safety Professionals (Engineers) named James D. Smith as the Society “Safety Professional of the Year” in 2004.  In addition, Jim has received the ASSP President Award two times. Mr. Smith serves on several American National Standard Development Committees on fixed ladders, slip resistance on walking surfaces, stairs/ramps/platform designs, risk assessment, risk management and occupational health and safety management systems.  A frequent lecturer at Risk Management, Safety, and Insurance Conferences on various topics such as Safety Management, Workers Compensation Cost Reduction, Managing Risk, Measuring Safety Performance and Workplace Safety.

Rixio E. Medina, CSP, CPP

The Safety Profession in Today’s World and ASSP Strategic Plan

Rixio E. Medina, CSP, CPP, became president of the American Society of Safety Professionals on July 1, 2018, serving a one-year term.  He is an ASSP Fellow and has been a professional member of the Society since 1991.


Rixio is a former oil and gas industry executive who now provides occupational safety, fire protection, process safety and security consulting services in the U.S. and abroad as vice president of Insight Risk LLC.  His four decades of experience include 30 years at CITGO Petroleum Corporation, where he served as an officer and vice president of Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Shared Services.  He also held technical and management positions at Mobil Oil Corporation, BP, AcuTech Consulting and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

He served on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board after being appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003.  He was also appointed by the secretary of labor to four terms on OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.  His volunteer experience includes positions as president and director for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; safety and fire protection committee member for the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; vice chair of the civil service board and chair of the civil service commission for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas; and member of the local emergency planning committees in Corpus Christi and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rixio has a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering technology from Oklahoma State University, where he was named to the Hall of Fame by the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and honored as a distinguished alumnus by the Alumni Association.  He earned a master’s degree in industrial security from the University of Central Missouri and was recognized as an honorary member of Rho Sigma Kappa by the safety sciences department.

At ASSP, Rixio is a former vice president of the Council on Professional Affairs, the Society’s key policy-setting committee. He also has been a member of many other ASSP committees, including standards development, bylaws, global, diversity and government affairs. He has served as an ASSP ambassador for Latin America and trustee for the ASSP Foundation, where he sponsors a scholarship and professional education grant. Rixio is a recipient of the Society’s President’s Award, Foundation Distinguished Service Award, Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award, and the Safety Professionals and Latino Workforce Significant Contributor Award.

Other Topics on the 2018 Summit Agenda:

  • How to become a Safety Ninja
  • Effective communication skills training to enhance safety
  • Psychology behind safe decision making
  • Emotional intelligence and safety
  • ASSP’s organizational outlook
  • Fall protection
  • Networking!
  • Connecting with peers
  • and much, much more!

Post Conference Course

Fall Protection Training

Trainer: Thomas Kramer, P.E., C.S.P.

Managing Principal, LBJ Inc.


Mr. Kramer is a managing principal with LJB who has 22 years of experience.  He is an internationally recognized expert in applying engineering and safety practices to reduce risk for workers at heights.  As a dually registered professional engineer and certified safety professional, he specializes in the assessment and design of fall protection systems.  Mr. Kramer is the vice chair of the ASSE/ANSI Z359 committee that develops fall protection consensus standards, and he serves as president of the International Society for Fall Protection.  He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering, and an MBA degree.  He is also an experienced trainer, delivering client training on a variety of topics through LJB’s professional development practice, LJB University.

Topics, learning objectives,  associated with participating in all or part of our 3-day progressive fall protection program

  • 1 Day = Awareness;
  • Day 1 + 2 = Authorized User;
  • Day 1 + Day 2 and Day 3 = Competent Person
  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
  • Location: TBD
  • This course will provide IACET accredited CEUs


Day 1: Fall Protection Basics (Anyone in Need of Basic Fall Protection Understanding)

Topic Learning Objectives

  • Managed Fall Protection Basics
  • Identify common fall protection myths and facts.
  • Identify the primary elements necessary in a managed fall protection program as defined in ANSI Z359.2-2017.
  • Fall Hazard Identification and Control
  • Recognize fall hazards in walking working surfaces.
  • Describe the hierarchy of controls for fall hazards.
  • Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Identify the basic components of an active fall protection system.
  • Describe the need for rescue planning in fall protection.

Day 2: How to Stay Safe While Working at Heights (Authorized Persons)

Topic Learning Objectives

  • Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Properly fit a full-body harness.
  • Describe the use and limitations of connecting means.
  • Describe the necessity to select a safe anchorage point.
  • Describe the necessity to ensure fall clearance is accurately computed for a fall protection system.
  • Interpret system use and rescue procedures

Day 3: How to Oversee those Subjected to Fall Hazards (Competent Persons)

Topic Learning Objectives

  • Fall Hazard Identification and Control
  • Identify walking working surface compliance issues.
  • Select fall hazard control methods using the hierarchy of controls.
  • Demonstrate a method for assessing risk in fall hazards.
  • Prioritize hazards for abatement.
  • Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Ensure the proper selection of safe anchorage points.
  • Calculate fall clearance.
  • Create a system use and rescue procedure.