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NSC Congress & Expo Offers Education, Opportunities

What: 2018 NSC Congress & Expo

When: Congress—Oct. 20-26; Expo—Oct. 22-24

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

The National Safety Council (NSC) is known for being America’s leading safety advocate for over a century. Each year, the NSC Congress & Expo Educational Strategic Advisory Group come together to create educational programs with the latest information and emerging topics. Last year, 90% of the NSC’s audience stated that the information they learned would help them perform their job more effectively.

Check out a sampling of what’s new for 2018’s educational sessions. For a full, detailed listing of the sessions, visit the education sessions page of NSC’s website (

Principles of Occupational Safety & Health (POSH) (4 days)

Speaker: David Consider, Senior Safety Consultant, National Safety Council

A newly revised seminar that provides all-around safety knowledge and skills. It addresses technical/human relations; aspects of occupational safety; and health programs for any size and type of business.

Create a Vibrant Safety Culture—Lead the Way to an Incident-Free Workplace

Speaker: Richard Hawk, President, Richard Hawk Inc.

This session helps safety leaders develop skills and create a vibrant safety culture with which everyone can work and engage. Hawk will discuss how to increase influence as a safety leader and motivate employees to take a company’s safety and health values seriously.

How Safety Professionals Influence Decision-Makers

Speaker: Daniel Snyder, Owner, SPAN International Training LLC

Snyder will discuss how safety professionals influence leaders to continuously improve organizational performance, regarding occupational safety and health. This research-based presentation focuses on how professionals define competencies, qualities, characteristics and traits of an influential leader in the OSH occupation.

Incident Investigation: Root Cause Analysis

Speaker: Namir George MSc. CEng, Manager, Int. Consulting Services, National Safety Council

This seminar will instruct people in how to have a systematic approach to incident investigation and how to properly identify causal factors, so appropriate corrective actions can be implemented. George will give line supervisors, middle management and safety personnel the tools they require to focus on specific facts that cause preventable incidents.

Safety 4.0: Updating Safety to Align With Industry 4.0 “NEW”

Speaker: Terry Mathis, CEO, ProAct Safety, Inc.

It is imperative that safety evolve to meet the new challenges and take advantage of the opportunities technology has to offer. Mathis will explore essential updates to safety program elements to meet tomorrow’s needs. Generate a new approach that includes a technology roadmap for the prioritization and implementation of future technology into safety efforts.

A Defensible Drug-Free Workplace Policy for Today’s Challenges

Speaker: Christine Clearwater, President, Drug-Free Solutions Group, LLC

Topics in this seminar includes prescription drugs and opioids and legally sound procedures to manage them; the new OSHA ruling and how to comply with the post-accident testing ruling; and testing technologies’ newest options. There will also be pre-seminar kick-off letter; brief questionnaire; customizable drug-free workplace policy/procedures designed for key management; and a customizable drug-free workplace policy summary for employee handbook insertions.

The Behavioral Safety System: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Human Behavior and Safety

Speaker: Bob Veazie, President, People Powered Leadership

This workshop will take an in-depth look at the three core areas of behavior essential for a high-performing safety system, including the personal management of risk by all employees; the interpersonal cultural work between employees; and the positives and negatives of behavior-based safety. WMHS

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