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MSHA Spring Thaw | March 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM PDT
Category: WACA Events

Workshop Overview

JOIN US for a special opportunity to meet with Federal and Regional MSHA officials and our regional Associations; ICAPA and OCAPA to hear from the new administration on the new direction and industry engagement to make our industry safer 2018.   


Registration Opens

Presented By: Bruce Chattin, WACA & Dan Ferreira, WACA Safety Committee Chair Keith Palmer, Kent Field Office Supervisor (Invited)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Wayne Palmer - MSHA (Washington, DC)
A Roundtable opportunity to hear from the agency on building industry relationships, understand developing areas of emphasis, use of technology and provide regional input to our agency partners on insuring everyone goes home safely every day. 


1st Annual Association Safety Award Presentation

Wyatt Andrews Western Regional Manager; MSHA (Invited pending agency budgets)


New Inspection Tools & Technology
Presented by: Tom Rasmussen, MSHA Inspector & Regional Trainer / Kent Field Office
MSHA will be adopting the use of digital technology in 2018 to improve inspector communications, data and information availability from inspections.  What will be learning curves for the agency and operators, benefits and challenges?  An overview of this new tool for the agency.

Topic Under Development

Meeting Adjourns


Featured Speaker

Wayne Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary - MSHA
Wayne D. Palmer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Acting Assistant Secretary pending permanent confirmation. He was appointed to the position in August 2017, following engagements as Senior White House Advisor for the Department of Labor and Chief of Staff to Secretary R. Alexander Acosta.Mr. Palmer previously served as Senior Manager of Congressional Relations at the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, where he armed presidential transition teams with innovative tools to navigate the Senate confirmation process effectively.

Hotel Accommodations

A special rate of $169, plus applicable taxes has been secured for our group at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport - Southcenter.  To take advantage of this rate, you will need to contact the hotel directly.  Rates are subject to applicable state and local occupancy taxes plus a $2.00 per night Tourism Promotion Area Fee.   

Reservations can be made by calling Diana Waddell directly at 206.777.3393 or by email at


Registration & Fees

In order to receive the member rate for this event, you must be a member of WACA, OCAPA, ICAPA.  Once a form is submitted, the rate cannot be changed.  If you are unsure of your member rate with WACA, please click Membership > Membership List on our menu bar.  If you company is listed under the WACA Member Directory, you are current on your dues.

Member Rate:  $79
Non-Member Rate:  $119

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event and can be added to any registration.  They Include:
Keynote Speaker Sponsor: $200
Meeting Sponsor: $100

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation & Refund
Refunds are given less $10 processing fee.  Substitutions are allowed at no additional fee.

No Shows
Funds will not be refunded or be carried over to another training date.  Be courteous, cancel ahead of time.  

Contact: Nikki Blase | | 206.878.1622