We're Going Back to Vegas, Baby

Safety 2008, the American Society of Safety Engineers' annual Professional Development Conference & Expo, will take place June 9-12, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. An important transition year for the nation's safety regulatory agencies, OSHA and MSHA, is likely to be on attendees' minds, especially when they attend the June 10 General Session keynote speech by Jay Carney, chief of Time magazine's Washington Bureau. Other scheduled keynoters at the conference, which always has one of the strongest educational programs and most useful exhibits among U.S. safety shows, are OSHA chief Edwin Foulke Jr. and NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard sharing the stage and answering questions from a moderator about federal safety and health policy; Dr. Robert Cialdini, W.P. Carey Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Regents' Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, who will speak June 11; and comedian Frank Miles, who will deliver an entertaining show June 12 during lunch, according to ASSE's online site for the event, www.asse.org/education/pdc08/index.php.

June is the driest month of the year in Las Vegas, with average rainfall of just 0.12 inches. The average high and low temperatures during the month are 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, www.visitlasvegas.com). Its site is a good source for information about events in the city; both Elton John and George Carlin will be performing during the week Safety 2008 takes place.

According to LVCVA, the biggest tourism news this year includes the grand opening of The Palazzo, a $1.8 billion resort, in January; the opening of Palms Place, a 50-story condo tower at the Palms Casino Resort; and the spring opening on The Strip of the $500 million Trump International Hotel & Towers, which has 1,282 rooms but no casino.

We here at www.ohsonline.com will be attending Safety 2008 and reporting from the Expo floor with up-to-the minute news, so watch this space for the latest goings on at the event. Maybe we'll see you there--and perhaps make you part of the story!

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