Welcome!

We look forward to welcoming you to the OSHA Summer Summit, an all-day Safety Conference with a broad variety of breakout sessions of interest to all industries. The 2021 conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 23.

Registration

Registration Rates
Registration includes access to a morning keynote address, an afternoon keynote address, and three breakout sessions of your choice. We anticipate CPEs will be available: more details will be posted here once available.

Early Bird Registration Rate (by 11:59 EDT on June 9): $30.00.
Registration Rate after June 9: $45.00

How to Register
To register, click Register Now above! You will then be prompted to login to Iris Registration, the secure online system being used to manage registration for this event. Click "Sign Up" to create an account using your email address and a password of your choice, or login with an existing external account, such as Google or Facebook. If you have registered for an event with us in the past 18 months, you can sign in using your existing Iris Registration account. Once you login, you will be brought through the online registration form and payment gateway. To complete your registration you will be prompted to submit payment via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card. If you need any assistance completing your registration or would like to discuss alternate payment options, please email us at registration@umass.edu.

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Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will not be accepted for the conference, however, if you cannot attend and wish to transfer your registration to another attendee, please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu.


For additional OSHA Summer Summit details, please contact OSHASummerSummit@gmail.com
For registration or payment assistance, please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Office at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu.

Preliminary Summit Schedule

Below is the latest Summit Schedule: click here to download a copy! All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): click here to convert to your local time.


Wednesday, June 23

8 - 8:15 a.m.            Opening Remarks & Welcome Address

8:15 - 9 a.m.            Morning Keynote Address

9 - 9:30 a.m.             Break/Visit Vendors

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.                   Concurrent Breakout Session 1 - Select One During Registration
       COVID-19 2.0 Looking Ahead - Susan Reynolds, MS, CIH (Worker Safety)
Atlantic Drain Service Co. Criminal Prosecution - Robert Carbone & Mike Grover (OSHA)
Energizing Your Refresher Training - Richard Griffiths, CIT (Safety Leadership)
OSHA Case Study #1: Health and Safety Aspects of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Manufacturing: A Case Study - Lynne Matteson, M.S. + Farmington, Maine Propane Gas Explosion, Nancy Keune (OSHA)
Workplace Violence: What Really Happens? - Lev Pobirsky, CHSM, MBA, MA (Worker Health)
Safety, Capacity and Resiliency, Brady Keene, MS, ASP, CHST (Safety Leadership)

10:30 - 11 a.m.   

      Break/Visit Vendors

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.            Concurrent Breakout Session 2 - Select One During Registration
        The Bricks and Mortar of OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards - Anne Bracker (Worker Health)
Reducing the Risk of Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Airborn Pathogens in the Built Environment - Paul Bemis, BSME, MSEE, MBA ASHRAE (Worker Health)
Know Your Safety Plan - Brett Fortin (Worker Safety)
Avoiding Catastrophic Emergencies - It's Up to You - Manny Ehrlich (Worker Safety)
A Culture of Caring: Mental Health First Aid - Bob Kunz (Worker Health)
OSHA Recordkeeping - Andrew Palhof & Christine George (OSHA)

12 - 12:45 p.m.          Lunch/Visit Vendors

12:45 - 2:00 p.m.       Afternoon Keynote Address

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Concurrent Breakout Session 3 - Select One During Registration

            Improving Fleet Safety Using Technology - Mike Ferry (Worker Safety)
Crossing the Generational Divide - Jenny Petipas, PsyD (Safety Leadership)
OSHA Case Study #2 -  Put the Emphasis on Hex Chrome - Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis + Osha's Criminal Investigations - Robert Carbone (OSHA)
Confined Spaces: What you Need to Know - Blake Underhill, George L. Simmons IV (Worker Safety)
Internal Traffic Control Plan - Mark Heffron (Worker Safety)
What you should know about OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program - Kristen Rubino (OSHA)

3:15 - 4 p.m.              Visit Vendors

Click here to download the summit program!


