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DES PLAINES, IL (January 6, 2006) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2006, will be held June 11-14 in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The three-day conference, with a focus on occupational safety, health and the environment, will feature a successful Seattle “fish story”, more than 200 educational sessions, 300 exhibitors, special pre- and post-conference seminars, several keynote presentations, technical tours and networking events. This year's program offers more than 200 sessions emphasizing practical solutions addressing the key issues and challenges facing attendees, including safety management and technical/standards sessions. In addition, increased emphasis has been given to risk management, managerial and career building skills and fire protection. Concurrent educational tracks for attendees include: career/personal development, construction/mining, consulting, emergency response/security, environmental/hazardous waste, ergonomics, health/industrial hygiene, healthcare, human behavior, international safety, regulatory and legal, risk management/loss control, safety management, technical/engineering/standards, training and education, and transportation. Conference highlights include Monday’s keynote speaker, Stan Slap, addressing the ‘Key to Strategic Implementation.’ On Tuesday keynote speaker Steve Farber will discuss ‘Extreme Leadership’ and ASSE’s third annual ‘Executive Summit,’ featuring a panel of corporate leaders discussing the importance of employee safety and health in their organizations and their expectations of the safety and health function, will be held. On Wednesday, Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Company’s John Yokoyama and Jim Berquist will share how they turned an almost bankrupt fish business into one of the world’s most famous and entertaining companies by creating a vision, communicating and empowering their employees. Government officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will provide insight into what’s new from a federal and state regulatory perspective along with international insight from the United Kingdom and Canada. In conjunction with Safety 2006 an Academic Forum sponsored by the ASSE Academics Practice Specialty will be held Sunday, June 11. It will focus on issues important to safety, health and environmental professionals (SH&E) involved in teaching students as well as research in safety and health. Also planned are four educational sessions in Spanish along with other sessions focused on increasing safety and health of the Spanish-speaking workers. More than 40 pre- and post-conference seminars on a wide range of technical and managerial topics where attendees can earn CEUs/COCs, CM points and CMPs will also be offered. Overlapping with the last day of Safety 2006, from June 14-15, the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP) will hold a Fall Protection Symposium. Attendees come from around the globe to attend the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) with more than half being safety directors, managers and engineers. Seventy-three percent of attendees have 10 years or more experience in the SH&E field. Registration information for Safety 2006 can be found at or by contacting ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929. Continuing education credit will be given for attending the conference. Formed in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.

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