Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is among the world's foremost experts on electrical arc testing and safety. His career change began with safety testing at LG&E Energy; later, he worked as R & D Director for NASCO, a manufacturer of protective outerwear solutions. He has helped develop most of the arc-resistant rainwear used in the world today, as well as creating the first face shield to protect against electric arcs.

Hugh worked for Cintas developing their strategy for meeting the needs of OSHA 1910.269 and NFPA 70E standards. He has helped development of legislation and standards in both the US and Europe. He sits on several industry committees and is a featured speaker at safety conferences and events.


Huch will be presenting "Basic electical safety changes of NFPA 70E 2015 edition"

Edwin G. Foulke Jr. 

Ed Foulke is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. He co-chairs the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history.

For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics.

Ed has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues.

He also served on the OSHA Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by both EHS Today (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Occupational Hazards (2008) magazines.

Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ed is also co-editor of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.


Ed will be presenting “OSHA Under Trump: What To Expect in 2017 And Beyond.

Robert Emery

Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has over 30 years of experience in health & safety and holds master’s degrees in both health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. Bob is unique in that he possesses national board certification in all of the main areas of health & safety:
  • health physics [Certified Health Physicist, CHP],
  • industrial hygiene [Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH],
  • biological safety [Certified Biological Safety Professional, CBSP],
  • occupational safety [Certified Safety Professional, CSP],
  • hazardous materials management [Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM],
  • security [Certified Protection Professional, CPP], 
  • risk management [Associate in Risk Management, ARM]
Bob is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports on practical health and safety topics and makes frequent presentations to organizations at the local, national, and international level.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001 Bob became heavily involved in emergency preparedness and response activities, particularly in the areas of radiological health and public health risk communications. In addition to providing local expertise and consultation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Bob has been involved in response activities and public health risk communication efforts associated with a series of notable emergency events:
  • October 2001 anthrax mailings
  • May 2002 attempted construction of a “dirty bomb”
  • February 2003 concerns about public exposures to hazardous debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia
  • October 2003 actionable result from a Houston area BioWatch monitoring station
  • August 2005 relief efforts in Houston for Superdome evacuees from Hurricane Katrina
  • September 2005 evacuation and relief efforts associated with Hurricane Rita
  • November 2006 public health response to the Po-210 poisoning of a former Soviet intelligence official
  • October 2007 open records request regarding reported events in laboratories with Select Agents
  • September 2008 evacuation and relief efforts associated with Hurricane Ike
  • May 2009 response to the first fatality in US due to H1N1 influenza in Houston
  • April 2010 response to worker exposure concerns associated with Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • March 2011 domestic concerns about radioactivity released from damaged Japanese Nuclear Reactors
  • October 2012 expectations regarding recovery issues associated with Hurricane Sandy
  • April 2013 concerns about possible dispersion of ricin as part of Boston Marathon bombings
  • April 2013 public health implications of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion
  • December 2013 public health considerations associated with the theft of a large radioactive source in Mexico
  • October 2014 public health response to the first confirmed case of Ebola virus in the US in Dallas, TX
Bob has provided media interviews on health and safety issues to many local media stations along with major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times, ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR. 
Robert will be presenting "Ethics in Industrial Safety"

Zack Parnell

Zack Parnell is student of training and learning technology who leads Industrial Training International, a leading provider of training services for users of cranes, rigging and load handling equipment. Zack has worked extensively with ITI’s customers and partners on strategic learning initiatives in the realms of instructional design, simulation, virtual reality, augmented reality, e-learning, and hands-on learning stations. Zack have been integral in completing innovative learning systems and projects with organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Electric Power Research Institute, Kiewit and Bechtel.
Mr. Parnell has served ITI professionally since 2009 but grew up working in the family business during summer-breaks since he can remember. He has an MBA, is passionate about learning, athletics and his family. Most of his recent study has been on machine learning, virtual and mixed reality, materials science, and coding. Mr. Parnell lives in Washington State with his wife Charissa, and 3 children.
Zack will be presenting "VR, AR & The Future of Work".