What part of a two-day event filled with informative speakers, priceless safety lessons and free stuff doesn’t sound appealing? 


I mean, who doesn’t need a couple more beer koozies lying around the house anyway?


The 2016 DiVal Safety Summit had all of this and more.


Popular vendors from throughout the country filled the Conference and Events Center Niagara Falls as customers from all over the northeast (in some cases even further) walked up and down the rows of display booths, checking out what each company had to offer. From 3M and its Safety Roadshow all the way to DuPont and its Thermo-Man® Flash-Fire Demonstration, the Summit featured something for everyone.


The days also featured around-the-clock presentations dealing with safety on many platforms. Whether it was the basics of office safety, how to properly recognize the dangers of heat stress, the Crosman Shooting Range or useful tips on electrical safety, the DiVal Safety Summit was a can’t-miss.


“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” said Stephen Housler, Director of EHS at American Eagle Paper Mills. Housler and Clark Adelman, also of American Eagle Paper Mills, drove four hours from Tyrone, Pennsylvania to attend the Summit. 


“It was definitely worth it,” Housler said of the four-hour drive.


The two-day event featured a different keynote speaker for each day. Travis Roy, former Boston University hockey player, gave an inspiring story of his life as a paraplegic after he went head-first into the boards eleven seconds into his first-ever shift. Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, gave a fantastic presentation of her “Five Lessons Learned: Core Truths to Keep in Mind When Your Mission is Safety”.


Both speakers drew incredibly large crowds as the Cascades Ballroom was packed with almost every attendee of the event.


There was something for everyone at the 2016 DiVal Safety Summit. Whether you went to as many presentations as possible or walked around interacting with the vendors, the message of the event was simple: there is nothing more important than safety.