The AMI Foundation is offering an educational conference this March that will address critical worker safety, human resources, and environmental issues. The Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment will be held March 20-21, 2013, at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo.

With nearly half a million people working in the meat and poultry industry, worker safety, health and human resource issues are vitally important. The industry faces an aging workforce and climbing healthcare costs, while government initiatives related to worker safety and personnel management require companies to stay abreast of complex, technical, regulatory and legal issues.

Worker safety sessions will focus on plant security and food defense, industrial hygiene for meat plant operators, safe work permit programs, an update on OSHA and regulations, fire safety, contractor safety and limiting liability, and a review of worker safety case studies.

Human resources sessions will include topics such as employee retention trends, media training for professionals, health clinic programs, succession planning and an Affordable Healthcare Act update.

Environmental issues continue to garner increased attention, with government and consumer focus on sustainability and environmental impact. Workshop sessions will focus on how the industry is dealing with key environmental issues, including resource conservation, greenhouse gas emissions and waste management.

“The Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment is one of our most highly anticipated and valued education conferences each year,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “It always brings together the brightest minds in each discipline to share best practices from their own experience.” 

Furthermore, a preconference workshop entitled Fall Protection Training will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 1-5 p.m. Taught by Ellis Fall Safety, this fall safety protection training is an interactive session with hands on application and equipment demonstrations.  The course will cover fall protection regulations, controls, anchorage points and specialized equipment.

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Source: AMI