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Chicago May Become Safest City in the World this June as ASSE Welcomes Safety Pros From Around the World to its Conference

Posted in on Fri, May 27, 2011

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


DES PLAINES, IL (May 27, 2011) – Chicago may become the safest city in the world this June 12-15. Thousands of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals from around the world will not only be in town for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual conference, but also for its big 100th anniversary celebration.


 The ASSE professional development conference (PDC) and exposition, Safety 2011, will take place this June 12-15 at McCormick Place Convention Center and the 100th anniversary celebrations will take place throughout the city including the ASSE Navy Pier


gala and at the Art Institute of Chicago.


If one has questions on such topics as crane safety, nanotechnology, risk management standards, ergonomics, designing risk out of the workplace, workplace regulations and legislation, public school safety, agriculture safety, safe patient handling, working within foreign cultures, the aging workforce, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and its legacy, bio safety, combustible dust, mining safety, safety practices that take the luck out of safety  and more, then McCormick Place West is the place to be June 12-15.


The City of Chicago is a key part of the conference as local ASSE members put out the welcoming mat and provide technical tours to famous city spots and workplaces including the Juno Lighting Group, the Morton Arboretum, U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox, the Willis Tower, the Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry  and the CTA’s heavy rail maintenance operations.


Then there’s the record-breaking exposition which opens Sunday, June 12, at 3:00 p.m., for a kick-off reception. Exhibitors will feature innovative products and designs aimed at enhancing work safety along with interactive exhibits. From the latest and greatest in fall protection, hearing protection, back support, air purification, footwear and eyewear safety, design to such products as ‘cool cloths’, chainless industrial bikes and much more will be at the expo. More than 400 companies from around the world including Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, colleges and more, will exhibit at Safety 2011 from Sunday through Tuesday.

One exhibitor noted last year, “The interaction with practitioners at the ASSE expo is invaluable …attendees at the ASSE conference are the actual users and implementers of the programs, training and services we supply. This show provides us with a unique opportunity to collect feedback from key users to help us improve and bring solutions to market which are a better fit to the unique challenges of those companies the ASSE PDC attendees work for.”

Safety 2011 will feature celebrated author of the best-selling book ‘Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’ Daniel Pink and Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Kommen for the Cure Foundation, who will share her story about how one person can make a difference.  Also scheduled to speak are Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) David Michaels, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) John Howard, MD, Ph.D., and speaker Shawn Achor.


At Safety 2011, attendees can choose from more than 255 educational sessions on a variety of topics, including special tracks for executives, presentations on business skills and sessions covering various technical and managerial topics. New to the conference is a track on the history of safety and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession and corporate social responsibility. Attendees can also participate in key issue roundtables on such topics as public school safety, combustible dust, safe patient handling, post-recession plant openings/expansion, the new OSHA crane and derrick standard, and much more.


During the conference, leaders in the safety profession and milestones made will also be recognized as well as the launching of a new program.  In addition, top executives representing a variety of industries will participate on the ‘Executive Summit’ panel providing a view of safety from top leaders.


Safety 2011 sponsors include ABB, CLMI Safety Training, BP, Chubb, Complete Equity Markets, PureSafety, BST, SAP, Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN), CNA and MSA. Please go to  or call 847-699-2929 for information on Safety 2011 and or 630-434-7779 for exposition information.


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 close to 4,000 attendees from the U.S. and 38 countries attend its conference. 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.  To view the ‘ASSE – A Century of Safety’ film go to  












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