We will work with RMEL's Safety Committee to look for windows of opportunity to reassemble & reschedule this event and the outstanding presentations that all speakers and the Safety have put together. 


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Keynote Tony Crow - It’s Not Just About Me 
  9:30–9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-11:00 a.m.  Bootcamp Presentation
 Greg Patterson, Substation Trainer, Evergy
 Jeff Allen, Manager, Learning & Development, Tri-State Generation & Transmission

 11:00 a.m. -  Noon  Accident Investigation Roundtable 
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Overview of UT Research on Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Hazards
Ofodike Ezekoye, Professor, University of Texas at Austin 
 1:45-2:30 p.m.  ATV & UTV Workplace Safety for Utility Workers 
 Chuck Kevwitch, Instructor/Contracts Manager, Safety One Training
 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:30 p.m.  Industrial Hygiene in an Electrical Utility 
Rayna D Brown, MS-IH, Industrial Hygienist, Evergy
 Steve Hicks, Industrial Hygienist, Evergy 
 3:30-4:15 p.m.  Crane Safety + Demo
 To be Announced
 4:15-4:30 p.m.    Day 1 Wrap Up Discussion
  4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Roundtable and Recap Discussion
 8:30-9:30 a.m.  HOP Implementation: Lessons Learned 
 Jim Aldrich, Corporate Safety Programs Consultant, Evergy
9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Observation & Coaching
Chris Overman, Director, Human Performance and Corrective Action Programs Manager,   Nebraska Public Power District
 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Distracted Driving - Austin Police Special initiatives
Patrick Oborski, Detective, Austin Police Department
11:15 a.m. - Noon  Creating Health & Wellness Programming Your Employees Actually Enjoy 
 Shannon Hernandez, Chief Creative Officer, Cardigan Communications Group

Safety is paramount in the power industry. It holds no boundaries, no rank. It is not a sometime thing. Safety must be at the forefront in everything we do. Everyone is responsible for safety. When it comes to safety, everyone’s a leader.
Join us in Austin for the RMEL’s 2020 Safety Conference! 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.  

Who Should Attend

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.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 9.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by RMEL, upon completion of the course. 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.