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It’s About Luck and Safety at the Ohio Safety Congress

Man in a gas mask hopes to avoid toxic pollution. Crossed fingers for good luck

In 2019, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo—the second-largest occupational safety, health, and workers’ compensation event in the U.S.—welcomed more than 8,000 attendees, and similar numbers are expected at this year’s event. 

Now in its 90th year, the congress offers three days of more than 200 educational sessions, half- and full-day workshops, and an expo with over 300 exhibitors. The educational agenda is extremely diverse and offers something of value to safety and health professionals, risk managers and human resource specialists, with topics about health, wellness and rehabilitation, emergency preparedness and response, workers’ compensation, and training and education.

SafeStart’s own Danny Smith will present two sessions: The Luck Factor: Mistakes That (Sometimes) Get Us Hurt on March 11 and If the Fish Aren’t Biting, It’s Time to Change Bait on March 12. 

His first session focuses on the fact that although most of the mistakes people commonly make don’t lead to an injury, they often result in other negative outcomes such as poor-quality work, equipment damage or serious close calls. The Luck Factor: Mistakes That (Sometimes) Get Us Hurt will explain what causes most of our errors and present some practical skills that can help prevent making errors in the future.

Danny’s second session—If the Fish Aren’t Biting, It’s Time to Change Bait—covers the need for EHS professionals to remain flexible in the ever-changing business environment. This involves the willingness to constantly reevaluate strategies in order to remain relevant in the future. He will also discuss the importance of developing strategies that include positioning safety as an integral part of operations.

Danny has over 25 years of EHS management experience and his sessions are always relatable and entertaining. He is an outstanding speaker, so make sure you don’t miss his sessions. And remember to say hello to us at booth #404! We are a proud exhibitor and we would love to see you there.

Registration for the event is free and, for the first time, there is an online attendance option with a live broadcast of many sessions and reports from the event that can be watched from anywhere. 

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