American Society of Safety Engineers Leaders Attend Kuwait Chapter’s Professional Development Conference
DES PLAINES, Ill. (November 26, 2013) – Creating a safe work environment cannot be perceived as simply checking off boxes on a compliance list. Safety professionals must prove their value beyond such stereotypes by demonstrating how risk reduction is an essential competitive advantage to profitability.
That’s the message Kathy Seabrook, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), gave Tuesday as a keynote speaker at the seventh International Professional Development Conference and Exhibition being held in Kuwait.
Seabrook challenged occupational, health and safety (OSH) professionals to identify and minimize risks within their companies. By doing so, OSH professionals will elevate the importance of safety and the value they bring to their organizations, scattering the image of merely being compliance officers.
“Managing safety and health risk in an organization is an investment – as an important investment as management can make in the business operations,” Seabrook said. “An investment that is almost guaranteed to pay significant dividends…in employee morale, quality, reputation, productivity and in the end—profitability.”
More than 500 delegates from throughout the region were expected to attend the conference from Nov. 26-28, 2013. The conference, entitled, “Solutions to Health, Safety, Security and Environment Challenges,” was organized by the ASSE Kuwait Chapter, and included technical sessions, workshops, symposiums on maritime security and OSH regulations in Kuwait and a trade show.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Minister of Oil, State of Kuwait.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Illinois-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org/newsroom.
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