American Society of Safety Engineers Gear up For June 2010 Annual Conference in Baltimore
Des Plaines, IL (August 10, 2009) — Following a successful Professional Development Conference (PDC) & Exposition held last month in San Antonio, TX, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is gearing up for PDC Safety 2010 to take place June 13-16 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center. As such, the call for speakers and presenters for Safety 2010 closed July 31 bringing in hundreds of proposals on the top workplace safety, health and environmental (SH&E) issues.
The next step is for the ASSE Conference Planning Committee, made up of ASSE members to review all the proposals and select about 200 for the 2010 conference which aims to provide a forum for attendees to learn the profession’s best practices and to: identify key issues facing SH&E professionals; expand attendees knowledge to improve their professional skills; prepare for challenges in the SH&E fields; engage in the discourse concerning the profession; and, to identify emerging issues relevant to the profession. The committee is also interested in advanced, technically oriented and practical presentations. Those who are accepted for the Safety 2010 program will be notified by November 16, 2009.
As for the ASSE Safety 2009 PDC and Exposition held in San Antonio, it exceeded expectations in the number of exhibitors and square feet sold despite the economy. More than 380 companies exhibited including Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, colleges and more, including 70 new companies. Many launched new products and provided interactive exhibits. About 3500 people from 36 countries attended Safety 2009.
One new exhibitor was Koolin’ Klothz, Etc., from Ozona, TX. “We are extremely pleased to be here,” Koolin’ Klothz President Cindy Reavis said. “This show has been great for us to share best practices with attendees and being able to help them as they address what we see as the main causes of injuries – heat, eyes and ears. The attendees at Safety 2009 are experts in work safety.”
Reavis’ company produces “cool cloth” inserts for hard hats and caps, neck bands, bandanas and rehabilitation safety blankets. She says the products are produced in Ozona, TX.
“The interaction with practitioners at the ASSE expo is invaluable for us,” DuPont Safety Resources Marketing Leader Burcu Baykan said while working the DuPont Coastal Booth. “Because the attendees at the ASSE conference are the actual users and implementers of the programs, training and services we supply.
“The ASSE show, which we have done for years and will continue to do so, provides a unique opportunity for companies like us to collect feedback from key users to help us improve and bring solutions to market which are a better fit to the unique challenges of those companies the ASSE PDC attendees work for,” Baykan said. DuPont Coastal based out of Virginia Beach, VA, is a global company that provides safety training and products for all industries and customers.
Vince Denais, the president and founder of Rugged Cycles out of Corpus Christi, TX, and exhibitor said, “The ASSE exposition is great for us because this crowd understands and knows the value of safety at work and work for companies that understand the major return on investing in safety programs and products. They are quality people.”
Denais’ industrial bicycles are made without chains. “We have found the number one cause of industrial bike accidents is related to chain failure,” he said. “It’s a durable product that is made with several safety features, is reliable, durable, and helps companies increase employee wellness and more.”
The expo, which will be held in Baltimore in conjunction with the Professional Development Conference, will feature many 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.
Safety 2010 will feature more than 200 educational sessions on new information involving all areas of occupational safety, health and environment and several keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Labor representatives. The ASSE PDC Planning Committee expects a large contingent of proposals from the Northeast as well as government bodies.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. ASSE is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information check ASSE’s web site at www.asse.org.