Workers’ Safety Conference to be Held at U of A Hope


The University of Arkansas at Hope will host a Workers’ Safety Conference on October 26 at Hempstead Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The conference is presented by the Arkansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor.

The registration fee of $25 covers lunch and conference materials. Pre-registration is encouraged, as this allows the event organizers to plan accordingly. Cancellations will be accepted until two days prior to the conference and substitutions are permitted.

All major credit cards are accepted.

To register online, go to

Whether you are employed by a private company, a business owner, or work for a public agency, you and your co- workers can benefit greatly from attending this safety conference. The purpose of this event is to enhance workplace hazard recognition and strengthen a culture of workplace safety, thereby reducing employee injuries and illnesses. While these conferences are intended for hourly employees, we encourage all companies also to send members of their safety committees, supervisors or managers with safety responsibilities, and any others who might benefit from basic safety training. Nursing home administrators and nurses may also use this training for continuing education purposes.


7:30 am: Registration

7:50 am: Opening Remarks: Todd Franks, Siplast, Chris Thomason, Chancellor UAHT, and Leon Jones, Jr., Director,
Arkansas Department of Labor

8:15 am: Introduction of Exhibitors

8:25 am: Building a Safety Culture: TBA ~ This presentation will address steps companies can take to change negative
outlooks on safety to positive ones.

9:00 am: Break

9:15 am: Safety Mishaps: Controlling the Ripple Effect: Ralph Hudson, Deputy Director, ADOL ~

This presentation will
address how to complete an injury-illness report and use them for positive results.

10:00 am: Break

10:10 am: OSHA Update: Carlos Reynolds, Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor

~ This presentation will highlight fatalities, penalties, and the top ten most cited hazards in general industries in Arkansas, as well as the local, regional, andnational emphasis program.

11:00 am: Lunch

11:45 am: Safety Hazard Recognition/Walking & Working Surfaces: Ocie Robinson, ADOL ~

This presentation will
address changes that would take place when the new law comes into effect and safety hazard recognition.

12:30 pm: Break

12:40 pm: Commuting Safety To and From Work: Clark Thomas, ADOL ~

This presentation will focus on helping attendees to identify causes of highway accidents, fatalities, and what can be done to eliminate or reduce the danger
workers encounter when traveling to and from work.

1:30 pm: Break

1:40 pm: Amputation Prevention: Ocie Todd Franks, Siplast ~ This presentation will help attendees learn how to
recognize a potential and obvious amputation at the job site and how to prevent them.

2:30 pm: Adjourn

For more information contact Nita Matlock at 501 -682 -9092 or

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