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ASSE President Assumes International Role at World Safety & Health Congress in Turkey

Posted in , on Tue, Sep 13, 2011


DES PLAINES, IL (September 13, 2011) – American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, became a vice-chair of the International Section of the International Social Security Association’s (ISSA)  ‘Prevention Culture Section’  on September 12 at the 19th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work conference being held in Istanbul, Turkey. Representatives from other countries including Germany and France were also added. The new section, set up by the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), aims to promote the underlying ideas of the 2008 “Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work” signed by several countries and agencies during the 18th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work conference in held in S. Korea.

The ‘Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work’, found at, recognizes the serious consequences of work-related incidents and diseases noting that in 2008 about 2.7 million fatalities from on-the-job injuries occur each year world-wide resulting in an economic loss of four percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Declaration states that improving safety and health at work has a positive impact on working conditions, productivity and economic and social development. As such, the Declaration said the Summit participants will commit to taking the lead in promoting a preventative safety and health culture and placing occupational safety and health high on national agendas.

Norris, representing the 100-year-old ASSE – the oldest and one of the largest safety societies in the world with more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members –accepted the invitation by KOSHA to serve on this section. The ‘Prevention Culture Section’ is charged with exchanging knowledge and experience on prevention and with collecting and disseminating information, knowledge and publications regarding prevention culture at work.

“As a representative of the oldest safety society in the world and our 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide, I am very proud to accept this invitation,” Norris said. “We believe a safe and healthful place to work is a fundamental right. Our dedication to protecting people, property and the environment is based on our core value of service to humanity. Every day our members work to make sure that those workers who come to work leave injury and illness free to return home to their families and friends.

“We look forward to participating in this important ‘Prevention Culture Section’. It’s simple, really. Companies who prevent injuries and illnesses save lives, keep morale up, contribute positively to the communities in which they do business, see a reduction in employee turnover and health costs, experience an increase in their bottom line, and continue a positive reputation,” Norris said.

The Turkey XIX World Congress of Safety and Health at Work organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the ISSA, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Turkey, is being held from September 11-15 at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul. The theme for the conference is ‘Building a Global Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future’ with a focus on comprehensive, proactive and preventative approaches to safety and health at work; systems approach for occupational safety and health; social dialogue, partnerships and innovation on occupational safety and health; and, new challenges in a changing world of work and the global economy.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society representing more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals located worldwide. It was formed in 1911 to enhance safety with the mission “to promote harmonious action in safety work and to educate members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention.” Today, in addition to serving its members, ASSE continues to assist with the development of products, services, programs, legislation and more aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.  ASSE’s members are located in 75 countries and live in such regions as the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.  ASSE has 151 Chapters, 35 Sections and 60 student sections.  Its members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.  For more information go to

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