Keynote Speakers

Afternoon Keynote with Richard Hawk: Dangerous Daze (for Safety Leaders).
In today’s fast-paced world, lack of focus and mental distractions are major root causes of accidents. Every year, unfocused acts cost billions of dollars in damage and injury. “Dangerous Daze” combats this problem by giving your employees the tools to concentrate better, heighten their attention to detail and effectively manage distractions. The result? A safer workplace.

Richard Hawk is a Vibrant Safety Culture specialist. He helps leaders inspire employees to care more about their safety and health so that “nobody gets hurt!” He also has a long history of success getting safety leaders to increase their influence and make safety fun! Richard Hawk has been in the safety and health field for more than 40 years. He spent 15 of them as a safety professional in the nuclear industry and as a safety advisor on constructions projects. Richard’s background also includes theater, where he toured with acting companies and wrote a musical which was produced by Emerson College in Boston. His depth of knowledge and extensive experience make for content-rich, behavior-changing learning programs that are truly “fun.”


Meet our Breakout Session Presenters

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Concurrent Breakout Session 1 (Select One During Registration)

COVID-19 2.0 - Looking Ahead. Presented by Susan Reynolds, MS, CIH, Senior Consultant, Colden Corp. (Worker Safety)
This presentation provides a situation update, exploring the science of COVID-19, the impact of variant strains, the status of testing, and vaccine development and deployment. It also covers the role of the employer in exposure determination, contact tracing, and OSHA recordkeeping.

Susan Reynold’s 25-year career began as a health and safety professional in the semi-conductor industry and has continued in the consulting field. She also develops and presents training programs on a wide variety of environmental health and safety (EHS) topics, both regulatory and client-specified. Her clients include heavy and light manufacturers, R&D facilities, real estate/property management companies, universities, hospitals, municipalities, and commercial properties. Ms. Reynolds holds a B.S. in Chemistry/Biology from Springfield College and a MS in Public Health – Industrial Hygiene from the UMass, Amherst.

Criminal Investigations Team & Atlantic Drain Service Co. Criminal Prosecution. Presented by: Robert Carbone, Criminal Investigations Team, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA; Mike Grover, OSHA Compliance Safety & Health Officer, CSHO. (OSHA)
This presentation is designed to explain the Criminal Investigation Team; including it’s goals and objective’s. The presentation will also detail the Atlantic Drain Service Co. investigation and criminal prosecution related to the fatal accident which occurred in October of 2016, the criminal trial in 2019 and the manslaughter charges brought against both Atlantic Drain Service Co and it’s owner.

Robert (Bob) Carbone is currently the Lead Investigator with OSHA’s Region 1 Criminal Investigations Team based in Boston and serving all of New England. Bob was appointed to the newly formed Criminal Investigations Team (CIT) pilot program in December 2017 and was promoted to Lead Investigator.

Michael (Mike) Grover is an OSHA Compliance Safety & Health Officer (CSHO) and has been serving as such in the Boston South Area Office since March of 2006. Mike is the senior construction CSHO in the Boston South Area Office, and is an Army Veteran.

Energizing Your Refresher Training. Presented by Richard Griffiths, CIT, Owner of Griffiths Training and Consulting. (Safety Leadership)
Do you teach the same refresher to the same group year after year? This session will help you to update and change the course from year to year so the learners are engaged in newer ways and have a greater chance of practicing the lessons of the course.

Rich Griffiths has been teaching OSHA refresher classes for 25+ years for the hazardous waste industry, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, higher education, and as a consultant. He will bring classroom tested ways to energize your refreshers, which build and enhance your safety culture. He has a BS in Chemistry, BS in Biology and Masters in Managing the Training and Development Function.

OSHA Case Study #1: Health and Safety Aspects of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Manufacturing. Presented by Lynne Matteson, M.S., Industrial Hygienist, USDOL/OSHA. Farmington, ME, Propane Gas Explosion. Presented by Nancy Kuene, Assistant Area Dirctor and Industrial Hygienist, USDOL/OSHA. (OSHA)
Health and Safety Aspect of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Manufacturing
A complaint about employees with headaches and oxygen sensors that were being disabled whenever they alarmed resulted in an OSHA inspection. Learn about the hazards identified at an ice cream shop that makes small batch artisanal ice cream to order and the coordinated efforts between OSHA, the local health department, and the local fire department.

