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Conference keys on staying OHSA/EPA compliant

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The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include Business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, Risk Management professionals, Project Managers, Loss Control Specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is the once a year premier training event for timely and expert training for OSHA/EPA compliance, general safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management and professional development. Each year since 1988, hundreds of people attend the conference. The 2016 conference drew over 400 people from 17 states and 89 Illinois communities.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference offers a wide range of topics relating to General Safety, Environmental Management, OSHA/EPA compliance, Industrial Hygiene and Professional Development. Training sessions and workshops are 1.5 hours, 3 hours or all day and provide basic, intermediate and advanced level training. Presenters include OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, university professors, lawyers, consultants, safety professionals, business owners, professional trainers, business and industry professionals, and others who have extensive knowledge and experience. The 2016 conference session attendance was almost 1,800 people and the average class size was 21 people.

This year's wide ranging training topics include OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, Clean Air Basics, Safety Impact on Insurance Cost, Illinois EPA's New Industrial Stormwater Permit, Are You Complying with OSHA, Employment Testing, OSHA Inspections and Reporting Requirements, Import/Export Rules, Temporary Worker, Substitutions Gone Bad, Active Shooter, The Cop and the Convict and many more. A complete list of the 75+ topics can be found at www.chisafetyconf.org. Register NOW for Early Bird fees.

The Business EXPO on Wednesday features business owners and vendors from across the US as they showcase their latest products and services.

An evening networking social with hors d'oeuvres follows the Business EXPO. Mr. Robert Sams travels from Australia to present the Keynote Address at the Thursday luncheon. Mr. Sams has more than 20 year's experience in the fields of risk, safety, and organizational culture. Copies of his new book, Social Sensemaking, will be available.

Media partners include Industrial Hygiene News and the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Promotional support of the conference is provided each year by many State and local business, trade organizations, manufacturing associations and Chambers of Commerce.

Included is the Schaumburg Business Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Joliet Regional Chambers of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Three Rivers Manufacturer's Association, the Chicagoland Chapter of International Facility Managers Association, BOMA/Suburban Chicago and the Dupage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The conference is sponsored by local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Alliance of Hazardous Material Professionials and is planned in association with OSHA, National Safety Education Center and NIU College of Engineering Technology.

The conference week concludes with the Chicagoland EHS Golf Outing at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge on Friday September 22, 2017. This is a great fun event for golfers and non-golfers alike. Prizes for everyone and a coupon for a future round of golf are included. To register or for information about event/hole sponsorships, click the link at www.chisafetyconf.org.

For more information about the conference or golf outing, contact Ken Orms at k.orms@att.net.