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TX Safety Engineers Host to Symposium Taking a Fresh Look at Safety, Recent Statistics

Posted in on Tue, Oct 26, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (October 26, 2010) — Although workplace fatalities nationwide dropped by 17 percent in 2009, on-the-job deaths rose in Texas by four percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many were puzzled by the increase due to the ongoing push by all to enhance workplace safety in Texas. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will address this and other issues involving error and workplace safety this Nov. 4-5 at its “Rethink Safety” symposium in San Antonio, including looking into the root causes of catastrophic events such as the Texas City BP disaster, the NASA Challenger and Columbia tragedies as well as the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe.
Texans Bernie Price, of Houston, and Patrick Browne, of Friendswood, will be key presenters at the symposium. Price will present “The error pyramid: a low-cost proofing methodology” and Browne will discuss “Lessons from the flight deck”. Richard R. Bourlon, P.E., CSP, ALCM, of Irving, TX, is on the symposium task force, the group that developed the two-day program.
The symposium will consist of 14 concurrent and roundtable sessions designed to provide organizations with new tools to improve safety. Following the symposium, attendees should be able to identify circumstances that produce an environment at risk for losses and address those risks; recognize causal relationships between the system and the occurrence of accidents; implement practical approaches and tools to reduce error; and, communicate to their organization the process of prevention through design.
Keynote speaker Dr. Todd Conklin, a renowned authority on organizational behavior from Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, will provide attendees with a look at human performance and why changing perceptions of human error is key to enhancing safety. General session presenter Corrie Pitzer, MBA, CEO of SAFEmap International in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, will discuss recent disasters, the human element, how safety performance has stalled at many companies, the root causes of catastrophic or multi-fatality events and how to improve safety. Dr. Marilyn Sue Bogner, president and chief scientist of the Institute for the Study of Human Error in Bethesda, MD, will present her findings on errors taken from mishaps in healthcare relevant across all disciplines and discuss applicable solutions. She will also discuss lessons learned from the medicine and automobile industry and describe a tool for identifying the factors that contribute to error whatever the industry.

Symposium concurrent session topics include low-cost problem solving methodology, human error myths, fighting complacency, root cause identification, using the human factors analysis classification system (HFACS) for improved incident analysis and prevention of error through ergonomic design. The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio November 4-5. Registration includes 1.4 CEUs. ASSE will also separately offer a Math Review Seminar as well as Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification preparation workshops, and a Corporate Safety Management session prior to the symposium. For more information, to register for the symposium and for other educational opportunities, please visit or contact ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929.

The “Rethink Safety” symposium corporate sponsor is CLMI Safety Training ( Founded in 1984, the Minneapolis-based CLMI is a long-time ASSE sponsor. CLMI Safety Training is a performance consulting company that provides training development services, as well as video and online programs for the safety, health and environmental profession.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society. It has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who 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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