ISFP Symposium

Falls from height continue to pose serious risks to the health and safety of workers worldwide. As the international voice and forum for fall protection information exchange, the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP) invites you to participate in the ISFP Symposium on June 29-30.

International Society for Fall Protection Symposium

Prevention + Protection = Progress
12pm - 5pm, Wednesday, June 29
7:30am - 1pm, Thursday, June 30

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Falls from height continue to pose serious risks to the health and safety of workers worldwide. As the international voice and forum for fall protection information exchange, the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP) invites you to participate in the ISFP Symposium on June 29-30.

The ISFP Symposium brings together world-renowned experts in the field of fall protection and provides a platform for attendees to discuss and learn about the most current tools and methods for controlling and eliminating fall hazards. Attendees will learn about the latest advances in the field of fall protection, as well as guidance for safe work at height.

This year, the event’s theme is Prevention+Protection=Progress and will focus on the importance of both approaches to minimize fall risk. To reverse the trend of increasing fall injuries and fatalities, it is critical to consider both prevention and protection methods, and the Symposium will highlight progress in each area.

Throughout the symposium, expert presentations and panel discussions will cover a full range of global fall protection topics, including horizontal lifelines, models for fall arrest testing, and industrial rope access techniques.

Objectives:
  • To provide a forum for discussion and exchange of fall protection information
  • To promote research and further study in key areas affecting work at height
  • To facilitate discussion of issues directly impacting the industry
  • To generate and implement joint national activities
Highlights:
  • Wrap-up panel discussion with leading fall protection experts
  • Technical sessions on topical issues specific to height safety
  • Presentation of the Andrew Sulowski Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Fall Protection
  • Networking opportunities with peers

About ISFP: Since its inception in 1988, the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP), a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, has been dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and fatalities by promoting research and facilitating communication among industry professionals. Its mission: to be the international voice and forum for fall protection information exchange. For more information about the ISFP, visit www.isfp.org.

Program

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
12:00PM – 1:00PM - Opening Luncheon
1-1:15 p.m. Welcome and Introduction by Kim Messer, ISFP Administrator
1:15-2:00 p.m. Keynote - Hope You Don't Fall....

This session will expound on the theme of prevention + protection = progress. The objective is to focus on the people, equipment, documentation and maintenance of a fall protection program encouraging employers to actively pursue a zero-fall program rather than hope that a fall does not occur. There is more to protection than just supplying equipment. There is a difference between making fall protection a priority and aggressively pursuing results versus a program that just exists. Case studies and examples will be utilized in conjunction with ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program to illustrate the point.

Speaker: Kevin Denis has been in the fall protection industry for over 20 years and has had significant involvement in the continuing education of workers at height. As the training manager and project coordinator for Gravitec Systems, Inc., Mr. Denis is a member of the Z359 Accredited Standards Committee and various Z359 subcommittees that develop the Z359 Fall Protection Code.

Concurrent Sessions
(each session period is broken down into an ENGINEERING track and an EQUIPMENT track session)

Period 1: 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Engineering Track Session: Impact Forces Generated by Aerial Silk Circus Performers

Fall Protection equipment and systems have focused, in recent years, on pushing the upper limits to accommodate the needs of heavy weight workers. What of the needs of lightweight workers at the lower end? By utilizing techniques for design of aircrew protection and escape systems, lessons learned can be applied to design and fall protection program to provide improved protection to this segment of the population.

Speakers: Leonard Pianalto is an Associate at Read Jones Chistoffersen (RJC) in Vancouver. He leads the specialty engineering practice focused on structural glass, cladding and fall protection. Leonard has 15 years of experience in the fall protection industry including manufacturing and consulting. Kelsey Van Steele is a Project Engineer at Read Jones Chirstoffersen in Vancouver, BC, Canada with 7 years experience in fall protection consulting and project management.

Equipment Track Session: SRLs Technologies, Applications and Best Practices

Speaker: Dan Henn has focused his career on fall protection equipment. He has co-developed a wide variety of fall protection products, including ground-breaking new technology in self-retracting lanyards. In addition to serving on the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Accredited Standards Committee, Mr. Henn also managed the process of achieving ISO 17025 accreditation for the Reliance Testing Laboratory.

Period 2: 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Engineering Track Session: The Travel Restraint Envelope

The Hierarchy of Safety distinguishes between fall arrest and travel restraint, with every effort to reduce risk to the most practical extent. This study takes a closer look at the threshold where a travel restraint system may become a fall arrest system and introduces the concept of the Travel Restraint Envelope. In special circumstances, with flexible anchorages, the worker may be able to "pull" himself over the edge. Thus it becomes critical for the worker to understand the travel restraint envelope so that he may select the appropriate equipment to complete the work safely.

Speakers: Leonard Pianalto and Kelsey Van Steele

Equipment Track Session: Brazilian Laws, regulations and standards on Work at Height

This presentation will provide a general overview of Brazilian Laws , regulations and standards related to work at height. The presenter will cover aspects related to work at height, including fall protection PPE, anchor devices, structural anchors, rope access, ladders, and scaffolding, as well as information on responsibilities, training and rescue.

Speaker: Miguel Branchtein is a labor inspector and specialist in occupational health and safety. He currently works in the Work Safety and Health Section of Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment. Mr. Branchtein also serves as a member of ABNT, Brazil’s technical standards association, specifically for work at height equipment and construction hoists.


