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.
The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWCMW) is one of six Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to improve the health of workers in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas, as well as nationally, through integrated health promotion and health protection research, collaboration, and dissemination of successful interventions.