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WCMA Health & Safety Group Meeting

WCMA Health & Safety Group Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)

Event Details

Join the new WCMA Health & Safety Group for its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, August 3.

The meeting program will focus on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recently announced Local Emphasis Program (LEP), focused on food manufacturers’ safety practices.  LEP inspections and enforcement actions began in Wisconsin on July 19, but OSHA officials have noted their plan to expand its scope to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio in October 2022.

Here's a look at the meeting agenda in brief.

12:00 noon Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. Meeting Call to Order

I. Agenda Overview & Introductions

II. OSHA Local Emphasis Program

  • Featured Speaker: David Schott, MS, CSP, Assistant Area Director, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

III. LEP Best Practices Panel

  • Panelists include:
    • Mark Bonovetz, ASP, Corporate Safety Manager, BelGioioso Cheese
    • George Jerome, Corporate Safety & Regulatory Manager, Schreiber Foods
    • Paul F. Klein, CIH, CSP, Senior Risk Manager, M3 Insurance
    • Zach Thayer, Environment, Health and Safety Manager, Emmi Roth
  • Topics: Documentation, LOTO, Chemical Management, Internal Audits

IV. Group Business

  • Scope & Focus, Desired Presentations & Trainings
  • Frequency & Type of Meeting
  • Frequency & Type of Communication
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

WCMA is offering two ways to participate: in-person in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin or online via Zoom. In-person attendees will enjoy a networking lunch at 12:00 p.m. (CT), with the full meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. (CT) for all participants. The inaugural meeting will conclude with a panel on best practices from industry health and safety experts. Registration is open now at

Future meetings will cover a wide range of issues related to worker safety in dairy processing, guided by member feedback. Attendees can expect a platform for discussion, insights from respected industry experts, and opportunities to share ideas with their peers.

Have ideas or questions? Please contact WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney.

For More Information:

Rebekah Sweeney
Rebekah Sweeney
Senior Director, Programs & Policy Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association