February 2014 Minutes


 Arkansas Department of Labor Training Room

February 21, 2014


Quinton Simison, BASF Corp.

Rusty Griffin, Cameron Valves

Joel Neisler, Zero Mountain

Mike Taylor, Ashland

Duke, Lippincott, Ashland

Lee Walker, Central Moloney

David Hodges, Producers Rice

Raine, Chism, Riggs Cat

Denise Whittaker, Siplast

Brent Bennett, Wise Safety

Arlie Bradbury, Welspun

Wesley Couch, Welspun

Richard Armstrong, Snyder Inc.

Philip Walker, Matthews International

Brandon Black, Matthews International

Erik Walser, Matthews International

James Hankins, Matthews International

Gasheyeneh ‘G’ Meriam, Langston Bag

Nita Efird, Dassault Falacon Jet

Tammy Michael, Interstate

Joni Sohl, Interstate

Elizabeth Nealey, Cintas, Fort Smith

Lester Allen, Cintas

Mikael Gossage, Cintas

Jeff Bowman, Superior

Johnny Nolan, Quality Electric

Kelly Olivier, Anthony Forest

Mark Howell, Howell Safety

Brett Palmatarg, American Red Cross

Cassaday Watkins, American Red Cross

Carlos Reynolds, DOL-OSHA

Ricky Belk, ADOL

Clark Thomas, ADOL

Tonia Cooper, ADOL

Milana Dennis, ADOL

Ocie Robinson, ADOL

Nita Matlock, ADOL


Quinton Simison announced he would be stepping down as Chairman of the Arkansas Association. Rusty Griffin will be Chairman and Joel Neisler will be the Assistant Chairman. He then introduced Ricky Belk

Mr. Belk thanked Quinton for his service and showed appreciation for Rusty Griffin and Joel Neisler for taking over the duties as the Chairman and Assistant Chairman. Quinton will not be leaving the Association but rather stepping back from his Chairmanship.

Mr. Belk talked about Elevator and Escalator safety and the Labor Department’s responsibility to permit everyone in the state. He challenged the SHARP VPP members to check their own company for permits.

He also said the first of the ADOL sponsored Workers Safety Conferences is scheduled in Jacksonville on March 27 at Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Center. See the following website for a listing of the state-wide conferences. http://www.labor.ar.gov/Documents/2014%20Safety%20Conference%20Dates%20Brochure.pdf .

Registrations now accepted online for these conferences as well as mail,  fax and email.

Mr. Belk stated again that it would be his pleasure to visit with each of the companies in the Association and would welcome invitation from any member to speak to community groups like Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs in their communities. Further, he challenged the Association to use the Arkansas SHARP and VPP website for communication and to grow the association by inviting people to our meetings and to join.

Quinton asked for a moment of silence for a valued member of the Arkansas SHARP VPP Association, Mr. Jim Steinmetz of Langston Bag in West Memphis. Mr. Steinmetz passed away recently. A card for the family was passed around for signature.


Quinton introduced Joel Neisler who gave brief comments on the American Red Cross in Arkansas and turned the program over to Cassady Watkins, Corporate Health & Safety Consultant. She presented a PowerPoint presentation on their First Aid/CPR/AED for Workplaces and Communities.

The Red Cross is the largest trainer of First Aid/CPR/AED in the country. They train 32,000 people in the country every day.  She is available throughout the state to analyze your site for AED’s. Cassady’s contact information is cassady.watkins@redcross.org or phone 479-879-3775.

Old Business

A motion was made and seconded, that the minutes of the January 17, 2014 meeting be approved. The minutes are now posted to the website: http://arkansassharpandvpp.com/minutes-news/ .  Quinton  asked for a round-table introduction of each member attending and Quinton extended a welcome to newcomers.

Quinton urged members to get their stats up-to-date and prepare to turn in for the Sharley Pettit Award at the SHARP VPP Conference in September.  A theme for the September Conference must be introduced by the March meeting and a save-the-date flyer developed for the SHARP VPP by the March 21 Meeting.

The sub-committee should be working on this.

Arkansas is hosting the Region VI SHARP and VPPP conference May 5-8, 2014 in Little Rock at the State House Convention Center. The Marriott will be the headquarters hotel.  Volunteers needed!

Rusty Griffin volunteered two from his staff and several others would check and volunteer their employees to help man the Arkansas SHARP VPP booth and serve as “Orange Shirts” for Region VI conference. Carlos Reynolds, OSHA Area Director in Little Rock and Clark Thomas (ADOL) are the contacts for volunteering.

Region VI VPP website has additional information, http://www.regionvivpp.org/conference2014/ . The Arkansas Department of Labor will have a booth on behalf of the Association (it is booth #200). Sandra Garner with Evergreen is chairing the Booth Committee working closely with Clark Thomas and Juanita Matlock.

Committees volunteered for the 2014 SHARP VPP Conference in Little Rock Sept 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference.  Items to be discussed and developed are the THEME, TOPICS and SPEAKERS, hopefully by the March 21 Meeting. This will be the Tenth (10th) Arkansas SHARP VPP Conference.

Action Items for September Arkansas Conference

  • Develop a Save-the-date card in to put on ARKANSAS booth at Region VI SHARP VPPP for the May 5-8 Conference in Little Rock.   
  • Denise Whittaker and Todd Franks , Siplast
  • Chuck Ledbetter, The Scoular Company
  • Lester Allen volunteered Michael Gossage, Cintas
  • Kelly Olivier and Julie Roberson, Anthony Forest
  • Austin Strather, Nucor Steel
  • Mark Howell, Howell Safety
  • NEW ACTION ITEM – Volunteers needed for Region VI conference
  • NEW ACTION ITEM – Develop Theme for September Conference Celebrating 10 years

Incident Sharing

  • Contractor – changed disc on power tool but did not unplug it first – sliced fingers  resulting in an OSHA recordable (BASF)
  • Maintenance Contractor observed not using proper PPE (Wise Safety)
  • Maintenance employee got just a little “tingle” by not following safety procedures – he is lucky not to have been electrocuted
  • Dum Dum Suckers or pack of Life Savers as a reward/ reminder to use seat belts on and off the job – (Howell Safety)

The March 21, 2014 meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., in the Training Room, Arkansas Department of Labor, 10421 West Markham, Little Rock, 72205. Stop on the first floor to get a security badge.

RSVP to Milana Dennis (ADOL) milana.dennis@arkansas.gov or 501-682-9090

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Milana Dennis

Arkansas Department of Labor

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