Customer Seminars

Expert speakers will discuss industry-specific topics that focus on services and resources that help reduce costs and increase productivity. A variety of seminars are offered and are listed below in alphabetical order.


Date & Time: Sun, March 3 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Keynote Speaker

Speaker:

Mike Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut, Columbia University Engineering Professor

Mike Massimino, Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University Engineering Professor will join the Grainger Opening Session to tell the inspirational, unlikely, and often humorous story of his 18 years at NASA. A veteran of two space flights, Massimino has many accomplishments including a team record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission, the first person to tweet from Space with over 1. million twitter followers, and a recurring role on the popular show The Big Bang Theory.


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Attitude Based Safety Culture

Speaker:

Fred Rine

CEO & Founder, FDRsafety, LLC

Why do people cut corners on safety? Shortcuts are made for one of two reasons: to save time or increase comfort. While technical training teaches “how to” be safe, it may fall short of explaining “why to” be safe. This session takes the traditional view on safety in a new and eye-opening direction. Attitude Based Safety Culture training inspires a sense of personal accountability by becoming more aware of the impact your safety decisions have on others, shifting your attitude towards safety from “have to” to “want to”. Learn how this attitude change will affect not only individual behavior, but also contribute to an improvement in your organization’s overall safety culture.

Length: 1 Hour
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Buildings Don’t Last Forever – What Can You Do About It?

Speakers:

Tom Cummings

EVP, Tremco Roofing

Matthew Keahey

National Vice President, Operations, Medxcel

Mike Sherman

President/CEO and Owner of Vanguard Building Solutions

According to 2012 data from the US Energy Information Administration, nearly half of all commercial buildings in the US were constructed before 1980. Core operating systems and infrastructures are beyond their optimal 10-15 year lifecycle and likely need repair or replacement. Older systems and newer systems are likely not integrated; buildings are lacking wiring and connectivity; and they may not be compliant with regulations such as ADA, OSHA, EPA, and local building codes.
This seminar will address the implications of aging building systems (HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and Lighting) as well as the building shell (roof, ceiling, floors, walls, and walkways and parking lots) on maintenance costs, energy usage, and legislative compliance; and provide recommendations for preventive and predictive maintenance plans to overcome these issues, optimize building usage, and extend useful life.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

EHS Executive Forum

Join top corporate EHS and Business leaders, leaders of the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Professionals and CEO of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for a panel discussion on big issues they face in 2019 and beyond. Gain insight into the key strategies they will deploy to enhance safety culture and drive continual improvement in organizational management systems.

Length: 1 Hour
Accredited: No


Date & Time: Sun, March 3, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm & Mon, March 4, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Energy-As-A-Service (EaaS)™ – Selling Sustainability to Your CFO

Speaker:

Barbara Ayotte

Director, Channel Partnerships, ENGIE Services US Inc.

You know that sustainability initiatives have huge benefits for your operation, people and our planet, but the fact is, funding these projects continues to be a challenge. Strict return on investment requirements, budget constraints, savings performance uncertainty and competing strategic priorities can take precedence over sustainability goals and energy improvements. As a result, cost saving benefits such as increased productivity, reliability, profitability and safety improvements continue to be delayed. Now, a market transformational funding mechanism, EaaS™, enables you to reap efficiency benefits across your entire portfolio, accelerating savings with no up-front capital investment and yielding immediate positive cashflow. Learn more about how you can use this funding mechanism to help sell the importance of sustainability to leadership within your organization.

Length: 1 Hour
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

FSMA and HACCP: Putting the Pieces Together

Speaker:

Roberto Bellavia

Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management

The introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act has taken the Food & Beverage manufacturing industry to a new level of HACCP requirements beyond GFSI and industry standards. This seminar will cover key requirements of a food safety plan and provide an overview of what companies need to do to raise their food safety plan to the next level. Key topics include: Preventive Control Development; GMPs, Section 117; and Top Ten Requirements of a Food Safety Plan.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Tues, March 5, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

How to Prepare for an FDA Audit

Speaker:

Roberto Bellavia

Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management

What are FDA auditors looking for when they visit your facility? Learn about the five most common things for which the FDA has been issuing citations and understand how to lower your potential exposure. Special emphasis will be placed on sanitation programs and identifying key areas of concern.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Tues, March 5, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Identifying Hazards and Assessment Risks

Speaker:

Paul Esposito

STAR Consultants / ASSP

Every day, thousands of lives are impacted due to workplace incidents. These are incidents that could and should have been prevented. One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards or potential hazards and level of control. In this session, you will learn how to effectively and proactively identify hazards, assess the associated risks, and how to match the level and depth of control to those risks.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Sun, March 3, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm & Mon, March 4, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Organizational Improvement to Achieve Operational Excellence

Speaker:

Bill Bremer

Principal, Kestrel Management

5S is a widely-used continuous improvement method achieved and maintained through consistent sorting, simplifying, sweeping, standardizing and sustaining. There are many benefits to implementing the 5S Methods into a work area – anywhere from on the jobsite to in the office. In this session, you will gain an operational understanding of what 5S is, the benefits of 5S and how to implement 5S into your work environment.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

