It’s that time of year again. The National Safety Council Congress and Expo is set to kick off on September 28th at the McCormick Place in Chicago Illinois. The week long event will see several industry leaders in the fields of health and safety gathering to discuss some of the biggest innovations and changes in workplace safety. The NSC Congress and Expo has been taking place annually for over 100 years and this year’s event looks to be one of the best yet!
About NSC Congress and Expo
The event is hosted by the National Safety Council, which is a nonprofit whose goal is to “save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” In order to spread their message, the NSC partners with businesses, the government, and even the public to hold events and perform research.
The goal of this industry meet-up is to set a stage for companies to learn about the different equipment and tools available to them in order to ensure their employees have a safe and healthy work environment. The Congress portion consists of seminars and discussions. The Expo portion allows attendees to browse and visit booths from hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest in safety solutions.
While there is a wealth of information available online about the best practices for workplace safety, nothing beats live presentations by leaders from nationally recognized companies such as Grainger and Honeywell. Combining informative speeches, live demonstrations, and even mixing in some Q&A, the 2013 NSC Congress and Expo is a can’t miss opportunity for all businesses.
There’s more to the NSC Congress and Expo than just information. It is also a great opportunity to network and mingle with other business leaders and likeminded professionals. During the “Rock ‘n’ Community: Connections for a Cause” and the “National Awards Celebration”, attendees are encouraged to get some face to face time with each other and network.
Who will you see?
Due to the excitement and popularity of the event, companies from several industries attend every year. You can expect to see companies from manufacturing, construction, petrochemical, transportation, utilities and more.
Some of the notable keynote speakers include:
- Captain Mark Kelly: Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s Final Mission
- Janet Froetscher: President & CEO of the NSC
- Greg Hale: Vice President and Chief Safety Officer for the Walt Disney Company
- Mr. Paul O’Neill: 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
There will also be plenty of exhibitors showcasing their newest products and tools for workplace safety:
- Contour Design
- Safety Awareness Solutions
- OccuNomix International
Dates and important information
The Congress and Expo kick start on two separate days.
- Congress: September 28th-October 4th
- Expo: September 30th-October 2nd
Those interested in attending can register online, by mail, or via fax. Currently, tickets for both the Congress and the Expo for NSC members and government workers are $800 and $1,000 for non-members. Students can attend the event for free.
Why should you attend?
Companies interested in improving the health and safety of their employees are highly encouraged to attend. There is no better place to get out and learn more about what you can do to put better practices in place at your company than the NSC Congress and Expo.
Join thousands of other business leaders at the 2013 NSC Congress and Expo.
Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.