(INDIANAPOLIS) — The old adage is that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. But everyday heroes – safety and health professionals in a variety of industries and organizations – work to ensure Hoosier workplaces are safe and compliant, and minimize the potential for disaster. The Indiana Chamber says one way Hoosier organizations can equip their team with successful strategies is by attending the 2017 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo on Feb. 28 – March 2 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Presented with the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and INSafe Indiana, the event is one of the largest safety conferences in the Midwest.

The Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo, sponsored by Gibson, features over 70 breakout sessions and several pre-conference workshops covering a wide range of safety and health topics. It also offers continuing education credit from a number of accrediting organizations.

The scheduled keynote presentations are by:

  • Richard Hawk (opening general session: March 1): author and singer-songwriter with over 30 years of experience in safety and health fields, he has spoken to hundreds of organizations with ideas to make safety fun;
  • Captain Larry Brudnicki (morning general session: March 2): retired Coast Guard captain with a storied 30-year career; he was commanding officer of a Coast Guard ship and crew that performed dramatic rescues during The Perfect Storm of 1991, serving as inspiration for the book and blockbuster movie of the same name, The Perfect Storm; and
  • Mark Briggs, CSP (Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon: March 2): co-founder of Safety Management Resources Corporation

Brudnicki will give his account of The Perfect Storm in his address – “Leadership Secrets from the Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time” – and help health and safety professionals draw parallels to their own workplaces and situations.

“Everyone will find themselves sooner or later in a situation they can’t control and will have to make difficult decisions and may not like any of the options,” he says. “You won’t be successful unless you’re working as a team. It doesn’t matter what your job is – you’ll face that in your life.”

A special highlight is the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards, which will honor organizations that have made safety and health a priority.

Cost for the three-day conference and expo is $499. Other registration options – including group discounts – are available. For more information, go to www.insafetyconf.com.

Ice Miller LLP is the event’s platinum sponsor. Gold sponsors are Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Community Employer Health; and RMS Safety.

Silver sponsors: Athletico Physical Therapy; CLMI Safety Training; Faztek, LLC; Generation Green Recycling; Indiana University, Department of Applied Health Science; KHA Online-SDS™; and Safety Management Group of Indiana, Inc.

Sponsorships are still available. Learn more by contacting Jim Wagner at (317) 264-6876 or jwagner@indianachamber.com.

Also coming soon are two popular Indiana Chamber offerings: Supervising and Managing People Workshop, February 16-17; and the How to Hire, Fire and Discipline Your Employees Within the Law seminar on February 21. Both events will be held at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Costs, registration information and more details can be found at www.indianachamber.com/conferences or by calling (800) 824-6885.


The Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”