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ASSE President Terrie S. Norris to Deliver Keynote Address at Middle East Professional Development Conference

Posted in , , on Mon, Feb 13, 2012

(February 13, 2012) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President
Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, will be among the distinguished safety,
health and environmental (SH&E) professionals delivering a keynote address
at the Society’s Middle East Chapter’s Biannual Professional Development
Conference (PDC) and Exhibition which will take place February 19th-22nd
in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Approximately 800 SH&E professionals are expected to attend
the PDC, entitled ‘Your Safety is our Business, Your Future is Our Mission’,
which will be held at the Gulf International Convention and Exhibition center
located in Bahrain’s Gulf Hotel.

Norris will address conference goers on the past, present and
future of safety, beginning with the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in
New York City, which resulted in the deaths of 146 workers, serving as the
catalyst to the safety movement, and the formation of ASSE just months later.

Her presentation provides an overview of the past 100 years in
safety and the evolutions of the focus of safety.

“We have made great strides in improving safety, but are now
stalled,” Norris explains.  “We need to
take the next step in safety evolution to continue making progress.”

The risk control manager for Long Beach, CA-based Bickmore Risk
Services, Norris has more than 20 years of experience in the SH&E profession
serving in supervisory and management positions in the consultation, insurance
and manufacturing industries.

The ASSE Middle East Chapter’s PDC, in its 10th year
has become one of the premier SH&E professional development events in the
Middle East. It is intended to provide and exchange information on
anticipating, evaluating and controlling hazards in the workplace and increase
awareness on promoting safe and healthy working conditions in the region.

The conference will offer 20 break-out sessions on such topic as
SH&E management systems, tools and techniques for SH&E professionals,
risk assessment and management, electrical safety, performance measurement,
contractor safety management, behavioral safety, incident investigation,
transportation safety, waste management and emission/pollution control.

ASSE’s Middle East Chapter, founded in 1982, is the Society’s
first international chapter. With approximately 450 members, the chapter covers
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Oman.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is
the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health
and environmental professional members 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
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