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U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Solis to Address American Society of Safety Engineers’ San Antonio Conference Attendees June 29

Posted in on Mon, Jun 8, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (June 8, 2009) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will address thousands of occupational safety and health professionals from around the globe attending the June 28-July 1, 2009, American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. Secretary Solis will address the crowd in a General Session presentation to be held the morning of June 29 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

“This is an honor to have Secretary Solis address our members at this time,” ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, said today. “She is committed, like safety and health professionals, to making sure that everyone who goes to work is provided a safe and healthy workplace. Our members work day in and day out preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace worldwide.”

Secretary Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to her confirmation, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 – 2009. In Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment and “improving the lives of working families”. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), as well as on the Mexico/U.S. Interparliamentary Group. In June 2007, Secretary Solis was elected Vice Chair of the Helsinki Commission’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, the only U.S. elected official to serve on the Committee.

Solis was the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her work on environmental justice issues. Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees. She served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate. As the chairwoman of the California Senate Industrial Relations Committee, she led the efforts to increase the state’s minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996. She also authored 17 state laws aimed at combating domestic violence.

Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. A former federal employee, she worked in the Carter White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.

The 98-year-old ASSE is the oldest and largest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. ASSE is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. The June 28- July 1 ASSE PDC features 225 educational sessions featuring cutting edge issues along with one of the largest occupational safety, health and environmental Expositions in the U.S. The expo features 400 companies including 70 new exhibitors.

Other key presentations will be made by Economist and Fox News Business 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 corporate social responsibility and green business practices. U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Jordan Barab will participate in a special Plenary Session. The last day of the conference will feature an Executive Summit with corporate executives sharing their insights on what they look for in a successful safety and health program and SH&E practitioners with attendees. A conference luncheon featuring Chip Eichelberger, a business motivational speaker and certified speaking professional, will discuss what safety and health professionals 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.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE’s 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 on the PDC and to register please visit

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