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Pennsylvania Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Conference 2017


Event Overview:

An annual 2-day event for business and labor to address workplace health and safety issues.

The Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference has been Pennsylvania’s premier safety and health event for more than eight decades. This annual conference - where education, innovation, best practices, new products and services come together - has drawn tens of thousands of safety professionals since its inception. The conference has experienced exceptional growth in recent years, and continues to bring new options to safety professionals and vendors.

Exhibitor Information:

An exhibit at the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference is an ideal way to market your products or services to Pennsylvania's occupational safety and health representatives. Over 1,000 safety professionals from the mid-Atlantic states attended this event last year including safety managers, business owners, safety committee members, consultants, union officials, educators and government officials.


Oct 30   

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. ........Exhibit Final Set Up

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ........Registration Desk Open

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. ........Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ........Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ......Opening Session & Keynote

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ......Break / Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. ......Workshops

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. ........Lunch and Governor’s Awards for Safety Excellence

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ........Workshops

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ........Break / Exhibits

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ........Workshops 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. ........General Session

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ........Reception

Oct 31   

7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ........Registration Desk Open

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ........Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ........Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ........Keynote

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. ........Break / Exhibits

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ......Workshops

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ......Break / Exhibits

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ......Workshops

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ........Lunch 1:30 p.m. ........Adjourn

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m..........Exhibit Teardown

Keynote Speakers

Charlie Morecraft

"Remember Charlie"

Charlie Morecraft is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story that Saves Lives!

Most people have the same attitude about safety that Charlie Morecraft had for a decade and a half while working at a refinery.
Having been critically injured in an explosion that burned over 45% of his body, Charlie Morecraft conveys, in the most penetrating way, the lesson he so painfully learned.  Seldom, are people confronted by the real consequences of an abuse in safety practices.  Anyone who hears Charlie’s story will be deeply moved and motivated to never again take safety for granted.  Charlie’s emphasis is on the significance of attitude and personal responsibility.

Some of the learning objectives are:

(1) To facilitate insight into everyone's own safety practices and attitudes
(2) To be a "wake-up call" that shakes people out of complacency and taking responsibilities for granted
(3) To make people become more responsible for their own safety on the job, at home, at play, at travel, everywhere.  This continues to result in people handling all aspects of their lives with a greater awareness and appreciation of safety.  Some examples are; wearing prescribed safety equipment on the job, following safety procedures at work and at home, wearing seat belts in moving vehicles, etc.

Charlie’s message alters people’s attitudes toward safety.  Their actions and behavior go from being thoughtless, lackadaisical and routine to "safety first & always".  Their consciousness is raised to a new level.

Charlie Morecraft is a powerful and dynamic public speaker.  His audiences get a highly personal, private look at what happened to one man - - - and how it could happen to any one of us.  As Charlie always says, "I'm just an ordinary guy…with an extraordinary story to tell".

In 1980, Charles T. Morecraft was an employee of Exxon Corporation. He was a good employee ­ both in the eyes of his union and in the eyes of his management, but otherwise he was unremarkable. He was just like hundreds of thousands of other blue-collar workers. He never considered himself exceptional. He was "just one of the boys".

Charlie had more than 15 years experience on the job, and he knew it well. He knew all the rules. He knew all the safety regulations . . . and he knew all the shortcuts around them too. Yes, Charlie was just like all the other seasoned workers at the refinery; he was certain that nothing could go wrong when he was in control. And he was right ….. Except for this one time . . . When Charlie tells his story the audience sits in rapt attention as they are moved to new levels of awareness. Charlie has that rare and unique ability to speak with ordinary words and conjure extraordinary images. Both he and his story are unforgettable. His words are simple, and he tells us things we think we already know, but he tells it in a way that will dramatically change our attitudes toward safety forever.

His primary messages are "Safety is about going home at the end of the day, kissing your wife and hugging your kids", and "We are each responsible for our own safety". They aren't new messages, but Charlie gives us a powerful new way of looking at them.

Kenneth J. Martz, PsyD MBA

Special Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic: Awareness, Impact and Safety Solutions

While the opioid epidemic has focused on the number of individuals dying, approximately 2/3 of those with SUD are in actively in the workforce. This session will review identification, management and safety planning for SUD prevention and intervention.  Applications will be drawn to impact issues such as workers compensation, productivity, and related issues.

Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D. CAS. is a licensed psychologist and the Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He has worked in treatment and management of special populations including criminal justice clients in community corrections and in prison settings for the past 20 years. Dr. Martz has also worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential and therapeutic communities providing treatment of addictions including gambling. 

Dr. Martz has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College, a Master’s of Business Administration from Argosy University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. He holds each of the 3 national certifications in gambling treatment. He has a number of publications and international presentations in the addictions treatment field. 

Colonel Mike Mullane


Countdown to Safety

Astronaut Mike Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mullane introduces this subject with a recount of his own near-death experience in a fighter jet, when he failed to speak up about an unsafe situation.

Colonel Mullane was born September 10, 1945 in Wichita Falls, Texas but spent much of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he currently resides. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam. He holds a Master's of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book, Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream, and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed in the New York Times and on the Jon Stewart Daily Show. It has also been featured on Barnes and Noble’s 2010 recommended summer reading list.

Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado’s highest peaks. Mullane has also served as a host for Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network. His wonderfully entertaining presentations of Stories From Space have been eagerly solicited by organizations of all kinds - from Fortune 500 companies to professional associations; from societies to schools and universities.

Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs.

Mike and Donna Mullane recently celebrated their 47th anniversary. The couple have three children and six grand-children.

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