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Governor’s Safety and Health Conference to be held May 7-11 at Bowling Geen’s Sloan Convention Center

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Health and Safety Network, Inc., the 34th Annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 7 – 11, 2018.

The Conference brings together occupational safety and health professionals from the fields of business, labor, education and government. It is the largest gathering of occupational safety and health professionals in the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to raise awareness and promote safety and health in the workplace.

Attendees can experience hands-on, interactive training opportunities, attend multiple certification courses, visit a state-of-the-art exhibition hall, take part in facility tours, and enjoy multiple networking opportunities.

The Conference also recognizes outstanding performance in the area of safety and health through the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. At last year’s conference, 48 companies were recognized for earning the award. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieve the required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness.

The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions, including overseeing a web-based training service called Etrain (KYsafe). This online training module offers a variety of safety and health training topics, certificates, and live and recorded webinars all at no cost.

In addition to Etrain, the Cabinet provides free consultative services to employers across Kentucky on ways to increase workplace safety – including how to improve injury and illness rates. Services include free on-site consultations to all employers, as well as other compliance assistance, educational materials, and class-style training for all employers.

Last year, the Division conducted 272 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result, employers corrected 2,067 serious hazards that could have resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $15,315,000.

Based on a mathematical calculation from a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016 – reflecting the most recent data available.

From Kentucky Labor Cabinet

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