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Integrating Safety Into Organizations Through Leadership and Social Networking Topic of Miami Symposium

Monday, October 12, 2009

DES PLAINES, IL — To help safety and health professionals enhance leadership skills and to make safety an integral part of their organizations, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host a two-day ‘Proactive Safety management’ symposium this November 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, FL, where attendees have the opportunity to select two one-day interactive workshop topics that best fit their skill-building needs to integrate safety into their business.

The keynote presentation ‘Keeping safety Relevant in a Socially Connected World,’ will be given by Barry Libert, chairman and CEO of Mzinga, a provider of social software solutions for human resources/learning, customer support and marketing. Libert will present a broad overview of the opportunities and benefits of social networking and how social networking in the workplace can bring in a new dimension into organizations’ safety efforts.

“Organizations are just beginning to break ground in the use of social networking and the many opportunities this technology holds for greater productivity, skill-building and communication,” Libert said. “In fact, if effectively understood and embraced, social networking allows unprecedented avenues for connecting you’re your workforce and insights into organizational culture. It is important to recognize the increasing power of social networking for many purposes, especially in its relevance to occupational safety and health management.”

Libert will also lead a workshop examining practical aspects and applications for the use of social networking in safety management and how to evaluate an organization’s social readiness through examples from company success stories. This workshop aims to help attendees learn how to use social technology to connect with co-workers; reinvent one’s safety effort; and, use steps for getting started.

Leading authority on safety management and past ASSE President Samuel J. Gualardo, MA, CSP, president of National Safety Consultants, Inc., of Salix, PA, will address the attendees and discuss how to overcome organization barriers to attain safety and health performance excellence.

“Organizational barriers with respect to safety management are the issues preventing the maximization of safety performance,” Gualardo said. “These issues are somewhat obscure at times. If not managed effectively, they will significantly affect both productivity and profitability of any organization. Those who confront and address these issues will successfully hone a competitive edge, which is needed especially in today's economic climate.”

Attendees can select from several workshops on Thursday including ‘Aligning Safety with Business Goals’, ‘Cost Analysis for Safety and Health’, ‘Implementing the Z10 Standard’, and ‘Employing Social Networking Tactics for Safety Management’. The second round of workshops held on Friday include ‘Making the Business Case for Positive Change’, ‘Techniques for Hazard Recognition’, ‘Leadership Tool Box’, and ‘Safety Training’. Presenting the workshops are safety and business experts from around the U.S. Attendees will receive continuing education credits.

Prior to the Nov. 12-13 symposium ASSE will be host to four seminars also at the Hyatt Regency -- the Math Review Certification Exams Workshop Nov. 8; Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Exam Preparation Workshop Nov. 9-11; the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Exam Preparation Workshop Nov. 9-11; and Corporate Safety Management Workshop Nov. 9-11. For more information or to register for the symposium or seminars, go to

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