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ASSE to Launch New Center for Safety & Health Sustainability at its 100th Anniversary Conference & Expo in Chicago

Posted in on Wed, Jun 1, 2011

WHAT: A new Center for Safety and Health in Sustainability (CSHS) will be launched at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2011, in Chicago.  The Center, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization, will aim to provide a voice for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals in the shaping of sustainability policies. It will provide new insights into the measurement, management, and impact of safety and health sustainability, with the goal of being a recognized thought leader for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. It will seek to educate the business community on the importance of safety in good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.              

The CSHS is a collaborative effort among ASSE, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), whose members serve the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a United Kingdom-based safety and health practitioner organization. Collectively, the three organizations represent approximately 80,000 safety and health professionals located worldwide.  

CSHS is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a network-based organization that pioneered the world’s widely-used sustainability reporting framework. Mike Wallace, the director of GRI’s Focal Point USA, will be attending the CSHS launch and presenting at Safety 2011.

WHY:     The Center was developed out of a growing perception among ASSE members of the need for safety and health professionals to have a voice in shaping sustainability policies both in business and public policy.  It will provide the safety community with a mechanism to make an impact on the development of new sustainability policies and approaches. Organizers note that the Center will encourage organizations to recognize their responsibility to protect the health and well-being of workers, customers, and neighboring communities in any business practices, operations, or development.

WHEN:                 June 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:               ASSE’s Safety 2011 PDC & Expo, Room 470B, at the McCormick Place Convention Center West Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616, Phone: 312-791-7000, Fax: 312-791-6543

WHO:                   Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, ASSE vice president of professional affairs; Mike Wallace, director of GRI’s Focal Point USA; Dennis Hudson, ASSE director of professional affairs

CONTACT:           Media is invited to attend. Contact Diane Hurns on-site at 312-791-7016, 847-768-3413 or For more information on CSHS go to .  


The 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Please go to  or call 847-699-2929 for information on Safety 2011 and or 630-434-7779 for exposition information. For more information please go to


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