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November 9th, 2021

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Stay smart and compliant on the job with a day full of training, safety speakers, and presenters. DiVal Safety Equipment is a National Safety Council certified training center, so you know that you are getting the proper training.

Welcome Back!

Dale Lesinski

Dale Lesinski

Vice President of DiVal Safety Equipment

Welcome Back! It truly is GREAT to see you again! The DiVal family of employees would like to take this opportunity to sincerely THANK YOU for your support and choosing DiVal Safety as your partner in protecting your employees. DiVal has been a proud provider of essential PPE products and services to assist companies in protecting their employees and enabling them to conduct business throughout the pandemic.

  We understand that Safety should never be compromised. That is why we are happy to host this year's Summit as a FREE event to our valued customers. We hope you enjoy the Quality speakers and education, explore the vendors new products, and leverage the learning to improve your safety efforts.

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  • Individual
  • NOW FREE ($395)
  • Educational Workshops
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Vendor Network Social

Keynote Speakers

Robert O'Neil

Robert O’Neil

Former SEAL Team Six Leader

Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. In the world of high-pressure Navy SEAL missions, instant, critical decision-making is a necessity for success. O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.

Summit 2021 Speakers and Topics

Office Safety
Your everyday office might not seem dangerous at all compared to other of worksites or facilities, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 76,000 office workers in the United States receive disabling injuries each year. These include falls, electric shock, musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. To keep your workplace safe for all employees and to avoid the costs associated with injuries and illnesses, you will not want to miss the opportunity to train your employees on basic office safety.

Mike Yarbrough
Sr. Compliance Specialist
DiVal Safety Equipment
Human Performance and Its Role In Operational and Safety Excellence
Humans by definition are fallible; studies show that the likelihood of a serious event being linked to human performance is 85 - 90% versus equipment failure 10 - 15%.

Opportunities exist to significantly raise awareness in employees leading to behavior change. This program is designed to raise awareness to those behaviors that put our employees, operations and the public at risk. The presenter uses videos and personal stories to engage the audience in this interactive program.

Bruce Bolger
Leadership Development & Safety Consultant
Transformational Leadership: Creating Safe, High Performance Work Teams
Transformational Leadership is a highly interactive program designed to identify and eliminate potential blind spots to those behaviors which could be sabotaging performance, and creating dysfunctional cultures impacting safety, quality, productivity and customer relations. The speaker utilizes relatable videos and personal stories to drive home key elements, which will positively impact attendees and performance.

Bruce Bolger
Leadership Development & Safety Consultant
Fundamentals of Fall Protection & Fall Protection Awareness
Local governing regulations relating to fall protection. Traditional fall protection (e.g. handrails, guardrails, etc.). Fall restraint systems. Fall arrest systems (including anchors, body support, connecting components and the importance of a rescue plan)

Jason Gimlin
KB Sales
STANDARD UPDATE - MEWP – Mobile Elevated Work Platforms – What Does It Mean For My Company?
Is your company meeting the most up-to date Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) training requirements? Effective June 1, 2020, your company is required to train to the updated A92 standard. MEWP’s include Aerial Work platforms, Scissor lifts and “Boom” lifts. In this session we will review how these changes affect training as well as which employees are required to be trained.
Accident Investigation
Accident Investigations are incident-prevention tools and should be part of an occupational safety and health management program in your workplace. Such programs are a structured way to identify and control the hazards in a workplace so let’s look at the steps we should go through.

Mike Yarbrough
Sr. Compliance Specialist
DiVal Safety Equipment
Does your Arc Flash PPE present a BIGGER hazard than your Electrical HAZARD?!?
A potential Arc Flash incident is dangerous enough! Don’t let old PPE technology get in the way of comfort, productivity, and SAFETY! Learn more about the latest advances in Arc Flash Gear and how they can support your workforce as we navigate some recent changes to NFPA 70E.
Safe 4 The Right Reasons
Safe 4 the Right Reasons: A simple yet sophisticated safety message that eliminates accidents and injuries by getting employees to practice safe behaviors because they WANT to, not because they HAVE to. This presentation delivers what Safety Professionals and Companies have been trying to instill in their employees forever – valuing their own safety and willingly watch out for each other.
This message has addressed the missing component of most safety efforts …Emotional Intelligence. Making the safety message about the employee rather than about the company is the path to safety culture success.
Sorry to disappoint, but this session does not feature statistics, leading or lagging indicators, LMR, CFR’s, EMR, BBS or TRIR. By appealing to our Human Nature, “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” is personal, sustainable and proven with over a decade of success.

Dale Lesinski
Vice President
DiVal Safety Equipment
Emergency Preparedness For Your Business
This session will focus on emergency planning and the critical success factors needed to manage work place emergencies. We will highlight some of the best practices used to organize and lead your facility through a wide variety of emergencies. You will learn about the importance of a solid Business continuity plan.

David M. Bissonette
Corporate EH&S Director
Washington Mills
The Buried Truth Uncovered
Take advantage of the opportunity to listen as Eric Giguere, a 46 year old former construction worker from Phelps, NY, shares his story of how he was buried alive while working in a trench. Eric explains the circumstances and events that led up to his accident and the profound effects it has had on him and his family for the last fifteen years. Eric speaks from the heart with a desire for the listeners to learn from his death defying safety message. He has a very genuine approach and the intent of his presentation is to prevent this experience from ever happening to anyone again. Eric explains how he is an average guy and a series of extraordinary events left him with an unbelievable story to tell. Once you have heard Eric’s story, damage prevention will be more important to you than ever before!

Eric Giguere
National Fuel Gas: Our Safety Program Set Company Safety Records and this year we BROKE THOSE RECORDS!
ince implementing, our culture has improved, senior executive participation is stronger than ever, employee engagement is riding high and the core principles of the "Safe 4 the Right Reasons" message have permeated the entire organization with respect to personal, pipeline and public safety. Most Importantly our employees are SAFER!
In this presentation we will share our lessons learned and provide insight in to how we implemented our safety campaign and how you can too

Mike Anderson, General Manager of Safety
Mike Parker, Safety Manager
Scott Linhardt, Assistant Manager

We do not have pre-approved CEU or PDU acceptance. Our Summit over the past 15 years has qualified for CEU/PDU based on the quality of our content, trainers and speakers. DiVal will provide you with everything you require to submit to your organization (proof of attendance, session descriptions, dates, times and durations, etc.) upon request.

Expo Floor
Safety Peers networking party

Network with fellow attendees, safety industry leaders, vendors, and with our own DiVal Safety professionals!

Game Shows  |  Giveaways  |  Food & Drink

Enjoy Your Stay

We suggest you stay at Niagara's premier hotel, Sheraton At The Falls. Ideally situated in the heart of downtown - adjacent to the exciting Seneca Niagara Casino and the state-of-the-art Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

The Official Hotel of the 2021 DiVal Safety Summit.
DiVal Summit Special Room Rate: $99.00
Space is limited

Call to reserve your room today at 716-285-3361.

Parking & Directions

The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls

101 Old Falls Street

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Click HERE for parking directions.

COVID19 Safety Protocols

Masks are optional but not required

We will account for some distancing in educational sessions and show exhibit floor

No proof of vaccination or negative tests required

No additional health screening

Complimentary Masks and hand sanitizer will be available

Educational rooms will be refreshed between sessions

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