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 (register by May 23): $30.00
     - Regular Registration (after May 23): $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.

Registration is accepted on an individual basis. If you need to register multiple attendees, click Register Now, create an account, and complete a registration for the first attendee (proceeding through the payment selection page). Once that registration is completed, click Home in the top toolbar to be brought back to the registration summary screen. Next, click Create Additional Registrations. If you have a large group you would like to register, please email us at registration@umass.edu for assistance.

Payment Options
Payment is accepted during registration via our online payment gateway by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover credit or debit card. If you wish to discuss alternative payment options, or if you need an invoice to facilitate payment, please contact us at registration@umass.edu to further discuss your needs.

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

The Summit Schedule is still being finalized, but the preliminary schedule can be found below and can be downloaded by clicking here. Please check back here soon for updated information! All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): click here to convert to your local time.


Wednesday, June 23

8 - 9:15 a.m.                Opening Remarks & Welcome Address

8:15 - 9:00 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: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Manufacturing - Lynne Matteson, M.S. (OSHA)
Workplace Violence - 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 - Paul Bemis, BSME, MSEE, M (Worker Health)
Knowing Your Safety Program - Adam Peters, CHST (Worker Safety)
Avoiding Catastrophic Incidents - Manny Ehrlich (Worker Safety)
Mental Health Awareness - Bob Kunz (Worker Health)
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

       Fleet Safety - Mike Ferri (Worker Safety)
Crossing the Generational Divide - Jenny Petipas, PsyD (Safety Leadership)
OSHA Case Study #2 - Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis (OSHA)
Confined Spaces - Blake Underhill (Worker Safety)
Internal Traffic Control Plans - Mark Heffron (OSHA)

3:15 - 4 p.m.              Visit Vendors

Breakout Session Descriptions

We are finalizing breakout session descriptions and will post more details here soon please check back!


Breakout Session 1: Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (EDT)

COVID-19 2.0 Looking Ahead (Worker Safety)
Susan Reynolds, MS, CIH

Atlantic Drain Service Co. Criminal Prosecution (OSHA)
Robert Carbone & Mike Grover

Energizing Your Refresher Training (Safety Leadership)
Richard Griffiths, CIT

OSHA Case Study #1: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Manufacturing (OSHA)
Lynne Matteson, MS

Workplace Violence (Worker Health)
Lev Pobirsky, CHSM, MBA, MA

Safety, Capacity, and Resiliency (Safety Leadership)
Brady Keene, MS, ASP, CHST


Breakout Session 2: Wednesday, June 23, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (EDT)

The Bricks and Mortar of OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards (Worker Health)
Anne Bracker

Reducing the Risk of Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 (Worker Health)
Paul Bemis, BSME, MSEE, M

Knowing Your Safety Program (Worker Safety)
Adam Peters, CHST

Avoiding Catastrophic Incidents (Worker Safety)
Manny Ehrlich

Mental Health Awareness (Worker Health)
Bob Kunz

Recordkeeping (OSHA)
Andrew Palhof & Christine George


Breakout Session 3: Wednesday, June 23, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. (EDT)

Fleet Safety (Worker Safety)
Mike Ferri

Crossing the Generational Divide (Safety Leadership)
Jenny Petipas, PsyD

OSHA Case Study #2 (OSHA)
Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis

Confined Spaces (Worker Safety)
Blake Underhill

Internal Traffic Control Plans (OSHA)
Mark Heffron

Coming Soon! 

Coming Soon!

As vendors register this page will be updated with their details: periodically check back for the latest details. 

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

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 cafĂ© (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.

Please note: our office staff is currently working remotely. When possible, please contact us by email for the quickest response. Our email is monitored Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT). We will reply to emails received outside of these hours as soon as possible on the following business day. We appreciate your patience and understanding!