Symposium Agenda – Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • 8:00 – 8:30 AM

  • Heritage 2

    Registration & Coffee

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM


  • Heritage 1

    Welcome & Keynote Speaker

    Risk Communications: From Intention to Implementation
    Sandy Skees, Principal Consultant, Northern California Regional Director, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

    Communication is a strategic component in any risk or disaster as well as in the day-to-day handling of incidents. While crisis/risk planning involves preparing for a host of variables, too often communications is seen as an afterthought or something that has to be done “as the situation unfolds.” In reality, most seemingly small on-site incidents and large-scale disasters can benefit from a robust communications plan that includes: guiding principles, initial messages, spokesperson training, rapid message deployment protocols, and feedback loops. We’ll explore strategies for setting communications guidelines in this era of radical transparency, preparing for known incidents, counsel on how to devise authentic and factual messages, and ways to leverage all of your facility’s communications platforms (web site, social media, local news, third party partners, etc).

  • 9:45 – 10:45 AM


  • Safety Management Track
    Windsor 3

    Management Systems for Healthcare Environmental, Health and Safety
    Danial Bravard, Senior Consultant and Head of Healthcare Services, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
    Matt Austin, CIH, Occupational Safety Manager, Mayo Clinic

    Management Systems are systematic frameworks designed to manage an organization’s policies, procedures and processes and promote continual improvement within. An environment, health and safety management system (also known as an injury and illness prevention program) is a proven, flexible framework for finding and fixing hazards before they cause injuries and illnesses. This program focuses on the critical components for a successful healthcare EHS management system and includes a case study example of an effective system.

  • Health and Safety Track
    Windsor 1

    Sterilization and Disinfection: IH Exposures and Controls
    Kathy Thompson, CIH, Technical Training & Education Specialist, 3M Personal Safety Division
    Mike Squillace, CSP, Safety Coordinator, Industrial Hygiene, Mayo Clinic
    Jeff Nesbitt, CIH, Supervisor, Industrial Hygiene, Mayo Clinic

    This presentation provides an overview of sterilization and disinfection models in the healthcare environment. Regulatory framework and common practices will be used to frame the discussion. Case studies highlight the Industrial Hygiene aspects of current sterilization and disinfection processes in a healthcare facility. Opportunities for improvement for using a risk assessment framework to balance worker and patient safety will be examined.

  • Technology and Leadership Track
    Windsor 2

    Clinical & Business Continuity Management
    Byron I. Callies, CEM, CRMP, Director, Clinic & Business Continuity Management, Mayo Clinic

    From Emergency Management to Clinical & Business Continuity Management. Come hear our journey to implement an enterprise Clinical & Business Continuity Program. We will share our successes and challenges with establishing a new paradigm for understanding business continuity in the healthcare environment.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 NOON


  • Safety Management Track
    Windsor 3

    Safe Patient Handling: Overcoming Barriers to Effectiveness
    Breca Tschida, CPE, Ergonomics Program Coordinator, Minnesota OSHA’s Workplace Safety Consultation
    Siobhán Dugan, Ph.D., MPH, Employee Health & Safety Specialist, Allina Health
    Lisa Webb, RN, RN/Safe Patient Handling Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire
    Darcy Erickson, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Mayo Clinic
    Mary Vorndran, CSP, Senior Safety Coordinator, Mayo Clinic

    Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates the number of occupational injuries experienced by healthcare workers is significantly greater than the number of injuries reported by heavy labor industries. Studies of back-related Workers’ Compensation claims reveal that nursing personnel have the highest claim rates of any occupation. And nurses are among the highest at risk for musculoskeletal disorders that require medical treatment or result in lost work days. Implementing a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program involves a multi-factor approach, which will be discussed by our panel of safe patient handling experts. Topics include: the evaluation, purchase and use of safe patient handling equipment; the creation and implementation of educational resources and training modules; the creation of a patient mobility assessment tool; and establishing a Safe Patient Handling Champion/Super-user program. Challenges and barriers associated with implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program will also be discussed, including staff accountability and culture, and the consistent use of patient handling equipment.

  • Health and Safety Track
    Windsor 1

    Radiation Safety for Health Care Safety Professionals
    J. Kyle Underwood, Health Physicist, Mayo Clinic
    Kelly Classic, Health Physicist, Mayo Clinic

    What do I need to know about radiation as a safety professional in health care? This is the question we seek to answer in this one-hour presentation on radiation safety. Using the fundamental practices of time, distance and shielding, we will focus on ionizing radiation uses in health care and controls commonly used to protect employees and visitors.

  • Technology and Leadership Track
    Windsor 2

    Safe Hazardous Drug Handling Programs: Beyond USP <800>
    Fred Massoomi, Pharm.D., FASHP, Director, Hospital and Health-system Pharmacy Services, Visante, Inc.

    Every year, more than 8 million healthcare personnel are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs. (NIOSH 2004) Although the incidence of cancer-related morbidity and mortality among healthcare personnel due to hazardous drug handling has not been quantified, the clinical data on reproductive risks and chromosomal abnormalities are numerous. With the recent release of US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) General Chapter 800, “Hazardous Drugs — Handling in Healthcare Settings,” practice sites are currently challenged with reviewing and implementing the standards prior to the July 1, 2018 expected compliance date. This presentation walks participants through the required USP standards and best practice standards for handling hazardous drugs, and gives direction in regard to compliance.

