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Sedentary Work & Workplace Design
Sedentary Work & Workplace Design
2nd Annual International Occupational Safety & Health Limerick Contest
  • Write a humorous limerick on a topic related to occupational health and safety.
  • A limerick is a humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.
  • Healthier Workforce Center members, their families and clever plants are not eligible for the prize.
  • Members of private and governmental organization that restrict or limit gifting are especially encouraged to participate as the prize is fairly worthless. (okay, it’s totally worthless)
  • Limerick must be submitted to by 5 pm COB Feb 28, 2018.
  • General contest rules are available here.
  • See the 2017 finalist here.
Moving the Needle in Nebraska
Courtesy of Nicole Osborne, NE Safety Council/WorkWell
The Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell has begun hosting integrated Connections Meetings for both workplace safety and wellness individuals on overlapping topics for both fields.
In November of last year, the first meeting took place on workplace emergency preparedness. Bryan Tuma of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Ric Voelker of the Nebraska Safety Council spoke on state and federal homeland security and emergency management response as well as how to recognize and respond to workplace violence and catastrophic community health epidemics.
In January, they held their second meeting on key culture elements on safety, health, and wellbeing. Jason Chamber, Senior Business Consultant with Talent Plus presented on a study that gives the top 24 key elements of a healthy culture. Creating a supportive culture for safety and wellness is one of the most sought after topics by member companies that speaks to companies at all industries and sizes.
This will also be the first year that safety is included in the annual Safety and Wellness Legacy Awards being held May 3. The council has hosted this awards ceremony for the past three years recognizing personal and professional achievements in wellness at the workplace. This year the same awards are also available for those that are safety leaders in their workplace for personal and professional recognition. This awards ceremony will be in conjunction with a half-day safety and health symposium

For more information, visit the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell online!

Event Planner

Feb 22 East Central Iowa Safety & Health Conference
Feb 26-28 Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference
March 29-30 Occupational Health Symposium
May 8-11 2nd Intl. Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health
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