NETS 2024 Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

Professional Development Seminars

All seminars include course materials and accompanying Completion or CEU certificate. Lunch is included only as noted.

Certificate and CEU Guidelines

We appreciate your dedication to road safety and your support of NETS through your participation in this year’s Professional Development Seminars. By attending NETS Professional Development Sessions, you may be eligible to earn: Continuing Education Units, Continuance of Certification, or Certification Maintenance Credits. Attendees may also be awarded certificates/credits for NETS Sector Meetings and/or general conference sessions that meet certain criteria.

Course descriptions designate either CEUs to be earned or certificate of completion. You must complete the entire course to be eligible for CEUs/certificates. The CEU or completion certificate will be sent after the session has ended.

You may earn recertification credits by attending the full NETS Conference (General Sessions). A survey will be available at the completion of the conference where an attendance certificate can be requested.

Once you receive your certificate(s), please review the organization’s process listed below for submitting credits/certificates.


Board of Certified Safety Professionals

BCSP does not pre-approve activities for Recertification credit.

  • Conferences are awarded Recertification points based on the number of days (or CEUs awarded) in Category 6.
  • Any pre/post conference workshops which are not included in the general conference registration receive separate credit under Category 7 based on contact hours/CEUs.

The details about requirements and points awarded can be found in the Recertification Guide and Worksheet.


Board of Global EHS Credentialing

  • Board of Global EHS Credentialing (formerly American Board of Industrial Hygiene, ABIH®) Diplomates can claim CM credit for this event.
  • Click here for more information.


For more information, contact:

  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP): (317) 593-4800
  • Board of Global EHS Credentialing (BGC): (517) 321-2638
  • The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM): (928) 344-5221

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course

Tuesday, October 8, 10:00am-5:00pm ET (Includes lunch.)
Cost: $375
Instructor: Andrew Williams, Master Instructor, National Safety Council
Completion Certificate

The National Safety Council (NSC) is America’s leading safety advocate. Having pioneered the nation’s first Defensive Driving Course over 60 years ago, NSC has trained over 80 million drivers and counting. NSC Defensive Driving Courses are recognized for leading-edge curriculum, which delivers the most compelling defensive driving and collision prevention strategies. This course is geared toward fleet safety managers, directors, and other EH&S personnel to share with their fleet drivers how to recognize hazards and cope with dangerous driving scenarios, and to lay a foundation of educated, skillful driving.

Employers pay significant costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. When employees are involved in traffic incidents, companies are exposed to liability risks and legal expenses, not to mention lost time, decreased productivity and increased insurance and workers’ compensation rates.

The NSC Defensive Driving Course is a three-in-one driver safety program. Driver safety is important for everyone, from professional drivers to individuals who do some driving as part of their job or even people who commute between work and home. This course provides all drivers with safe driving knowledge, focusing on behavior, judgment, decision-making and consequences. Join NSC for the 6-hour program to improve your driving behaviors and learn how the NSC program may help drivers in your organization.

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Risk-Based Incident Investigation

Tuesday, October 8, 8:00am-12:00pm ET (Includes lunch if attending next ASSP course in afternoon.)
Cost: $350
Instructor: Paul Esposito, President, STAR Consultants
0.4 CEUs

Develop essential skills and techniques to effectively analyze incidents, uncover root causes and prioritize risk mitigation measures. By integrating risk-centric thinking with causal factor analysis and the five whys method, you will gain practical experience via scenario-based exercises designed to help you identify successes and failures in hazard identification and control.

Following the proven eight disciplines (8D) approach, you will navigate through eight comprehensive steps, culminating in the identification of root causes and the implementation of effective management systems. Other topics include the significance of categorizing and trending loss data by hazardous energies and control failures, and effective ways to distinguish between fatal or serious incidents and significant incident frequencies.

Learning Outcomes:
• Identify the most impactful risk-based data to determine causal factors and root causes
• Implement a systematic methodology to determine immediate, corrective and preventive actions following incident investigations
• Effectively trend incident data over time to identify patterns, weaknesses in management systems and opportunities for improvement
• Quantify incident data inputs and outputs to establish strategic leading metrics
• Qualify incident data to accurately classify work incidents and enable appropriate resource allocation

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety Through Accountability and Recognition: An Approach to Succeed at Management Commitment and Worker Engagement

Tuesday, October 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
Cost: $350
Instructor: Paul Esposito, President, STAR Consultants
0.4 CEUs

This course will use accountability metrics to provide a foundation for designing, implementing, and verifying management commitment. The balanced set of metrics and concepts from the new ANSI/ASSP Z16 standard will be part of the presentation. The benefits of worker participation at both the individual and team level will be presented, using similar metrics for recognition. Pitfalls of common recognition programs will also be presented.

