Overdose deaths and opioid use have risen significantly in the United States, with research indicating that the risk of opioid use and overdose fatality is higher in construction than in other industries. With the March 2023 Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the first over-the counter opioid-reversal drug Naloxone nasal spray, particularly the nasal-spray brand name Narcan, it is becoming more widely available and prevalent on construction sites. Join us as we unpack the state of opioid use/misuse in construction and things you should know about Naloxone/Narcan – what it is and how it works, obtaining naloxone/NARCAN, workplace readiness, legal and liability concerns, policies and procedures on responding to opioid overdose, and much more.
Mandi Kime, MS, BS, BA, CSP, CHST
Director of Safety
AGC of Washington
Mandi is a Central Washington University alumnus of the safety and health management program and currently serves as the director of safety for AGC of Washington. She also has a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and teaches Spanish for supervisors in the construction industry. She recently earned her master’s degree in Safety & Health Management and published a thesis and employer best practice guide on mental health interventions in construction. Mandi has worked in AGC’s safety department for 22 years, helping members with safety programs, training, doing safety team inspections, working on legislative/regulatory issues pertaining to safety, and serving on various safety committees. Mandi currently serves as the co-chair of the AGC of America Chapter Safety Leadership committee. Mandi enjoys spending time camping and traveling with her family, including her 15-year-old daughter and 11-year-old triplets. Mandi was the only safety professional selected by Construction Business Owner for the 2019 class of top 20 Outstanding women in construction from 200 nominees and was featured in their November 2019 issue.
Janice Hartgens, RN, MPH
Respond Ready Workplace
Janice joined the Council in July 2023. She is a registered nurse executive with over 30 years of management and leadership experience in both the hospital environment, and transportation industry. Since joining the Council, Janice has taken on the responsibility of leading the effort to get naloxone into every workplace in America.
Prior to joining NSC, Janice was retired after working 30 years for UPS. Her last assignment at UPS was Vice President of Operations Safety, where she oversaw the development of specific strategies, processes, and procedures to help UPS achieve organizational objectives for U.S. Small Package Operations. Over her 30-year career with UPS, Janice had various assignments in Occupational Health, Labor Relations, and Operations.
Janice received her diploma in nursing from the Ann May School of Nursing in New Jersey, her undergraduate degree in Business from St. Joseph’s College in Standish Maine, and her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Kevin Cannon (Moderator)
Senior Director, Safety, Health, and Risk Management
Associated General Contractors of America
Kevin is the Senior Director of Safety, Health, and Risk Management at the Associated General Contractors of America. For over 12 years, he has served as the primary liaison for federal safety regulations. He is responsible for monitoring regulatory activity related to safety and health and communicating with AGC members and Chapter staff. Kevin also is responsible for providing technical and other support for those directly involved in congressional relations, analyzing, and otherwise assisting with any proposals for new or revised legislation that could have a significant impact on safety or health practices in the construction industry.
Kevin currently is a member of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on regulations, standards, and policies that impact the construction industry. He received his B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Millersville University and holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
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