The Safety Leadership Conference

Specifically focused on providing information on the latest trends, lessons learned, case studies and best practices in workplace safety, the Safety Leadership Conference remains a valuable platform for networking and new business development in the environmental health and safety community. The content is designed for safety leaders in manufacturing, construction, distribution, transportation, utilities, and other industrial sectors.

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In-Person Conference Tracks


A new presidential administration inevitably results in a new regulatory climate that could impact safety standards and radically change the landscape of EHS compliance. Speakers in this track offer their insights into what safety leaders need to know to ensure their organizations remain in compliance with the latest rules and regulations.

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A California OSHA Update
Benjamin Ebbink Hannah Sweiss
COVID-19 Rules & Regulations: How to Respond to Pandemic-related Complaints & Investigations

This session will provide an update on the safety rules and regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including bringing employees back to work and the future impact of the pandemic on employers and the American workforce. Attendees will learn how to respond to whistleblower complaints and defend against OSHA investigations, inspections, and citations. These issues are always a concern for employers and companies seeking to uphold the health & safety of its workplace and employees, but they are of an even greater concern today given the ever-changing nature of the pandemic and industry guidelines. This session will help employers be better prepared to defend against OSHA-related challenges as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of COVID-19.

Jane Heidingsfelder
How to Survive an OSHA Investigation

Learn the most common mistakes companies make when it comes to OSHA compliance, and what to do when OSHA comes to your facility.

Edwin Foulke Kristin White
Marijuana Legalization, Opioids, and COVID-19: More Than You Have Time to Learn

While we've been focusing on COVID-19, and rightfully so, marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis haven't gone away. 35 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and 15 allow adult use. The pandemic has increased alcohol and drug use across the country. This session will address what safety leaders need to know about drug testing rules and regulations.

Potential Criminal Liabilities with Workplace Safety Issues

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Safety and Risk Management

In this track, EHS and risk management professionals offer their insights about safety leadership and establishing a safety culture, whether it be at a single facility level or throughout an entire corporation. Winners of the America’s Safest Companies awards are featured, along with safety professionals from other leading companies and organizations who share lessons learned and best practices in risk management.

Filling in the Blanks: A New Toolset To Help Spot The Hazards We Could Be Missing

Hazard identification is key to effective risk management. Often gaps exist in our ability to identify hazards because we simply fail to see them as a result of how our brains are wired. Failing to identify hazards impacts the credibility of our risk management process and endangers our workers. This session will share tools and techniques associated with Visual Literacy, providing participants a new approach for how to see their working environments in more detail. A systematic approach that helps expose the hazards we often miss, the ones that remain unseen and hidden in the background until an incident occurs. Participants will also hear from Nestle, who were looking to broaden the impact of their “Where’s Waldo” hazard identification program. Hear what steps they took to integrate Visual Literacy into this existing process and how it’s provided a structured framework to help them better identify hazards and manage risks.

Doug Pontsler
How Compass Group’s Safety Team Helped Protect Employees and Maintain Operations During COVID-19

As COVID-19 spread throughout the U.S., Compass Group’s safety team sprang into action. With seven operating companies, 10,000 locations and 240,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, the diversified food services company had to keep employees and customers safe while maintaining critical operations. Learn how Compass Group’s safety team adapted existing frameworks and systems to meet heightened workplace safety measures and reporting protocols to maintain safe operations throughout the pandemic and even natural disasters. Gain insights on responding to major crises and strengthening operational resiliency, including leveraging a strong safety culture, cross-disciplinary collaboration, external resources and new technology.

Marketing Safety to Improve Your Safety Culture

The days of dusty safety policy binders and motivational posters are long past us—or at least they should be. To get to the next level of organizational safety, you need to develop a safety culture in which each employee is fully committed to the safety effort. In this session, you will learn several strategies and tactics to engage all your employees in the process of hazard identification, risk mitigation and safety improvement in formats that resonate with today's diverse workforce.

Transform Your Culture to Create a World-Class Safety Organization

If your organization has a shaky or even contentious relationship with OSHA, listen up. Change doesn't happen overnight, but it clearly needs to start—now. This presentation, from a past winner of EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies award, will provide insight on the specific factors that can jump-start any organization on its pursuit to safety excellence. And it all starts and ends with effective leadership.

William D'Amico

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Safety Technology

Learn how the latest in safety technology can be integrated into the workplace to reduce injuries and illnesses. From identifying and tracking leading indicators via software, sensors and IoT, to state-of-the-art production improvements, to futuristic robotics, this track offers a look at the future of safe work.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Warehouse Safety and Compliance

Factories are constantly evolving ecosystems: lines change to adapt to new demands, robots roam warehouse floors and materials shuffle around to prepare for new products. While change is constant on factory floors, the one thing that stays the same is the importance of safety. A fundamental building block of any safety program is ensuring workers always have a means to an emergency exit that's clear and unobstructed. Not only is this a priority for employee's safety, but at any time, OSHA can send inspectors to examine whether warehouses are compliant with safety regulations. Flex Ltd.’s Seth Woody, senior director of global EHS, and Barac Ponce, global project manager, will share how the company implemented a hardware-agnostic intelligent physical workspace platform that leverages the power of artificial intelligence to detect potential hazards in egress pathways.

