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Safety Notes

                                                                                                 April 2021  Volume 68

                                                       5  Annual Utah Safety Conference

                                                       by John Wojciechowski, President
                                                       The 5th annual Utah Safety Conference and Expo was presented in
                                                       a virtual format on March 16th & 17th.  In total, there were 4 keynote
                                                       presentations and 12 breakout sessions.  The virtual platform allowed us
                                                       to cast a bigger net when it came to recruiting presenters, so we were
                                                       able to hear from safety and industry leaders who normally may not be
                                                       able to present in-person or make the trip to Utah.  For example, we
                                                       were treated to insights from the CEO of the National Safety Council
                                                       and leadership lessons from the base commander at Hill Air Force Base.
                                                       All the presentations were amazing, covering topics ranging from safety
                                                       in the healthcare and refinery industries, AED’s in the workplace, mental
                                                       health, disaster preparedness, OSHA & MSHA compliance and COVID-19
                                                       workplace vaccinations.  We were even treated to the ‘art of storytelling’
                                                       and using it as a tool to elicit culture changes in our organizations.

                                                       Every year the conference draws Utah’s largest and most diversified
           MEMBERSHIP MINUTE                           group of safety professionals in the state.  This was true of conference
                                                       attendees in 2021 with representation from government, transportation,
         by Lisa Christofferson, Membership Manager    construction, manufacturing, healthcare, education, mining, and oil &
            Annual Awards - Dates to Remember          gas.  With the pandemic and the virtual format, we anticipated attendee
                                                       registration to decline compared to years past, but we are proud and
         The Utah Safety Council’s awards program      honored to have hosted 250 of our safety colleagues throughout the
         helps you recognize and build  upon the       state.  If you attended this year’s conference, thank you for your trust in
         success  of  your   organization’s  safety
         program. Safety success deserves to be        us and our ability to deliver Utah’s largest safety conference.
         recognized. Whether you’re honoring marked
         improvement or consistent safety excellence,   It was challenging finding companies to exhibit in the ‘virtual’ expo
         the Utah Safety Council would like to honor   this year.  The whole Utah Safety Council team hustled and found 40
         your achievements.                            companies willing to give it a shot.  In addition to having access to the
                                                       entire conference, each exhibitor company had a live ‘Zoom Room’ to
         Applications are being accepted through
         June 30, 2021 and will be announced at the    connect with attendees to compliment the videos, files, and any other
         Annual Meeting & Safety Awards Presentation   information about their companies they wanted to share.  We thank
         on August 13, 2021.                           them for their support and trust they found great value in participating in
                                                       the conference this year.  We cannot wait to have you all back in 2022!
         Please be aware that the Occupational
         Seat Belt Award requires results of two       I also want to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude and say ‘Thank
         unannounced      observational   surveys
         conducted at least 30 days apart, so plan     You’ to the conference sponsors.  We are very fortunate to have the kind
         these surveys now to ensure enough time is    of support we do from the great companies and organizations who step-
         allotted to meet eligibility requirements for   up every year and help us produce the Utah Safety Conference.  Without
         this award.                                   their financial support, we would not be able to live up to our mission
                                                       statement and do what we do – Thank You!
         Members will be updated and more information
         provided as we plan the event.  In the interim,
         award applications and more information can   With all the challenges the pandemic has launched at us this past year, I
         be found on our website at utahsafetycouncil.  am very proud of the work the Utah Safety Council team has been able
         org. Select Membership – Safety Award         to accomplish.  After all the adversity, we are still here, relevant, and more
         Applications. To request applications directly,   committed to saving lives.  We look forward to the upcoming year and
         email:  For    look forward to the opportunity to seeing you all in person again.  Thank
         questions, call 801.746.7233, ext. 302.
                                                       you all for the support, together we are doing work that matters.
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