Learning Outcomes:
• Define management accountability and commitment to occupational health and safety management systems
• Practice using a balanced set of process (logic) metrics to measure management accountability
• Develop recognition programs to motivate workforce participation without incident statistics

Making Safety Happen

Wednesday, October 9, 8:00am-12:00pm ET
Cost: $300
Instructor: Brian Fielkow, Founder, Brian Fielkow & Associates
Completion Certificate

Are you ready to revolutionize the way safety is perceived and practiced within your organization? Welcome to “Making Safety Happen,” a course designed to equip you with the tools and insights necessary to transform your approach to safety from the ground up.

In today’s fast-paced world, traditional views on safety can no longer suffice. We’re here to challenge old-school thinking and empower you to enact meaningful change. From understanding the core business proposition of safety to identifying and eliminating common safety dysfunctions, this course offers a fresh perspective on ensuring the well-being of your team and the success of your organization.

1. A Paradigm Shift in Safety Thinking: Learn to discard outdated safety paradigms to enhance safety performance.
2. Safety as a Strategic Imperative: Understand how organizational culture influences engagement and business outcomes.
3. Distinguishing Values from Priorities: Explore the distinction between priorities and core values, emphasizing the non-negotiable status of safety as a core value.

1. Recognizing Safety Dysfunctions: Identify common dysfunctions such as compromised safety leadership and the normalization of crashes and strategize solutions.
2. Breaking Operational Silos: Foster integration between operations and safety functions for unified safety execution.
3. Addressing Toxic Behavior: Identify and mitigate behaviors undermining safety, including strategies for coaching underperformers and aligning organizational culture.

1. Empowering Front-Line Teams: Differentiate between power and authority, emphasizing the role of frontline empowerment in safety.
2. Creating Internal Safety Engagement: Develop an internal safety brand to rally the team and establish clear safety guidelines, involving families in the safety mission.
3. Reinforcing Safety Culture: Utilize impactful strategies to reinforce safety commitments.

1. Promoting a Just Culture: Explore tailored approaches to discipline and accountability for safety failures.
2. Individual and Organizational Accountability: Review best practices for instilling accountability at personal and organizational levels.

1. Managing Risk vs. Chance: Instill a comprehensive understanding of risk management and the dangers of chance occurrences.
2. Preventing Shortcuts: Implement pre, during, and post-shift checklists to mitigate shortcuts and address common distractions.
3. Process Ownership and Compliance: Cultivate frontline ownership of safety processes to ensure compliance and effectiveness beyond mere regulatory standards.

1. Leveraging Leading Indicators: Manage leading indicators effectively to drive proactive safety measures.
2. Close Call Reporting and Prevention: Encourage reporting and analysis of close calls to preempt accidents and promote continuous improvement.
3. Beyond Compliance: Emphasize that compliance alone does not guarantee safety, advocating for a culture focused on prevention and sustained safety practices.

What Makes a Great Leader Great?

Wednesday, October 9, 8:00am-12:00pm ET
Cost: $300
Instructor: Bill Sims, President, The Bill Sims Company
Completion Certificate

Sure, it’s ok to be an average leader. The world is full of C students at leadership. If that’s where you are, this session isn’t for you. This is about those rare few leaders like Paul O’Neill and George Washington who made a conscious decision to go from good to great. How did they do it? And, fundamentally, how would we measure great leadership with a view to replication?

The answer lies in a secret superpower…one that every leader has…but 99% fail to understand, or use effectively. If you aspire to go from good to great in leadership at home and at work, this session is for you. Learn how to create a Culture of Commitment in your organization through the power of positive reinforcement.

Attendees receive a free copy of Bill’s book: “Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement.” This presentation explores how R+ Leadership ensures that your employees perform at their best. Not only will R+ Leadership attract and retain high-performance employees, it will also produce rapid performance improvement among low-performer employees. We will focus extensively on the mechanisms needed for successful behavior-based processes and consider areas that are often overlooked.

Learning Outcomes:
• Learn the definition of Positive Reinforcement and how it improves culture, safety, quality, and customer service.
• Determine what types of employees you have: compliant, non-compliant or committed, and what drives each type.
• Learn how positive reinforcement drives commitment and employee engagement, which translate to improved profits!

Smith System One-Day Driver Direct™ / Driving Dynamics Slide Car

Wednesday, October 9, 8:00am-10:30am or 8:00am-5:00pm (two options below)
Classroom portion only: 8:00am-10:30am ET
Cost: $200
Classroom, Behind-the-Wheel, and Slide Car: 8:00am-5:00pm (Includes lunch.)
Cost: $375
Instructor: Smith System and Driving Dynamics Instructors
Completion Certificate

At Smith System, we understand that adults learn best and retain the most information when they’re fully engaged with the course content. Our courses are intentionally designed so that trainees read and hear the material before they actually apply the concepts behind the wheel. Here’s how this works in our One-Day Driver Direct Training Course.

