American Society of Safety Engineers News

Diane Hurns
Seattle, 206-219-4711

For Immediate Release

Workplace Safety Conference in Seattle Sets Attendance Records for American Society of Safety Engineers

     Seattle, WA (June 14, 2006) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) officials announced today that attendance at this week’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition being held in Seattle has set an attendance record. A total of 3857 people from 33 countries are attending the conference for occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners. The PDC began June 11 and runs through today at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Founded in 1911, this is ASSE’s 45th annual PDC.

The last ASSE PDC attendance record was set in June 2004 in Las Vegas when 3807 people from 27 countries attended the event.

“This year’s conference addresses the key challenges and issues facing safety, health and environmental professionals today,” ASSE President Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP, said. “It provides a number of exceptional educational and networking opportunities for attendees as well as an opportunity to view and test the newest products and technical innovations on the market for our profession. We are also delighted that the International Society for Fall Protection is holding its triannual symposium in conjunction with Safety 2006.

“The growth in numbers at the PDC is a continuation of what we have been seeing this year, a buildup in attendance at ASSE events such as the Leadership Symposium and SeminarFest,” Dobson continued. “This also shows how committed safety, health and environmental practitioners are to fostering and developing their profession and protecting people, property and the environment.”

Additionally, the ASSE Exposition held in conjunction with the PDC set a new record for exhibitor space. For the first time ever in the 24 years ASSE has been holding the Exposition in conjunction with the PDC expo space sold out and square feet sold outpaced its record 47,500 set at the 2005 New Orleans PDC and Exposition, selling 52,780 square feet this year.

The Des Plaines, IL –based ASSE has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located globally who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information please check ASSE’s web site at

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