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About NORA's EH&S Forum

When a company joins the Association, they confirm their commitment to NORA’s Guiding Principles. The first guiding principle is: “We make health, safety, and environmental considerations a top priority in our planning for all existing and new facilities, processes, products, and services.”

The association will host its 7th annual NORA Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Forum on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Dallas, Texas, prior to the start of the Winter Meeting. You may register for the EH&S Forum as a stand-alone event for just $159, or combine it with the NORA Winter Meeting Registration for $369. See below for a preview of the topics that will be addressed at the event. Click here to register. 


2020 NORA Environmental Health & Safety Forum
Tentative Agenda / Topics To Be Added

How to Avoid a Nuclear Verdict
Presented by Melanie Cheairs, Lorance Thompson, PC

Data-rich attorneys armed with CSA scores, truck logs and social media posts are convincing more and more juries to deliver huge verdicts. The insurance industry is now referring to these as “nuclear verdicts” that are now larger than $20,000,0000 and up to $1,000,000,000. Melanie Cheairs with Lorance Thompson, PC will be presenting “How to Avoid a Nuclear Verdict". Even though 70 percent of fatal crashes involving a large truck were the fault of passenger motorists, these verdicts are continuing to become more common. It is more important than ever for companies operating fleets to do everything possible to reduce their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. This session will educate NORA members on how to proactively avoid nuclear verdicts.

Safety and Security for Fleets and Facilities
Presented by Will Funk, Safety Research Consultants, Inc. 

An emerging trend with NORA members relates to fleet and site security. This session will provide considerations and tools for keeping your fleets and facilities safe. Members will explore best practices related to safety of their employees, both drivers and those working at facilities.


Safe Work Behavior Engagement
Presented by Eric Marsh, Heritage-Crystal Clean 

Workplace safety is a concept that most people welcome. The promise of going home from work uninjured every night can be an excellent motivator. The challenge of safety is engaging individuals in the necessary behaviors to achieve this. This session will provide a descriptive overview of a highly effective safe behavior engagement strategy that can keep employees safety-focused throughout their workday.


Workers’ Comp Claims: Best Practices for Members

Presented by Pete Bauer, AXA XL 

Even with strong safety procedures in place, employees can still get hurt on the job. An industry expert will demystify the complex rules related to workers’ compensation claims. The session will offer tips for NORA members to explore best practices to facilitate claims and manage those costs in order to help protect your business and employees. 


Research Proven Technologies to Reduce Commercial Vehicle Crashes
Presented by Matt Camden, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)

Matt is a Senior Research Associate in the VTTI’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety, Behavioral Analysis and Applications group. He will share VTTI research with members on advanced  vehicle safety systems, safety culture, driver distraction   and fatigue, driver training, and driver impairment.


NORA EH&S Roundtable: Reducing Risks with Affordable Technology 
Moderated by Matt Gartner, AXA XL

The forum will conclude with an open session that will generate practical ideas for NORA members to take back to their companies to improve their safety culture. The theme for the 2020 roundtable is Reducing Risks with Affordable Technology and will explore real solutions you can easily incorporate with your company.


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