Largest Expo in History of ASSE’s Annual Professional Development Conference Showcases Cutting Edge Technology and Products
Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 2010 Exposition, held in conjunction with ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) this June 13-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center, has been a record-breaking event for the nearly 100-year old organization. The 2010 Exposition had over 400 exhibitors who reserved 62,000 square feet in display space; the largest number of exhibitors and square feet sold since the inception of the PDC in 1968.
Exhibitors range from large corporations to nonprofit organizations and colleges, showcasing cutting edge safety technology, information, safety and health products and available programs and classes for interested professionals. Many organizations featured interactive displays and encouraged visitors to stop and watch demonstrations of how the newest safety products work to protect people, property and the environment.
Caterpillar Inc. included a back-loader simulator, giving exposition attendees the opportunity to experience operating a heavy machinery and provided information about safety features aimed at helping make the operation better for employees. The Occupational Performance Corporation (OPC) brought a machine called ‘The Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) Testing System’ and demonstrated how the machine tests an employee’s capability to perform certain physical tasks, such as the amount of weight one can push, pull and lift. OPC noted the testing machine allows employers and physicians to accurately rate a person’s ability to perform a particular job, preemptively helping prevent injury and illness. Additionally, the data provided by the machine helps physicians more effectively prescribe rehabilitation therapy to help an employee regain full function of muscle groups after an injury, OPC officials said.
Dave Blanchard, expo representative for Heater Meals, a company specializing in self-heating meals with a long shelf-life, commented, “ASSE is a great organization and has put on a fantastic exposition. The foot traffic this year has been amazing and I’m pleased to be here. It’s wonderful talking to people who see benefit for their employees in the products we sell and I’m glad to participate.”
Heater Meals has created a self-contained food heating system that uses food grade iron and magnesium, activated by salt water, to create an oxidation reaction, which heats food to over 100 degrees. After hurricane Katrina, businesses in the affected area purchased Heater Meals for their employees onsite, but also for families of employees affected by the disaster. The meals have a shelf life of up to five years and there are several varieties to choose from. The meals can also be used as stock items for employees who travel to remote locations for work assignments in case of emergency.
This year, lone worker protection appears to be a primary topic of interest for many companies. From self-heating meals that can be used to sustain field workers faced with emergencies to high-tech locating devices for the incapacitated employee who regularly works alone, there are many products available to help protect such workers. Turn-Key Technologies, Inc. (TTI) has developed the TTI Guardian, a lone worker safety and emergency communications system designed to alert supervisors in the event of a lone worker emergency. The TTI Guardian is a completely wireless system. Employees are given a pager device that can be triggered manually. If the worker is incapacitated and cannot physically press the alert button in case of injury it will automatically alert after sitting in the horizontal position for a designated period of time. The device can be routed to call 911, to alert a supervisor’s pager, or can be routed through a series of computer hubs to contact appropriate staff for an emergency response.
Stephen Craig of ACE Group, one of the world’s largest providers of commercial property and casualty insurance, commented, “The expo has been great. This year at the PDC, the classroom sessions, breakout sessions and key events are all very close to the exposition and I have only heard positive things about the program from those who have visited our booth. Attendees are really impressed by all of the products and services offered here.”
The ASSE exposition is held annually in conjunction with its PDC. Safety 2010, this year’s PDC, runs from June 13-16 in Baltimore, MD, and features more than 300 educational sessions about important safety, health and environmental issues, including leadership, management, hazard recognition and elimination and technical skill development. Just over 3600 attendees from over 38 countries are attending the 2010 PDC.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 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, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.