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April 7, 2015

DWC Hosts 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference May 19-21

AUSTIN - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will host the 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit May 19-21, 2015 in Austin at the Doubletree Hotel Austin, located at 6505 IH-35 North.

The DWC is hosting the summit to help employers reduce injuries and associated costs through training in workplace safety and return-to-work programs. The summit is open to all segments of the Texas workforce, including small and large employers, public and private sector employers, and workers’ compensation subscribers and non-subscribers.

This year’s general sessions include the following presentations:

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Approach to Meeting Future Safety and Health Challenges by Steve Wurzelbacher of NIOSH;
  • Understanding the Distracted Brain “Why We Can’t Hang Up: The Connection Between Cell Phone Addiction, the Brain’s Inability to Multitask, and Distracted Driving” by Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke of the University of Texas;
  • The Human Factor: Using Integrity and Safety Related Personality Assessments to Screen out High Risk by Dennis Fox of The Client Development Group; and
  • Motor Vehicle Safety: Steering Clear of the Leading Cause of Workplace Fatalities by Jeremy Hansen of Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

The Texas Safety Summit will also offer four optional pre-conference sessions and 25 breakout sessions covering a variety of workplace safety and health related topics including effective safety management processes and systems, workplace violence prevention, hazardous materials and communication standards, transportation safety, and regulatory compliance.

The Texas Safety Summit is a learning opportunity for professionals in an array of industries who play a role in safeguarding Texas employees.

The registration fee for the conference is $275 per person if registered by May 1, 2015, and $300 per person if registered on or after May 2, 2015. Discounted rates are available for groups or employers that send five or more participants.

Texas State Technical College in Waco will provide continuing education credits (CEUs). Attendees will be eligible to receive 0.1 CEU per hour of attendance on May 19, 20, and 21.

For additional conference information, call 512-804-4610, e-mail  or visit the DWC website at

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Last updated: 4/7/2015