2005 ILCA Annual Conference

Dr. Stephen Douglas
Dr. Douglas gave a motivation speech. The title of the speech was “Cactus Rolling: Dealing with Life’s Thorniest Problems.”

Mr. Dan Ruminski 
Mr. Ruminski's discussion included pressure sensitive 3M anti-slip tapes and floor matting of all types. He provided advice on maintenance and safety issues concerning slips and falls.

Notable projects his company completed throughout the year include outfitting some 50 Coast Guard Cutters with our anti-slip tape to doing a 400 ft. special matting for our Cleveland Browns, providing a safe walk surface from locker room to playing field.

Discussion covered heated products for indoor and outdoor use to provide warmer, more economical and safer winter environments. Products include:
Heated Desk Mat - low voltage with timer to replace space heaters.
Heated Low Voltage Outdoor Stair Treads with anti slip surface.
Outdoor Heated Ice and Snow Melting Mat with anti slip surface.
Heated Fiberglass Modular Sidewalk for temporary heat as well as melting snow and ice.

Mr. Steve Spencer 
This presentation discussed various types of flooring materials, and floor coverings and how their co-efficient of friction relate to slip and fall potential as well as floor cleaning agents and their use and misuse. A floor safety assurance plan was outlined and defined for use in reducing slip and falls.

The objective of the speech was to explain the hazards of various floor surfacing materials, floor coverings and floor cleaning agents and how they affect the potential for slips and falls and how to incorporate this knowledge into an effective floor safety program.

Ms. Barbara Krecic 
Ms. Krecic discussed the basic requirements of the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard 1904- how the process works, who is responsible, and how it may be applied to your clients who use staffing companies to support their industries.

Mr. Gregory B. Russell 
Mr. Russell covered the following topics:
Material handling equipment in hazardous environments
Risk Assessment and Area Classification (Main Focus)
Division I vs. Division II
Underwriters Laboratories regulations and approvals
Industrial Truck (fork lift) applications
EE VS. EX forklifts rating and differences-Main Focus
How EE AND EX Forklifts Work
EX forklift maintenance and service procedures
Stainless steel forklift construction
Hazardous vapors and dust - airtight VS. Dustight
Classification Groups B, C, D, E, F AND G
Cleanroom Applications

Mr. Don Bentley 
Mr. Bentley discussed the Industrial Hygiene Issues of Metalworking.

Mr. George Gillespie 
Mr. Gillespie provided an overview of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service and why you should “Call Before You Dig.” Topics discussed:
Internet ticket delivery
Utility damages experienced
Damage Prevention Councils
“Get The Dirt” video…7 minutes
“Call Before You Dig” video…12 minutes

Mr. Warren Philipps 
Mr. Phillips discussed the future of the loss control position in the insurance industry. An overview was given of some key points from a recent conducted survey of 12 leading insurance loss control executives. Mr. Phillips also discussed these executives perspective on the problems confronted in the area of automation, attracting new young professionals to the business and retaining this talent.

The discussion moved on to some ideas on adding value to the loss control position - doing things above and beyond the normal expected job of completing underwriting data surveys and loss control consulting. There are things that you can be doing to add value to your position whether you work directly for the company or provide the surveys on a contracted basis. Warren Phillips looked at some specific things you can do to add value to your job, to make loss control more valuable to the insurance industry, your company, and make your job more enjoyable. If you're not "adding value" are your services really needed?

Mr. Dennis Habrat 
Mr. Habrat discussed work place violence. The title of his speech was “Recognizing and Managing Aggression in the Workplace." Workplace violence is in an upswing in American business. Evidence of this is seen in the news media on a regular basis. Brush Wellman Inc recognized that turning a blind eye to the issue of aggressive behavior and work place violence is not consistent with its obligation to provide its employees a safe and productive work place. Brush also recognized that workplace violence is seldom spontaneous and is preventable. Acts of workplace violence are often preceded by behavior that reveals the perpetrator’s sinister intentions. To better recognize and prevent incidents of aggression that may endanger employees and reduce company efficiency, Brush adopted a "Managing Aggression in the Workplace” training program. This program gives employees the skills to recognize the early signs of mounting aggression, to intervene and defuse the aggression to prevent incidents of aggressive behavior from escalating into violence.

Mr. Patrick Bauer 
Mr Bauer discussed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the Workplace. This presentation provides a general overview of AEDs: what they are, how they work, and why AEDs are needed. An AED demonstration was conducted.

A brief outline of what constitutes an effective AED placement within a business will be presented. Topics reviewed will include effective AED locations within a facility, AED maintenance and record keeping, employee education, training and recommended procedures after using an AED.

Mr. Richard Watson 
The following were the topics that Mr. Watson discussed.
Adoption of standard and why?
Design and fire testing by UL
UL-300 comparison between dry chemical vs. wet chemical
Approved UL systems and how they work
Disapproved dry chemical systems
Manufacturer letters of discontinued dry systems
Violations to look for
UL fire service requirements

Mr. Rich Reese
Mr. Reese discussed fall protection as well as showed a demonstration on fall protection.

Mr. John Christoph 
Mr. Christoph's discussion focused on a proactive hazard analysis process a loss control professional should consider when working with a food service client. The program gave an overview of the complex 2001 Food code and how its principles apply to the insurance professional. The program will utilize examples of types of hazards and loss the professional faces with the food industry and how to prepare the client for a possible disaster.

Ms. Amanda Comunale 
Ms Comunale discussed the following subject:

Central Sprinkler Company (Central), an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products LP, of Lansdale, PA, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a Voluntary Replacement Program for O-Ring sprinklers.

Central Sprinkler Company will provide parts and labor to replace approximately 35 million fire sprinklers with O-ring seals.The program involves approximately 33 million “wet” sprinklers with O-ring seals manufactured by Central and approximately 2 million “dry” sprinkler heads with O-rings manufactured by Central. Also included are about 101,000 “On-Off” sprinklers used in “wet” systems and sold by Gem Sprinkler Co. and another 66,000 “dry” sprinklers manufactured by Star Sprinkler Inc.

Central initiated this action because it discovered that these O-ring sprinklers can degrade over time. These sprinkler heads can corrode, or minerals, salts and other contaminants in water can affect the rubber O-ring seals. These factors could cause the sprinkler heads to not activate in a fire. Laboratory testing has indicated that the majority of the sprinklers would operate in a fire situation, however, some required higher water pressure to activate than may be available in particular buildings.

Central Sprinkler Company will replace each of these O-ring sprinkler heads with a free replacement Belleville seal sprinkler head. Due to the number of sprinklers involved, sprinklers will be replaced over time, with priority based on the age of the sprinklers, the population affected (e.g. hospitals and nursing homes submitting claims will be given priority), and whether the sprinklers show signs of corrosion or leakage

Mr. Robert B. Treiber 
Mr. Treiber explained NFPA 25 - Water Based Fire Protection Systems Maintenance and Testing.