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NSC Safety Congress & Expo is Back – With an Emphasis on Safety

The world’s largest annual safety, health and environmental event – the NSC Safety Congress & Expo – is up ahead, with Professional Development Seminars taking place Oct. 8-10 and 13-14, and the Congress & Expo Oct. 11-13. Thousands of professionals and exhibitors from around the world will flock to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for the gathering, which has a 100+ year legacy of bringing people together to advance the mission of the National Safety Council (NSC): to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and in communities. To this end, the NSC conducts research, advocates for best practices and provides education on safety.

A number of safety and health measures will be in effect. Face masks are mandatory for everyone exhibiting and attending, as well as participating in any NSC-affiliated meeting or event. Neck gaiters, bandanas and face shields are not allowed. Additionally,

  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required within 72 hours leading up to the event
  • Contactless registration
  • Safe distancing practices
  • Regular cleaning protocols
  • One-directional aisles
  • Designated entrances/exits
  • Seating limitations
  • Good hygiene practices (frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer)

The 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo will have a contactless greeting policy. Attendees are asked to refrain from handshakes, hugs or high-fives.

An impressive lineup of keynote speakers will inspire and inform attendees. Monday’s Opening Session topic will be one that’s particularly relevant, given the challenges of the last year: Resilience: How to build it in yourselves and in those you lead. NSC President & CEO Lorraine M. Martin; best-selling author, Researcher of People + Performance and founder of the Strengths Revolution, Marcus Buckingham; and Flame of Life Recipient Kent McElhattan will discuss:

  • The three key sources of resilience
  • The ten questions to measure resilience
  • The most effective techniques to build resilience in yourself, your organization and in those you lead

During the Campbell Institute Forum, moderator Erick Walberth, Director S&E North America for Schneider Electric, will lead a panel of experts in an exploration of safety culture from various organizational perspectives. The panel includes I. David Daniels, President/CEO of ID2 Solutions, LLC and Steven G. Schoolcraft, PhD, P.E., CSP, Corporate Vice President, Safety, Health & Environment for Parsons.

Tuesday’s Occupational Keynote will be by Corrie Pitzer, CEO of SAFEmap. Pitzer’s topic: On the Other Side of COVID-19 – Stronger and Safer Than Ever! Pitzer will talk about how we can become “antifragile” and how we can embrace the virtual interaction, gamification, nudge theory, microlearning and immersive learning that became prevalent during the pandemic.

The Leadership Keynote, on 10 Leadership Principles to Ignite Your Safety Performance, will be delivered by Brian Fielkow, CEO of the GTI Group & Jetco Delivery.

A wealth of education sessions will keep attendees busy – and informed. Tracks range from Regulatory Compliance & Technical Topics, from Hazard Recognition & Risk Management to Training & Competency Development. Sessions include:

  • Measuring Safety Performance: How Do You Know if Your Safety Management System is Working?
  • “Deep Safety Leadership” in the High-Risk Environment
  • The Human Dynamics of Achieving an Injury-Free Workplace: Safety Directives from Psychological Science
  • Responding to Safety/Whistleblower Complaints, Defending OSHA Investigations/Inspections/Citations
  • Addressing Workplace Impairment: Solutions Spanning Fatigue to Opioids
  • Using Data and Human & Organizational Performance to Prevent Significant Injuries and Fatalities
  • And the intriguingly named: Green Beans and Ice Cream: The Recipe for a Culture of Commitment

In keeping with its belief that technology will play a significant role in reducing – or even eliminating – injury and fatality rates, the NSC has launched new Safety Technology Pavilion where attendees can find information about creative and innovative technology that can help save lives, along with resources from the Work to Zero initiative, and educational tracks focused on technology solutions.

Among the networking opportunities at the show will be NSC Division/Section Meetings, which may include topics like:

  • Industry trends
  • Safety leadership
  • Best practices
  • Regulatory updates

Employees of NSC member companies as well as others, who pay an additional fee, can learn about emerging issues in their industries and connect with other safety professionals. WMHS

This year’s NSC Safety Congress & Expo will offer an in-person and virtual live online-only option. People who register for it will have access to eight Live-Streamed Technical Sessions; four Live-Streamed Keynotes (Opening Session, The Campbell Institute Forum, Occupational and Leadership); 60 day on-demand access to above program after the event (Excludes Opening Session). They will also be able to earn CEUs/recertification credits. For more information visit: https://congress.nsc.org/nsc2021/Public/Enter.aspx.

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