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SERMA logo2017 SERMA Conference & Awards Presentation

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Join us for the Annual 2017 SERMA Conference & Awards Presentation

We have an excellent program of speakers and topics. There is no charge for this event but early registration is encouraged as space is limited. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch is included. 

Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am; Program:  8:30 - 2:30 pm

The Conference topics include:

  • The Cost of Prescription Opioid Abuse in Workers Compensation
    Robin Iachini, MS, RN, CCM, Health Services Manager
    IWIF/ Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

  • DBM and Work Pro

  • Reasonable Suspicion of Drug Use and Abuse in the Workplace
    Brittany Keller and Janeene Jensen-Graf; IWIF, Safety Management Consultants

  • Accident Leave, The State Treasurer’s Office and the Role of the WC Contract Manager
    Lesley J. Tompkins CPCU, CFE, AIC, FCLS
    Workers’ Compensation Program Manager

  • Awards Presentations and Closing Remarks

  • Pictures for Award Winners

If you know of any agencies or individuals who should be considered for one or several awards, please consider completing the 2017 Nomination Form on the IWIF ( website.  Please take this opportunity to acknowledge someone or a group you know who has made a significant contribution to the health and safety of their workplace.  Nominations are due by April 26th. 

2017 SERMA Awards Program Overview & Selection Criteria

SERMA Awards Nomination Form

Conference Registration

   2016 SERMA Conference Presentations


8:30-8:45                               Welcome
                                                Nathaniel T. Oaks, Manager State Accounts
                                                Kristin Klein, Chair, SERMA Risk Management Committee

8:45-9:00                               IWIF/Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
                                                CEO Comments
                                                Tom Phelan
 President and CEO, IWIF/Chesapeake Employers
                                                Insurance Company

9:00-9:15                              Howard Thomas
                                               Safety State of the State

9:30-10:00                            Keynote Speaker
                                                Paul Comfort, Esq.,
                                                Administrator and CEO, Maryland Transit Administration

10:15-11:00                          Breakout Session 1-A
                                                Bill Merritt, Executive Director,Environmental Compliance
Safety and Emergency Operations
                                                Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
                                                Emergency Response Training
                                                Breakout Session 1-B
                                                Mia Liley, Risk Manager
                                                Maryland State Treasurer’s Office
                                                Property Loss Prevention

11:15-12:00                          General Session
                                                Dr. Alan Sokoloff, DACBSP
                                                Yalich Clinic Performance and Rehabilitation Center
                                                The Ergonomic Office Athlete:  Putting Balance and
                                                Wellness Back into Your Day

12:45-1:30                            Mike Gimbel, President
                                                Mike Gimbel Associates
                                                Marijuana in the Workplace “A Hazy Issue for Employers

   2015 Annual SERMA Conference & Awards


8:00-8:30                              Registration - Networking, information sharing.

8:30-8:45                              Welcome
                                                Nathaniel T. Oaks, Manager State Accounts
                                                Kristin Klein and Brian Furr, Co-Chairs, SERMA Risk                                                 Management Committee

8:45-9:00                              IWIF/Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company CEO                                              Comments
                                                Tom Phelan, President and CEO
                                                IWIF/Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company

9:00-9:10                              Howard Thomas, Safety Management Supervisor, IWIF                                                 Safety State of the State

9:10-9:20                              Break

9:20-10:05                           Breakout Session 1-A
                                                William Smulyan, MD, FAAOS, Medical Director
                                                Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
                                                Returning the Injured Worker to the Job
9:20-10:05                           Breakout Session 1-B
                                                Lori Jankalski, Executive Vice President
                                                Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland & Delaware
                                                Identity Theft

10:05-10:15                         Break                                   
10:15-11:00                         Keynote Speaker
                                                Frank Clark, Director of Gang Training & Deputy Director of Entry                                                 Level Training; Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
                                                Youth Gang Awareness
11:00-11:15                         Break
11:15-12:00                         Breakout Session 2-A
                                                Craig Lowry, CSP, Deputy Commissioner of Labor & Industry
                                                Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
                                                OSHA/MOSH Update

11:15-12:00                         Breakout Session 2-B
                                                Bernadette Bridges, Chief Safety Officer
                                                Office of Safety, Quality Assurance and Risk Management
                                                Maryland Transit Administration
                                                The Four Pillars of Safety Management Systems

12:00-1:00                           Lunch

1:00-1:30                              Main Speaker
                                                  Tim Michels, COO
                                                  Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
1:30-2:30                              Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks

2:30                                        Pictures for Award Winners

If you know of any agencies or individuals who should be considered for one or several awards, please consider completing the 2015 Nomination Form on the IWIF (CEIWC) website or linked below.  You can also take a look at the instructions, selection criteria and award categories in the Overview link below.  Note - the deadline for nominations is April 24th.

SERMA Awards Overview
2015 SERMA Nomination Form

A reminder email will be sent to all registrants about 1 week prior to the conference with the full agenda, speakers and topics. 
Registration:  8 - 8:30 am
Program:  8:30 am - 2:30 pm


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