Virtual Summer of Safety

In keeping with our commitment to member health and safety, AWO will not hold an in-person Summer Safety Committees’ meeting this August.
Instead, AWO has launched Virtual Summer of Safety which will feature engaging conversations with key maritime industry government partners and cutting-edge educational webinars on a range of timely safety topics.
Log in to your Membership Dashboard to register for these upcoming events, and stay tuned for more to come. Email with any registration questions.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, July 22 

Presented by the AWO Tankering & Barge Operations Subcommittee
2:00 pm E.T.
The inviting rays of the summer sun can lead to dangerous, if not life-threatening, temperatures. Employees who work outdoors for nearly the entirety of their shifts at this time of year are exposed to hot and humid conditions and can be at risk of heat-related illness. Companies have a duty to protect workers from recognized serious hazards in the workplace, including heat-related hazards. This webinar will feature insights from Travis Hanebrink, Safety Services Project Manager at CTEH, as well as members of the AWO Tankering & Barge Operations Subcommittee. Our expert panelists will offer suggestions to companies preparing and implementing hot weather plans to mitigate environmental contributions to heat-related illness and keep workers safe as temperatures start to soar.
Tuesday, July 28
2:00 pm E.T.

Join Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Marine Operations Supervisor Mark Sawyer and Jo Ann Salyers of Salyers Solutions, LLC, as AWO’s Safety Leadership Advisory Panel presents one lessons learned and two best practices presentations in this “grab bag” webinar. Lessons learned are key to gaining knowledge of performing a task or project, and AWO has long promoted documenting and sharing them so that knowledge derived from individual companies’ experiences can support desirable outcomes and prevent mistakes across our industry. Best practices are methods or techniques that have been proven to show superior results and outcomes to those achieved by other means and are used as a benchmark. Topics covered will include implementing the Permit to Proceed process, accelerating compliance examinations, assessing risk and reporting near misses.

Tuesday, August 18

Closing the Gap in Hazard Recognition Competency with Michael Fleming
2:00 pm E.T.

Our industrial world is full of innovative systems, programs, rules, regulations, and plans designed to make workplaces safer. No matter how much investment goes into these efforts, the one fundamental that underlies all consistently reliable safe work success is the competence of people to recognize, evaluate, and manage hazards. It seems simple, yet a gap in this competence exists within most organizations. In this presentation, Michael Fleming will explore the role of leadership and identify proven building blocks to close the hazard recognition competence gap at all levels of an organization so workers can dependably accomplish smooth and safe work.



Past Webinars

Wednesday, June 10
A Conversation with RDML Richard Timme
Tuesday, June 16
Addressing COVID-19: Returning to the Office
  • Bill Collins, Tidewater Transportation and Terminals
  • Ron Zornes, Canal Barge Company
  • Jeff Slesinger, Delphi Maritime, LLC
  • Matt Mowrer, American Bureau of Shipping

Wednesday, June 24
A Conversation with NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt


Wednesday, July 8
But I Don't Want to Wear My Face Mask with Sharon Lipinski


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