Fall Conference 2017

"Is Safety on Your Horizon?"

Embassy Suites Hotel, SeaTac/Tukwila

15920 W Valley Hwy, Seattle, Washington
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fall Conference traditionally focuses on safety and prevention, with an eye to current claims management topics as well. This year, presentations will feature: 

  • A rapidly changing regulatory landscape for federal and state workplace safety compliance, with new OSHA rules and policies covering electronic reporting of injuries, public reporting of injury data, post-accident drug testing policies, safety incentive programs, cost-of-living adjustments on penalties, and more
  • The latest from the Department of Labor & Industries and University of Washington Dept. of Environmental Safety & Health
  • Preventing & dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including the latest revisions to the Treatment Guideline for CTS
  • The move to greater prevention and protection through a VPP and similar programs, from top self-insured employers

Join us for a day of continuing education and networking, featuring key regulatory and corporate executives, legal experts, and industry thought leaders!


Friday, September 15 2017

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m. — 9 a.m.
100+ Years of Safety in Washington

Learn from UW's safety research department how safety and accident prevention programs have evolved in Washington over time and how industries themselves have changed and become safer in Washington over the past 100 years.

  • Rick Gleason, Department of Environmental Safety & Health (University of Washington)
9 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
The VPP Revisited
Hear from fellow SI employers how to get and maintain Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status, integrating safety and claims management to return employees to work. Even if you don't seek VPP status, learn take-home tips to elevate your accident prevention programs.

  • Oliver Lyles, Safety Director (Nucor Steel)
  • John Shervey (John Shervey & Associates)
  • Terry Toland, Energy Resources Manager (Clark County PUD)
  • Sharon Perkins, VPP Coordinator (Department of Labor & Industries)
10:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m. — noon
Trickling Down: How Federal OSHA Changes Shape Safety Policy in Washington
Understand how OSHA policies are shifting under the new administration. Understand which OSHA policies have been delayed or changed, and what changes may happen to safety policy and legislation in Washington. Understand how changes at the federal level will affect DOSH enforcement in Washington.

  • Jeffrey Youmans, Attorney (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)
  • Joseph Hoag, Attorney (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)
noon — 1 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1 p.m. — 2 p.m.
The Director's Take: The State of Safety in Washington

Interact with the Director of Labor & Industries on how at a state level we handle safety policy, legislation, and enforcement. Understand the state perspective on changes in enforcement and policy at the federal level.

  • Joel Sacks, Director (Department of Labor & Industries)
2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Combatting Carpal Tunnel in the Workplace
Understand the new CTS treatment guidelines and learn how to avoid CTS in the workplace. Understand how to help workers with a CTS or upper extremity diagnoses in the workplace.

  • Lee Caton, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Clinical Operations (Peoples Injury Network NW)
3 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
The Changing Landscape of Drug Testing in Washington

Learn what employers need to know about drug testing their employees. Learn what employers can or can’t do when testing their employees under recent OSHA rules. Understand the correct policies to have in place and how to enforce them.  

  • James Anderson, Attorney (Cummins, Goodman, Denley & Vickers, P.C.)
4:30 p.m.

Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 6.5 (2.5 statutory) continuing education credits for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be available to attendees:

  • L&I CEU - Applied for
  • CRC - Applied for
  • CDMS - Applied for
  • CLE - Applied for
  • SHRM / HRCI recertification credits - Approved for 6.5 Credits HCRI-SHRM 165px


WSIA Members - $225, full breakfast and lunch included

Additional members from same organization - $150 each

Non-members - $375 (Not a member? Click here to join today!)

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites SeaTac/Tukwila, 15920 W Valley Hwy, Seattle, Washington 98188

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Cancellation Information

A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations received by September 8, 2017.  This is to offset the cost of room rental, reserved meals, and conference material production.

No credit will be given for cancellations made after September 8, 2017.