by The Central Florida Safety Council, the Regional Tampa area OSHA, and other dedicated risk, health, safety and insurance professionals. They called themselves 'The Alliance for Central Florida Safety (ACFS) and they gathered monthly to educate our community in risk management, safety and health initiatives driven by their desire to reduce incidents, accidents, injuries and their associated loss.
The Alliance’s early days were highlighted by many seminars held at various locations throughout Central Florida including some higher profile venues like Sea World. These gatherings became progressively more valuable especially to newer professionals needing the knowledge and practical experience of those already blazing the trail in risk management, health, and safety.
Because of the growing value and interest in the seminars, The Alliance created and championed a larger annual event that, unlike the very expensive and time consuming regional and national conferences, made high quality speakers and professional networking available at a very low attendee cost.
Naming the event ‘Safety Day’ and packing it into literally ONE DAY, the ACFS attracted new and experienced peers as well as many others responsible for safety including supervisors and workers from mostly Central Florida organizations. Safety Day’s impact was so positive and widespread that the board began including construction, manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, and theme park professionals. The foundation for success was formed and continues today with the vital support of the ACFS exhibitors (supporters) who are largely the reason for the attendee cost remaining so very low.
For almost two decades, Safety Day has featured dynamic speakers and world class exhibitors, including some of The Alliance’s own members, and has blossomed into arguably the most value-added forum for local industries and agencies to connect with the ever-expanding attendee and exhibitor base.
Amazingly, the ACFS is thriving and remains financially viable today entirely through the efforts of its volunteers. Because they’ve never employed a staff or maintained an office, and because they keep exercising creative frugality, The Alliance continues to fearlessly pursue safety for everyone through the fusion of real world and world class experiences at a cost that allows everyone to attend, connect and grow.
In 2020, the ACFS’s fearless pursuit of safety for everyone was showcased during the COVID19 pandemic by facilitating a free Virtual Safety Day 2020 titled “Breaking Barriers… Coming Through to the Other Side” from the back lot of Universal Studios bringing about 300 professionals together to watch, listen, learn, and interact with the speakers.
In 2021, world class speakers, a world champion boxer, many professional athletes, city and county agencies, and a host of local safety, health and fitness professionals have volunteered to play a vital role in the ACFS 2021 Safety Day titled, ‘Who’s in YOUR corner?’ the audio of which will be available live on line in English and Spanish for anyone in the world to hear.