SAF-T Conference Returns as a Webinar

Following the success of the 2009 SAF-T Conference webinar, MCM Events, a division of publisher Maximum Capacity Media, Fort Dodge, Iowa, will host the educational event in a similar format—only this year, presenters will speak over the course of four days, and the webinars will be free. The web conference will focus on aerial work platform safety topics that will be addressed by some of the industry's leading training professionals. The sessions will run from Nov. 15-18 for approximately one hour each day.

Each year, the SAF-T Conference webinar intends to reach a broad audience to effectively raise aerial lift safety awareness. The quality and variety of attendees at the 2009 conference included safety managers from companies like DuBois Chemicals, Cianbro, Amgen, Entegris, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, and Kimberly-Clark. Training organizations, operators, unions, rental yards, crane and rigging companies that use AWPs, and industrial forklift distributors also attended the annual event, as well as representatives from engineering schools at educational institutes like at  Penn State, Winona State University, and Michigan Tech.

The 2010 SAF-T Conference webinar will include topics on fall protection, training vs. familiarization in the ANSI standards, managing an accident, and defining qualified operators. Sponsors for this year's event are the Haulotte Group, Skyjack, and IPAF. The tentative schedule is listed below.

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://saf-tconference.com/. Login details for the webinar will be sent via email to all registered attendees one week prior to the event.

SAF-T Conference Agenda

Day 1 — Understanding Fall Protection
November 15, 2010, 3pm EST -  Presenter TBA
A refresher on fall protection and responsibilities as interpreted under current ANSI  standards. Discover the difference between fall protection and fall arrest, and know when fall protection is required and when it is not.

Day 2 — Understanding the Differences between Training and Familiarization
November 16, 2010, 3pm EST – Presented by Gary Riley, IPAF     
Refresh your understanding of the ANSI standards as they apply to training. Riley also will discuss any progress on establishing standardized aerial work platform training.  

Day 3 — Managing an Accident
November 17, 2010, 3pm EST – Presented by Jeff Stachowiak, Sunbelt Rentals 
Post-accident response and investigation is not only essential to  minimize your exposure, it helps understand why it happened and what must be done to help prevent a repeat occurrence.

Day 4  — Qualified operators….Who are they?
November 18, 2010, 3pm EST – Tentative presenter:  Ken Colonna, RSC 
Training isn’t the only component of learning. Understanding that it is important to evaluate the competencies and capabilities of anyone that will be trained is as important as the level of training provided.