Happy 90th (version 2.0) Anniversary MICHIGAN SAFETY CONFERENCE! As that baseball great Yogi Berra once said “It’s like déjà vu all over again”. As if the Spring of 2020 never happened, the 90th celebration will now take place in April, 2021, as a VIRTUAL experience for the first time ever! In keeping with our “rinse and repeat philosophy, all officers and board members have agreed to retain their roles and positions in the coming year. Thank you.
The Covid-19 virus of 2020 has thrown all the norms into a whirling mixer of cancellations and changes to many of the traditions and expectations in our lives, including the annual Michigan Safety Conference. In deciding to cancel the 2020 conference and making 2021 Virtual, we did so FOR THE RIGHT REASONS; the protection and safety of our volunteers, vendors, speakers and attendees. Never losing sight of our core mission to educate and support safety and health professionals, the virtual conference follows a proud tradition of embracing technology and adapting to accommodate current circumstances as we did during the Great Depression and World War II.
Ours is a noble profession though one not usually punctuated with accolades, awards or financial riches. No one will erect a statue to us or perhaps our names will not be remembered. So why do we do it? FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. We are the force that bends management will to a beneficial course of action; that encourages and protects the workers. For us the reward is creating a workplace that sends everyone home intact to enjoy the wonderful moments that give our lives meaning.
In line with the growing safety movement which advocated for safe and humane working conditions, the Michigan Safety Conference has played an important role by providing education and support for safety practitioners in Michigan. The Conference from the onset, aligned itself with 20th century safety organizations such as the National Council of Industrial Safety (NCIS) established in 1913, OSHA, Michigan OSHA in the 1970s as well as the philosophies of notable safety and working condition pioneers such as Alice Hamilton chief medical examiner for the Illinois State Commission of Occupational Diseases) in the early 1900’s and Frances Perkins, (Secretary of Labor 1933-1945).
It is my distinct honor and pleasure as President of the Michigan Safety Conference to invite you to attend the 90th (version 2.0) Virtual Conference designed for the Safety, Health and Environmental professional to support and sustain the crucial work you perform every day FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS. A reward and acknowledgement for those late nights of research and documentation, for agonizing over the creation of meaningful education and training programs, for the hours of continuing education and yes, the anguish and second guessing after a serious accident.
The Virtual Conference will offer the usual slate of quality educational programs with the option to interact with the instructors. Vendors will be front, center and celebrated with both live and recorded viewing available of the latest in safety and health products and services. Networking rooms are part of the platform where attendees can exchange ideas, solutions and contact information in Real Time. Further, since sessions are recorded, attendees have the luxury of viewing or re-viewing even more programs at their discretion and on their schedule. CEUs will also be offered.
Please join me in celebrating 90+ years of the MICHIGAN SAFETY CONFERENCE FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!
SHEILA E. IDE
90th President, Michigan Safety Conference