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Training & Education

Member Expo Schedule

October 18

9 am – Noon

WorkSafe Employer Program
The WorkSafe Employer Award is AWC Retro Program’s recognition award. The award recognizes Retro employers who have made an exemplary organization-wide commitment to a culture of safety.

9 am – Noon

Wellness Planning Forum
It's planning season and time to craft your 2018 wellness plan. Learn about new WellCity standards, wellness challenges, trainings, program changes, and much more.

Noon – 1 pm

Registration luncheon

12:45 – 1 pm


1 – 2 pm

Opening keynote

Overcoming fear and developing a culture of preparedness
Emergency preparedness is something every public entity addresses at one time or another. In order to develop a culture of preparedness, your employees, the community, cooperation and planning are all key elements.
Speaker: Jason Russell, President/CEO, Secure Education Consultants

2 – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 3:45 pm

Concurrent sessions

Interactive health care legal update
Navigating existing health care laws related to benefits and wellness programs, and keeping current on new and pending laws and regulations, can quickly consume your time. Experts will provide you with the latest updates and will be ready to answer your questions.

Be prepared – Developing a comprehensive emergency preparedness and safety program
The most critical element of a citywide emergency preparedness plan is establishing and maintaining a culture of preparedness. Are you prepared? Learn about the general steps you need to take in order to be ready for an emergency situation.

Setting supervisors up for safety success
Frontline supervisors have an outsized impact on safety outcomes for organizations; they oversee the work being done and are situated where they can identify unsafe conditions and actions. However, oftentimes supervisors are not given the training, tools, and authority needed to keep their employees safe. This sessions will help ensure you’re setting your supervisors up for success.

Designated Employer Representative (DER) short course
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require employers to appoint a Designated Employer Representative (DER) to manage the drug and alcohol testing program. As a DER, you have very specific requirements, actions and responsibilities, but what does it really mean in your workplace? This session will cover the key aspects of a DER’s role.

3:45 – 4 pm


4 – 5 pm

Concurrent sessions

Understanding health care value in Washington
Much as we want to believe otherwise, there is tremendous variation in the quality of care people receive in Washington. Relying on its robust database, the nonprofit Washington Health Alliance measures the elements of health care value: high-quality, a good patient experience, and a fair price. Learn about the Alliance’s data results and how you can use them to inform your health care decisions.

Cyber perspectives
Cyber crime is no longer considered an emerging risk. It has become a leading issue for many organizations. Some of the world’s most prominent brands have experienced financial and reputational damage in highly publicized incidents of hacking and data breaches.

GIS – Mapping for employee safety & risk management
Did your Public Works Director take all the information you needed with him when he left your city because it was stored in his head? Do your safety and risk management tools help you closely track hazards, identify safety trends, property management and maintenance schedules, and easily communicate issues using visual tools like maps? GIS technology can do all of that and more, making it an invaluable tool that saves you time and money, and improves safety for workers in the office or the field.

5 – 5:45 pm

Group walk
End the day with a walk around the river, and then hit the networking reception.

6 – 7:30 pm

Networking Reception

7:30 pm

Dinner on your own

October 19

7 am – Noon


7 – 8:30 am

Breakfast available

8 – 9:15 am

Breakfast roundtable with your program managers
Take a seat in one of four breakout rooms and the program manager will come to you. Get updates on programming for 2018. Have an opportunity to ask your burning questions!

9:15 – 9:30 am


9:30 – 10:30 am

What’s new in health care
Take a break from the politics of heath care and come learn about some of the exciting changes emerging in the market place. The Trust and their broker/consultant Aon Hewitt are constantly evaluating the possibilities that will keep our plans competitive.

Risky business: Taking lemons and making lemonade
Sometimes dangerous conditions in your city do not have clear solutions and require some outside of the box thinking. The Town of Friday Harbor receives a high volume of pedestrians and vehicles each spring, summer, and fall in the middle of their downtown core. Why not make your safety improvements a public amenity as well?

Get a grip on psychiatric diagnoses
HR staff and risk managers alike are often befuddled, perplexed or doubt the validity of injuries with psychiatric conditions attached to them. With the increased rise in post-traumatic stress disorders among police, firefighters and other city staff, this session will help you to better understand and manage claims when psychiatric diagnoses are involved.

Meet your Medical Review Officer (MRO)
The AWC Drug & Alcohol Consortium contracts with A WorkSAFE Service for its Medical Review Officer (MRO) services. This is your opportunity to meet the new MRO and MRO Assistant.

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 11:45 am

Concurrent sessions

Health Central 2.0 – It’s personal
Learn how the Trust’s new and improved Health Central provides a highly personalized experience for members. We’ll look behind the app’s home screen to see one user’s path from exploring their benefit plan coverages, earning points for participating in a variety of wellness programs, learning about events coming to their city, and choosing from a selection of reward options. It’s designed to be a health and benefits resource members will rely on and access frequently.

Top ten termination tips
Knowing when and how to terminate an employee can be difficult and unsettling. But sometimes it has to be done. Learn the top ten tips for the successful termination of a union represented employee who needs to go, to avoid an award of reinstatement and back pay.

Avoid fines and stay safe
Want to know the Top 10 safety violations issued to cities and towns? This session will explore how public entities can avoid fines issued for safety violations, and cover all the new rules coming out from OSHA in 2018.

Drug Free Workplace Act & employee education
As mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, all governmental agencies receiving federal grant monies must provide a drug-free workplace. Heightened attention of late has sparked closer scrutiny on updating drug & alcohol policies and educating employees about their personal choices in off-hours that may affect their on-duty performance. Attendees of this session will:

11:45 am – Noon


Noon – 1 pm

Lunch & keynote

Cracked not broken
Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life. He is a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author and documentary filmmaker reaching audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at age 19), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe. During this session you will learn about the key concepts of suicide prevention and recovery from attempts, and the characteristics of those with a higher risk to attempt suicide. Kevin is a dynamic presenter who breathes hope from his life experiences. Attendees will come away from this session feeling uplifted and empowered and will have a better understanding of their own wellness as well as the wellness of others.
Speaker: Kevin Hines

1 – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 2:15 pm

Concurrent sessions

The art of wellness
Join Kevin as he shares his process for wellness, resilience and recovery. In order to be self-aware and cognizant of his mental wellness, Kevin has developed a 10 step regimen to stay on track and monitor the signs of falling off track. He discusses clinical studies that prove why these are important to maintain wellness for everyone, not just those with a diagnosed mental illness. Attendees come away with a knowledge of how to build their own toolkit for maintaining their mental wellness, as well as the wellness of their loved ones.

New developments in the Public Records Act
All of Washington’s public agencies are subject to the Public Records Act. Employees must be aware of the requirements of this law to provide open and transparent government services to residents, and to avoid costly fines.

Are you ready for paid sick leave?
Learn about the new Paid Sick Leave Law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to most employees beginning January 1, 2018. Get an overview of Initiative 1433, which changed state law regarding minimum wage, ensuring tips and service charges are given to the appropriate staff, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave.

Drug testing patterns & shifting demographics
New drugs and drug use trends are rapidly appearing within our communities. These emerging trends are a major concern for local governments, transits and the general workforce well-being. Of particular concern for Washington employers is the rise in recreational marijuana and opioid use, which are rearing their head in the workplace as reasonably suspicious situations and ultimately test positives.