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September Meeting – Multi-use Performance Space: Safety & Security Challenges

Posted: Sep 10, 2018

Topic – “Multi-use Performance Space: Safety & Security Challenges”

Speaker – Joel Poppert, Artis-Naples Safety & Security Director 

When –  September 20, 2018   11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where –  5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL 34108

Join us for our September Meeting, graciously hosted by Artis-Naples, the premier center for the visual and performing arts in Southwest Florida.

Our host and tour guide Mr. Joel Poppert, Safety & Security Director will provide us an interactive tour and discussion of the safety and security challenges with multiple moving parts including large number of crowds, disorderly patrons, emergency medical services, back stage set up and break downs, which, includes working from heights, high voltage electrical systems, high sound levels, respiratory irritants, fire hazards, and even security of fine arts, are just some of the responsibilities of the department.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL Studied Studio Music and Jazz at Univ. of Miami / Piano & Voice Principal After college I spent 10 years to try to get a recording deal, but … no record deal. Moved to Naples in 1990, same year as the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Opened. Worked as a stagehand/rigger backstage at the Phil for 10 years and also toured as a professional juggler with the Comedy, Music and Juggling team CATCH THIS. In 2000, I accepted the position of Technical Operations Director backstage at Artis— Naples. As Tech Director there were endless hours, working with every big star you can think of, Broadway shows, dance, opera, theatre, rock shows … you name it, we did it! In 2017, I accepted the position of Safety & Security Director. My institutional knowledge has been key during the transition between departments, and I learn something new about Safety & Security every day. We are embarking on a campus expansion project that will span the next 10 years and more, and I am looking forward to being in on the ground floor of future planning for both safety and security. Still no record deal!

Networking will begin at 11:30, to be followed by lunch, and we will get in to the interactive tour and discussion. 

Register here

August Meeting – Tools to Identify and Manage Silica Exposure

Posted: Jul 27, 2018

Join us for our August Meeting as we hold a Joint Meeting with our friends over at RIMS Southwest Florida Chapter (the Risk Management Society), who will graciously host the meeting at the Tiburon Golf Club.

Session Description

Employees in both the General and Construction industries involved in respirable crystalline silica-producing tasks should receive training before being assigned work. This one-hour class will afford participants basic tools to identify and manage silica exposure. Topics will include the key provisions of the new OSHA regulations; identifying materials, products and tasks that may create silica hazards; understanding health risks and the medical surveillance program; managing exposure with an exposure control plan; implementing appropriate personal protective equipment and hygiene practices; and identifying a competent person to implement the silica control plan and inspect the job site, materials and equipment.

Registration for the August Meeting is available here.

Please register before 12:00 pm on August 16 to ensure you spot at this event.

July Meeting – 6 Steps to Safer Digging, Brian Dean with Sunshine 811

Posted: Jul 11, 2018

Join us for our July Meeting as we present “6 Steps to Safer Digging”.

Session Description

Key Training Elements

  • Prepare to Call
  • 811 Before You Dig – When to call and what information is needed
  • Wait the Required Time
  • Verify Positive Response – When to check and why PR is so important
  • Protect the Marks
  • Dig Carefully – Observe the tolerance zone

Brian has worked for Sunshine State One Call of Florida since June 2006.  Sunshine State One Call serves as the call center for persons excavating in the state of Florida and maintains a primary focus on the prevention of damages to underground facilities.  As a Damage Prevention Liaison, Brian conducts “Call before You Dig” educational sessions for utility groups, contractors, citizen groups, code enforcement, and law enforcement officers along the gulf coast of Florida from Lee to Citrus County.  Prior to working with Sunshine One Call, Brian worked for an environmental laboratory as the Field Operations and Radiochemistry Manager and at the city of Largo as the Environmental Manager.  Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy.

Networking will begin at 11:30, to be followed by lunch, and we will get in to the session presentation, followed by Q & A. 

Please register before 5:00 pm on July 25 to ensure you spot at this event.