Ms. Matteson has been an Industrial Hygienist in the Hartford Area OSHA Office since September 2012 and has conducted over 250 health inspections in manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. Prior to that, she was a consultant and worked as a chemist at a hazardous waste treatment facility.

Farmington, Maine Propane Gas Explosion
On September 16, 2019 a propane gas explosion at a local business shook the town of Farmington, Maine and resulted in serious injuries to many workers and a fatality. Learn about the hazards identified, OSHA’s involvement, and subsequent change in Maine State law.

Ms. Keune has been an Industrial Hygienist in the Augusta Area OSHA Office since 2015 and has conducted various safety and health inspections in construction, manufacturing, and healthcare. Ms. Keune’s previous employment included various positions as biologist, chemist, and criminologist.

Workplace Violence: What really happens? Lev Pobirsky, CHSM, Sr. Director Safety & Security for Pepsi-Cola. (Worker Health)
What really happens during an act of workplace violence? Drawing upon multiple combat tours as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer and a career as a security executive, Lev will help you recognize signs of troubled employees and shed much needed light on how humans respond to potentially violent situations. Attendees will learn best practices to mitigate the evolving workplace violence threat and what to do should the unthinkable happen.

In his role, Lev Pobirsky provides focused safety leadership to over 5,000 employees at over 20 manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and transportation depots across the United States. Previously Lev served as Corporate Director of Safety & Training for Easton Coach Company, one of the largest transportation companies in the country. Mr. Pobirsky’s previous employment also included various EH&S roles with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay.

Safety, Capacity, and Resiliency. Presented by Brady Keene, MS, ASP, CHST; Clinical Assistant Professor - Keene State College; Supervisor - WorkWISE NH. (Safety Leadership)
Serious injury and fatality rates continue to flatline, if not increase in the United States. To combat these rates, our profession needs to change and improve. The presentation will take a dive into the new view of safety and health performance. We will be discussing blue line black line theory, capacity in organizational systems as well as resiliency in occupational safety and health. This session will include audience feedback and interaction using MentiMeter.

Brady is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Keene State College as well as the Supervisor for New Hampshire’s WorkWISE NH Program. He has 6+ years as a safety consultant and 2 years as a professor. Brady specializes in Construction Safety as well as Human and Organizational Performance (HOP).


11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Concurrent Breakout Session 2 (Select One During Registration)

The Bricks and Mortar of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards. Presented by Anne Bracker, CSP, CIH, CHMM. (Worker Health)
This presentation will review the key elements of OSHA’s silica standards. Case studies from construction and general industry will illustrate the multiple control methods that can be used during tasks that generate exposure to silica dust. The presentation will highlight the resources employers can use to develop effective silica exposure control plans.

Anne Bracker is the program manager for Connecticut OSHA’s private sector onsite consultation program. She has helped dozens of public and private sector employers comply with OSHA’ s silica standards and she has provided employers and workers with resources on effective dust control strategies.

Reducing the Risk of Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and other Airborne Pathogens in the Built Environment. Presented by Paul Bemis, President Air Cleaners Inc. BSME, MSEE, MBA ASHRAE President Elect for Maine SafetyWorks. (Worker Health)
It is well established in the scientific community that the primary means of COVID-19 transmission is via airborne aerosols, which can stay in the air for many hours. In this session attendees with learn about the primary means of virus transmission, review the evidence for airborne transmission, and learn what should and can be done to mitigate transmission. This session will make use of multi-media techniques to visualize indoor airflows developed using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics.

As the President and CEO of Air Cleaners Inc, Paul Bemis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with over 30 years of involvement in the high technology market. Mr. Bemis has undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (UNH), and graduate degrees in both Electrical Engineering, and Business. Sam became the Program Manager/Supervisor of the 21D grant (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) programs in Maine.

