For over three (3) decades, the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition, co-sponsored by the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, Inc. and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, has provided an experience specifically designed to increase awareness of workplace safety and health as well as enhance the professional development of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals. The Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition is back! The 2022 Conference and Exposition returns May 9-12, 2022, to the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have faced challenges greater than many have ever known. Hosting an event in a world affected by COVID-19 required many adjustments that included the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Conference and Exposition. While planning for the 2022 conference has been a fluid process, our goal is to revitalize the connection between OSH professionals and others in a healthy productive atmosphere while maintaining the educational value that has been afforded conference attendees year after year. The 2022 Conference and Exposition theme is “Partners in Safety and Health”. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we must continue to partner together to move workplace safety and health forward in the Commonwealth.
A wide variety of OSH topics addressing today’s safety and health issues will be presented by top safety and health professionals at the 2022 Conference and Exposition. The dynamic format of this event provides an authentic experience that will revitalize your professional expertise!
The 2022 event features an Exposition Hall that offers attendees an opportunity to see the latest products, services, and technologies at the largest gathering of its kind in Kentucky. The 2022 schedule is constructed to allow attendees dedicated opportunities to visit the Exhibition Hall.
Networking opportunities abound at every Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition, and that continues in 2022. Both the Conference and the Exposition facilitate an environment where attendees can develop and strengthen networking with individuals that share common OSH interests. This is your opportunity to share ideas, challenges, and to reconnect! And back by popular demand, Grubs and Hubs returns!
KSHN continues to invest in tomorrow’s OSH professionals through the Scholastic Achievement for Education Awards, or SAFE Awards. SAFE Awards are awarded to college students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or related field and meet stringent criteria for academic performance and personal achievements. These students are the top of their class and represent the future in occupational safety and health. Since 2005, almost $495,000 has been presented in SAFE Awards! Through this effort, we hope to encourage and prepare the next generation of safety and health leaders to ensure a brighter and safer future for Kentucky workers and their families. Although the Conference and Exposition were cancelled the past two (2) years due to the pandemic, thirteen (13) students were presented SAFE Awards totaling nearly $26,000! SAFE Awards will be presented at the 2022 Conference and Exposition.
KSHN continues to support the OSHA 10-Hour Training for Career and Technical Education (OSHA 10-4 CTE). OSHA 10-4 CTE, an initiative that began in 2017 and is a partnership between KSHN, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education, and Eastern Kentucky University to provide Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer status to secondary school educators throughout Kentucky. The educators in turn provide authorized OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and/or OSHA 10-Hour Construction training to high school seniors in manufacturing and construction pathways at secondary schools across the state. The students graduate high school with an OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour card as well as invaluable occupational safety and health training! Since 2017, thirty-five (35) secondary teachers received General Industry Outreach authorization and forty-three (43) teachers received Construction Industry Outreach authorization. And to date, 1,410 high school students completed General Industry 10-Hour or 30-Hour training; and 1,624 high school students completed Construction 10-Hour or 30-Hour training. That's 3,034 high school students trained, and it continues to grow! The initiative is a significant undertaking and has a substantial cost; however, its value is immeasurable.
The Kentucky Safety and Health Network is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the awareness of safety and health in the workplace. Drawing upon the knowledge and expertise of KSHN members, who represent business, education, government, and labor, the stage is set for a one-of-a-kind experience designed to empower individuals and organizations to create safer workplaces. Gain the professional development you need to keep yourself not only relevant, but also ahead of the curve. Seating is limited; register today!