OSHA Safe and Sound

Speaker:

Mike Belcher

Title and Bio Coming Soon

OSHA has launched its Safe and Sound Campaign that calls on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers and reduce workplace injuries and deaths. This session will provide an insight to the three core elements of the campaign: Management Leadership, Worker Participation, and Find and Fix hazards. In this session, actions you can take to incorporate these elements into your safety and health program will be provided.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Tues, March 5, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Safe and Therapeutic Spaces for Patients with Behavioral and Mental Health Conditions

Speaker:

Ellen Taylor

Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute care settings. To support improved care and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of design’s impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout the healthcare setting to improve patient care and safety. At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:

  • Define the link between behavioral health conditions and comorbidities and how both are presented in healthcare settings, putting others at risk
  • Identify specific physical environment features that improve safety, security, and health outcomes for patients with behavioral health conditions
  • Explain the benefits of using universal design to promote psychological wellness

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Safeguarding Employees who work Alone

Speaker:

Greg Zigulis

CSP, CIH, CHSP, MBA, President, Sixth Sense Safety Solutions

Nearly every employer has employees who work solo without readily available assistance or who travel alone without routine interaction with the public. While OSHA regulates about a dozen activities that can not be performed alone, the US does not have an OSHA or consensus standard that addresses safeguarding employees who work alone. However, other countries, notably Canada, do have work alone laws. This course addresses work alone risk analysis, OSHA’s expectations, and laws of other countries that help to develop and implement an effective system to safeguard employees who work alone.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Sun, March 3, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm & Mon, March 4, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Safety and Health: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Speaker:

Corey Briggs

Sr. Consultant, Colden Corporation

This session takes attendees on an interactive safety/health tour of an “absolutely horrible workplace”. Participants are engaged in dissecting a series of digital pictures of various real regulatory deficiencies. Students will learn, share, and have fun!

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Techniques to Enhance Maintenance Operations

Speaker:

Bill Artzberger

Partner, Lean Learning Center

Do you feel there’s an opportunity for your organization’s maintenance operations to run more effectively? Attend this accredited session and learn the true definition of “Lean” and its most important underlying principles, how the Lean rules and principals support Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), what Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is, and how to effectively use Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) in your environment.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Case for Ceiling Tile Renovations

Speaker:

Kirk Kaiser

Owner, Barrier Compliance Services

In today’s highly competitive customer environments, few things are as important as creating an environment and experience that is aesthetically pleasing to your potential and existing customer base. Ceiling tiles remain a standard in many commercial environments due to the cost and accessibility that they afford building owners and tenants. The problem with ceiling tiles is that the very accessibility and ease of access that they afford often results in damaged or marked tiles through routine usage. Routine maintenance is often neglected as compared to the care given to walls and floors. When these tiles are finally replaced they are then often replaced with tiles that do not match the original installations. The end result is an aesthetic environment that is unpleasing and sends signals to your customer base of an unclean environment, lack of care or concern, poor quality, and that the customer experience is not important. All of this negatively impacts customer satisfaction. As such, many facilities are undertaking remediation programs to fix this problem. During this session, we will discuss in depth the process of a complete ceiling tile remediation program and what measures to put in place to maintain the network to an acceptable standard.

Length: 2 hours
Accredited: Yes


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Date & Time: Sun, March 3, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm & Mon, March 4 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Do’s and Don’ts of Designing an Active Shooter Exercise

Speakers:

Christopher Sonne

National Director of Emergency Management, HSS EM Solutions

Stephen Weiler

Senior Tactical Instructor, Active Shooter Program, HSS EM Solutions

Workplace violence, a complex and widespread issue, has received increased attention from the public, mental health experts, and law enforcement professionals. Although a handful of high-profile incidents (e.g., mass shootings at a workplace) have led to increased public awareness, a Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report estimated that approximately 1.7 million incidents of workplace violence occurred each year for well over a decade. This session will cover best practices (and guidelines) for designing safe and effective active shooter exercises for all industries and sectors through an interactive multimedia experience. This includes viewing a multimedia case study on the design, conduct, and evaluation of an active shooter exercise within a corporate office environment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear a recorded interview of an active shooter incident survivor.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: No


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Date & Time: Mon, March 4, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Joint Commission Update for Hospital and Ambulatory Care Facilities

Speakers:

Kenneth Monroe

Senior Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group’s (SIG)

Tim Markijohn

MBA/MHA, CHFM, CHE, Field Director,
Surveyor Management and Development
Division of Accreditation & Certification Operations
Joint Commission

Get the information you need on the Joint Commission standards and survey process. Hear important updates and receive the insights you need to be prepared for survey at your facility. This session will review the Joint Commission survey process, walk attendees through the SAFER Matrix and the importance of risk mitigation, and provide attendees with the understanding of which standards are cited most frequently. Come with questions so that you can leave with a better understanding of the specific steps you can take to prepare. Attendees can ask questions and get answers directly from those overseeing Joint Commission surveyors and EOC, LS, & EM standards development.

Length: 1.5 Hours
Accredited: Yes


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