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Arkansas SHRM 2022 HR Conference & Expo • October 24-26 • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Program Details

Reviving a Safety Committee after COVID

This presentation will provide insight into why the absence of a Safety Committee may result in human suffering, loss of income, productivity, company image in the community, and impact on a company’s revenue.

Additionally recommended steps will be provided on how to re-engage potential Safety Committee persons, by explaining the committee role in safety and their overall purpose for existing.

Lastly attendees will learn several ideas about how to prepare and conduct a committee safety meeting, in order to try and eliminate the negative opinions about attending the meetings.

Clark Thomas

Safety Administrator for the Safety Division at Arkansas Department of Labor

My formal education was received from AM & N College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where I earned a Bachelors of Art (BA) degree in industrial art.

I have received several certificates from the OSHA Training Institute for completing studies in: accident investigation, accident prevention, developing & setting up safety & health programs, initial OSHA compliance course, grain industry safety, basic consultation course and other studies provided by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (U of A), that further prepared me for the safety field.

I have been certified as Safety Professional Source by the Arkansas’ Workers Compensation Commission (AWCC).

I am a member of AFSCME Local 1399.

I am a member of Arkansas Forestry Association.

I have been employed by the Arkansas Department of Labor for approximately 52 years where I currently serve as Safety Administrator for the Safety Division, which consists of supervising approximately sixteen (16) OSHA employees.  My job duties involve:

·         Processing various monthly and annual reports for OSHA & the Department of Labor

·         Making public speaking appearances

·         Presenting safety award presentations

·         Monitoring the effectiveness of the overall OSHA safety and health program

·         Organizing and conducting various safety conferences around the state

·         Coordinating SHARP Association meetings and annual conference


My previous job duties consisted of:


  • ·         OSHA Consultant
  • ·         OSHA Compliance Officer
  • ·         Training Coordinator
  • ·         State Safety Supervisor
  • ·         State Safety Inspector

During my tenure with the Arkansas Department of Labor, Safety Division, I have written several safety and health manuals which have been utilized by the safety and health staff as a resource guide.

I was a speaker at the National OSHA Consultation meeting in 2004.  Voted as a top Project Manager in Region VI in 2005 and 2009.  During this same time frame, I received an Oscar Award for establishing a Teen Safety Program and a SHARP Association with the State.

Additionally, I received a master’s degree in Ecclesiastical study from Jackson Theological Seminary, based at Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  I have pastored New Salem Baptist Church for 44 years, about 250 members.  Located in Pastoria, Arkansas area.

Finally, I am married to my wife, Hazel for 51 years.  We have three children.  My oldest daughter died last year from COVID.  Many grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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Date: Wed, October 26, 2022 | 8:00-9:00 am

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Location: Room 205

Please Note: Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

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