Workplace Safety Panelists Discuss Best Tips

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Are You Prepared? Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Secure,” attendees heard from panelists on modern day safety precautions in the workplace.

The panel started off with Kevin Karpinski, Principal at Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, discussing the legalities of workplace violence, best practices to prevent violence, and current OSHA and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSHA) requirements.

Beth Thierer, Director of Customer Solutions for BHS and licensed social worker, continued the conversation into how to identify concerning behavior and what resources are available to help if an incident does occur. She emphasized the importance of having a Threat Assessment Team in the workplace.

Deputy First Class Tommy Werhle, Sniper Team Coordinator, Special Operations Division in the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, ended the panel with a more direct presentation on what to do in the case of an active shooter. Deputy Werhle also gave perspective into what to expect from law enforcement if a situation arises.

The session was moderated by Delegate Jason Buckel and was held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” was held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.