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Top Safety, Business Issues Draw Attendees to June ASSE Conference in San Antonio

Posted in on Thu, May 21, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (May 21, 2009) — With the June American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition in San Antonio just around the corner, attendees are signing up quickly for sessions that provide the latest insights into enhancing safety efforts and business success in a global marketplace.

Of the 225 sessions being offered during the June 28 – July 1, 2009, ASSE PDC, the top five registrants have already signed up for include:
• 1) “Ten Characteristics that Distinguish Great Safety Organizations: What Leaders do to Make Them Real” which will discuss a study of organizations that have achieved a level of greatness in safety, and what distinguishes them from others – and the leadership behaviors that create them;
• 2) “Avoiding 12 Common Mistakes in Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention” will cover some of the most common but often unrecognized, mistakes made in slip, trip, miss-step, and fall prevention, discuss how to avoid making them and provide guidance on broad-based prevention;
• 3) “Complacency, the Silent Killer” will ask what kills and injures more people: lack of compliance or complacency? The popular belief in industry today is that legal occupational health and safety compliance is more important. But is it? Find out what really kills and injures more people during this session. You’ll also discover the importance of rushing, frustration and fatigue, and will hear proven techniques that over 1,000,000 employees at 1,800 companies are using every day to help their employees fight complacency;
• 4) “A Safety Mindset for Effective Leaders” will cover how one can help corporate leadership take personal responsibility for their safety, discuss the tools available to help others embrace the mindset that safety must be a personal value and helping others work safely while acknowledging their own accountability for achieving results; and
• 5) “Core Leadership Skills for the Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) Professional” will review how it is crucial that the pure technical disciplines typically associated with the profession are complimented by a strong set of relevant leadership and business skills, and will examine the traits and core attributes needed by the SH&E professional not only to provide clear direction within their area of influence but also to gain credibility, and achieve alignment, with the rest of the organization.

Other popular session topics include “The Four Cornerstones and 12 Attributes of Safety Excellence”,
“Techniques for Hazard Recognition for the Field Employee”, “Engaging Employees for a Safety Accountability System that Eliminates Injuries”, “Leading Measures for Improving Safety Performance”, and “Risk Management and Safety: Do We Speak the Same Language?”

As the world changes new safety issues emerge. Many of the PDC sessions will focus on new issues facing the profession such as wind turbine safety. In the session titled “Wind Turbine Safety: 200 Feet High in a Fire” the presenters will review a forensic engineering case study of a wind tower fire where workers were trapped and later rescued. One of the sessions for the transportation track will discuss “Benchmarking Crash Frequency for Multiple State Fleets with Multiple Vehicle Types” as the presenters look at crash frequency by vehicle type and industry type. They will also look at the quality of the drivers as a group measured by the percentage of drivers with clean driving records, drivers with serious violations and drivers with multiple convictions and or crashes. They will review how one can use benchmarks to compare crash frequency to similar fleets.

Additionally, close to 400 companies will be displaying and introducing new products at the ASSE Exposition throughout the conference. Space for the exposition is selling out quickly. For more information about exhibiting, go to

Eighteen topic tracks including the new “Business Skills” track will be available to PDC attendees along with feature presentations by Fox News Business and Financial Journalist Stuart Varney and Former Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders. Varney will address the state of global business and the economy and Sanders will discuss the increasing concern about corporate social responsibility and green business practices.

U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab will participate in a special Plenary Session on the first day of the conference which will include remarks on the direction of the new Administration in safety and health and his insights during an interview. The last day of the conference will also feature an Executive Summit with top executives sharing their insights with attendees.

A conference luncheon featuring Chip Eichelberger, a business motivational speaker and certified speaking professional, who will discuss what safety and health professional need to know to promote their programs, themselves and the importance of safety in their organizations, will be offered. Key issue roundtables which provide individual attendees an opportunity to discuss issues and experiences will also be held during the PDC.

Additional activities this year include the ASSE Region III sponsored CASINO NIGHT for attendees 21 years of age and older and a family-friendly ASSE South Texas Chapter ‘Ranch ‘N Rodeo Night Out’ at the Rio Cibolo Ranch. The ASSE Foundation will also be host to the third annual pre-conference golf outing with funds raised going to scholarship for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety and health along with research.

Last year’s conference attendees included more than 4,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals and business representatives representing 36 countries. For more information on the sessions, schedule and how to register visit

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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