Safe at Work Breakfast Series

Safe-at-Work-Breakfast-Series-Logo_300x78.pngJoin us for our monthly meeting and networking group. Individuals from different industries gather to learn about new safety techinques. Meet with other safety professionals while enjoying breakfast. 

Breakfast will begin serving at 7:00am at the DoubleTree Hotel at 72nd and Grover with the speaker starting at 7:30.  

Join us for a great networking event with your peers and some really great speakers!

To register, please fill out the form below.  

We CAN NOT wait to see everyone again in person!

  • 2022 Complete series $385 Member | $415 Non-member
  • Full table of 8  $2,464 Member | $2,656 Non-member
  • Single ticket - $45 Member | $57 Non-member

To register, please contact us at or 402.898.7364. 

Register for a single ticket to the Safe at Work Breakfast Series ($45 member/$57 non-member beginning Oct. 2021)

If interested in registering for a full table of 8, please contact us at 402.898.7364. 

Session and Speaker Bios

See below by month.

Note:  No breakfast series sessions will be held in May or December. Safe at Work Breakfast Series meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30am (unless noted otherwise - see below).



January 27, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Presentation title:  What's your policy?

What’s your workplace policy on cell phones? Seat belts? The # 1 cause of fatalities in the work place is In a motor vehicle. As we are driving to work or possibly taking the kids to school, we look over to see people using a cell phone while operating a vehicle everyday! Since 2010, distracted related crashes have increased by 32% in the state of Nebraska. In matter of fact, distracted driving crashes occur at 5x the rate as impaired driving. Driving drunk is not acceptable, but using a cell phone and driving is? Join Hayden as he takes a reviews how Nebraska is doing on the roads and how we can improve safety on Nebraska’s roadways. 

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About the speaker:  Hayden Romig
Hayden is the Health Educator at the National Safety Council - Nebraska Chapter. Hayden gives free presentations on distracted driving and seat belt safety. Hayden works with Nebraska employers to promote safe driving practices on and off the job by providing free resources on transportation safety topics.

He is originally from Mason City, IA and graduated from Newman Catholic. Hayden graduated from the University of Iowa receiving a BA in Health and Human Physiology. Hayden met his wife Sarah in Iowa City and has now moved to Omaha and is currently finishing his Masters of Science in Health & behavior Promotions at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Hayden enjoys attending Iowa sporting events, fishing, golfing, video games, and watching just about any sport.

February 24, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Presentation:  Being prepared for an active shooter.

About the Speaker:  Chris Bryant, NSCN, Safety Consultant and Instructor

Chris is a Safety Consultant at the SafetyChris.png Council responsible for providing OSHA regulatory training, including safety and security instruction, development of safety programs, and as an outreach custom safety solutions specialist. Chris is a member of the National Professional Speakers Association. He has his ASC, SSH, CSHO, and SHEP certifications. He is also a certified HAZWOPER trainer and completed the Leadership training program at UNO. His passion for workplace safety, particularly in leadership training and workplace violence training stems from his 20+ years of federal service with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Air Marshal Service, and as an active duty Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician with the US Navy.


March 24, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Presentation title: Building a Safety Coach. Review the process of developing the soft skills of your future leaders.  What are some teachable moments and how to explore those with your up and coming leadership.

About the Speaker: Joe Melton, Master Builders of Iowa.

Joe Melton has thirteen years of experience practicing in safety related fields and ten years specializing as a safety professional focusing primarily in Behavioral Safety, Safety Culture, Safety Management System analysis, leadership development and auditing safety systems. Joe has received Bachelor degrees in both Political Science and History. Joe also has safety declarations as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) - General Industry, Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) – Construction and Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) - General industry.

Joe is well versed in working with organizations in identifying physical property risk, and systemic safety improvements while offering a reasonable business solution. These solutions have included but limited to engineering improvements, knowledge gap reductions, and safety management system modification. Joe has experience primarily working with smaller to medium size organizations to install and ultimately to sustain a positive safety culture that emphasizes employee engagement and continuous improvement of a successful safety workplace.

April 28, 2022- 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Speaker:  Jack Jackson   jack.png


10 Feet Tall And Bullet Proof

Do the terms “that will never happen to me” or how about “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and never been hurt” sound familiar?   Do you have people in your organization that are “10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof?”  

Jack will address this attitude and help us to understand why, as adults, we tend to think we are “safe enough”.    With this viewpoint of many employees, it is difficult to make real change.   This session will address how to take us from thinking we are “safe enough” already to exploring how to get the attention of management to address those things that will enhance your safety culture. 

Jack will lead you through the transition that all employees need to make, from thinking that nothing can hurt us to learning from our mistakes.   Jack is a motivational presenter and you will leave this session with new ideas on how to advance your safety culture by getting people to think differently about their own personal safety.   This presentation is designed to spark critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

1.       Understand why as adults, we think we are “Bullet Proof”.  How did we develop that “I’m Safe Enough” attitude?  

2.       Provide motivation to develop personal safety skills that will help to overcome this attitude.

3.       Be Introduced to four simple techniques that will improve your personal safety skills, and can also be shared with your family and loved ones to keep them safer as well.

