Symposiums and Workshops

Nebraska Safety Council Symposium

OSHA Safe + Sound Update and How to Link Wellness and Safety with Performance Metrics

The Nebraska Safety Council is pleased to feature nationally-recognized expert Richard Kersh and Regional OSHA Director, Jeff Funke. In recognition of OSHA Safe and Sound Week, Jeff will be providing the latest OSHA updates and Dr. Kersh will demonstrate how wellness and safety are integral to performance metrics.

Our Speakers

Richard Kersh 
Richard Kersh Headshot

Chief Science Officer
Orthus Health

Orthus Health is a population health management and data analytics company that provides a suite of population health management services to employers, benefits brokers, wellness providers and risk management organizations. Richard has developed a proprietary technique for analyzing risk data elements that measures the financial efficacy of a wellness or risk intervention. This powerful tool has enabled employers to significantly reduce their healthcare costs through the utilization of evidence- and outcomes-based medicine along with workers compensation claims by creating or modifying existing safety programs.

Richard has also led or been a key author of projects that include the development of customized health risk appraisals, physical ability tests to help prevent workers compensation claims before they occur, a patent-pending methodology for measuring the financial efficacy of wellness programming, and has consulted with various well-known academic institutions with regard to Population Health Management programs.

Jeff Funke
Jeff Funke HeadshotArea Director

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Jeff Funke is currently the Area Director for the Omaha, Nebraska Office of OSHA.  Mr. Funke began his career with OSHA in 2001 as an Industrial Hygienist in the Billings, Montana Area Office.  During his 15-year tenure with the agency, Funke has served as Assistant Area Director for the Mobile, Alabama Area Office and as the Area Director in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Funke has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health for Boise State University.  Mr. Funke has been a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) since 2005.

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Our Sponsors and Host

Thank you DHHS for helping to bring Richard Kersch to share his valuable knowledge with local professionals. 

Thank you CHI Health for hosting our event and providing attendees with breakfast. 

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Event Info

Date: Wednesday August 15,2018

Time: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location: CHI Health St. Elizabeth, 555 South 70th Street, Lincoln NE

Cost: Free - open to the public (must register, no walk-ins)

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