The Governor's Safety and Health Conference and Exposition is a special Kentucky event that brings together representatives from business, education, government, and labor. The Conference and Exposition promote the Network's mission to increase awareness of workplace safety and health through education and training. The 2022 event will be May 9-12, 2022, in Bowling Green at the Sloan Convention Center. It will provide attendees many opportunities for training, and networking, through a variety of classroom sessions, keynote speakers, and an exhibit hall that showcases the latest products and services. All sessions are included with paid registration! In addition to the safety and health workshops, the 2022 conference format offers hands-on instruction and certification in some specialized areas.
Your generous financial support allows us to present this conference at an affordable cost to the workforce and provides funding for Scholastic Achievement for Education (SAFE) Award scholarships. 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 at 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 canceled the past two (2) years due to the pandemic, thirteen (13) students were presented with SAFE Awards totaling nearly $26,000! SAFE Awards will be presented at the 2022 Conference and Exposition.
Your sponsorship also helps 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. Your support is an opportunity to invest in tomorrow's workforce today!
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we faced challenges greater than many have ever known. The pandemic had and continues to have, an impact on every facet of our lives. 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. The stage is set for a one-of-a-kind 2022 Conference and Exposition experience designed to empower individuals and organizations to create safer workplaces. We invite you to be our partner for the safety and health of all those who work in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
I ask for your support. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact one of our Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs, Mr. Ken Nichter at email@example.com or Ms. Stacey Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Roberts, KSHN President