2018 Conference Agenda

*Check for updates as the agenda is subject to change.


September 26th – Welcome Reception

6:00-8:00 pm
Cunningham’s Journal Tap & Kitchen
610 W. Talmadge St.

Join us for the pre-party at Cunningham’s new restaurant next to Fairfield Inn & Suites. We’ll provide the food, fun conversation and something to drink. Plan to join us when you can and stay for as long as you’d like. This is a great opportunity for some casual networking in a relaxing environment.


September 27th – Conference

7:00-8:00 am REGISTRATION

7:30-8:15 am Open exhibits

Vendors offering a variety of products and services will be available throughout the conference. Be sure to play the game to win a prize. Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor? Call 308-865-8258, email gpsho@unk.edu or visit gpsho.org to request information.


8:15-9:30 am – Welcome/keynote
Jeff Havens: UnCrapify Your Life


9:30-10:00 am – Break/Open Exhibits


Breakout Sessions

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Jeff Funk: OSHA's New Enforcement Programs

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Michael Melnik: The Lighter Side of Sitting, Standing, Lifting, and Stretching

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Richard Hawk: Find Your Focus

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Dr. Keith Karren: The Powerful Effect of Emotions on Your Wellness

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Linda Edgecombe: Shift or Get off the Pot

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Meg Soper: Bring It On-Strategies for Success

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – Adele L. Abrams: OSHA Inspections-What Everyone Needs to Know and How to Follow-Up after Inspection


10:50-11:10 am – Break


11:10-12:00 pm – Breakout Sessions

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Jeff Havens: Us vs. Them

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Michael Melnik: Language of Safety

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Charlie Cook: Current Drug & Alcohol Trends

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Adele L. Abrams: OSHA Silica Rule…Are you in Compliance?

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Emily Estes: The Nourished Life-Finding Health at Every Size

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Chip Steensma: Become an Advocate for a Strong JHA Process


12:00-1:00 pm – Awards luncheon

Companies and schools throughout Nebraska will be recognized for excellence in Safety and Worksite Wellness. Lt. Governor Mike Foley has been invited to present awards to the winners.

1:00-1:30 pm  – Break/Open Exhibits


1:30 pm – MARS Annual Contractor Meeting


1:30 pm – EHA WELLNEss meeting


1:30-2:20 pm – Breakout Sessions

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Michael Melnik: Getting the Most Out of Your Safety Training

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Richard Hawk: Great Leaders Make Safety Fun

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Linda Edgecombe: Pushed to the Limit

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Mary Walsh-Sterup: Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injury in the Workplace: A Common Sense Approach

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Meg Soper: Wit, Fit, and Balance-Strategies for a Positive Workplace


2:20-2:40 pm – Break


2:40-3:30 pm – KAAPA Contractor Meeting


2:40-3:30 pm – Breakout Sessions

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Richard Hawk: The Future of Safety

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Adele L. Abrams: OSHA's New Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Requirements

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Keith Karren: Mind, Body, and Spirit-The Triple Bond of Optimal Wellness

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Chip Steensma: Beyond Fixing Symptoms-How to Effectively Implement Root Cause Analysis

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Meg Soper: Humor is One Size Fits All

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. – Linda Edgecombe: Breaking Busy-Finding Peace in the Chaos


3:30-4:30 pm – 16th Annual celebration

Wrap up your day’s adventures in the Diamond Ballroom. Finish your day with games, fun and food. You’ll need to camp out until the end to have a chance to win prizes including a trip worth $1,500 in airfare and lodging.