10th Annual MASHA Safety & Health Conference

Thursday - April 26, 2018
Regional Learning Alliance

Cranberry Township, PA

Thank you!

Since MASHA was established in 2007, it has been our pleasure to offer an annual conference in western Pennsylvania with educational opportunities reflective of our diversity in occupational safety and health.

2018 marked our 10th year of the MASHA Safety and Health Conference. This year's event was very well attended with nearly 240 participants, including professionals from a wide range of industries and over 50 students from Slippery Rock University, West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and Carnegie Mellon University to name a few.  We are grateful for all who helped make this year's event a great success!  Special thanks to the 2018 Conference Speakers, Exhibitors and the Conference Workgroup members listed below. 

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Conference Exhibitors and Planning Committee:

Conference Planning Committee:

Thank you to the following members who helped to plan the 2018 Conference.

  • Sue Adams
  • Charles Brehm
  • Pat Carfagna
  • Carl Heinlein
  • Christy Kirsch
  • Del Kubeldis
  • Joe Losko
  • Steve McGough
  • USDOL-OSHA Pgh. Area Office
  • Bob McCall
  • Jeff Pawloski
  • Bernie Quinn
  • David Renz
  • Dan Sherwin
  • Michele Slinkard
  • Bill Smith
  • Bill Bernhart

Our Speakers

Bill O'Rourke

Bill O'Rourke - Keynote Address: Business Ethics and Impacts on Safety & Health Management

Just published "The Business Ethics Field Guide" with Dr. Brad Agle and Dr. Aaron Miller.. US Army - Officer, Transportation Corps, USSteel - Industrial Engineer, Alcoa - Patent Counsel, Asst. General Counsel, VP Global Business Services, VP Procurement, Corporate Auditor, VP Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, President Alcoa-Russia, and Chief Information Officer, Foundation Board Member; now retired. Lecturer on Ethics at Duquesne University, BYU, Nebraska, Illinois, Pitt, CMU, Notre Dame, etc. also taught "Change" and "Strategy" in Duquesne University's MBA Program. 

Rachel Burdette - General Session: Substances and Supervisors: How to Handle an Impaired Employee

Outreach & Traning Specialist, Greenbriar Treatment Center.  Rachel works with companies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area as a training specialist.  She conducts supervisory trainings that discuss identifying substance abuse in the workplace and the best ways to establish awareness of drug and alcohol issues.  She is a clinical evaluator as well, and does assessments on-site with direct referrals to determine an individual's level of care. 

Dave Rhodes - General Session: OSHA Update

Dave is the Assistant Director USDOL-OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office.

Track Sessions / Speakers:

Construction Track

  • Session I: “OSHA Inspections, What to do Instead of Running and Hiding!” - David C. Brogan, P.E. - Bristol Environmental Inc. 
  • Session II: “Leading Edge PFL - Application, Approval and Solutions” -  
    Anne Osbourn - MSA 
  • Session III: “Managing the Risks Associated with a Construction Labor Shortage” - Nick Kuntz - Gallagher CRS  

General Industry Track

  • Session I:  “Productivity Enhancement Tools for Industrial Hygienists ” - Sreenath Avula, PhD - TSI Inc.
  • Session II:  “NFPA 70E Update” - Mike Wright - 70E Solutions
  • Session III:“OSHA’s Walking Working Surfaces Standard” - Bob Wengryn - Miller Fall Protection/Honeywell 

Oil and Gas Track

  • Session I:  “A New Approach to Pre-Job Planning” - Michael Potts - Pioneer Energy Services
  • Session II:  “Safe handling of Condensate” - Kevin Ice, CSP - CNX Resources, Inc.
  • Session III:  “Respect the Unexpected …” - Brian Gildea - Pipeline Systems, Inc. 

2018 Conference Details

Growth and Opportunity

  • 10th Annual Conference.
  • Educational opportunities in construction, general industry and oil and gas safety.
  • Continuing Education Credits.

Mixing & Mingling

  • Great networking and career mentoring opportunities.
  • Vendor displays.
  • Safety experts in Construction, General Industry and Oil & Gas.
  • Lunch is provided.


  • The 2018 Conference has ended - Thank you to the participants!

Conference Schedule:

  • 7:00-8:00   Registration 
  • 7:30   Exhibit Area Opens  
  • 8:00-8:15   Welcome and Conference Notes  
  • 8:15-9:00   Opening Session - Bill O’Rourke, “Business Ethics and Impacts on Safety & Health Management’  
  • 9:15-10:00   General Session - Rachel Burdette, “Substances and Supervisors: How to Handle an Impaired Employee” 
  • 10:00-10:15   Break: Visit Exhibitor Area 
  • 10:15-11:00   Rachel Burdette - continued 
  • 11:15-12:00   Dave Rhodes,  “OSHA Update” 
  • 12:00-12:45   Lunch served in the Atrium  
  • 12:45-1:00   Break: Visit Exhibitor Area 
  • 1:00-1:45   Tracks - Session I  
  • 2:00-2:45   Tracks - Session II  
  • 3:00-345   Tracks - Session III  
  • 3:45   Conference Closes  
  • 4:00   Exhibit Area Closes 

Conference Location

Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance

850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

Registration Questions: 412-260-5240