Kirkwood Safety Conference

Kirkwood Safety Conference

Get Ready for the 2023 Kirkwood Safety Conference!

Come renew your safety perspective in this one-day conference. You'll attend sessions that will provide guidance on, or reinforce, what you are doing to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your employees.

Join us on Thursday, February 23, 2023 in this engaging, in-person event.

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Date: February 23, 2023

Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Cedar Rapids campus (New location!)

Price: $189


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Iowa Hall is conveniently located within Kirkwood's main Cedar Rapids campus, 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).
Drive past the Kirkwood Hotel. Then, take a right into the Kirkwood south entrance, at Iowa View Pkwy SW.
Take the first or second left to enter the parking lot.

Highway 30 eastbound
Take exit 253, Kirkwood Blvd. SW/Bowling St.
At the stop light, go left on Kirkwood Blvd. SW (south). Travel just short of one and a half miles.
Take a left into the Kirkwood south entrance.
Take the first or second left to enter the parking lot.

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

Conference Schedule

Arrive early to check-in and network before the conference begins.

Speaker: Jasmine Almoayyed, Vice President Continuing Education & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College


Enjoy a breakfast sponsored by CRANDIC Rail, a Travero Company.

Speaker: Mike Hourigan

How often have you said: “That employee would not have gotten hurt if they followed the procedure,” or “We have safety posters everywhere, why don’t they read them?”

As safe as organizations want and try to be, accidents still happen. Most safety audits reveal communication issues were to blame, and more often than not, good intentions were the culprit. Communicating a culture of safety can be difficult when demands on time and people increase, but it can be done if you are communicating safely. Mike himself has worked in many dangerous environments including: a steel mill, a leather tannery, a shoe factory, a wire factory, and a recreational vehicle plant. See how shortcuts and “work-arounds” have injured people, and how management’s safety philosophy — or lack of it — contributed to unsafe situations.

Our keynote Mike Hourigan is a spellbinding storyteller with a message that might just change your life! As a speaker, Mike is known for the savvy real-world wisdom he brings to corporate and association audiences. This keynote will cover many ideas to create a culture of safety by giving people permission to think, how to truly reward safe behavior, lock-in/lock-out logic, and selling the safety sizzle to unmotivated employees.

Decades of corporate experience have allowed Mike to develop a completely fresh approach to team building, sales management, customer service training, and more.

Enjoy refreshments while exploring our vendor exhibits.


The Makings of an EHS Leader - Celina Peerman, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Lockout Tagout/Machine Guarding & Alternative Methods - Jason Wolf, CSP, CESCP

Breaking Free from Burnout: Recognizing Signs & Taking Action to Complete the Stress Response Cycle for Self and Others - Lindsay Miles, LISW

Training in Person, or via Zoom... That is the Question - Jessica Bronson, CEAS, SSH, CSHO

Visit with our many vendors!


Contractor Management: Lessons Learned After a Natural Disaster Rebuild - Auby Ninemire

How Substance Abuse Affects the Workpalce: Does Your Company Have a Policy in Place? - Lindsey Norman and Jade Jackson

IDNR Safety Program: A Year in Review - Charlotte Hampson and Thad Nanfito

How Safety, Finance, and HR Can Collaborate to Reduce Risk in Your Organization - Sarah Allender, Drew Mills, and Tim O'Neil

Enjoy a delicious meal and visit with fellow attendees and exhibitors.

Speaker: Jen Loeb

We are excited to welcome Jen Loeb, humanitarian and mountain climber, to the center stage. In this group presentation, Jen will speak about how we stay safe in one of the most dangerous environments in the world and how everything can change in the blink of an eye if you lose your focus on the task at hand.

Jen was born and raised in Jesup, Iowa. She started mountain climbing in 2010 and since that time has climbed mountains all over the world, including Everest on May 19, 2016. She recently became one of less than 25 women in the United States to complete the “7 Summits,” and has since released a book called “Shots From The Heart.” Jen has been featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Des Moines Register, KWWL, KCRG, and NPR. When she’s not climbing or working, she is heavily involved in volunteer work.

Visit vendor exhibits while on your way to the next breakout sessions.

Building a Safety Culture: How to Bring in New HIres and Retain Great Employees - Caley Ploessl, PT, DPT

NFPA 70E: Arc Flash and Hazard Assessment - Dan Weekly

Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking - Nikki Stallman

Overview of General Fall Protection Practices, Applications, and Requirements - Chris Dickey

Your final call to visit with vendors before the end of the conference.

Understanding and Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace - Diane Rohlman, Ph.D.

2023 Iowa OSHA Update - Chris Downs

Access Controls and Physical Security Considerations for Businesses - John Schwertferge

Common Injuries in the Workplace: Men vs. Women - Dr. Nick Bingham, MD, MS

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