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March 28-29, 2018
Denver Marriott South
Lone Tree, CO

Room Block Deadline is March 6, 2018


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:15-8:15 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast & Exhibits
 8:15-9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions & Open Discussion
 9:00-10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: The Secret Ingredient to Safety Excellence
Doug Sterbenz

   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break & Exhibits
 10:15-11:00 a.m. Innovative Safety Programs
Panelist #1: Paul Martinez, Austin Energy
Panelist #2: Steve Charland, Westar Energy
Panelist #3: Dave McCormack, Supervisor, Field Safety PSCO and SPS , Xcel Energy
Panelist #4: Jeff Akerly, Kansas City Power & Light

 11:00-11:45 a.m. Making the Jump: Going from Peer to Superivisor
Lindsay Roberts, Westar Energy
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch & Exhibits
 1:00-2:00 p.m. Arc Flash Events From Emotional and Technical Perspectives
Derek Bell, Kansas City Power & Light
Jim Phillips, Brainfiller

 2:00-2:45 p.m. Workplace Athlete
Cynthia Fassel, PT, CPE, President, Injury to Action
 2:45–3:00 p.m., Networking Break & Exhibits
 3:00-3:45 p.m. Safety Coaches and Field Observations
Ky Bradley, Safety Department Supervisor TD&C, APS
 3:45-4:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion and Day 1 Wrap Up
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   4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast & Exhibits
 8:00-8:30 a.m. Safety Roundtable and Open Discussion - Critical Incident Preparation, Situational Awareness
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 8:30-9:30 a.m. Day 2 Keynote Presentation: Domino Pushers
Dr. David Benke, Program Director, I Love U Guys Foundation
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break & Exhibits
 9:45-10:30 a.m. Driver Safety
Scott Masino, Manager, Corporate Safety, APS
Chuck Hendry, Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator, Austin Energy

 10:30-11:30 a.m. Personal Protective Grounding in High-Fault Current Locations
Gary Zevenbergen, Electrical Engineer, Western Area Power Administration
 11:30 a.m. - Noon Closing/Wrap Up Discussion: Leadership, Safety and Awareness
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Join us for the 2018 RMEL Safety Conference. Hear a powerful keynote message from former utility senior executive and author, Doug Sterbenz, exploring the secret ingredient to safety excellence. Day 2 keynote speaker, Dr. David Benke, will provide key pointers to protect employees in an "active" situation. Presentations will dive into the challenges we face today and safety best practices. Interactive roundtable discussions mixed into the program provide the opportunity to learn from each other. Safety professionals, linemen, plant operators and all electric energy personnel from utilities of all types and services and supplier companies will be heard as we drill down to the best ways to lead our safety efforts.

Who Should Attend

Those involved with safety in the electric energy industry. Primarily safety managers, safety directors, safety program coordinators for generation and T&D.  All personnel with responsibility for the development, implementation, monitoring and oversight of safety programs.  Safety consultants for electrical utilities.  Supervisors and crew foreman.  Lineman and operations personnel with an interest in on-the-job personal safety.  Individuals with other backgrounds are also welcome to learn about the issues in this section.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 6.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by RMEL, upon completion of the course. There will be 1.0 professional hour (PDH) given for attending the Member Roundtable. RMEL serves a large territory in which attendees participate in a number of accrediting organizations, each with their own requirements. Depending on the certifying body you are affiliated with, RMEL PDHs may be applied towards your recertification credit. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the credits are applicable to their certifying body and how they may be applied. Use the event brochure, and agenda to determine how the content applies to your certification. The attendee is also responsible for verifying how the quantity of RMEL PDHs convert to your certifying body credits. Typically 1.0 PDH is equal to .1 CEU, but you should always verify the conversion scale.