Know Your Safety Program. Presented by Brett Fortin, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Springfield Area Office. (Worker Safety)
Provide techniques to develop an effective and easily identifiable safety plan for the construction industry. The class is designed to show the different levels of safety plans, from daily operations to unique circumstances (such as critical lifts) and how combined with inspections, safety talks (tool box talks) and safety committee participation a company can make a program which is doesn’t just collect dust on the shelf. Additionally, we discuss how to utilize your construction scheduling tool to create a safety training program which is not only engaging but pertinent to the activities at hand.

Brett is the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Springfield Area Office. Prior to joining OSHA in 2014 he was an iron worker with the U.S. Naval Construction Force where he served as a tradesman and safety inspector for 20 years. He served as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer from 2014 until October of 2021. He holds an Associates of Applied Science In Construction Technology\Construction Management from Coastline Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree In Occupational Safety Health from Columbia Southern University.

Avoiding Catastrophic Emergencies - It’s Up to You. Presented by Manny Ehrlich, Managing Director Responder LLC. (Worker Safety)
Workers, responders, and managers, in industry, government, and public safety have a history of making errors that cause catastrophic outcomes. Those who lost their lives or were critically injured should NEVER be forgotten, they should be memorialized for being part of a solution for you to be able to avoid similar circumstances. You can never learn enough about addressing hazards, risks and threats. Don’t let ignorance or sloppy behavior cause you to be a victim of a mistake. Participants will be presented a series of events and accidents that could have resulted in zero deaths and injuries had the involved personnel under- stood two behavioral constructs: Knowing what you don’t know and understanding normalization of deviance. It is all UP TO YOU!!

Manuel “Manny” Ehrlich was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in January of 2014 and confirmed by the Senate in December 2014. Prior to his appointment Mr. Ehrlich spent over 50 years in the chemical industry in a variety of positions. Most recently he served as a health, safety and environmental consultant to a broad range of companies across the country.

A Culture of Caring: Mental Health First Aid. Presented by Bob Kunz, Safety Director, Dimeo Construction. (Worker Health)
At home, we have a box of band-aids and topical antiseptics in a bathroom cabinet. At work, we have first aid supplies to support the workforce. Over time, we have added blood borne pathogen kits, AEDs and Naloxone. We have trained employees how to respond to incidents involving physical trauma or poisonings using these kits and how to engage outside resources (e.g 911). Isn’t it time for the industry to provide trained mental health responders?

Bob Kunz is currently the Corporate Safety Director at Dimeo Construction Company’s Providence office, overseeing the creation and enforcement of the project safety program for each project. As part of this position, he performs unannounced OSHA-type inspections on projects and closely monitors abatement procedures for each and every violation. He has been employed with Dimeo since 2007. Bob was named the 2012 Construction Safety Professional of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.

OSHA Recordkeeping. Presented by: Andy Palhof, Compliance Office, OSHA Region 1, Concord, NH; Christine George, Assistant Area Director, Hartford Area OSHA Office. (OSHA)
The presentation covers the OSHA recordkeeping standards as they apply to all industries. Topics cover general recording criteria, injury and illness reporting, and data submission.

Andy’s primary responsibilities are to conduct OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program Audits (VPP), coordinate and conduct training and outreach programs while providing technical support for OSHA’s compliance and outreach efforts. Prior to becoming the Compliance Assistance Specialist, Andy worked as an OSHA Compliance Officer in Syracuse NY and Concord NH.

Christine started with OSHA in 1993 and has worked in a variety of positions. She joined the Hartford Area OSHA office as an administrative assistant before becoming a Safety and Health Compliance Officer specializing in general industry facilities. In 2020, she joined the the Hartford management team as an Assistant Area Director .


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.: Concurrent Breakout Session 3 (Select One During Registration)

Improving Fleet Safety Using Technology. Presented by Mike Ferry, Vice President of HSE Supreme Industries. (Worker Safety)
This presentation will discuss Telematics and Video-Based Safety Solutions to Improve Fleet Safety. In addition to fleet safety, Mike has experience implement technology for worker safety, ergonomics, and reducing struck-by hazards. Learn what is out there for technology in safety.

