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American Society of Safety Engineers' San Antonio Conference a Draw, Early Registration Ends Soon

Friday, April 3, 2009

DES PLAINES, IL — Thousands of safety engineers are planning to attend the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2009, in San Antonio, TX, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., to continue discussions on workplace safety initiatives and the value of workplace safety to a company’s bottom line, especially in times of economic stress. The conference, which will be held June 28 – July 1, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, features more than 225 educational sessions, key speakers, safety issue roundtables, an executive summit and additional networking opportunities.

Sessions at Safety 2009 will include presentations on organization success, the latest safety methodologies and provide business examples and strategies aimed at increasing job safety that attendees can apply immediately in their workplace. Sessions, presented by experts in their field, will cover topics on construction, international safety and health, environment, fire protection, healthcare, industrial hygiene, safety management, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, risk management and insurance, transportation, regulatory issues, technical and engineering standards, and a new track focusing on business skills.

Key speakers at Safety 2009 will include Fox News Business and Financial Journalist Stuart Varney and Former Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders. Varney will address the state of global business and the economy and Sanders will discuss the increasing concern about corporate social responsibility and green business practices. The conference will also include an executive summit and a panel discussion featuring occupational safety and health leaders invited from the new Administration. There will also be a special conference luncheon featuring Chip Eichelberger, a business motivational speaker and certified speaking professional, who will discuss what safety and health professional need to know to promote their programs, themselves and the importance of safety in their organizations.

Additional activities this year include the family-friendly ASSE South Texas Chapter ‘Ranch ‘N Rodeo Night Out’ at the Rio Cibolo Ranch, Monday, June 29, from 6:00 – 10:30 PM, featuring a western style rodeo, armadillo races, moonlit hayrides, and more. Also, ASSE’s Region III and the South Texas Chapter will offer a ‘play for fun’ casino night on Tuesday, June 30, from 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM for attendees 21 years of age and older. Seats are limited, so attendees are encouraged to register early for the events.

The ASSE Foundation will also host the third annual pre-conference golf outing with funds raised going to scholarship for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety and health along with research. The outing will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Golf Club in San Antonio.

Last year’s conference attendees included more than 4,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals and business representatives representing 36 countries.

ASSE is again expecting a large number of exhibitors for Safety 2009. A record for the number of exhibitors and space sold for the exposition was set last year at ASSE’s PDC in Las Vegas, with more than 60,000 square feet of exhibitor space sold, which out-spaced the previous record set at the 2007 Florida conference of 57,950 square feet sold. In addition, more than 400 organizations were represented at the exposition including Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, universities, colleges and more.

The cost-saving early registration rate for Safety 2009 will end April 15, 2009. Paper registrations that are postmarked on April 15 will be given the early registration rate. Regular registration will begin April 16 – May 29, 2009. For more information or to register for the conference please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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