CBIA 2024 Safety & Health Conference


CBIA’s 2024 Safety and Health Conference explored cutting-edge developments in safety and health practices.

We looked at the latest safety resources and technological advances, addressing crucial questions about the impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual training, and smart technology in PPE usage on workplace safety. 

Our keynote speaker was Brian “Bru” Brurud, founder and CEO of Check-6 and a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot. Brurud illustrated best practices for accelerating improvements in human performance that deliver exceptional safety performance and operational efficiency.

And expert panelists dissected emerging trends and resources and provide invaluable insights for safety professionals.


This program is approved for 6.0 HRCI credits and CEUs.

7:30 am | Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am | Opening Remarks

  • Phillip Montgomery, Director of Compensation & Safety Services, CBIA
  • Sean Ryan, Program Director, OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1, Keene State College

8:35 am | New Safety Resources & Technology Developments

What do potential innovations from artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual training, and the use of smart technology in PPE usage mean for workplace safety? Panelists explore new trends and resources that safety professionals should be considering.

  • Moderator: Doug Person, SVP, Risk Control, Safety & Health, USI
  • Milton Jacobs, President, Safety Solution Consultants
  • Brady Keene, Clinical Assistant Professor, Keene State College; Program Manager, WorkWISE NH
  • Bobbie Schaefer, Director, IoT Innovation Lab, The Hartford

9:35 am | OSHA Case Study: Organizational Change Reduces Workers’ Chemical Exposure

Illustrating an environmental laboratory’s experience from an OSHA health inspection and the subsequent journey to guide and create organizational, operational, and overall cultural change. Learn how company leadership transitioned through short-term abatement obligations to driving a new organizational vision and commitment to long-term improvement, including insights into merging key engineering and continuous improvement tools to mitigate airborne and chemical contact exposure promoting increased visibility and communication.

  • Bobbi Aloisa, VP, Phoenix Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
  • Robert Levandoski, President, Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions

10:30 am | Networking Break

10:45 am | Lessons from Earth’s Most Dangerous Real Estate

Buckle your seat belt for an enjoyable 75-minute adventure highlighting communications practices proven through trial by fire … literally! Brian “Bru” Brurud, founder and CEO of Check-6 and a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, uses his combat operations experience on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the 5,000 short-service personnel that make it run. Brurud shares first-hand combat experiences through cockpit video and life lessons leading thousands of men and women under the most challenging circumstances imaginable. He illustrates best practices for accelerating improvements in human performance that deliver industry leading safety performance as well as operational efficiency.

  • Brian “Bru” Brurud, Founder & CEO, Check-6

12 pm | Lunch & Networking

12:45 pm | OSHA/CONN-OSHA: Regulatory Issues Everyone Should Consider

OSHA and CONN-OSHA officials share the challenges they encountered during the past year while assisting companies with maintaining safe workplaces. Officials will also address new initiatives planned for the next year. This moderated session offers attendees an excellent opportunity to address personal concerns and get insights for their safety programs. 

  • Moderator: Tiffany Hubbard, Partner, McCarter & English LLP
  • Marianne Bonito, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Anne Bracker, Program Manager, CONN-OSHA
  • Charles McGrevy, OSHA Hartford Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor

1:30 pm | Employee Wellness

Have you noticed that your employees are calling out more frequently? Is there an increase in workplace injuries or an increase in human error? All of this can be reduced through improved employee wellness. Learn how improving the overall wellness of your employees while at work leads to a reduction in human error, call outs, and workplace injuries and an improvement in employee morale and productivity.

  • Shelby Pocius, Employer Services Specialist, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers

2:15 pm | Networking Break 

2:30 pm | Breakout Sessions

Session A | Incident Investigation: Be a Safety Detective to Get Effective Outcomes

Incident analysis and investigation can be helpful, neutral, or hurtful. Did you know that OSHA has a specific set of steps employers should follow to professionally and effectively investigate an incident or near hit, and help prevent the same thing from happening again? Learn the formula and take home resources to improve your investigation, safety program, and safety management system.

  • Chip Darius, Founder & President, Safety Priority Consultants LLC

Session B | Mental Health in the Workplace

Stress can be harmful to our health and increase mental health challenges and reportedly accounts for 120,000 workplace fatalities annually. Mental health challenges can include clinical mental illness and substance use disorders as well as other emotions like stress, grief, feeling sad, and anxiety, where these feelings are temporary and not part of a diagnosable condition. While many things in life induce stress, work can be one of those factors. Learn how your company can help employees avoid or alleviate the challenges of stress.

  • Melissa Ortiz, Director, Solutions EAP, Advanced Behavioral Health

3:30 pm | Adjourn


Wed, May 15, 2024
8:30am – 3:30pm


Sheraton Hartford South Hotel

100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT 06067


CBIA’s 2024 Safety & Health Conference was made possible through the generous support of Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers, with additional support from Fuss & O'Neill, McCarter & English LLP, and USI Insurance Services LLC.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact CBIA's Adam Ney (860.244.1933).

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