Top Minnesota safety issues on tap at Northern Minnesota Safety Conference
Bemidji topics include workplace violence, opioid abuse, distracted driving

St. Paul, Minn. (March 28, 2018) — Knowledge, tools and insights for keeping employees safe on the job and after they head home will be the focus as northern Minnesota employers and safety professionals gather in Bemidji on April 17.

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Safety Council, is open to business leaders and others who want to make their workplaces safer as they address the challenges of injuries, workplace violence and drug issues and more.

Paul Aasen, Minnesota Safety Council president, will be on hand to share his perspective on the top safety issues facing employers, workers and all Minnesotans, including major safety challenges and initiatives affecting the state's northwest region.

"We've made strides in making Minnesotans safer, but we can and must do more," Aasen said. "Unfortunately, unintentional injuries remain a leading cause of death, disability and economic loss in Minnesota."

Among the sessions at the day-long event:
  • Outdoor Field Safety Basics - With warmer weather ahead, Minnesota DNR safety leaders Brian Pisarek and Dave Palet will offer insights on staying safe while working and playing outdoors.
  • Toward Zero Deaths and Distracted Driving - Today, one in four crashes and one in five traffic fatalities involve distracted driving. Distracted driving is now the fourth most common contributing factor in traffic fatalities behind speed, impairment and fatigue. Brad Nordland, Minnesota State Patrol; Holly Kostrzewski, Regional Toward Zero Deaths coordinator; and
  • Workplace Violence - Vikki Sanders, workplace safety consultant for MNOSHA, details the early warning signs of violence and how businesses and employees can protect themselves.
  • Opioids and Impact on Business and Society - Ceil Jung, SFM medical services director, looks at the impact and magnitude of opioid use and abuse on the medical community, businesses, social organization and individuals.
A detailed agenda, schedule and registration information is here. The event takes place from 8 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Life Church Family Life Center, 5405 Highway 2 West, Bemidji.

The Minnesota Safety Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries on the road, at work, at home, and in the community. For more information, see

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