Director, Workforce Development
JARI and members of the JARI Safety Industry Partnership are pleased to announce the opening and lunchtime keynote speakers for the 17th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference.
The opening session is entitled
“Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: PA Laws & Relevant Workplace Policies ” presented by
Gina Riordan, Program Supervisor for Drug Free Workplace of PA
. This presentation will focus on medical marijuana, how it applies to workplace policies and procedures and the laws governing its use in the state of Pennsylvania. Gina Riordan
is a family advocate and educator dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting programs to advance prevention and recovery from substance use and addiction disorders. She has served at the state level on the Parent Panel Advisory Council and HR-590 Access to Treatment Task Force.
The keynote session is entitled “Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution”, presented by
Dr. Christopher Smithmyer, of Brāv
. This presentation introduces participants to the concept of using technology to mitigate some of the current safety issues in the industry today. Participants will learn about the paradigm of workplace conflicts and disputes and how to differentiate between the two. Dr. Smithmyer is the Vice President of International Affairs at Brāv Online Conflict Management, an international consortium of conflict management professionals. He is one of the most lettered men in the world, with a total of nine degrees, including a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, dual LLMs, an MBA, a J.D., and various other degrees.
The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 1 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center located in downtown Johnstown.