About the speaker:  

Jack Jackson, Senior Safety Consultant

William “Jack” Jackson attended Lincoln University where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Technology and was a 3 year letterman on the university’s football team. While attending Lincoln he completed Basic Training in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Jack’s experience has given him the ability to relate to any audience. His career included working in production, operations and safety at Johnson Controls for 19 years, followed by seeing Avanzar Interior Technologies through the safety phase of new construction. In addition to developing a safety program, he also developed a conditioning program to prepare team members to become industrial athletes.
Coach Jack worked with two semi-professional football teams for 6 years and was named NAFL defensive coordinator of the year.
Jack used his experience to develop a safety concept that teaches participants of his courses that “safety is always first.”

June 23, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Kathy Spanjer . breakfast 2022 speaker june.jpg  A case study on establishing processes and design requirements for ergonomic safety

Presenter:  Kathleen Spanjer, CSP, Schneider Electric, Woodland Park, Colorado

Bio:  Kathy has had a 30+ career in the safety and ergonomics field working in meat packing (both chicken and pork), direct mail distribution (yes, junk mail) and the past 17 years working in the industrial setting of miniature circuit breaker assembly and fabrication of plastic and metal parts at the Lincoln, Schneider Electric plant.  She ‘retired in June 2020 to move to the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband, however she continues to work for Schneider Electric – now in the role of Ergonomic Subject Matter Expert for NAM.

Presentation Description:  The need to decrease ergonomic risks associated with musculoskeletal (MSD) injuries is quite obvious in our business settings today– particularly as we are experiencing a stressed job market and employee pool, as well as an unprecedented number of people working from home.  Many companies are still feeling the after-effects of high productivity demands and supply chain challenges following the recent pandemic, both of which inadvertently added to our ergonomic woes as poor ergonomic design and process decisions were often made during this time of crisis.

 Although typically not resulting in a fatality, an MSD injury most certainly can become life-altering, and thereby is very worthy of our continued attention and focus. An aggressive ergonomic process is now imperative to keep up with the onslaught of MSD’s which have hit our businesses, and in doing so, we can raise awareness of ergonomics challenges to a level equivalent to safety. 

Many businesses have experienced an increase in ergonomic-related injuries which emphasizes the absolute importance of focusing attention on improving ergonomics throughout our business…whether that be in the office, a manufacturing site distribution center, field service application and the newest ergonomic quagmire, the work-from-home setting.  Learn how Schneider Electric has driven down injuries and subsequent WC costs while maintaining and oftentimes improving productivity via an aggressive approach to improving the work-place ergonomics process. 

July 28, 2022- 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover


Kristin Hodge, Owner
Hinco Injury Consulting

Presentation: Practical Strategies for Reducing Recordable Injuries

This presentation discusses how to reduce your injury numbers even when employees seek medical care outside of your network.

Topics include:

  • Review of national injury trends

  • What we achieve with pre-shift stretching (Is it a warm-up for the day or does it have long-term benefits?)

  • Job rotation (Did you know that job rotation can increase injuries? We discuss how that can be and how to avoid it.)

  • Partnering with a trusted occupational medicine provider

  • Documentation

Effectiveness of stretching programs for employees Financial benefits on workplace wellness Benefits of workplace wellness for employees Safety Program ROI Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire.
August 25, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Speaker:  Roger.JPG
Roger Kuhfahl, PT, CEAS II, CEES - 25+ years of experience in the field of Physical Therapy with an extensive background working in the industrial setting. He provides weekly on-site services at several companies with an emphasis on Early Injury Intervention; Physical Demand Assessments of work tasks; Transitional Return to Work and Ergonomic Evaluations. He has assisted in developing aggressive preventative programs emphasizing job assessments, job modification, education & training, ergonomics and pre-shift conditioning. He has worked closely with engineers and safety personnel in developing successful functional ergonomics programs. He has developed and presented numerous educational and training programs and has presented at numerous industries. He has pursued additional educational training with a focus on Ergonomics.
Roger Kuhfahl, PT, CEAS II, CEES
Cell (402) 670-8159


Managing Injuries during a Labor Shortage
As organizations continue to see a decline in available personnel, Mr. Kuhfahl will review some ideas around modified physicals, orientation and training, and early intervention.

September 22, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Speaker:  Joe Melton, Construction Safety Specialists

Presentation:  Influential leadership

 In this session, we will discuss the key attributes of a thriving culture. We will lay the foundation of the principle pillars of culture, the five senses of culture, followed by the four domains of an influential leader. We will also discuss and share the four attributes of affective conversations and behavior shaping. Attendees will leave with 4-5 affective tools for influencing without authority in the Home, Community and work life.

October 27, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover

Session Title:  Why are you training your team?

brea.jpgAre you training to train or training to make a difference?  In this breakfast session Heath will take a different approach to break down the elements of training.  Discover the motivation behind your safety training - are you focused on making a difference?  

Heath Richards,CDS
VP of Safety/Compliance
TSL Company Holdings, Ltd

Heath Richards has been in the transportation field for over 20 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Safety and Compliance for TSL Company Holdings in Omaha NE. He served as chairman for the Nebraska Trucking Association  Safety Management Council in 2020, is the current chairman for the Nebraska Trucking Association Truck Driving Championship, and was named the Nebraska Trucking Association Safety Director of the Year in 2018.  He obtained his Certified Director of Safety through NATMI in 2014 and has spoken on safety issues through various organizations.  He resides in Earling IA with his wife Heather and their five kids, Kennadi, Jazzlyhn, Trigger, Trapper and Chief.  His family enjoys, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, rodeos, and sports.

December 8, 2022 - 7:30am | In-Person | Doubletree Hotel | 72nd and Grover