The Long-Term Benefits of COVID-19 Safety Protocols

While many companies are still refining how they’ll safely bring employees back to the office, not every business can operate with a 100 percent remote workforce. For some, essential employees need to be onsite at all times. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, safety officers, HR teams, and company executives at essential businesses instituted new policies for onsite employees based on CDC and local health guidelines. Meanwhile, newer technologies were introduced to support these businesses. The most popular ones were developed for health screenings, accurate temperature checks, and contact tracing. Now, when employees, subcontractors and visitors enter the office or a job site, they’ve been conditioned to use these technologies before they start working. Essential businesses got a jump start on COVID-19 technologies. Along with providing immediate benefits to stop the spread of the virus, they’re realizing additional benefits from these technologies. For example, digital check-in apps are replacing paper based visitor logs and shared clipboards and pens with handwritten information, saving hours of time each day. Based on employees using their own smartphones and a dedicated onsite QR code, the digital check-ins can be customized to the employee’s language and onsite responsibilities, and linked to their site supervisor. The data and analytics behind the check in information supports strategic planning and adherence to safety guidelines, compliance requirements, and OSHA guidelines. While the pandemic has upended the way we work in offices and on job sites, there are long-term benefits to be gained from these newer technologies. Initially built to address the pandemic, they are evolving to support on-going business needs.

Rod Courtney
Top Technology Trends to Improve Engagement and Elevate Your Safety Program

Culture and engagement have always been crucial to a Best in Class Safety Program. The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath has placed even more importance on safety programs with proactive and two-way communication. Technology has provided new opportunities to easily implement customized, scalable and evolving solutions to support your safety program and engage employees at every level of the organization. This presentation will focus on the latest technology and explore possible cases that to drive change and improve safety metrics.

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Virtual Conference Tracks

The virtual event will include a mix of top sessions from the live event and customer virtual-only content presented December 7-8, 2021. All in-person full conference passes will include access to the virtual event as well. Details on the full virtual program coming soon! To learn more about your registration options, go here.


This track focuses on the demanding task of managing construction site safety. EHS professionals from construction companies as well as industry professionals who have helped fine-tune the safety culture at small-, medium- and large construction firms share their tips for improving construction site safety, from increasing employee engagement, to using technology to help manage safety and developing programs for aspects of construction such as fall protection and PPE.

Leading Indicators that Impact Safety PerformanceLearn how to reduce incidents through real-world case studies and examples from other construction companies.
Commitment to SafetyLearn how construction companies gain buy-in from their workers to work safely through a culture of accountability.
Diversity at the WorksiteThis session examines how safety leaders manage a multi-generational, multi-lingual workforce.
Compliance Is the Bare MinimumLearn about the most frequent violations construction companies are cited for, and how you can prevent and avoid them.
New Hires & Temporary WorkersThis session will cover why training and engagement are essential to protecting inexperienced employees from worksite hazards.

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Fleet Safety

This new track focuses on programs and best practices that keep drivers, technicians, other employees and the general public safe. From complying with drivers’ hours of service rules to collision-prevention efforts, this track focuses on how fleets can reduce risk, stay in compliance with regulations, and improve operating efficiency.

Driver MonitoringThis session will look at how telematics, electronic logging devices and other technology are helping companies keep a closer eye on drivers.
Automated VehiclesWhat implications do the advances in autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles have for your fleet and your drivers?
Healthier Drivers, Safer HighwaysThe lifestyle of a driver can be a hard one. This session covers how to encourage and incentivize healthier behaviors among your workforce.
Distracted DrivingLearn how to develop and manage an effective program to prevent distracted driving.
Hours-of-Service RegulationsThis session will update attendees on the latest updates to the rules regulating how long drivers can be behind the wheel.

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Who Attends | Previous Attendee Companies

Who Attends | Job Titles

  • Chief Executive Officers  
  • Chief Operations Officers 
  • VPs of Human Resources 
  • Corporate EHS Managers 
  • Directors of Safety  
  • Plant Managers
  • Presidents 
  • VPs of Safety 
  • Compliance Directors 
  • HR Directors
  • EH&S Directors
  • Regional HSE Managers
  • Compliance & Safety Directors
  • VPs of Operations
  • Plant Supervisors
  • Global Safety & Health Directors
  • Operations Directors
  • Safety Managers
  • Manufacturing & Safety Students

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