2015 Professional Development Conference

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OSHA Mission & Direction 2015
Richard Mendelson
Deputy Regional Director-Region II
Occupational Health and Safety Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. Our keynote speaker will focus on OSHA’s mission and direction for the coming year, provide an update on current and future regulatory changes, including the new OSHA injury reporting requirements, protecting temporary workers, the Alliance Program and other new initiatives in the pipeline.


Richard Mendelson

NYC Building Code Revisions
Robert D'Alessio
Senior Executive Director Of Construction Safety
NYC Department of Buildings

Chapter 33 of the NYC Building Code was revised and became eective on December 31 2014. Chapter 33 covers construction and demolition safety and applies to all types of construction, alteration, demolition work and to all types of buildings. The goals of the revision to Chapter 33 were to:

• Add Requirements To Enhance Construction Safety
• Incorporate New Technologies and Industry Best Practices
• Clarify Ambiguities in Code Language
• Consolidate Safety-RelatedRegulations Into Chapter 33

The presentation will focus on signicant changes to Chapter 33 that all contractors, safety professionals, and design professionals should be aware of.

Robert D'Alessio

Prevention through Design: Sustainable
Innovation in Safety Management

T. Michael Toole, PhD, PE, F.ASCE
Assoc. Dean of Engineering and Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering
Bucknell University

Prevention through Design (PtD) is an emerging safety management technique that involves design professionals explicitly considering the safety of workers who will implement their design. The presentation will summarize the PtD concept and the ethical and sustainability-related reasons for PtD, provide common examples, summarize tools and processes that enable PtD, and identify potential barriers to performing PtD. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for how to move forward with implementing PtD in your organization.

T. Michael Toole

New York City Fire Code Update
Louis Cendagorta
Executive Director, Bureau of Fire Safety

Unfortunately technology, when deployed poorly, can produce negative results by reducing the human interactions that are essential for companies to evolve. Ironically, technology, when used properly, has proven itself to be an invaluable tool for innovative safety managers who deploy it to create a more highly engaged work force that is motivated to work safer. The presentation will explain and provide real world examples of how technology is used in conjunction with these Safety Pillars and why it results in outstanding safe work improvement.

Louis Cendagorta

Audience during Q&A period

SENY President Joe Schwed during opening Comments

SENY Member Heather Belovin discussing
implementation of PtD at NYC DEP

SENY Past Presidents
(l to r) Susan Geier Fahmy, Bobbie Athey, Jim Bifulco

2014-2015 SENY Officers & Board Members
(l to r) Sam Hess (Webmaster), Brian Cichetti, Bill Lenczuk (Secretary),
Jim Bifulco (Past President), Susan Geier Fahmy (Treasurer),
Frank Gesualdo (Membership), Joe Schwed (President), Patrick Mills,
Allen Abrahamsen, Michael Csedrik, Donald Hartley