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ASSP Safety24

August 7-9, 2024 | Denver, Colorado

Visit the VelocityEHS booth #1130 and attend our sessions to learn how we can help you advance your company’s health and safety goals.

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OSHA Lockout/Tagout (LOTO): More than Just Compliance…a Matter of Life & Death

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Date and Time: Wednesday, August 7 at 1:45 p.m.

Panelist: Greg Duncan, CSP, Senior EHS & ESG Content Manager, VelocityEHS

Description: OSHA estimates that compliance with its Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard prevents 120 work-related fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Unfortunately, last year there were approximately 30 fatalities directly involving lockout/tagout (LOTO) system failures. In addition, OSHA recorded 2,175 citations of the LOTO Standard in 2022. That’s up more than 23% over 2021, making it the sixth most cited OSHA standard for three years running.

It’s clear that employers in the US continue to struggle with LOTO, but why? What specific aspects of LOTO programs are leading to life-altering injuries and fatalities? What actions can employers take to strengthen their LOTO program to prevent injuries? What systems, processes, policies, and technologies are available to help improve control of hazardous energy? With workers’ lives literally at risk and OSHA laser-focused on enforcing the LOTO Standard, now is the time to get a handle on your LOTO program and implement the necessary safeguards to protect your people.

This 60-minute session will provide attendees with a detailed breakdown of OSHA’s LOTO Standard that employers can implement to make sure everyone goes home safely every day. We’ll also cover current and proposed OSHA enforcement directives and initiatives to help eliminate confusion that often contributes to non-compliance and workplace incidents. Lastly, we’ll introduce industry best practices and technologies to improve your LOTO systems, processes, and policies to help close compliance gaps, streamline administrative tasks, and build a highly effective LOTO program that adapts to changing workplace risks.


Climate Disclosures and Private Companies: 3 Things to Do Now

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Date and Time: Thursday, August 8 at 4:15 p.m.

Panelist: Greg Duncan, CSP, Senior EHS & ESG Content Manager, VelocityEHS

Description: The US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published a proposed rule that would expand and enhance disclosure requirements pertaining to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and climate-related risks for public companies. When finalized, the SEC rule would require publicly held companies to provide annual disclosures of direct GHG emissions (Scope 1), indirect GHG emissions from purchased utility energy sources (Scope 2), and indirect GHG emissions from upstream or downstream value chain partners whose GHG emissions are influenced by the company’s operations (a.k.a. Scope 3 emissions).

As publicly held companies prepare for future Scope 3 emissions reporting requirements, private companies will ultimately also be required to furnish GHG emissions data to their publicly held value chain partners to enable them to accurately quantify their Scope 3 emissions. The ability to furnish accurate GHG emissions data could make the difference between maintaining those partnerships or missing out on valuable business opportunities, and private companies throughout the value chain will be required to provide detailed emissions data sooner rather than later.

Regardless of what’s required by the SEC final rule, investors and value chain partners are increasingly calling for greater climate transparency and corporate sustainability. Even if the SEC doesn’t require private companies to make climate disclosures, these stakeholders likely will. To prepare for this new reality, there are three things private companies need to do:

  1. Enhance your company’s governance structure around climate risks
  2. Implement a data collection/analysis process to collect and report on detailed emissions, paying close attention to Scope 1 and Scope 2. (This may require investments in technology and tools!)
  3. Report on how climate change is impacting financial performance. Companies will need to disclose the impact on financial statement line items and provide the equivalent of a “mini-management discussion and analysis (MDA) for climate each year.


Integrating Risk Assessments for Effective Management of Change

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Date and Time: Friday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Marc Juaire, CPSA, MBA,  Solution Executive, VelocityEHS

Description: This session will explore the dynamic relationship between Management of Change (MOC) and risk assessments, focusing on the types of assessments required for different change scenarios: process changes, design changes, and personnel changes. Aligning the appropriate risk assessment types with the corresponding changes helps to ensure comprehensive, effective risk mitigation at your organization.

We will examine the distinct nature of process changes and discuss the significance of updating job risk assessments to identify potential hazards and ensure employee safety. Next, we will look at the application of Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs) to assess risks associated with process modifications and changes in design, enabling organizations to proactively address safety concerns.

Finally, we will explore the significance of business risk assessments when it comes to personnel changes and larger strategy shifts within organizations. As personnel transitions can introduce new challenges, it is essential to evaluate the associated business risks comprehensively.

Join us in the exhibit hall at booth 1130!


The fun and learning is taking place in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center!