35th Annual Safety & Health Summit

Join us for the 35th Annual Safety & Health Summit

November 8, 2018
8:00am - 4:45pm
(registration and exhibit hall opens at 7:15am)
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham
(formerly called the RL Hotel - same location as 2017 Summit)
3321 S 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68124

The 2018 Safety & Health Summit is a must attend event for individuals in the safety field. Invest in yourself and attend this one-day conference. A full day of education with a tradeshow that will provide you with products and services to help your organization stay safe. Click the tabs below to learn more about the speakers and sessions. 

Registration: $295 includes lunch

Please register prior to November 1, 2018. 

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OPENING SESSION --- 8:00- 10:00AM

7.5 Things That Safety Pros Can Do To Save Lives & Bring Value
Eldeen Pozniack, Pozniak Safety Solutions

As Safety Professionals, we juggle a great many things in our professional and personal lives.  On the professional side, we deal with everything from the culture, leadership concepts, and communications within the organization to the expectations of our conduct, roles and activities.  Eldeen Pozniak will share her thoughts, experiences and wisdom built up over years of caring about the safety of others, working with organizations and individuals that can be champions or barriers, and identify some concepts that we can focus on to have the biggest effect.

SESSION 1 --- 10:30 - 11:30AM

Choose from one of the following breakout sessions to attend:

Option 1:
Safety Side Effect
Mike Allen, The RAD Group


Option 2:
Please RAU your SOP, ASAP
Jason Hertz, Novozymes

We often get so caught up in the acronyms and safety jargon that we forget to help our employees understand the why and the how.  Jason’s presentation will provide recommendations for how to cut through the “stuff” and make safety relevant and understandable.

Option 3:
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Mark Pergrem

It’s a seductive argument.  If you consider any accident, incident, or near miss you’ll find examples of human failure.  Perhaps a worker was distracted, or in a hurry, or whatever.  Since these human failures always accompany accidents then all we have to do is fix the humans, right?  If only the humans could be fixed then there would be no more accidents.  But does this logic hold up?  And how can we “fix” humans?  And what can be learned from this line of thinking?  This session will critically examine BBS in order to capitalize on the Good ideas, avoid the Bad ideas, and identify where it gets just plain Ugly.

Option 4:

Exhibitor Demos:

Safety-Reports.com Learn how simple it is to use a mobile app to document inspections.  Toss the paper and pen approach and go digital!  You’ll be glad you did!

Appruv by SMI Safety Appruv is a cloud-based service that removes the administrative burden and cost of prequalifying vendors within an organization. Appruv collects your vendor's data, reviews submitted information, and assigns a status based on your organization's requirements.  Appruv helps significantly reduce risks associated with multi-employer workplaces, and streamlines the vendor management process for any organization in any industry.

SESSION 2 --- 12:30 - 1:30PM

Choose from one of the following breakout sessions to attend:

Option 1:

Why Smart Tech Makes Us Take More Risks
Mark Pergrem

Smart technologies, such as proximity alert systems, smartphones and automation, are supposed to make us safer. So why do humans react to them by taking more risks? In this session, we’ll discuss studies that show the impact of technology: how we take more risks because of it, and how it can make things worse through risk homeostasis. Smart technology also introduces a serious degree of confusion for human operators regarding their assessment of risks. Learn how these limitations can be overcome by the application of sound cognitive psychological principles.

Option 2:

Fatigue in the Workplace
Emily Whitcomb, National Safety Council

Sleep deficiency and sleep disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer a million dollars a year in lost productivity and health care costs.  The NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator allows employers to calculate how much fatigue is costing them. Learn about how poor sleep is affecting the health and safety of your workforce, and cutting into your bottom line; and how you can easily reduce this cost to recharge your workforce.

Option 3:

Becoming a "Nebraska's Safest Company" Award Winner
NSCN Consultant

The National Safety Council, Nebraska consultants will review the criteria for winning an award and discuss what are some of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of reaching award status including best practices. 

Option 4:

Exhibits and Demos

Fastenal With their fall protection demonstration drop trailers, the 3M & Fastenal team comes directly to you and bring hands-on fall protection demonstrations to your workforce, ready to emphasize the importance of using compliant fall arrest equipment to ensure top-line education and results. We demonstrate actual drop-tests with force measuring instruments so workers are familiar with the arresting forces they may experience during a fall.  The goal is to make it easy for you to help enhance safety awareness for large numbers of workers — and to feel confident that crucial information has been absorbed.

Milwaukee Tool

SESSION 3 --- 1:45 - 3:00PM

Choose from one of the following breakout sessions to attend:

Option 1:

Beware the Grim Reaper of Complacency
Pat Furr, ROCO Rescue

This presentation will identify institutional and individual complacency as not only a problem that negatively affects production numbers and quality, but even more importantly, how it can have a devastating effect on the safety of our employees. The truth is, no matter how focused and diligent we try to be, we are all susceptible to complacency to varying degrees. This presentation is not intended to preach from the high horse about our individual faults and shortcomings, but to help us identify the signs of complacency in ourselves or in our co-workers, and to provide some tools that can be useful in combating complacency.

Option 2:

Hardwired Inhibitions: Foreces Keeping us Silent in the Face of Disaster

Mike Allen, The RAD Group

Why do people stand idly by as their coworkers do things that are clearly unsafe?  Why do people so reliably say nothing when they know that they should?  These questions plague industries, confound leaders and underscore the frustration felt by nearly anyone who has investigated an incident.  There are a surprising number of forces that inhibit people in the moment when they should speak up to employ “Stop Work Authority.”  This presentation provides an overview of the more significant but often overlooked psychological and social factors that suppress safety interventions, and provides first steps for overcoming these inhibiting forces.

Option 3:

6 1/2 Points of BS to Safety Leadership

Eldeen Pozniack, Pozniak Safety Solutions

Let your Bold Strengths take you where you have not been before on your epic safety journey!   Learn the difference and importance of leading “Boldly” and not “Blindly” or “Bossy”.   People who choose to be bold are inspiring not just because they get big things accomplished, but because they also instigate growth, progress, and movement for themselves and others around them. This presentation will explore and identify some of those key strengths that are foundations pieces to your safety role professional in any workplace. 

Option 4:

Exhibits and Demos-

Thompson Automation

Riekes: Riekes will focus on the new Bishamon Lift Pilot. It is a small footprint pallet jack/lift. Companies that look to eliminated lift truck traffic in work areas and prefer pallet jacks to move product in and out of these areas will benefit from this demo. Check it out! 


CLOSING SESSION --- 3:15 - 4:45PM

Believe in Safety

Brandon Schroeder

Believe in Safety - Brandon’s motivational safety presentation is geared towards any industry that has safety top of mind. During his presentation, Brandon discusses his pre-accident safety mindset, how the accident occurred, and most importantly the fallout because the accident on those around him.




Can't make it to the full day of presentations? Fill out a pass to visit our Tradeshow for free! 

The largest tradeshow of it's kind in the Midwest. There will be 50+ exhibitors showing products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the safety industry. The tradeshow is open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend or coworkers along! 

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