2022 Midwest Safety & Health Conference
+ Expo

The Region VII VPPPA Board of Directors are excited to announce that the 2022 Midwest Safety and Health Conference & Expo is up and running. The conference will be held at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott in Des Moines, IA. On October 24-26, 2022.

Our keynote speaker will be Major Brian Shul. Brian Shul is one of the most popular and dynamic keynote speakers in America today.  His compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing the opportunities each day brings, resonates with men and woman of all ages. As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over.  Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and became one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71 spy plane, the fastest jet ever built.

Brian masterfully uses his aviation slides and stories as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream.  From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet, Brian shares his amazing story in this most unforgettable one-of-a-kind presentation that both inspires and educates.

Come and participate in the first ever Region VII Cornhole tournament, along with great workshops, speakers, silent auction and networking opportunities.

We want to personally thank the Downtown Des Moines Marriott for working with us through these last few years as it has been tough on everyone and all businesses. A lot of the other VPPPA regions wasn’t as lucky and had to pay very expensive cancellation fees.

The Board of Directors in association with Region VII OSHA have realized that this pandemic has been very hard on a lot of companies and your VPP effort may have lost some traction, so we are also excited to announce a “Free” Sustaining Star Quality (SSQ) workshop to be held in Wichita, KS. On July 21st. We encourage new Plant Managers, Safety Leadership, STAR sites and any site coming up for recertification to attend. Be on the lookout for an email giving more details.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and understanding during these challenging and unique times and we look forward to getting together with all our friends and new friends at the 2022 Midwest Safety and Health Conference and/or the SSQ workshop.


Stay safe,

Bill Turner

Region VII VPPPA – Chairperson

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The Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA) provides expertise to OSHA, DOE, and the EPA in the form of comments and stakeholder feedback on agency rulemakings and policies. The VPPPA also offers comments and testimony to members of Congress regarding legislation on safety and health issues.