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Thousands Head to Denver to Hear Latest on Preventing Work Injuries, Illnesses at ASSE’s Conference and Record-Setting Expo — Safety 2012

Posted in on Thu, May 24, 2012

WHAT: Thousands of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals from around the globe will be in Denver, CO, for the June 3-6   American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2012.  The exposition will feature more than 500 exhibitors. The PDC has more than 250 sessions on hot topics involving all aspects of work safety including sessions on mining, risk management, nanotechnology, nuclear plant safety, fall protection, crane safety, ergonomics, sustainability, preventing workplace violence, a session titled ‘Restoring the Lincoln Memorial/Washington Monument Reflecting Pool’, one titled – ‘A Case Study of Success: Prairie Waters OCIP, Aurora, CO’, and many more. The ASSE PDC is the largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) David Michaels will address key issues and concerns of SH&E professionals on the activities and impact of the federal government and will respond to audience questions. He will meet with the media Monday, June 4, at 2:45 p.m. in the media room.  He is expected to discuss several issues including the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), the National Emphasis Programs, fall prevention and other agency priorities.

Morning general sessions will feature top national speakers including Dr. Robert Cialdini on Monday discussing ‘Influence: The Ultimate Power Tool’; Lowell B. Catlett, Ph.D., professor, New Mexico State University will discuss ‘The Economic Behemoth’ Tuesday, and Bruce S. Wilkinson will discuss ‘Making Safety a Value – Not Just a Priority: The Key to Long-Term Safety Success’ during the Wednesday luncheon, sponsored by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

ASSE will also provide a career services center at the conference along with several local technical tours to the Denver International Airport, the Halliburton-Fracturing location, the Bureau of Reclamation at the Denver Federal Center, the National Wind Technology Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Drill Rig, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and more. Attendees are able to see the work of their occupational safety, health and environmental peers from behind the scenes.

WHEN: June 3-6, 2012, for the PDC, and, June 3-5 for the Exposition. General hours from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

WHERE: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO, 80202.

CONTACT:  Media contact — Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, C- 847-909-4548,, for media pass. To register, to access schedules one can go to Also, the new Safety 2012 App is available to be downloaded for iPhone (, iPod Touch, iPad or the Android (

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 34,000 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 and to for information on the ASSE Colorado Chapter.




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