Magazine article Occupational Hazards

The National Safety Council Brings the Party to New Orleans

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

The National Safety Council Brings the Party to New Orleans

Article excerpt

Although safety is a serious business, New Orleans is a fun place to visit, so expect the unexpected when the 92nd annual National Safety Congress (NSC) comes to the Crescent City from Sept. 10 through Sept. 17.

As many as 18,000 safety directors managers, educators, engineers, workers industrial hygienists and others from 64 countries are expected to attend this year's National Safety Congress.

Conference Highlights

The opening session of NSC, scheduled for 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, features Retired Navy Admiral H.W. (Hal) Gehman, head of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). Gehman will address congress attendees on lessons learned from the Columbia mission. Immediately after retiring on Nov. 1, 2000 from the Navy after over 35 years of active duty, Gehman was appointed co-chairman of the Department of Defense review of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Aden harbor, Yemen. On Feb. 1, 2003 he was appointed chairman of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Monday's education sessions include "Operational Risk Management: The Air Force Way," "Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities," "How Vulnerability Assessments Become Your Resource," "Building a Business Case for Change," "Preventing Injuries in an Aging Workforce" and "Motivating Employees-How Far Will You Go?"

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Tuesday's keynote address will feature John Henshaw, assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, who will return to the congress to give an update on OSHA-related issues such as the importance of emergency response and preparedness, the expansion of the Voluntary Protection Program into construction and the partnerships OSHA is forming with occupational health and safety organizations outside of the United States. Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, and Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will join Henshaw for this keynote session.

In addition, Henshaw will participate in a motor vehicle safety symposium scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 a.m. that focuses on the use of seat belts by the federal work force.

"Motor vehicle accidents place the health and safety of federal employees at risk daily," said Henshaw. …

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