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ASSE Members Travel to China, Meet With Chinese Officials on Workplace Safety & Health

Posted in on Mon, Nov 15, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (November 15, 2010) — Several American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, met in Beijing and Shanghai with Chinese officials this week to exchange ideas, best practices, and concepts related to occupational safety and health management. The group aims to contribute to the improvement of workplace processes and help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in China. The group met with Chinese officials from the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) and the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA).

The trip, organized by a citizen ambassador program, is being led by C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of Knoxville, TN, and Pamela Ferrante, CSP, CHMM, of Pittsburgh, PA. Both are ASSE members, Patton is a past president. Also participating are members of the ASSE International Practice Specialty group.

Meeting topics while in China will include: expanding educational, training, and networking opportunities to improve the professional proficiency of those engaged in protecting people, property and the environment; providing information resources to support the knowledge and professional efforts of those engaged in incident prevention; demonstrating new and improved products and services meeting the needs of professionals managing occupational safety and health programs; discussing current occupational safety and health trends impacting both countries; identifying emerging business and industry trends that impact workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, such as safety management practices for nanotechnology; discussing existing workplace safety and health management practices; and, recommending areas for ongoing mutual collaboration.

This trip follows a recent meeting of Chinese executives with the ASSE New York City chapter which provided the guests a tour of the new World Trade Center construction in New York and a roundtable discussion on best practices in the construction industry. ASSE will also be host to a 22-member delegation from SAWS at its Des Plaines, IL, headquarters November 30. The group will meet with ASSE members and staff to share best practices and information on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. ASSE will be celebrating its centennial in 2011 and will be host to its annual Professional Development Conference for the first time in Chicago at McCormick Place Convention Center June 12-15, 2011. Go to for more information.

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