Thursday, June 30, 2016
7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast Briefing by Thom Kramer, ISFP President

State of the Fall Protection Industry

8:15-9:15 a.m. Keynote - Fall Protection for the Lightweight Worker – A Systems and Program Approach

Fall Protection equipment and systems have focused, in recent years, on pushing the upper limits to accommodate the needs of Heavy Weight Workers. But what of the needs of lightweight workers at the lower end? By utilizing techniques for design of U.S. aircrew protection and escape systems, learn how the U.S. Navy designed a fall protection program to provide improved protection to this segment of the population.

Speakers: Shawn Smith is the Senior Safety Engineer at NAVFAC and manages the Navy Mishap Prevention & Hazard Abatement Program. He serves as one of the Navy representatives to the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Committee since 2010. He is a Certified Safety Professional. Katie Miller is a 2014 graduate from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics. She currently works for NAVAIR in the Escape Systems branch of the Human Systems department at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. She received her Fall Protection Qualified Persons certification in July 2015 and was the lead project engineer on a joint fall protection project with NAVFAC, investigating the effects of personal energy-absorbing lanyards on lightweight workers.

Concurrent Sessions
(each session period is broken down into an ENGINEERING track and an EQUIPMENT track session)

Period 3: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Engineering Track Session: Testing of a Practical Method for Anchoring Fall Protection Systems to Partially Constructed Wood Roofs

The Canadian Home Builder's Association developed a method for reinforcing skeletal wood trusses to provide fall protection anchors to protect workers installing roof sheeting and the final roof membrane. The presentation reviews the considerations for the design of this system and the subsequent testing to prove how it performs, and reveals several important and surprising findings. Travel Restraint and Fall Arrest use of the system are discussed. For Fall Arrest, clearance is the dominant design issue, and the presentation will discuss new design rules contained in CSA Z259.16-15 that actually allow workers to impact lower structures in limited circumstances.

Speakers: Greg Small is Chief Engineer of High Engineering Corp. He holds a Master's degree in structural engineering and began his career as a Bridge Engineer where he developed significant expertise in Timber engineering. Greg became involved in Fall Protection in the early 1980's, developing work at height systems and techniques for protection for Bridge workers. He soon became involved in standards writing in this field, and in 1996, moved his career full time into Fall Protection. Brittany Baltimore is a Canadian Health and Safety Professional with extensive experience in Alberta’s residential construction sector and energy industry. Through her position as Safety Coordinator with the Alberta office of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, she has piloted projects to encourage safety program adoption by its 1,500 members. Experience in adult education includes teaching courses for the National Construction Safety Officer program at the Alberta Construction Safety Association.

Equipment Track Session: Your harness has arrested your fall - what now?

Our objectives are very simple. They are to create awareness of how a victim of a post fall arrest scenario is situated. We all need to continue education of the dangers of suspension trauma and how to identify and use safety harnesses which are capable of eliminating the onset of such a debilitating health risk. Profits and production are increased by ensuring that return to work times can be dramatically reduced given employers are using the most suitable safety equipment.

Speakers: Tim Briglia has learnt from life experience after completing college education and successfully selling a business from startup. He speaks purely from passion related to introducing a new product design related to saving lives in the working from heights industry.
Paul Stibilj is the inventor of a patented fall arrest device aimed at eliminating suspension trauma. He is a qualified carpenter trained in working from heights and manages a team of workers entrusted with the maintenance of all regional Council buildings. We can guarantee audience captivity from Paul based purely on his passion for the potential to save lives using his concepts.

Period 4: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Engineering Track Session: Load Testing: When, How and Why?

Speaker: Rupert Noton is a structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He carries certification as a chartered structural engineer, the British equivalent of the professional engineer title in the United States. He specializes in structural design for building renovations, as well as in safety consulting. He is skilled in assessing and designing fall protection systems, with particular expertise in horizontal lifeline systems. Mr. Noton serves as the subcommittee chair for ANSI/ASSE Z359.6 on the design of active fall protection systems and as the subcommittee sub chair for ANSI/ASSE Z359.17 on horizontal lifelines and Z359.18 on anchorage connectors. He also serves as a full committee member on the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 window cleaning safety standard.

Equipment Track Session: Results of 24 months outdoor weathering of ropes used in fall arrest equipment

Lifelines made of synthetic fiber materials degrade due to wear and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, weather, an aggressive environment and of combinations of these elements which lead to a loss of strength of ropes which, if used, have a risk of rupture during the stop of an accidental fall. Criteria to remove lifelines from service are more or less guidelines based on common sense and good practice that have never been scientifically validated. Thus, there is a need to better understand the mechanisms of aging of synthetic fibers of lifelines to establish reliable criteria for removing them from service.

Speaker: André Lan holds a Diplome d’Ingénieur of l’École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’État (France) and a M. Eng. (structural engineering) of École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is a structural engineer and researcher at the Mechanical and Risk Prevention, Research and Expertise Division. He was a sessional lecturer in reinforced concrete and structural analysis at École de Technologie Supérieure (1995-2000). He works in fall protection against heights and shoring. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, a voting member of the CSA Z259 Technical Committee on fall protection and an observer to the review committee of the Quebec Safety Code for the construction industry (S-2.1, r.4).

Closing Roundtable: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Closing Roundtable Discussion with ISFP board members/speakers

This session provides an opportunity for attendees to discuss any of the session topics, or any other topic related to fall protection. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel of industry experts.

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