(INDIANAPOLIS) — Employers don’t achieve outstanding safety records by accident. The Indiana Chamber says one way Hoosier organizations can equip their team with successful strategies is by attending the 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo on March 21-23 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

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

The Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo, sponsored by Gibson, features 64 breakout sessions and six pre-conference workshops covering a wide range of safety and health topics. It also offers continuing education credit from more than 10 accrediting organizations.

The scheduled keynote presentations are by:

  • Jim Elzinga (opening general session: March 22): founder and president of consultant group Heroic Hearts, and one of Canada’s elite alpinists;
  • Oliver Luck (morning general session: March 23): former quarterback of the Houston Oilers, father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and executive vice president of regulatory affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association; and
  • Rodney Grieve (Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon: March 23): founder of BRANTA Worldwide, which provides customized leadership development programs to help with client safety.

Elzinga’s address – Triumph and Tragedy on Mount Everest: Safety Lessons From the Grand Arena – recalls his first Everest expedition, during which four lives were lost. Four years later, a determined Elzinga led an expedition that successfully climbed the mountain by discovering a new route.

“I think people learn a lot through storytelling. My story is really around values and leadership, and I see those two kind of going hand in hand,” he asserts. “In industrial settings, those are probably the two most important things that relate (most) back to safety.”

The Indiana Chamber’s largest conference also will include a hands-on confined space rescue workshop with a mobile confined space simulator; free safety, health and environmental career counseling; the opportunity to interact with 100-plus exhibitors; and more.

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 Community Employer Health; Hagemeyer North America; Midwest Orthopaedics At Rush; and RMS Safety.

Silver sponsors: Athletico Physical Therapy; CLMI Safety Training; Frakes Engineering; Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington; KHA Online-SDS™; Majestic Glove; Methodist Sports Medicine; National Workwear, Inc; Quality Lockout, LLC; and Safety Management Group.

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

Also coming soon is another popular Indiana Chamber offering: the 22nd Annual Employment Law Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis – Downtown Union Station. At this March 15 event, Hoosier companies can receive the latest information on state and federal employment law guidelines.

Cost for the Employment Law Seminar is $299 for Indiana Chamber members; $399 for non-members. Group discounts are available. Register at www.indianachamber.com/conferences or call (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.”