ASSE Safety 2007 Conference Featuring More Than 200 Sessions Slated for June 24 – 27 in Orlando
Des Plaines, IL (January 21, 2006) — The future of workplace safety, occupational leadership challenges, corporate safety perspectives, key issues and more will be featured at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2007, to be held June 24-27 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center.
Safety 2007 will offer more than 200 educational sessions emphasizing practical material addressing today’s key issues and challenges facing safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals worldwide. In addition, the conference will feature more than 300 exhibitors, pre- and post-conference seminars, several keynote presentations, technical tours, the executive summit, select sessions in Spanish, key issue roundtables and networking events.
“The 2007 program is our strongest ever,” ASSE Conference Planning Committee Chair Christine Sullivan, CSP, ARM, of Colorado, said today. “We received more than 500 proposals to speak at the conference, which gave the program selection group several options. We are also emphasizing in the program the opportunities for attendees to connect with each other and exchange ideas, evidenced by the roundtables to be headed by ASSE Practice Specialty Leaders in their areas of expertise.”
Safety 2007 will be strong in safety management and technical/standards sessions. In addition, increased emphasis has been given to risk management, managerial and career building skills and fire protection.
Keynote speakers include Cultural Anthropologist Jennifer James and Harvard Business School Professor Joseph Badaracco, Jr. The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health has been invited to present a special plenary session.
In conjunction with Safety 2007 an Academic Forum for full-time academicians and members of the ASSE Academics Practice Specialty will be held Wednesday, June 27. It will focus on issues important to SH&E professionals who teach, counsel and work in research.
At last year’s ASSE PDC held in Seattle, the largest ever, people representing 33 countries attended with more than half being safety directors, managers and engineers. More than 70 percent of ASSE PDC attendees have 10 or more years of experience in the SH&E field.
In addition, last year’s ASSE Exposition also set a new record. Exhibitor space sold out for the first time ever in the 24 years ASSE had been holding the Exposition. Square feet sold for the ASSE event far outpaced its record 47,500 of square feet sold for the 2005 New Orleans PDC and Exposition, selling 52,780 square feet for the 2006 event.
This year the ASSE Foundation will be host to a pre-PDC golf outing at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and Jr., Celebration Golf Course on Sunday, June 24.
The Central Florida Chapter will be host to a PDC “night out” for PDC attendees at SeaWorld Orlando Adventure Park Monday, June 25 from 6 – 10:00 p.m., featuring music, family entertainment and the opportunity to meet some of the resident animals such as the dolphins and the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. The Shamu show, fireworks and a water screen presentation are also featured.
During the PDC, ASSE will be sponsoring technical tours to the PCL Construction site of the new water theme park-Aquatica; the Kennedy Space Center; the Progress Energy Power Plant; Discovery Cove; and, the Walt Disney World “Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show.” ASSE guest tour offerings include kayaking the endangered Indian River Lagoon; the Winter Park Cultural Tour; the Airboat Adventure at Old Florida Fish Camp; the Ming Court Cooking School and Luncheon; the “talking” Dolphin Pontoon Cruise; and, Gatorland. Other Orlando attractions include Disney World and Universal.
More than 40 pre- and post-conference seminars on a wide range of technical and managerial topics where attendees can earn CEUs/COCs, CM points and CMPs will also be offered. Safety 2007 attendees are eligible to receive 1.7 CEUs and an additional 4.2 CEUs for pre/post seminars. CM points for CIHs and CHMM are also available. Registration information for Safety 2007 can be found at http://www.safety2007.org or by contacting ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.