For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413,
Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, Fed Officials, Child Artists Join Safety Pros To Promote Work Safety, Kick-Off NAOSH Week
Des Plaines, IL (April 21, 2010) —


WHAT: Each year close to 6,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions suffer from on-the-job illnesses in the U.S. A recent mining explosion in West Virginia took the lives of 29 miners. During the May 2-8 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, Week members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and partners, including Iron Man, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and 60 corporate/association partners (, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more will be holding events and providing information at work and in their communities on how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses throughout the year. ASSE members, occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, will share their expertise by showing how they help the millions of Americans who go to work each day stay safe and return home injury and illness free to their families and friends. As “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces” suggests, ASSE and its 32,000 occupational SH&E members continue to lead pioneering efforts in work safety for businesses, workers and communities. ASSE aims to reach millions of people worldwide on the importance and long-term benefits of workplace safety and health. Events will be held countrywide including NAOSH kick-off events at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a news conference in Portland, OR, on Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day May 5 on preventing road crashes. Participants in the 8th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest for kids aged 5-14 and their families from across the U.S. will be featured.

WHEN & WHO: NAOSH Kick-off programs include:
Monday, May 3, 2010, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.—Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center, Washington, D.C.
Iron Man Presents “Workplace Safety Concerns/Solutions for Super Heroes”
Smithsonian Institution safety pros, ASSE members, will discuss “Safety Mysteries at the Museum”
The Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. S.W., Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 3, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
NAOSH 2010 Kick-off Event with OSHA—Assistant Secretary David Michaels, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), ASSE Officials and 60+ Partner Organizations at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., (3rd Avenue Entrance)

Monday, May 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – the U.S. Capitol (Room 202/203), Washington, D.C.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Administrator Anne S. Ferro, ASSE and CSSE officials will discuss efforts to prevent workplace fatalities and injuries, including the number one cause of on-the-job deaths – transportation incidents and recognize the winners of the 8th ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest and their exemplary and telling illustrations of ‘being safe on the job’

CONTACT: The media is welcome. Contact ASSE's Diane Hurns at 847-768-3413, 847-909-4548 or for information on these events and on the ASSE Region I OSHP Day May 5, 10 a.m. (PST) prevent roadway crashes event in Portland, OR. Also go to for more information.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment.
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