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ASSE’s June Chicago 100th Anniversary Conference Breaking Records, Illustrates Importance of Work Safety

Posted in on Mon, Mar 21, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                                                                          Contact:   Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413,        


DES PLAINES, IL  (March 21, 2011) –  For the first time in its 100 year history the Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual professional development conference (PDC) and exposition, Safety 2011, will be held in Chicago June 12-15 at McCormick Place and  is already breaking records.


Last year’s ASSE PDC in Baltimore, Maryland, set a record 61,500 exhibitor square foot space sold with more than 400 exhibitors. This was the largest number of exhibitors and square feet sold since the first ASSE PDC held in 1968. This year, three months before the conference ASSE has already sold 62,000 square feet and are already planning to expand.  The international conference which draws attendees from around the world also draws international exhibitors and to date companies from China, U.K., Taiwan, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Korea, India, Japan and Canada will be exhibiting their products and services.

ASSE officials also announced that Jim Cornelison, the famed Blackhawks national anthem singer, will open the conference’s June 13 general session which will also feature the Lake Zurich High School marching band. Cornelison is an opera singer trained at Indiana University and the Chicago Lyric and has performed the classics around the world. 

As part of Safety 2011 and ASSE’s yearlong celebration of a century of safety, the Society will also be host to a special 100th Anniversary Gala celebration at Navy Pier Monday, June 13. During the conference attendees will also hear about the state of the Society and ASSE’s vision for the next 100 years of safety.


As the premiere safety conference, attendees will be able to choose from more than 255 educational sessions from many different topic tracks, including special tracks for executives, presentations on business skills and sessions covering various technical and managerial topics. New to Safety 2011 is a track on the history of safety and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession as well as corporate social responsibility.


Keynote speakers Daniel Pink will share his innovative ideas about changing the world of work and Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Kommen Foundation, will share her story about how one person can make a difference.


In the spotlight are several technical tours selected by Chicago area ASSE chapter members where Safety 2011 attendees can observe different workplaces and gain new ideas to apply to their safety management challenges.  The Chicago technical tours will be held at the Museum Science and Industry, Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA), Soldier Field, U.S. Cellular Field, the Deep Tunnel Facility, the Juno Lighting Group, The Morton Arboretum, S&C Electric Company, Green Tech Chicago, Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, the CTA,  and Willis Tower.

During the conference, leaders in the safety profession and milestones made will also be recognized.  In addition, top executives representing a variety of industries will be on the ‘Executive Summit Panel’ providing their view of safety,  advice and firsthand testimonials aimed at helping Safety 2011 attendees better understand what corporate leaders expect from their safety professionals and suggestions on how they can engage senior management.


Special plenary panel sessions with leaders from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will also be held.


Current Safety 2011 sponsors include ABB, CLMI Safety Training, Complete Equity Markets, Inc., and ISHN – Industrial Safety and Hygiene News. For more information on ASSE’s Safety 2011 one can go to  or call 847-699-2929 and or 630-434-7779 for exhibitors.


Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Last year, ASSE had more than 3600 attendees from the U.S. and 38 countries attend its PDC. 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, healthcare and education.  For a full copy of the letter please go to , to view the ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to  




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