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ASSE To Address Safety Training Issues, Solutions During Virtual Symposium

Posted in on Tue, Dec 15, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (December 15, 2009) — Recognizing that training is key to having an effective occupational safety, health and environmental program, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a “Solutions in Safety Training” virtual symposium Jan. 26-28. The symposium will feature top safety training and communications professionals who will explore real-world solutions for developing training that delivers, including a special mini-workshop by renowned trainer Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan, Ph.D., on rapid training design.

The “Solutions in Safety Training” virtual symposium attendees will learn to analyze students and the safety training outcomes one wants to achieve; design instructionally powerful safety training solutions more efficiently and at a lower cost; deliver safety training more effectively – learning strategies to help ensure that students can retain and apply what is taught; explore next generation training techniques and practices, from creating interactive activities to exploring technology-based learning solutions; evaluate the effectiveness of safety training solutions and show a return on investment; and, apply training-related safety standards and OSHA training requirements while earning 1.0 CEUs. The virtual symposium can also be accessed from anywhere at any time. Participants can view session recordings at their convenience for up to 30 days after the symposium.

The key topics include: The Safety Training Process (STP) — from analysis to evaluation, these sessions will provide information on techniques that will help in every stage of the creation of quality safety training; Safety Training 2.0 (ST2.0) — a session on safety training technology; Measurement, Evaluation and ROI (ROI)—providing tools and techniques to help illustrate the return on investment for safety training efforts; and, Standards and Practices (S&P) – sessions devoted to training-related standards and OSHA training requirements.

Attendees also receive a free copy of the book “Safety Training That Delivers: How to Design and Present Better Technical Training” by Sheila Cantonwine, a frequent ASSE presenter; a free electronic copy of the new ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2009 Standard: “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training”; and be part of a participatory “Extreme Safety Training Makeover” with the symposium’s panel of experts.

As Cantonwine notes in her book “Safety Training That Delivers—How to Design and Present Better Technical Training”, “Many have attended training classes that can put them to sleep. It’s probably not that the instructor doesn’t know the material or isn’t qualified; more than likely the information wasn’t presented in an interesting and effective way that stimulated the participants to learn.”

Also featured will be a variety of standards, templates, articles and e-books in the ‘Virtual Symposium Resource Room’ for participants who will also be able to interact with peers and speakers in the “Solutions in Safety Training” virtual symposium network to collaborate over attendees’ most critical safety training-related questions. A virtual mini-expo featuring new products and services from a variety of safety training vendors will also be available along with an ASSE “Innovations Lab” for attendees to access hands-on learning tools.

To register for the symposium please go to or contact customer service at or 847-699-2929. Additionally, ASSE has a Training & Communications Branch that members can join to continue the dialogue. Information on this can be found at It is a branch of the ASSE Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members.

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