Safety and Health Conference

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Get Ready for the 2021 East Central Iowa Safety and Health Conference

The 2021 East Central Iowa Safety and Health conference is going virtual! In this one-day event, we are offering sessions that will provide guidance on, or reinforce, what you are doing to protect your employees.

Join us on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in this engaging, all-virtual event.

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Date: February 25, 2021

Time: 7:30am – 3:15pm

Price: $35

This virtual conference will be held via Zoom. An access link will be emailed prior to the conference start date.


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***This virtual conference in 2021 will be held via Zoom. An access link will be emailed prior to the conference start date.


The Kirkwood Center is conveniently located just minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport, Interstate 380 and U.S. Highway 30.

Interstate 380 northbound
Take exit 13, Eastern Iowa Airport/Ely.
At the stop light, turn right (east)
At the first stop sign, turn left at Kirkwood Blvd. SW (north). Travel just short of one mile.
The Kirkwood Center will be on your right.

Highway 30 eastbound
Take exit 253, Kirkwood Blvd. SW/Bowling St.
At the stop light, go left on Kirkwood Blvd. SW (south). Travel one and a half miles.
The Kirkwood Center will be on your left.

Find directions from your location or get a map of Kirkwood's Main Campus.

Conference Schedule

Speaker: Shawn Galloway, President and COO of ProAct Safety, Inc.
Positive perceptions about safety are critical to safety excellence; they harness significant conditioning influence on employees. Shawn will lead you through the five most dangerous perceptions which can become barriers to sustained safety excellent. By the end of this session, you’ll have strategies to neutralize these undesirable beliefs before they become reinforced within your company culture.

Panel Discussion

For many companies, 2020 started out like any other year, with a new safety program planned to be put into motion. Then, March came and abruptly changed the program direction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once new objectives and standards were rolling, the derecho storm hit Eastern Iowa. How many times did your safety program change direction in 2020? Join this panel of construction, manufacturing, insurance, and OSHA experts who will speak on what they learned during 2020 and how they transformed their safety programs to guide their workers safety back on track.

Speaker: Celina Peerman, Ph.D.

More attention lately has been focused on supporting a psychologically safe workplace. This session will go over steps that you can take daily, weekly, monthly, and beyond to make an even bigger impact where you are. While systems and culture can feel daunting to shift, we’ll focus on what you can do in the now to build on an even better future by keeping employees psychologically, as well as physically, safe.


Your workplace drug testing procedures may have changed over the past year. Join this session to discuss trends of substance abuse during COVID-19 and the effects of these trends on the workplace. We will also discuss drug testing trends for recreational and medical marijuana. We’ll wrap up the session with an overview of FMCSA Clearinghouse regulations and compliance standards.


Speaker: Cintas Corporation

Through a discussion of the current events and their impact on first aid and safety programs, this session will go over current trends and best practices in ensuring your organization is prepared for the unexpected. Despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose, proper workplace safety and emergency preparedness has never been more important.  We’ll discuss what organizations are doing to maintain high levels of workplace safety, such as providing proper first aid and safety supplies, managing AEDs and AED programs, preparing for emergencies, safety training and compliance, and best practices related to pandemic sourcing and supply chain management.

Speaker: Matt Michaels, Senior Manager of Customer Operations – Cedar Rapids Zone, Alliant Energy

What was your memorable moment the days after the August 10 derecho storm? One had to be the moment the power came back on, right? Alliant Energy accomplished eight months of work in 17 days, with the help of 2,000 workers from across the country and Canada, working in 341 communities to restore power to more than 256,000 residents. Please join us in welcoming Matt Michaels, Senior Manager of Customer Operations – Cedar Rapids Zone, as he shares the emergency response efforts keeping the workers safe and restoring what we take for granted: electrical power!

We’ll end the day with an interactive Kahoot quiz activity to test your safety know-how. Join us for a fun conclusion to this virtual conference day!

Conference Sponsors

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