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Willis Conference Center
April 18-19, 2001, Nashville, TN

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    Seminar Information
      Seminar Description: The AISE Steel Foundation is pleased to present our second annual Steel Plant Safety seminar. This year's seminar focuses on hazard recognition, prevention and best practices in the steel works. Content for the seminar was developed based on a survey conducted with health, safety, maintenance, engineering and operations managers who attended our April, 2000, seminar in Roanoke, Virginia.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Define innovative methods of implementing safety training in the steel works
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to share specific safety related problems, issues, ideas and practices
  • Expose participants to a cross section of safety programs within the steel industry
  • Review key elements of an effective industrial hygiene hazard prevention program
  • Review basics of preventing back, eye, and hand injuries
  • Identify and describe common safety hazards within the steel works
  • Identify and discuss common safety practices utilized within the steel works
  • Examine emerging issues and practices related to health and safety within the steel industry

Seminar Highlights:

  • Small group discussions on "issues & practices"
  • Abbreviated video interviews with injured steelworkers
  • Video footage of hazards, safe and unsafe practices within the steel mill
  • Safety Managers- panel presentations and Q& A

Seminar Facilitators:
Bill Bernhart, CIH, Esq., is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of AM Health & Safety. He brings over 20 years experience developing safety and health programs to reduce work related injuries and illnesses. His primary focus is to ensure OSHA compliance for his client organizations. Mr. Bernhart has extensive experience conducting national and local seminars on health and safety issues affecting employers.

Dave Coffaro is President of MTS—Multimedia Training Systems, Inc. Owned and managed by former steel industry managers with extensive experience in safety, operations and maintenance, MTS focuses on helping steel producers to reduce accidents in their workforce. MTS provides monthly subscription training services, distributed through CD-ROM to over 75 steel companies nationally.

Clifford Purcell, ASA, is an international safety consultant, auditor, author and educator. As president of the Purcell Group, and as a senior consultant for the National Safety Council, he has consulted with numerous companies within a wide variety of industries including steel, automotive, mining, pulp and paper and petroleum. Mr. Purcell's distinguished career includes assignments in Safety Loss Control, as a leadership development trainer and as a speechwriter for many of the US army's senior generals, including retired General Colin Powell.

Bernie Quinn, CIH is president and CEO of AM Health and Safety, Inc. He brings extensive knowledge and working experience of the steel and metals industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of industrial hygiene, safety, product safety, environmental control and radiation protection both at a national and international level. Mr. Quinn conducts educational seminars on industrial hygiene health hazards.


Who Should Attend: The seminar is designed for managers, supervisors, technicians, operators, engineers, and team members working in production, maintenance and operations environments who share responsibility for maintaining and promoting safe work practices throughout the steel works. The seminar will also benefit health, safety and human resource professionals.

    Registration Information
    Registration Fee: Advance registration by March 16, 2001 US$595; Late registration after March 16, 2001 US$695; payable to The Steel Foundation by check or credit card with the attached registration form. There will be no on-site registration. Register early; enrollment is limited. You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail once your registration has been paid in full. For questions regarding registration, call The Steel Foundation at (412) 281-6323 x 153.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Reception Wednesday evening
  • Continuous breaks and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Comprehensive workbook with program outline and materials
  • Certificate upon completion
    Company Discount: Three or more individuals from the same company attending this seminar can receive a 10% discount per person. All registrations must be received together along with payment to qualify for the discount. Not applicable with any other discount.
    Cancellation/Substitution: If you must cancel, please fax a notice of cancellation to (412) 281-2784 and a refund will be issued. Cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the event will be issued a credit voucher. If you would like to send a substitute, a new registration form must be faxed for that person, which indicates the replaced person on the form. Be certain that membership status of each person is equivalent or note otherwise.
    Dress: Casual
    Program Outline
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
7:00-8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.




Effective Safety Training Practices
Clifford Purcell
-needs analysis
-structure & delivery
-measuring competence
-innovative methods
-training the trainer

9:45-11:45 a.m.



Round Table Discussions- Safety Challenges & Solutions
Clifford Purcell
Seminar participants select topics of interest and break into discussion groups to identify issues and discuss possible solutions.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.


12:45-2:15 p.m.



Safety Program Profiles- Panel Presentations and Discussion
Brian Bolinger, Safety Coordinator, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Butch Collins, Manager Safety Systems, Gallatin Steel
Jim Stone, Safety Manager, formerly with Ameristeel
Individual presentations from steel company safety managers followed by open Q& A with seminar participants.

2:30-4:00 p.m.


Industrial Hygiene Practices in the Steel Works
Bill Bernhart & Bernie Quinn
-Hazard identification
-Best practices: putting it to work for your company

4:15-5:00 p.m.


Basics of preventing common injuries
Bill Bernhart
-Back, eye and hand injuries
-Best practices
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 2001

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
*Optional Break Out Session - Industrial Hygiene

8:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.





















Steel Plant Safety Practices
Dave Coffaro

Lockout Tagout
Common lockout tagout obstacles in steel mills
Situations where lockouts are required but often not performed & why
Video examples of actual lockouts, failure to lock out and near misses

Fall Prevention
Fall protection requirements and obstacles in steel mills
Common situations where fall protection is required but often not used & why
Video examples of proper and improper use of fall protection, failure to use fall protection and near misses.

Electrical Hazards
Common electrical practices and problems in steel mills
Common electrical hazards and violations
Video examples of electrical hazards and violations

Hot Metal
Common hot metal problems in steel mills
Common hot metal hazards and related work practices
Video examples of hot metal hazards and safe work practices

Machine Guarding
Common machine guarding problems in steel mills
Common machine guarding and related work practices
Video examples of machine guarding hazards

Overhead Cranes
Common overhead crane issues in steel mills
Common crane related unsafe work practices
Video examples of crane related unsafe work practices

12:00-1:00 p.m.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Steel Plant Safety Practices (Continued)
Dave Coffaro
Wrap-up morning session.
2:30-3:15 p.m.

Emerging Issues

3:30 p.m.

Seminar Concludes

    Hotel Accommodations
    Hotel Accommodations: The Steel Foundation has reserved a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Nashville Airport, 10 Century Boulevard, located just 5 minutes from the Nashville Airport. Please contact the Embassy Suites at (615) 871-0033 by March 21, 2001 to receive the discount rate of US$104/single US$114/double. Be sure to mention that you are attending the AISE Steel Foundation seminar to receive the group discount rate. After March 21, 2001 reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. The seminar is held at the Willis Conference Center, which is in walking distance from the hotel. Shuttle service is available to and from the Embassy Suites and the Willis Conference Center. Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel accommodations. The hotel provides complimentary breakfast every morning and a manager's reception (cocktails and snacks) each evening.
    For registration information, call (412) 281-6323 x153 or x125.
For hotel room reservations, call (615) 871-0033
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