Hot Topics at NSC 2017 Include Fatigue, Bullying, and Pain Meds

More than 15,000 safety professionals and more than 1,100 exhibitors are expected to participate in the NSC 2017 Congress & Expo in Indianapolis.

More than 15,000 safety professionals are expected to attend the NSC 2017 Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, already under way with its huge expo floor opening on Sept. 25. More than 1,100 exhibitors will participate in the show, which has the theme "Racing to Zero – Safety that Works" and includes more than 125 educational seminars and five keynote sessions.

According to the council, hot technical session topics this year will include these:

  • Preventing bullying, harassment, and violence
  • Safety culture in a multi-generational workforce
  • Pain medications in the workplace
  • Best practices for a temporary workforce

"With workplace deaths at their highest level in nearly a decade, safety professionals look to best practices, innovative products, and world-class education," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "The goal of the NSC Congress & Expo each year is to provide the tools and training to ensure organizations develop a culture of safety excellence."

Hersman is scheduled to take part in a news conference at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 to announce new research and tools to combat employee fatigue. Joining her will be Dr. Charles Czeisler, a renowned sleep expert from Harvard University.

Keynoters for this year's event include Kyle Petty, a NASCAR driver and business executive; Bonnie St. John, a Paralympic ski medalist and former Rhodes Scholar; Laura Ambrose, global director of EH&S operations at The Dow Chemical Company; Donald K. Martin, senior vice president of DEKRA/BST; Peter Waite, senior director of global health, safety and environment at Eli Lilly and Company; Tim Page-Bottorff, a SafeStart safety consultant, and Larry Wilson, CEO of SafeStart; and Corey Pitzer, CEO of SAFEmap International.

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