Virtual Event 2024

The Region 9 Education Centers  and Regional office have been hard at work revising the Pacific Coast Safety Fest to be able to reach more folks. Targeting key topics conveniently scheduled to accommodate the region so that as many students as want to can enroll in all of  the classes.  Registration is open.  Click on the course titles below to register,
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Monday – March 11, 2024 – 1 pm – 3 pm (pst) – Click here to register for day 1

    • Region 9 Regional Administrator
      • James D. Wulff
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor
      • Amanda Edens
    • Region 9 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
      • Lisa G. Hogle, Arizona State University
      • Raul Guzman, California State University, Dominguez Hills
      • Naci Ozgur, Chabot Las Positas Community College District
      • Stephanie Spann, University of California, San Diego
    • Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA)
      • Patrick Corcoran

Tuesday – March 12, 2024 – 1 pm – 7 pm (pst) – Click here to register for day 2

    • 1:00 pm – OSHA Outreach Trainer Forum
      • The OSHA Outreach Trainer Forum is your opportunity to hear about changes in the Outreach Training Program, ask questions regarding trainer reauthorizations and how to become a trainer. The staff from the UC San Diego OTI Education Center Outreach Department will present an overview of the program, answer questions and share success stories.
    • 2:00 pm – Excavations – Not a Safety Black Hole
      • A discussion on the national emphasis program requirements including best practices when excavating , no matter how small. We will also address common misconceptions.
    • 3:00 pm – Common Mistakes with Fall Protection
      • Falls from heights are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.  While fall protection standards and equipment are evolving, it’s important to understand common mistakes that are made with fall protection programs to better manage this hazard for workers.
    • 4:00 pm – Impacts of legalization of Cannabis
      • Legalization of cannabis across the United States has increased use and may have a profound effect on the health and safety of workers.  This presentation will explore some on the positive and negative impacts of cannabis use and ways to help manage risks to workers.
    • 5:00 pm – Nurturing a Culture of Safety within Ethnic Cultures
      • Working with numerous ethnic backgrounds who develop into cliques and crews can cause mishaps and delayed operations if not joined together towards one goal. Most cultures have a particular way of communicating and language that may be barriers for others. Breaking these walls and opening a channel of communication that is relatable to everyone builds a culture of safety that requires nurturing and perpetuating. How do we recognize the uniqueness of each culture and bring them together to work safely? This is a discussion of experiences and best practices to overcome the hurdle of ethnic communication barriers to create a harmonious culture of safety in the workplace.
    • 6:00 pm – Popping the Cork for a Safer Workplace
      • Mitigating a non-responsive tone at the top in safety management. We will go through the flow chart and identify the role and responsibility of safety and program management. This session will identify where the buck stops and who truly makes the calls and how to pop the cork on the bottle neck.

Wednesday – March 13, 2024 – 1 pm – 7 pm (pst) – Click here to register for day 3

    • 1:00 pm – Amputations in the Manufacturing Industry
      • According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) each year, thousands of workers lose fingers, hands, feet, and other body parts–mostly through compression, crushing, or by getting them caught between or struck by objects. Most amputations involve fingertips. Amputations occur most often when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded mechanical power presses, power press brakes, powered and non-powered conveyors, printing presses, roll-forming and roll-bending machines, food slicers, meat grinders, meat cutting band saws, drill presses, milling machines as well as shears, grinders, and slitters. This presentation will provide a general overview of common amputation hazards, applicable OSHA regulations and common amputation prevention control methods to keep workers safe.
    • 2:00 pm – Heat Illness Prevention
      • Heat kills. It doesn’t have to. Find out the signs that you or others are experiencing heat illness. Find out what to do to prevent it
    • 3:00 pm – Mental Health and Suicide in the Construction Industry
      • The suicide rate for workers in the construction industry is 5x the national average making mental health the biggest threat to workers health and wellbeing.  Traditional occupational health and safety programs do little to address this problem.  Health and Safety programs need to evolve to help manage the stigma associated with poor mental health and the risk this place on workers.
    • 4:00 pm – Hearing Conservation
      • Noise is one of the most pervasive occupational hazards and 25% of construction workers have hearing impairment that impacts their daily activities.  It is necessary to establish an effective hearing conservation program to monitoring and manage this hazard.
    • 5:00 pm – Safe Behavior vs Learned Behavior
      • Behavioral safety is an underrated and underused concept in the field of safety. The ability to identify and reward safe behavior to motivate others to do the same, allows anyone the opportunity to become safety champions. The challenge is to overcome the bad behavior and bad habits developed after years of unchecked repetitiveness and finally asking to make a change. This is how you teach an old dog NEW tricks.
    • 6:00 pm – PPE and Right Fit
      • OSHA sent out a National News Release proposing the PPE standard in the Construction Industry include properly fitted personal protective equipment required to be worn by employees for all genders and sizes and align it with the General Industry and Maritime Standards. Ensuring the right fit in PPE can ensure a safer employee and a safer workplace. This is a discussion of life and ability versus loss of life or disability.

Thursday – March 14, 2024 – 1 pm –  4 pm – Click here to register for day 4

    • 1:00 pm – Warehousing
      • OSHA announced a new national emphasis program (NEP) to prevent workplace hazards in warehousing and distribution center operations, mail/postal processing and distribution centers, parcel delivery/courier services, and certain high injury rate retail establishments. In the past 10 years, these industries have experienced tremendous growth, and employ more than 1.9 million people. At the same time, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show injury and illness rates for these establishments are higher than in private industry overall and, in some sectors, more than twice the rate of private industry. This webinar will discuss the hazards related to powered industrial vehicle operations, material handling and storage, walking and working surfaces, means of egress and fire protection.
    • 2:00 pm – Whistleblower Protection
      • Workers have a right to report safety & health concerns free from the fear of retaliation. OSHA partners with state plans to provide broad coverage of Whistleblower protection laws, beyond just safety and health. OSHA endeavors to accomplish worker protection through outreach to employers and industry professionals.
    • 3:00 pm – Safety and Health Management Systems
      • Occupational safety and health programs are designed and administered to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths at work.  Through an iterative process, well-managed programs continue to improve and grow, getter steadily better at keeping workers safe.  Join us to learn about the core elements and recommended practices for establishing and maintaining a program and helping to cement worker safety and health as a core value in your workplace.
    • 4:00 pm – Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Crystalline Respirable Silica
      • California is experiencing a silicosis epidemic. Cal/OSHA has modified the general industry respirable crystalline silica exposure regulation on an emergency temporary basis to better address this emerging problem.  A brief overview of the emergency temporary changes to the regulation will be provided.