ISEA’s Fall Meeting is the association’s largest national meeting. It’s a time for product groups and committees to do the essential work of the association – developing standards, formulating policy positions and planning for the future. It’s also a time for member company representatives to network with peers in the industry.
The 2015 Fall Meeting kicked off on December 2, with product group and committee sessions focused on standards development, and the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award at the annual Award Dinner. On December 3, ISEA’s General Session featured Dr. David Michaels, the head of OSHA, David Goch, partner at leading Washington DC law firm Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, and Leann Paradise, Manager of External Relations from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award presentation:
ISEA presented Richard (Rich) Duffy, renowned fire safety expert, and retired Assistant to the General President for Occupational Medicine, Health and Safety for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), with the prestigious Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award, at the Award Dinner on December 2.
In his acceptance remarks, Rich Duffy noted his appreciation for industry advocates and leaders that came before him, who had instrumental roles in contributing to the advancement and promotion of workplace safety and health. He also spoke of the support he received from ISEA members and current industry influencers, who worked with him to improve the health and safety of workers and emergency response personnel.
At the general session, ISEA Board Chairman Eric Beck, welcomed new association members, Airgas, D3O, National Safety Apparel and Ty-Flot to the association, and spoke about sustainability planning, education and membership development as key focus areas for the ISEA Board in 2016. ISEA President Dan Shipp provided a state-of-the-association update, highlighting the association’s financial strength, and the need to have a sustainability plan in place to ensure the association will function smoothly during times of transition or change. Based on member feedback from ISEA’s education surveys, Mr. Shipp noted that the Board has allocated funds towards enhancing and expanding the popular QSSP training program. The Board also approved a membership development project led by association consulting firm The Moery Company.
General Session keynote speaker, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, provided an update on the agency’s activities and discussed OSHA’s new inspection weighting system. The revised inspection approach will place an emphasis on completing complex inspections, and will target chemical exposures, ergonomic issues involving musculoskeletal disorders, oil refineries, process safety management operations, and other high-risk sites. According to Dr. Michaels, the new approach will result in more thorough inspections, and will likely help to identify important details and findings that can go a long way toward preventing future incidents. Dr. Michaels also discussed OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, their recent efforts to improve the protection of workers from chemical hazards, and the positive public perception of OSHA’s role in setting fair and safe workplace standards. Following the presentation, Dr. Michaels took questions from the audience.
David Goch, Partner at leading Washington DC law firm Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, discussed new employment labor laws stemming from Executive Orders, and the implications to employers and workers. Mr. Goch covered Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces and the requirements on contractors to self-report on violations on any of the 14 federal labor laws and their state counterparts. He also discussed requirements and updates for Paid Sick Leave, Paycheck Fairness and Overtime, and provided an update on the NRLB Ambush Rule.
Leann Paradise, Manager of External Relations from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) discussed NAM’s Congressional Dialogue programs and provided the audience with key strategies and tactics on how to build political power through plant tours and round tables.
Luncheon: Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director of the Huffington Post, and analyst for NBC and MSNBC, presented his keen and insightful analysis on the current political climate. Mr. Fineman’s lively and informative presentation included a discussion on Donald Trump’s campaign, and interesting predictions on the upcoming elections.
NOTE: ISEA Members, click here to view presentations from the 2015 Fall Meeting speakers.