Frequently Asked Questions
SAFETY 2008 - at the Las Vegas Convention Center

What's the difference between Safety 2008 and the PDC and what's a PDC?

Safety 2008 is ASSE’s weeklong event, which includes the Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, pre and post conference seminars, and this year, a Fall Protection Symposium. You can decide to attend the entire event, or just the PDC, or just a pre or post-conference seminar, or just the Fall Protection Symposium.

The PDC is the Professional Development Conference and Exposition, which includes the opening reception in the exhibit hall, full access to the exhibits, all general and plenary sessions, all educational sessions offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the luncheons on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Pre and Post Conference Seminars, Fall Protection Symposium, and the Thursday lunch are for an additional price.

What is the ASSE Service Center?

It is a designated area outside the exhibit hall for one-stop shopping for all your professional needs. ASSE staff is available to answer any question you have:

Membership – find out how to make the most of your membership and how to become a member.

Professional Development – Discover the latest educational opportunities to advance your career. ASSE offers seminars and symposia, SeminarFest, webinars and hot topic workshops to give you the most up to date educational opportunity.

Practices and Standards – Make your membership work harder for you by joining a Practice Specialty, a specialty practice area of SH&E such as Academics, Construction, Consulting, Engineering, Environment, Healthcare, Industrial Hygiene, Insurance, International, Management, Mining, Public Sector, and Transportation.

Professional Affairs – The Society proactively works with legislators and regulators to enhance safety, health and environmental professional qualifications, safety and health program criteria, technical standards, and other areas of hazard recognition and control impacting the SH&E profession.

Marketplace – Stop by the ASSE market place (Store) to purchase publications on how to communicate to management and employees, skill building, safety measurement and much more. ASSE logo items such as polo shirts, golf balls, and stuffed animals can also be found there.

What is the NexSteps© Career Center?

It is ASSE’s job placement center where job seekers go to post resumes or view postings by companies seeking to hire a safety, health and/or environmental professional. Employers post positions and browse through resumes to seek potential employees. During the week of Safety 2008, ASSE allows jobs to be posted at no charge!

I'm new to ASSE or new to the PDC. How do I figure it all out?

On Tuesday, June 10 at 9:30 am, come to the New Member/New Attendee Orientation where you will learn how to get around the PDC, how to facilitate networking opportunities, and how to become a member. Don’t miss this if this is your first time, if you are a new member, or want to become a member.

How many CEUs do I earn?

Attendees earn 1.7 CEUs for the conference. If you attend the closing Thursday lunch (additional fee charged) you will earn 1.8 CEUs.

Pre and post conference seminars earn CEUs depending upon their length. Find out how many CEUs are awarded next to each pre and/or post conference seminar title.

If you attend the Fall Protection Symposium only, you earn .8 CEUs.

What's the difference between this website and the one I get once I register?

The brochure you received in early February lists the schedule and sessions/speakers as was known at that time. Occasionally a speaker or session changes, the time it’s offered may change and an event may be cancelled. You should transfer any notes you wrote from your Conference brochure into the Program Book which you will receive in your briefcase. The Program Book and Pocket Planner are the most up-to-date schedule of events and activities happening during Safety 2008.

How do I meet new people and really network at this event?

As the saying goes, “You get what you put in to it.” You need to extend yourself. Bring plenty of business cards. Motivate yourself meet people at your lunch table. Go to the sessions, participate and ask questions. Attend and participate in as much of the PDC as you can. Make it a point to bring back 40 business cards and contact these people within three months. You will find the conference that much more educational and enjoyable!

How do I become a speaker at next year's PDC?

ASSE puts out a call for presenters in the July issue of Professional Safety Journal and it can also be found on ASSE’s website,

Any more questions?

Call our customer service department at (847) 699-2929. Have a GREAT conference!