Mike Ferry oversees Health, Safety, and Environmental for all of Supreme Industries operations. Mike earned an Occupational Safety Degree from Keene State College.

Crossing the Generational Divide. Presented by Jenny Petipas, PsyD Safety Analyst- Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Eversource. (Safety Leadership)
Today, there are more generations in the workforce than ever before. Because of this, many organizations are interested in learning how to navigate the generations when it comes to safety. The secret to creating a stronger safety culture is to cross the generational divide by focusing on similarities rather than differences.

Dr. Jenny Petipas is an organizational and leadership psychology practitioner. Working on the safety team at Eversource, Jenny is working to drive change towards a Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) culture. Jenny is also an adjunct professor at William James College in Newton, MA.

OSHA Case Study #2: Put the Emphasis on Hex Chrome. Presented by Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis - OSHA Safety and Health Compliance Officer. OSHA's Criminal Investigations. Presented by Robert Carbone, Criminal Investigations Team U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA. (OSHA)

Put the Emphasis on Hex Chrome
Stephenie will present a case study on hexavalent chromium hazards at a surface coating manufacturer. This Session will show how a programmed OSHA inspection and proper abatement measures can have a positive impact on the safety and health culture of a facility and the lives of the employees.

Stephenie is an OSHA Safety and Health Compliance Officer, specializing in industrial hygiene. After earning a M.S. in Chemistry, she spent over a decade in private chemical industry with roles in research and development, technical advising and intellectual property consulting.

OSHA's Criminal Investigations 
Bob’s presentation will discuss the newly formed Region 1 Criminal Investigations team and their mission. His talk will focus on the recognition of habitual offenders, the steps OSHA has taken to prosecute when violations of the OSHA Act have resulted in fatalities, and will include a discussion on few OSHA investigations where the team was involved and what role they played.

Robert (Bob) Carbone is currently the Lead Investigator with OSHA’s Region 1 Criminal Investigations Team based in Boston and serving all of New England. Bob was appointed to the newly formed Criminal Investigations Team (CIT) pilot program in December 2017 and was promoted to Lead Investigator.

Confined Safety: What Your Need to Know. Presented by: Blake Underhill, President and Co-Founder, Industrial Safety and Rescue; George L. Simmons IV, Operations Manager and Co-Found, Industrial Safety and Rescue. (Worker Safety)
This presentation will discuss Telematics and Video-Based Safety Solutions to Improve Fleet Safety. In addition to fleet safety, Mike has experience implement technology for worker safety, ergonomics, and reducing struck-by hazards. Learn what is out there for technology in safety.

Internal Traffic Control Plan. Presented by Mark Heffron, Technical Support Specialist, OSHA Region 1, Boston, MA. (Worker Safety)
An Internal Traffic Control Plan (ITCP) is a tool that employers can use to coordinate and control the movement of workers, construction vehicles, and equipment in the activity area and to inform all parties operating within the activity area on the locations of others. The activity area is the section of the highway where the work activity takes place and is comprised of the workspace, traffic space, and the buffer space. ITCPs intend to promote the safety of roadway construction personnel at a roadwork site by assessing and providing countermeasures for the various hazards within the work zone.

Mark has served as an EH&S safety professional in construction, general industry, transportation and environmental industries since 1979 and presently is Sr. Safety and Health Specialist & Emergency Management Coordinator OSHA Region 1 Boston Office. In both enforcement and technical support throughout New England area, he serves as the Region 1 Subject Matter Expert in fall protection.

What You Should Know About OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. Presented by Kristen Rubino, Assistant Regional Administrator for the Whistleblower Protection Program in Region I. (OSHA)
OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of 25 whistleblower statutes protecting employees from retaliation for reporting violations of various workplaces. This session will give the attendees a general overview of the program, its process and the impact it has on employee safety.

Kristen Rubino is the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Whistleblower Protection Program in Region I, which covers all New England states. Ms. Rubino began her career with OSHA in 2002 as a Whistleblower Investigator and became the program’s Regional Supervisory Investigator in 2015. Ms. Rubino has worked on a National level on numerous occasions, including planning and moderating national Stakeholder meetings for the Whistleblower Directorate and has been an integral part of various teams assembled to address agency-wide whistleblower issues.

