Arbill’s Manufacturing Day took place on Friday, October 5, and what a great event it was. With nearly 100 safety professionals registered to attend, we knew even before the day arrived we were going to have a special gathering.
The day started off with a safety symposium that featured a panel discussion, a preview of new and innovative safety products and a presentation on how to improve safety training. The afternoon included a supplier tradeshow.
The panel discussion included two of the most respected editors in the safety space; David Blanchard of EHS Today and Jerry Laws of Occupational Health & Safety. True safety experts, combined, David and Jerry have about 50 years of publishing experience. Moderated by Arbill’s Director of Marketing, David Gerhardt, the session covered a variety of topics from biggest safety pains companies are experiencing (marijuana and opioid usage), best practices (safe companies are more productive and profitable), trends (wearable technology and difficulty hiring), to the real cost of injuries (more than a million dollars per death and over a hundred thousand dollars for an injury, not to mention lost production and the negative impact on the company’s reputation), as well as some amusing anecdotes. The 45-minute panel concluded with questions from the audience.
Following the panel discussion, nine of the top safety suppliers treated the packed room of safety executives with information and demonstrations of their newest and most innovative products. The companies who presented were 3M, Honeywell, Dupont, MCR, Moldex, National Safety Apparel, Kimberly-Clark, Lakeland and Truline.
The symposium portion of the event concluded with a presentation by Arbill’s Senior EHS Specialist, Al Condello, CSP, CHMM. For 30-minutes Al captivated the audience with the dos and don’ts of OSHA compliance and Safety training. In fact, many of the attendees commented the material Al covered more than justified attending the event. Some of the topics included in Al’s presentation were understanding the importance of regulatory review (accurate, credible, clear and practical best practices), best practices for training adults (including know your audience, use of proper training techniques, and evaluation of training), principles of adult education (how adults learn and different types of learners), program design, delivery and evaluation and he closed with understanding course objectives.
At the conclusion of the symposium, the activities moved outside to a huge tent in Arbill’s parking lot which served as the supplier pavilion and the base for the supplier tradeshow. The previously mentioned suppliers each had a table in the pavilion and attendees were given the opportunity to see the products the suppliers were touting. In addition, a gourmet lunch was served.
Now an annual affair, this Manufacturing Day event was Arbill’s third and by all accounts – from suppliers, attendees, and speakers – was the best to date (until next year’s Manufacturing Day).
To make sure you don't miss out on next year's Manufacturing Day, send an email to David Gerhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to our Manufacturing Day email list.
And as always, have a safe day!