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Fire Safety, Workplace Shortages And Innovative Safety Management With Six Sigma, Topics Of Upcoming ASSE Webinars

Posted in on Mon, Jan 14, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (January 14, 2008) — In an effort to provide real-time educational tools for safety professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to two technical webinars. The first titled “Working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code®” will be held on January 16 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST, and on February 27 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST, “Lean Six Sigma – Innovative Safety Management.” A special two-part webinar titled “The Coming Workplace Shortage Crisis: Exploring the Future of Workers’ Compensation” will take place on January 30 and on February 6 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST.

The learning objectives of the NFPA webinar include understanding how to identify what aspects of the NFPA Life Safety Code® apply to different facilities and how to find them within the code; recognizing the construction, protection and occupancy features specified within the code that are designed to minimize fire spread and aid in a way out of the occupants; understanding the role of other protective systems discussed in the code, such as building services, operating features and maintenance activities; and recalling techniques designed to protect life in non-fire emergencies. The code webinar will be led by Craig Schroll, CSP, ASSE professional member, professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and founder of FIRECON, as safety training and consulting firm.

The learning objectives of the “Lean Six Sigma” webinar include understanding the four key elements of Lean Sigma; applying Lean Sigma to the safety process, and understanding how to create a stakeholder responsive, team building and business focused process. “Lean Six Sigma” combines the use of data to drive improvement and streamlines internal processes and procedures to maximize efficiency. Peter Furst, CSP, ARM, REA, technical director of contracting services for Liberty Mutual, professional member of ASSE, member of CSI and the National Safety Council (NSC), as well as a commissioner for the California State Board of Architectural Examiners, will lead the Lean Sigma webinar.

The special two-part webinar includes two sessions. The first session is on workers compensation and where the industry is heading and the second session focuses on risk management – working with a changing workforce. The learning objectives of the two-day webinar include recognizing the direction of the workers’ compensation industry; defining the process of predictive modeling; recalling pre-loss risk management strategies for employee screening, diversified culture and return-to-work metrics; explaining the premium impact of return-to-work programs; and defining financial impacts that affect workers’ compensation premiums including experience and schedule rating. CNA© Insurance’s Matt Sather and Shari Falkenburg, CPE, will lead the webinar, sponsored by the ASSE Risk Management/Insurance practice specialty. At CNA© Sather currently serves as the vice president of workers compensation underwriting and Falkenburg, a professional member of ASSE, serves as the director of risk control.

Webinars feature many tools including an interactive question and answer component; interactive polling for real-time feedback; and document downloads. To register, go to or contact the ASSE Customer Service Department at 847-699-2929.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 31,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members 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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