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Thousands From Around the World Attend ASSE’s Record-Breaking Chicago Conference

Posted in on Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Safety engineers crowd into ASSE's June 2011 Chicago Expo.

ASSE's June 2011 Chicago Expo draws record crowds.

American Society of Safety Engineers News,     Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911

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

CHICAGO, IL (June 15, 2011) —  Thousands of people from more than 40 countries poured into Chicago this week for the Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition held at McCormick Place Convention Center setting an all –time record high for both attendance and the expo. Many came to be part of ASSE’s 100th anniversary celebration and to enjoy Chicago. This was the first time in 50 years of holding annual PDC’s that ASSE held it in Chicago. 

There are 4,503 attendees at the ASSE 2011 PDC in Chicago setting an all time record.  This exceeded the last conference attendance record set at the ASSE Las Vegas PDC with 4,235. 

Also, ASSE’s Safety 2011 Exposition held Sunday through Tuesday in conjunction with the PDC broke a record. This was ASSE’s largest expo ever featuring 475 exhibitors and selling 75,000 square feet.   The 2011 expo exceeded last year’s record breaking numbers in Baltimore which had just over 400 exhibitors who reserved 62,000 square feet in display space.

Many attendees noted the draw to the conference was the depth and cutting edge information from the sessions, the ability to interact with peers from around the world, to share ideas and best practices, the speakers, the 100th Gala at Navy Pier and the city of Chicago.

ASSE is the oldest safety society and has more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. The conference and expo not only show a continued growth in the occupational safety and health profession, but a growth in international demand for developing and implementing workplace safety and health systems that prevent workplace injury and illness. The ASSE PDC and expo provides safety professionals with the tools and resources they can take back to their workplaces as well as seeing first hand updated and new products aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses and in designing safe work environments.

At the ASSE expo exhibitors range from large corporations to federal agencies 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 feature interactive displays and encourage visitors to stop and watch demonstrations of how the newest safety products work to protect people, property and the environment.

The ASSE exposition is held annually in conjunction with its PDC.  Safety 2011 featured more than 250 educational sessions on safety, health and environmental issues  including leadership, management, hazard recognition and elimination and technical skill development along with heat safety, ergonomics, food safety, update of federal regulations, occupational dog bite prevention, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 100 years later and much, much more.  ASSE was founded just months after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City that took the lives of 146 women and men, many who jumped to their deaths to escape the flames. More information on this can be found at www.asse.org/newsroom.  

The Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 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.

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