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ASSE Conference Addresses Global Demand for Safety

Fri April 02, 2010 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Providing one of the top comprehensive professional development and interactive opportunities for global safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will not only feature more than 200 educational sessions, but issue roundtables, an exposition featuring new and updated products, programs in Spanish, an executive track, a fundamentals program and speakers from the headlines — from NASA, the U.S. Department of Labor and much more, at its annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, SAFETY 2010, this June 13 to 16 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland.

Those in the occupational safety, health and environmental profession and businesses from more than 36 countries are expected to attend ASSE’s Safety 2010. New items this year include a first time special government conference rate for non-member government employees as well as a first-time youth technical tour for attendees’ guests and children involving a behind-the-scenes safety tour of Camden Yards in Baltimore. There also is a new executive track with sessions taking place throughout the conference program that are specifically geared toward the executive level.

The PDC will have close to 400 events in conjunction with 200 concurrent sessions, including technical tours of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Camden Yards, John Paul Reed Smith Guitar manufacturing site and more, available for attendees.

Keynote speakers include: Andrew Winston, author of the book “Green Recovery” and co-author of “Green-to-Gold,” the best-selling book that shows what works and what doesn’t when companies go green; Geoffrey Colvin, author of the book “The Upside of the Downturn — Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath” and editor at large for FORTUNE magazine; and luncheon keynote speaker Joe Malarkey presenting “Choose to Lose” to discuss the opportunities that are hidden in adversity.

The conference will feature an executive summit panel open to all attendees consisting of senior level management discussing views on the importance of employee safety and health and the expectations business and industry leaders have on the role of SH&E professionals. NASA’s Assistant Administrator — Office of Infrastructure Olga M. Dominguez, of NASA Headquarters, and VP Human Resources and Administration for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding William R. Ermatinger will headline the executive summit.

Key issue roundtables also will be offered during the concurrent session periods where attendees can discuss and share ideas, challenges and successes, as well as network.

Professional development topics and tracks include: nanomaterials; ergonomic successes; safety management; technical/engineering/standards; regulatory issues and government; career and personal development; international issues; risk management and insurance; construction and mining; environment and hazardous material; transportation; business skills; fire protection; consulting; health and industrial hygiene; healthcare; training and education; emergency management and security; Spanish language sessions; and the new executive track.

The fundamentals program will offer an introduction to a broad range of topics for those new to the safety profession or those wishing to review the basics. The fundamentals sessions will include: an overview of regulatory compliance; hazard identification and control; workplace health; basic safety management; risk management; fire protection; and the environment.

The exposition, which will be held during the conference, will feature products aimed at enhancing safety including alarm and signaling devices, auto safety devices, biological detection, maintenance material and devices, computer services, signage, drug testing, education and training aids, emergency aids, ergonomics, eye and face protection, and much more.

Attendees earn 1.8 CEUs for the conference, which includes the Wednesday lunch (1.7 without lunch). ABIH has awarded 0.5 point per 0.5 day. IHMM has awarded 20 CMPs for full attendance.

For more information, call 847/699-2929 or visit

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