Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Opportunities Abound at ASSE Conference

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Opportunities Abound at ASSE Conference

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Safety professionals attending the 31st American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference and Exposition are being offered a threefold opportunity to hone their skills for a rapidly changing workplace.

"Opportunities '92: Issues, Education, Growth," which will be held June 20-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, will give safety professionals the chance to learn more about a host of issues confronting their profession in the 1990s. More than 1,600 safety officials from industry, government, and academia are expected to attend the event.

Economic restructuring, federal regulation, and increasing environmental responsibilities have led to many changes in the safety field. So that safety pros, whether from the plant floor or the university classroom, can share their experiences and ideas, ASSE has introduced informal Safety Brainstorming Workshops which will be held on Sunday, June 21. The workshops include "Construction Safety and Health," "Safety Audits," "Problem Solving (What's Bothering Me?)," "Safety and Industrial Hygiene -- Establishing Close Ties," "Safety Programs That Worked For Me," and "ASSE Safety Professionals' Visit To Russia."

The conference's opening session, held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22, will feature motivational speaker F.G. "Buck" Rodgers, former vice president of worldwide marketing for IBM Corp. and author of Getting the Best Out of Yourself. Al McGuire, NBC sports analyst and former college basketball coach, will also share his thoughts on motivation during the opening session.

Monday's concurrent educational sessions, which start at 1:30 p.m., will cover a variety of topics: stress, construction legislation and site management, safety management, risk management, Americans With Disabilities Act, and communication skills. A unique session, "A Team Approach to Occupational Health and Safety," was designed to demonstrate the advantages of a team approach to managing a comprehensive safety and health program. Team members from occupational medicine and nursing, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, and rehabilitation counseling will discuss the benefits of a team approach.

Tuesday, educational track sessions will take place from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. and then continue in the afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. These sessions are designed so that attendees can move from one to another to get the most out of conference time. One of these tracks, "Everything You Want To Know About Successful Safety Programs -- And Promise Not To Forget," will discuss successful programs at Ford Motor Co. …

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