Thank you to our vendors!

As vendors register this page will be updated with their details: periodically check back for the latest details, and be sure to "visit" each vendor by clicking their logo below! Some vendors will also be joining us live during the Summer Summit for special vendor presentation windows and unique vendor Zoom meeting rooms. More details and vendor Zoom meeting links will be send to attendees as the summit approaches!

Are you interested in registering as a vendor? Please click here for more information. 


Company logo featuring three maroon diagonal lines above the name of the company, Contractors Risk Management, in blue.

Contractors Risk Management will join us live during the OSHA Summer Summit to provide an overview of their construction consultation services, and will also have a Zoom meeting room to connect with attendees live. Check your personalized schedule email leading up to the Summit for more details, and the link to join the Contractors Risk Management meeting room!


Rectangular ad. A top orange bar has, from left to right, the company logo (a series of black and white circles and dots around an inner section that has a mask surrounded by the words "Industrial Safety & Rescue. Omnibus Servati."). Next it says, "Best Trained. Most Experienced. Best Equipped." Below this are various orange and blue ropes and hardhats. In the bottom, written in orange in a black bar, it reads "Leaders in Confined Space Rescue". Written in black in an orange bar is "800.244.1238" and "https://www.industrialsafetyrescue.com/

Industrial Safety & Rescue will join us live during the OSHA Summer Summit to discuss confined space rescue, and will also have a Zoom meeting room to connect with attendees live. Check your personalized schedule email leading up to the Summit for more details, and the link to join the Industrial Safety & Rescue meeting room!


Click here to learn about Eversource's current mission, goals, and clean energy initiatives.

Eversource will join us live during the OSHA Summer Summit to provide an overview of their current mission, goals, and clean energy initiatives, and will also have a Zoom meeting room to connect with attendees live. Check your personalized schedule email leading up to the Summit for more details, and the link to join the Eversource meeting room!


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Industry leaders in New England since 1970. 

Safety Inc. is a distributor of safety equipment and portable instrumentation. We provide installation, repair, and calibration services for both portable instruments and fixed systems. Many of our customers have done business with Safety Inc. for over 30 years, reflecting our high level of service at competitive prices.

sales@ESafetyInc.com | 978-532-7330

Safety Inc. will join us live during the OSHA Summer Summit to discuss gas detection sensor information. Check your personalized schedule email leading up to the Summit for more details!


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Making Your Business Visible
Your LOGO on Everything! 

We are a 28 year old business, providing large, medium, and small companies embroidered, screen printed corporate apparel and safety wear.
In addition, Corporate Images is a major supplier of promotional products. 

Apparel:
Corporate • Safety • Flame Retardant • Industrial • Embroidery • Digital Printing • Screen Printing 

Printing Services:
Business Cards • Brochures • Postcards • Banners • Labels • And so much more! 

corporateimagesnh.com | 603.293.9143 | roberta@corporateimagesnh.com



Thank you to our committee members and sponsoring entities !


Environmental Health and Safety

Promoting a safe, healthful environment for living, learning, and working.
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Serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts

Safety Leadership in the 21st Century

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Created in 1970 to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women
by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

www.OSHA.gov


OSHA’s premier technical training near you 
OSHAedNE.com
| 800.449.6742 

Construction • General Industry • Utilities • Maritime • Disaster Site Work


Wisdom to make a difference.



New to virtual events?

We're here to help! We have put together tips and tricks, a how-to guide, and a cheat sheet to make your experience as seamless as possible. The virtual event will be held live via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom, please review the information below and contact us if we can be of any assistance!

Prepare Before the Summit
Check Your Internet Connection

To get the most out of any virtual event, it is important to use reliable internet. If you are working from home, ask others in your home to stay off of the internet when you are in a session to minimize the devices connected to the network. If your wireless internet frequently lags, kicks you off, or is generally unreliable, try to use a wired connection right from your computer into your router, and keep your camera off as much as possible. You could also see if there is somewhere else you can go for internet access, such as the home of a family member or friend, a library, or a local café (if safe and available). Some libraries are offering free outdoor wi-fi, allowing you to connect from a nearby parking lot or outdoor space. 

