Volunteers who plan the annual conference are divided into officers, board of directors, standing committees and divisions. All work together on the year-around-planning process for the spring event.
Current standing committee assignments include: Arrangements, Awards, Catering, Continuing Education Units, Exhibits, Fund Development, Investments, Printing & Mailing, Promotion and Publicity, Registration, Scholarship, Student, Website and Site Committee.
Divisions who plan and execute the seminars include: Agriculture, Chemical, Construction, Emergency Management/Fire Safety, Environmental Management, Health Care, Industrial, Industrial Hygiene, Metal Fabricating, Risk & Insurance, Public Utilities/Public Employer, Security, Consultation Education & Training, and Transportation Divisions.
Volunteers involved in the Michigan Safety Conference organization agree that it is a rewarding experience that provides an invaluable opportunity to network and exchange information with safety and health professionals from across the state.
Prior to the Great Depression, the Michigan Safety Conference was formed to help Michigan business, industry and government to reduce accidents, injuries and property damage.
The first conference took place in 1929 presenting safety-related seminars and displays to the public. Seven years later, in 1936, the second conference was held. Conference notes reveal that the featured speaker was Gerald R. Ford, Sr., father of President Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
The annual conference was alternated between Grand Rapids and Detroit for many years and in 1960, the conference was held in Lansing where it was held until 2006. The conference is now rotated between Lansing, Grand Rapids and Novi (held in Novi in 2017 for the first time).
Today, over 2,300 attendees make up the safety, health and environmental employees who seek information on the latest techniques and equipment. The conference is organized and operated as a not-for-profit corporation. Membership is on a voluntary basis, with representatives from business, industry, education, labor and government.
In addition to the annual conference, the Michigan Safety Conference sponsors annual scholarships to assist students who are enrolled in occupational safety and health programs at accredited Michigan universities.