Foulke, Howard Top Speaker List at Safety 2008

Thousands of occupational safety, health, and environmental practitioners are expected to attend the American Society of Safety Engineers' Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2008, which starts today in Las Vegas and runs through June 12, 2008. Headliners including OSHA chief Edwin Foulke Jr., who was scheduled to appear in a "60 Minutes" segment last night about combustible dust hazards, and NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, who may be coming to the end of his tenure as leader of the research organization and CDC unit.

The event features more than 200 educational sessions; key speakers; an exposition of more than 400 exhibitors featuring the latest in safety products and services; safety issue roundtables where attendees share their stories, concerns, and expertise; and a corporate executive summit.

Other key speakers include Time Magazine Washington Bureau Chief Jay Carney, who will provide a view from Washington; Arizona State Professor of Psychology Dr. Robert Cialdini, who will discuss the power of influence; and comedian Frank Miles, who will speak on laughing at fear during the closing lunch. Foulke and Howard will participate in a panel session at the Tuesday plenary session.

As for hot topics, the top sessions for which attendees have already signed up include: creating a culture where employees own safety; motivating leadership for safety excellence: what really works; four serious, common, and persistent mistakes in safety management; leading measures for safety performance; creating a zero incident safety culture: proactive metrics spring to life; the magic of safety communication and fun safety meetings; practical evidence-based strategies for world-class safety; and effective methods of managing contractor safety to minimize risks and legal liability.

Safety 2008's exposition will feature more than 400 organizations, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, universities, colleges, and more. For more information, go to www.asse.org.

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