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On-Demand Webcast: Safety Roundtable: Continuing Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic




About this Webcast

Presenters:

  • John Bloess, Senior Loss Control Manager, AEU
  • Jimmy Burgin, Senior Vice President, Director of Loss Control, AEU
  • Terry Guidry, Senior Loss Control Manager, AEU
  • Christian Murillo, Loss Control Manager, AEU

Original recording date: May 14, 2020

Duration: 25:15 minutes

Description:

Employers in the maritime industry are faced with the tremendous challenge of continuing operations without exposing their workers to COVID-19. It’s more critical than ever that companies that continue to work during the pandemic have the right resources and training in place to keep workers safe.

For this episode, we called on four members of AEU’s loss control team – John Bloess, Jimmy Burgin, Terry Guidry and Christian Murillo – to offer their insight and observations around virus-related safety issues. 

Their discussion includes how to disinfect workplace equipment, the OSHA rules that apply to protecting workers from exposure to COVID-19, and OSHA guidance on preparing workplaces for the virus. They also take a closer look at engineering and administrative controls that can help keep workers safe, respiratory protection protocols, and how OSHA’s recordkeeping rule applies to COVID-19 cases.

By viewing this webcast, you will learn:

  • How to disinfect workplace equipment
  • The OSHA rules that apply to protecting workers from exposure to COVID-19
  • OSHA guidance on preparing workplaces for the virus
  • Engineering and administrative controls that can keep workers safe



About the Presenters

John Bloess

John Bloess joined The American Equity Underwriters in 2002. He serves as a Senior Loss Control Manager. From 2007 to 2012, John worked for the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) as their Corporate Safety and Loss Control Manager where he served as Chairman of several local and regional port related safety committees.  He returned to AEU in 2012.  Earlier in his career, John developed a strong background in marine cargo handling during his tenure with a large stevedoring company, where he served as the Southeast Regional Director of Loss Control.

John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas State University and is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for the Maritime Industry. He currently serves as Technical Committee Member of the National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) and is also an active member of the Savannah Propeller Club.

 

Jimmy Burgin

Jimmy Burgin joined The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. in 1988 and serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Loss Control. Prior to AEU, he served as Regional Director of Loss Control for a large stevedoring company in bulk, break bulk and container cargo handing operations, as well as administered loss control programs for vessel crews in the marine towing industry. 

Jimmy is a former chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Maritime Safety Association and served two terms on the MACOSH, the Maritime Advisory Committee for OSHA.

Jimmy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe.

 

Terry Guidry

Terry Guidry is a Senior Loss Control Manager with The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. Prior to joining AEU in 2010, he served as the Corporate Safety Director for a large shipyard with 12 locations. Terry is a certified Occupational Safety Specialist. He is the chairman of the Marine Chemist Qualification Board, as well as the Shipyard Representative on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Negotiated Rule Making Committee for Subpart “P” Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment. He attended Nicholls State University, where he studied safety engineering. 

 

Christian Murillo

 Christian Murillo joined The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. in 2016. He serves as a Loss Control Manager. Prior to joining AEU, Christian worked in the safety and health field since. Christian received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Nichols State University.

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