  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM


  • Heritage 1

    Plenary Session

    EH&S Leadership Development: A Self Contained Study
    Dr. Matthew L. Berkheiser, DrPH, CIH, CSP, Executive Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center

    In order to be successful in an academic medical center the EH&S professional must both be technically competent and have the soft skills and political awareness to navigate the system they are supporting. Strengths based team work and self-awareness tools will be discussed during this brief look at an EH&S team and the tools they have used to develop their leadership skills. If you have taken the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment ( and know your top 5 strengths, bring them to this session for more insight into what makes you a strong EH&S professional.

    Learning objectives:
    1. Understand and recognize methods to develop your EH&S staff to be a better stronger team of leaders.
    2. Provide an introduction to the Gallup StrengthsFinder and CoreClarity, Inc. material.
    3. Obtain methods, tools and interactive opportunities to share with your staff to help them be a better team.

  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM


  • Safety Management Track
    Windsor 3

    Safety Without Adjectives: Linking Employee Safety and Patient Safety
    Danial Bravard, Senior Consultant and Head of Healthcare Services, BSI EHS Services & Solutions

    The burden and cost of poor patient safety, a leading cause of death in the United States, has been well-documented and is now a major focus for most healthcare institutions. Less well known is the elevated incidence of work-related injury and illness among healthcare workers (HCWs) that occurs in the work setting, and the impacts these injuries and illnesses have on the workers, their families, healthcare institutions, and ultimately on patient safety. It is not surprising that patient and worker safety often go hand-in-hand and share organizational safety culture as their foundation.

    Safety culture is created through:
    1. The actions management takes to improve both patient and worker safety;
    2. Worker participation in safety planning;
    3. The availability of appropriate protective equipment;
    4. The influence of group norms regarding acceptable safety practices; and
    5. The organization’s socialization process for new personnel.

    This program explores opportunities for synergy between all safety stakeholders within a health system.

  • Health and Safety Track
    Windsor 1

    Mobility as Medicine
    Elise Condie, Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

    Safe Patient Handling is steadily becoming synonymous with Early Patient Handling or Early Mobility. Many facilities are assembling multidisciplinary teams to tackle both issues simultaneously. More often than not, Safe Patient Handling is associated with the use of large equipment such as sit to stand hoists, sling hoists, and air assisted lateral transfer devices.

    Many patients present with a level of mobility that allows for simpler methods of mobilization- if you know how to use the tools available on your unit. This presentation reviews the medical benefits to early patient mobilization, then demonstrates, using hands on demonstrations, how to use already available equipment such as the bed, shower chair, wheelchair, and walking frame, to mobilize your patient early and often.

  • Technology and Leadership Track
    Windsor 2

    Nanotechnology Risks and Risk Management in Healthcare
    Peter C. Raynor, Ph.D. Associate Professor; Director, Industrial Hygiene Program, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

    ASTM International defines nanotechnology as “a wide array of technologies that measure, manipulate, or incorporate materials and/or features with at least one dimension between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers.” Nanomaterials are utilized in an array of consumer products including motor vehicles, sporting goods, cosmetics, sunscreens, and paints. In healthcare, nanomedicine is increasingly being studied and used to improve diagnostic and treatment capabilities. As new applications for nanotechnology arise, more workers will be exposed unintentionally to nanomaterials. The risks posed by these exposures are uncertain in most cases because of limited human health effects data. Furthermore, very few exposure limits exist to help health and safety practitioners evaluate these risks in their workplaces. Techniques such as control banding are useful for broadly assessing the level of risk posed by nanomaterials in a workplace and prioritizing tasks for deeper investigation. In many situations, well-characterized work practice and engineering controls, supplemented by personal protective equipment, can effectively manage exposure risks.

  • 3:15 – 4:15 PM


  • Safety Management Track
    Windsor 3

    Is your BBP Exposure Control Plan in Control?
    Seth A. Clarenbach, MS, CSP, Safety Coordinator, Mayo Clinic

    The objective of this presentation is to explore hot topics in bloodborne pathogens and learn about sharps incident reduction strategies to work towards creating a safe environment in health care. We will highlight and update aspects of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030 including abbreviated post exposure testing and new HIV prophylaxis options. Case studies will illustrate several practical sharps injury reduction strategies that Mayo Clinic has implemented over the last several years.

  • Health and Safety
    Windsor 1

    Identifying Nasty Jobs and Implementing Simple Solutions: Lessons Learned
    Sandra M. Woolley, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomist, Mayo Clinic

    This presentation outlines a proactive process for quickly identifying job tasks that are perceived to be nasty, exposing employees to ergonomic risk factors with the potential to cause work-related musculoskeletal injuries (WRMSDs). This approach empowers employees to participate in problem identification, solution development and implementation. This process has resulted in reductions in WRMSDs, improved quality, productivity and improved team work. In addition, the presentation will explore both engineering and administrative solutions, ranging from a simple toothbrush to prevention through design. Successes and challenges will also be discussed.

  • Technology and Leadership Track
    Windsor 2

    Using Self-Assessment Tools to Cost Effectively Improve Your Injury Prevention Program
    Lucas Digman, CSP, Safety Coordinator, Mayo Clinic
    Jason Barry, Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

    This presentation introduces the concept of using self-assessment tools to benchmark your injury prevention program against top performing organizations and best practices. The presenters will review:

    1. The benefits of self-assessments in time and cost savings.
    2. Options and mechanisms for self-assessments.
    3. Automated recommendations on what to improve, and what should be verified.
    4. Using the recommendations to develop a strategy for improvement.
    5. Using annual self-assessments as a means to cost effectively demonstrate year over year progress (instead of simply using work comp metrics that have yet to mature).

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