During the classroom portion of the day, the Smith System instructor delivers 2.5 hours of classroom instruction to prepare students for behind-the-wheel training. The classroom instruction includes:

• Presentation in forward motion, backing and parking crash-prevention methods
• Explanation of recent D.O.T. highway statistics
• Discussion about the many conditions and driving decisions that can lead to crashes
• Presentations and videos that demonstrate how the Smith5Keys can prevent many of the problems drivers face on the road
• Forward-motion and reversing quizzes to support each trainee’s retention of concepts, as well as to identify and correct any gaps in knowledge

During the classroom portion of the day, the Smith System instructor delivers 2.5 hours of classroom instruction to prepare students for behind-the-wheel training. The classroom instruction includes:

• Presentation in forward motion, backing and parking crash-prevention methods
• Explanation of recent D.O.T. highway statistics
• Discussion about the many conditions and driving decisions that can lead to crashes
• Presentations and videos that demonstrate how the Smith5Keys can prevent many of the problems drivers face on the road
• Forward-motion and reversing quizzes to support each trainee’s retention of concepts, as well as to identify and correct any gaps in knowledge

The behind-the-wheel portion of training is the backbone of virtually all Smith System solutions and is the most important part of instruction. Trainees gain an understanding of how road conditions and driver actions affect their safety. They also learn to apply Smith System’s proven methodology in real-world driving situations by identifying problems and coming up with solutions using The Smith5Keys. The instructor and trainees take turns behind the wheel, and for each drive, trainees who are not behind the wheel observe the driver and listen to the instructor, gaining valuable knowledge along the way. This part of the day includes:
• Smith System instructor-led demonstration drive to show the value of the Smith System principles — and to explain why these principles work
• Individual, customized coaching for each driver on the roadways and environments they use every day, based on their job and vehicle type
• A backing/parking exercise to emphasize the choices available in parking situations, as well as the recommended approaches to parking safely
• Demonstration of blind spots surrounding the vehicle, a major source of fixed-object crashes
• An on-road quiz to reinforce the day’s teachings
• A final “commentary” evaluation drive to identify strengths and weaknesses and motivate trainees to make lasting changes behind the wheel. The evaluation assesses each trainee’s progress in developing new habits and applying The Smith5Keys to space-cushion driving principles. Including all trainees in the evaluation process reinforces the insights gained by all trainees

The purpose of the Slide Car is to put all of the “building blocks” of the Driving Dynamics emergency maneuver course together and to demonstrate how the premise of the eye technique, “Look and Steer Where You Want to Go,” works, even in the most extreme situations.

The Slide Car exercise will show students that controlling a vehicle in a spin or slide is simply a matter of always having a reference point and then to “look and steer where you want to go.” If the driver does not know where to look and steer and does not establish a reference point, the driver cannot control the skid. If the driver does not do this, then they simply become a passenger during the skid.

While a vehicle is skidding or sliding the driver can’t, at that moment, control where it will go but if the front wheels are properly positioned when the vehicle, ultimately, returns to dry pavement, it will go where the driver is looking and steering.

• A driver’s study guide to reinforce what they’ve learned and motivate them to continue practicing their driving skills
• A written evaluation of their driving abilities
• Recommended drill skills to focus attention on areas needing improvement
• A certificate of completion
• An opportunity to evaluate the course

7 Pillars of CEPA’s Comprehensive Driver Safety Program

Wednesday, October 9, 8:00am-12:00pm ET
Cost: $300
Instructor: CEPA Instructor
Completion Certificate

This session will teach the following 7 pillars of a comprehensive driver safety program.

  1. Fleet & Operation’s specific risks and program models
  2. Policy, Communication, CEPA’s Compliance platform
  3. Management and Integration platform CEPA Fleet Data Management
  4. Training, General and Specific: best practices and comparison of different types of training
  5. Technology – looking ahead – AI and predictive analytics
  6. Consultancy: crash analysis and investigation
  7. Mental health in road safety: the impact and solutions

Leveraging Technology for Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention: Presented by Campbell Institute Member, United Rentals

Wednesday, October 9, 11:00am-12:00pm ET
Cost: $100
Instructor: Taylor Abel, Director of Fleet, Transport & Driver Safety, United Rentals
Completion Certificate

The prevention and elimination of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) in the workplace should be a goal all organizations are focusing on. In this session, Taylor Abel who was the founding Chair of the Campbell Institute’s Serious Injury and Fatality working group, will provide participants with an overview of the serious injury and fatality (SIF) paradigm, measurements, and technological aspects to interventions, both in the workplace and on the road.

Sector Meetings

Looking for additional networking and insights from your peers? Seeking guidance and SOLUTIONS to some of your most pressing road safety challenges? Look no further than NETS highly acclaimed Sector Meetings scheduled the week of the NETS annual Strength IN Numbers® Conference. These meetings will be an opportunity to learn about sector-specific road safety perspectives relevant to ALL employer fleets from industry leaders. All conference attendees are welcome to attend with no additional charge. Attendance certificates to be provided.

Wednesday, October 9 Afternoon

There is no charge to attend Sector Meetings. Sign up for individual Sector Meetings when registering for the conference.

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Supply Chain (to include HGV)

1:00pm – 5:00 pm

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1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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2:30 pm – 4:30 pm