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ASSE’s Safety 2008 Conference Featuring More Than 200 Educational Sessions Set For June 9-12 in Las Vegas

Posted in on Tue, Jan 8, 2008

DES PLAINES, IL (January 8, 2008) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2008, featuring more than 200 educational sessions, key speakers, safety issue roundtables, an executive summit and additional learning opportunities, will be held June 9-12, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The sessions at Safety 2008 will feature presentations on organization successes, the latest safety methodologies and provide business examples and strategies aimed at increasing job safety that attendees can apply immediately in their workplace. Sessions, presented by experts in their field, will include topics on safety management, healthcare, emergency response, fire protection, ergonomics, international safety and health, regulatory issues, construction, mining and technical and engineering standards.

In addition, Safety 2008 will feature key issue roundtables enabling interactive discussions for attendees on a variety of topics. Also, a panel of corporate leaders will discuss their views on the importance of employee safety and health, business expectations and the safety and health function from a corporate perspective during the executive summit.

Safety 2008 will feature several key speakers including Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.; Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health John Howard, MD; Time Magazine Washington Bureau Chief Jay Carney; Arizona State Professor of Psychology Dr. Robert Cialdini; and, comedian Frank Miles. Carney will provide a pre-election view from D.C. and Dr. Cialdini will talk about the ability to exert influence. In a panel discussion, Assistant Secretary Foulke and Director Howard, MD, will share their insights on major issues such as the impact of federal regulations, standards development and compliance assistance.

Last year’s conference attendees were from 33 countries 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.

ASSE is again expecting a large number of exhibitors for Safety 2008. A record for the number of exhibitors and space sold for the exposition was set last year at ASSE’s PDC in Florida where exhibitor square feet sold outpaced its record 52,780 set at the 2006 Seattle conference, selling 57,950 square feet. The exposition features about 400 companies including Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, colleges and much more. Many exhibitors launch new products and provide interactive exhibits during the conference.

The ASSE Foundation will be host to a pre-conference golf outing with funds raised going to scholarships for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety and health along with research. The outing will be held at the Badlands Gold Club near the Red Rock canyons.

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 at Safety 2008. CM points for CIHs and CHMM will be available. Registration information for Safety 2008 can be found at 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 31,000 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. For more information please go to

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