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Save the Date - Southeastern Regional ERC Symposium



Tuesday, April 3 -  Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Savannah, GA
The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Central Appalachian Regional, North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health, USF Sunshine are 4 of 18 Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Our ERCs offers graduate and post graduate programs in occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene and occupational safety and ergonomics.  We provide strong programs of study for our students, which includes interdisciplinary and field work experiences. 

By attending our annual Symposium, you will have an opportunity to hear about new research with a broad range of practice implications.  The funding for our pilot projects is through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), with projects selected for their innovative approach to a relevant safety and health issue in our re-gion.  NIOSH has taken the lead to support national occupational safety and health research and training programs to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses.  This is being accomplished through a diversified portfolio of high quality extramural research, education, and training in collaboration with global partners. 

Research Presentations:

In addition to hearing the results of researchers funded by the NIOSH Pilot Project Research Program, a committee of researchers and practitioners has selected outstanding abstracts from universities across the southeast. During the Symposium, recipients of the 2016 Pilot Project Research Grants will give presentations on their work and selected students from universities in the SE region will be invited to present research posters relevant to the occupational health and safety area.

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Topic: "Develpoing Safety Managers into Corporate Leaders"

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. He currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, recognized as one of the leading national OSHA practices. His national practice includes workplace safety and OSHA compliance assistance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 23 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety enforcement litigation including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to OSHA inspections, emergency response involving workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in rulemaking, legislative and regulatory initiatives/ matters. Ed has extensive experience representing employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests during his 30+ year career and has assisted U.S. and international clients in developing and implementing internal safety and health compliance policies and strategic plans. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, having been named to this position by President George W. Bush in September 2005. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Ed directed a staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.


The 2018 Symposium will be held Tuesday, April 3- Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at DeSota Savannah, located at 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-844-257-3520 or by visiting and entering the Group/Convention Code: RES.

Continuing Education
As an AL Board of Nursing Approved Provider, the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety awarded the Southeastern Regional ERCs Research Symposium 8.0 contact hours (expiration date 01/03/2019). Participants who complete the training will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), the national standard of recognition for nonacademic professional education. Attendance is eligible for ABIH CM points.

Registration must be received in advance. A confirmation letter with details will be sent once registration has been received.


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