July 2014 Minutes


Arkansas Department of Labor

10421 West Markham, Little Rock, 72205

July 18, 2014


Rusty Griffin, Cameron Valves

Joel Neisler, Zero Mountain

Mark Howell, Howell Safety Consultants

Mike Taylor, Ashland, Inc.

Kenny Draper, Riggs CAT

Brent Bennett, Wise Safety

Elizabeth Nealey, Cintas, Fort Smith

Ben Anderson, Lone Star Safety

Mike Taylor, Ashland, Inc.

Joni Sohl, Interstate Signs

Mark Howell, Howell Safety

Daniel Case, International Paper

Tony Thornton, Med Safe

Mikael Gossage, Cintas

Gashayereh “G” Marian, Langston Bag

Denise Whittaker, Siplast

Todd Franks, Siplast

Arlie Bradbury, Welspun

Brent Bennett, Wise Safety

Julie Roberson, Anthony Forest

Melissa Mayer, G4S, North Little Rock

Philip Walker, Matthews International

John Northweather, Matthews International

Manie Turner, Matthews International

Jeff Martens, Cintas

Hayden Sundre, Cintas

Marc Kelley, Cintas,

Joe Bickford, G4S, Tulsa

David Hodges, Sr., Producers Rice Mill

Mary Walter, DOL-OSHA

Clark Thomas, ADOL

Tonia Cooper, ADOL

Nita Matlock, ADOL


Chairman Rusty Griffin called the meeting to order. Rusty asked for introductions of those in attendance as part of his opening remarks.

The meeting covered details regarding the September 11, 2014, Tenth Annual Arkansas SHARP & VPP Conference. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Drive, Little Rock.

Rusty encouraged members to volunteer to present training topics at future monthly association meetings. This training can cover a variety of topics approximately 30-45 minutes in length. Todd Franks, Siplast volunteered for the August meeting.


The focus of the meeting was finalizing the conference agenda.  A draft of the conference agenda was provided to review, modify and complete. The theme is “CLIMBING THE SAFETY LADDER WITH SHARP AND VPP”.

  • Details regarding other aspects of planning the conference were addressed.
  • Members decided to include a remembrance of the events that occurred on 9/11.
  • There will also be a remembrance of lives lost in Arkansas workplace fatalities.
  • Several members agreed to form a committee to plan the format of the Managers’ Luncheon Meeting.  Those members are:
    • Kelly Olivier, Anthony Forest
    • Jeff Martens, Cintas
    • Joel Neisler, Zero Mountain
    • Philip Walker, Matthews International 

New Business

The minutes of the June meeting will be reviewed for approval.

The next meeting will be August 15, 2014, at the Arkansas Department of Labor, 10421 West Markham, Little Rock, 72205. The meeting will begin at 10 am and an RSVP is required for security. Please sign in as a visitor to gain admittance to the 2nd Floor Training Room. Visitor registration is located on the North end of the first floor.

RSVP to Milana Dennis (ADOL) milana.dennis@arkansas.gov

or 501-682-9090, prior to August 13, 2014.

Meeting Adjourned

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Tonia Cooper, ADOL OSHA

Milana Dennis, ADOL

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