TOSHA Co-Sponsors Community Safety Event in East Tennessee

Tennessee OSHA Partners with Safety Fest TN for Annual Event in Oak Ridge & Knoxville
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 02:30pm

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) once again has partnered with the organizers of Safety Fest TN to offer a free community event with more than 130 safety and health training classes, sessions, and demonstrations for businesses and residents. 

The event takes place in Oak Ridge and Knoxville April 29, through May 3, 2019.

Safety Fest TN brings together experts who present classes and sessions on a variety of topics including electrical safety, CPR/First Aid, trench safety, fall prevention, ladder safety, and OSHA certificate classes. There will also be safety demonstrations, and a Safety Expo featuring nearly 50 safety equipment/services organizations showcasing some of the latest safety equipment and technologies available.

"The event equips participant with safety knowledge beyond the workplace and helps instill a comprehensive view of the topic," said UCOR's Michelle Keever, a Safety Fest TN organizer. "By attracting over 1,300 registration last year representing 260 organizations from 128 cities in 21 states the response to this event has validated what many knew was possible when Safety Fest TN first launched."

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner, Jeff McCord will speak during the event's opening session Tuesday, April 30.

Once again, TOSHA Assistant Commissioner, Steve Hawkins will present at this year's Safety Fest TN. He is a strong advocate for the event because of its potential impact on Tennesseans. 

"Offering free classes, where we can help educate safety and health professionals, managers, and workers, is an effective way to reduce injury and illness rates," Hawkins said. "It's important TOSHA partner with Safety Fest TN and we hope everyone interested in learning more about safety and health will attend."

Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend Safety Fest TN at locations in Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

"Safety Fest TN continues to receive a positive response from safety and health professionals and the community as attendance increases every year," said ORAU's Tom Wantland, one of the event's organizers. "We rely on and greatly appreciate the support TOSHA has provided us over the years. Without TOSHA, Safety Fest TN could not be as successful as it is today."

Classes and sessions will take place at the Y-12 New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road and the Pollard Technology Conference Center at 210 Badger Avenue in Oak Ridge and seven other Oak Ridge and Knoxville locations.

"Safety Fest TN wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the partners, sponsors, and providers. Last year over 100 academic, business, government and nonprofit organizations made it all possible," said organizer Max Bertram from UT-Battelle. 

There are a limited number of registration openings available to attend this free event. You can register to attend Safety Fest TN and see the agenda of presentations by visiting