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Media Advisory: Safety Culture at Work Topic of American Society of Safety Engineers January Symposium in Costa Mesa, CA

Posted in on Tue, Sep 30, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (September 30, 2008) —
What: The American Society of Safety Engineers will host “Building a Successful Safety Culture” Symposium focusing on how employers can change the safety performance of their workforces. The symposium will feature recognized leaders in the field of culture change; 20 concurrent sessions on techniques to assess culture, approaches to change the culture of an organization, and strategies to sustain positive safety performance; presentations on achieving a culture change; an executive panel; and case study roundtables.

When: Thursday, January 22 – Friday, January 23, 2009.

Where: Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA

Why: The learning objectives of the Safety Culture symposium include: assessing the characteristics of the safety culture in an organization to identify strengths and weaknesses; developing strategies for safety culture improvements that lead to reductions in injuries; recognizing the influence an organization’s culture has on safety performance and apply that knowledge to increase the effectiveness of safety programs; determining how the safety culture in an organization is affected by its leaders, both formal and informal; and applying principles from case studies of safety cultural improvements in other organizations to other organizations.

Recognized leaders in the field of culture change who will present at the Safety Culture Symposium include Drs. Steven Simon, Thomas Krause, and Anne French. They will share their strategies and offer the most effective methods for improving safety cultures in organizations. In addition, opening remarks will be given by Dr. Marilyn Buckner, leadership and change authority, who will provide tools and guide attendees through the development of an assessment of their organizations’ cultures.

The symposium will also offer presentations on the culture change achievements of organizations such as Coors, Harley-Davidson, General Mills and others including principles from their efforts that can be applicable to other organizations. A panel of executive leaders from several corporations will provide their perspective on the role of the safety professional in changing culture and how they can be instrumental in making change happen. Case study roundtables will also take place to help attendees sort through the information delivered at this event and determine the methods most appropriate for the needs of their organizations.

Contact: For more information or to register contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail

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 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

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