AEGIS Loss Control is pleased to announce its latest webinar, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program Overview, on March 1 at 2:00 pm EST.
Who Should Attend
Individuals responsible for risk management, occupational safety and utility field operations would benefit from attending this webinar. Attendees in leadership positions will learn how CISM programs can be used to help employees handle the emotions they may feel after experiencing a workplace crisis.
What is Covered
The utility industry is an inherently dangerous place to work. Personnel are frequently exposed to traumatic or stressful incidents as part of the job. In addition to this exposure, much of the work requires employees to be focused and cautious to ensure not only their own safety, but also the safety of their coworkers as well as the public. Outside stressors or trauma can easily compromise a worker’s ability to be attentive to the level necessary to perform their job in a safe manner.
This webinar will present an overview of how Avista Corporation, an AEGIS member utility, adapted the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model used frequently by first responder agencies in the U.S., and has used it successfully. The webinar will address the case for change at Avista, the formation process of the peer-based program, and an overview of the number and types of situations in which Avista has used the CISM process.
About the Presenters
Bob Brandkamp is the Corporate Risk Manager for Avista and Training Coordinator for the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program. In addition to his job duties with Avista, Bob has been involved in mental health advocacy in the Spokane community for the last 20 years. Bob has a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University.
Seth Feist is a Senior Safety Specialist at Avista. In his role, Seth is responsible for employee safety and safety training. Seth is also the Safety Liaison on Avista’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Outside of Avista, Seth sits on the Washington Dig Law Safety Committee and serves as the Secretary for the Washington Utility Coordinating Council. He is a recently retired volunteer firefighter and EMT. Prior to working in the utility industry, Seth spent a decade working in the insurance industry. He has a BA from Eastern Washington University and an MS in Safety and Health Management from Central Washington University.
For more information or to register for this webinar, contact Michelle Battagliese by e-mail or at 201.508.2855.
About AEGIS Loss Control Webinars
AEGIS Loss Control is proud to host a series of webinars focusing on electric, natural gas, water and renewable operations, as well as on fire protection and generation stations. Risk managers and member company employees who work in safety, engineering and operations roles can attend from the convenience of their homes or offices. Click here to be alerted to our upcoming webinars or to access past webinars posted on our website.