Unsure about your internet speed and reliability? Do a quick test of your internet speed on Google. This test will let you know your internet speed and how well it can handle multiple devices connected at the same time, video conferencing, and more.

Download Zoom and Create an Account

The virtual event will be held live on Zoom, a web conferencing platform that you can download and use for free. While you can join sessions from your browser without downloading Zoom, for the best user experience, we do recommend downloading Zoom and creating an account when possible. To download Zoom, visit their website and click the "Download" button under Zoom Client for Meetings. We recommend downloading Zoom onto a device with a larger screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, instead of using your phone or tablet. In addition to downloading Zoom, you should create a Zoom account if you do not yet have one. You can create an account by downloading Zoom, opening the Zoom app, and clicking the "Sign up for Free" button on the bottom right. You can also create an account by visiting their sign-up page here.

Choose Your Device Carefully

If you have multiple devices, we recommend downloading Zoom onto the one with the largest screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, so that you can easily see what is going on. When possible, we don't recommend using your phone or tablet as it will be difficult to see what is happening on a smaller screen, plus phone calls, emails, and text messages could be distracting. The features and functionalities of the mobile version of Zoom are also slightly different, so please note that our guide and cheat sheet are not fully applicable to the mobile versions of Zoom (most tablets use the mobile version of the app as well).

Practice with Zoom

If you are new to Zoom, we recommend taking advantage of some of the many resources available to familiarize yourself with how to use it! We have created a detailed Zoom how-to guide, as well as a Zoom cheat sheet for your reference. You can also practice on your own by joining a test Zoom meeting here, or checking out some of Zoom's beginner tutorials here. If you have any questions or need a little more support, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're more than happy to help you get squared away (registration@umass.edu)!

Create a Comfortable Space

Find an area of your home or office where you will be comfortable, and ideally one that is private to minimize distractions. Arrange a comfortable chair in front of your screen. Set your screen up on a table, stand, or desk. Have everything you need, like a drink, snacks, and/or notepad and writing utensil, within reach. If you decide to have your camera on, consider the camera angle and the background your colleagues and fellow attendees will see, and perhaps rearrange or spruce up your space a bit. During the session, remove distractions and background noises by closing the doors and windows to your space, silencing your phone, and asking your family, housemates, and/or co-workers to be mindful of when you will be attending sessions.

During the Summit
Get Ready for Your Session

One of the best ways to combat "Zoom fatigue" is to prepare yourself and your space in advance, and to get mentally and physically ready day-of. Consider stretching or going for a walk before each sessions starts. Brew a fresh cup of coffee or tea, fill up a water bottle, grab a notepad and pen, and then give yourself at least 15 minutes to get your device up and running. Setup your space in the days leading up to the meeting (see the "Create a Comfortable Space" section above) and have anything that you might need during the session close by - you don't want to miss anything because you have to go grab some supplies or a drink! If you decide to leave your camera on, keep in mind the presenter and other meeting attendees will be able to see you, so make sure you and your background are camera ready. Lastly, silence your phone, close out of your email, minimize any other distractions, and enjoy your session!

Take Advantage of Time In-Between Sessions

This virtual event is packed full of great sessions, but nonetheless it can be helpful to rest, recharge, and enjoy some screen-free time when the schedule allows. Review the agenda to get a sense of when you will have some breaks or blocks of down time, and take advantage of these! You can review the agenda by clicking the "Preliminary Schedule" tab above, or you can click here to view the summit program. When you have a break, try to get up and stretch. For longer breaks, consider taking a short walk to get some fresh air and recharge. These are also great chances to replenish any supplies, drinks, or snacks in preparation for the next session!

Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! For the most immediate assistance, please email us at registration@umass.edu!

For General Summit Questions:

Please contact the OSHA Summer Summit team at OSHASummerSummit@gmail.com


For Registration, Payment or Virtual Event/Zoom Questions:

Please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.

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