January 2014 Minutes


 Arkansas Department of Labor Training Room

January 17, 2014


Quinton Simison, BASF Corp.

Rusty Griffin, Cameron Valve

Steve Harper, ARCOM

Andy Kelloms, Falcon Jet

Melissa Mayer, G4S

Denise Whittaker, Siplast

Todd Franks, Siplast

Gushayeneh “G” Mariam, Langston Bag

Melissa Mayer, G4S

Lester Allen, Cintas

Andy Kelloms, Falcon Jet

Tammy Michael, Interstate Sign

Joni Sohl, Interstate Sign

Mark Howell, Howell Safety Consultants

Arlie Bradbury, Welspun Tubular

Julie Roberson, Anthony Forest

Manda Leftwich, Harvest Rice

Chuck Ledbetter, The Scoular Co.

Raine Chism, JA Riggs

Brent Bennett, Wise Safety

David Driver, Matthews

Austin Strather, Nucor Steel

Steve Henderson Nucor Steel

Adam Rupert, Nucor Steel

John Davis, Brock Services

Lee Walker, Central Moloney

Deanna Dykes, Califon Lumber

Randell Crabtree, Brock

Philip Walker, Matthews

Nick Kirk, Matthews

James Hankins, Matthews

Elizabeth Nealy, Fort Smith Cintas

Lan Fletcher, Robert Bosch Tool

David Hodges, Producers Rice

Mary Walter, DOL-OSHA

Carlos Reynolds, DOL-OSHA

Ricky Belk, ADOL

Clark Thomas, ADOL

Tonia Cooper, ADOL

Milana Dennis, ADOL

Nita Matlock, ADOL

Ocie Robinson, ADOL

Troy Reynolds, ADOL

Rita Jones, ADOL

Janelta Woolford, ADOL


Quinton Simison welcomed the members and introduced Ricky Belk, Director of Arkansas Department of Labor. (ADOL) Mr. Belk restated his wish for SHARP VPP to become more active in STEPS and 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 meetings and to join. It is http://arkansassharpandvpp.com/minutes-news/ .

Denise Whittaker proposed the Q & A section of the website be restored and Mark Howell volunteered to monitor it daily to respond to questions.  Motion was made, seconded and was approved unanimously.

Quinton asked everyone to introduce themselves. There were some “First Timers” and Quinton welcomed them and encouraged them to become involved.

After reviewing the minutes of the December 5 meeting, the motion was made and seconded that the minutes be approved as written. The minutes of this (January 17, 2014) meeting will be distributed and posted on the website www.ArkansasSHARPandVPP.com. The December 5, 2013 meeting minutes were posted in early January.

Carlos Reynolds gave an OSHA Update. There have been three fatalities since October in Arkansas: two from falls and one electrocution.

Arkansas is hosting the Region VI SHARP and VPP conference May 5-8, 2014 in Little Rock at the State House Convention Center. The Marriott will be the headquarters hotel.  Volunteers are needed so contact Carlos Reynolds or Mary Walters and the DOL-OSHA Area office in Little Rock.  Clark Thomas (ADOL) will also be coordinating some volunteers.   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.

New Business

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

  • Someone develop a Save-the-date card in to put on ARKANSAS booth at SHARP VPP for the May VI 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

Incident Sharing

  • OSHA reported there have been three fatalities in Arkansas since October.
  • Supervisor became sick and had to leave while training an employee. The trainee did not know how to handle a breakdown in equipment which caused at total shut down of the piece of equipment, ceased production and caused $$ in replacement of machinery. Cameron
  • Surprise grab-bag with questions for safety orientation and committees. BASF

Steve Harper, ARCOM Productions spoke to the members briefly. Steve, David Hodges and Clark Thomas provided lunch.

The February 21st meeting will be held at the Arkansas Department of Labor, 10421 West Markham in Little Rock and Zero Mountain, Joel Neisler is presenting.

Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Milana Dennis
Arkansas Department of Labor

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