Safety 2008 Tour Lineup Includes Construction, Health Care, Warfare Sites

Every year at the ASSE Professional Development Conference & Expo the society offers excursions in and around the host city for registrants to expand their horizons and experience unique, relevant, and interesting sites. The technical tours for Safety 2008 registrants fill the bill on all counts. The first of the excursions took place this morning, and the final one happens Thursday. Although as of this writing all but one of the tours was sold out, here is a rundown of what participants will be checking out this year in Las Vegas.

Construction Site: This morning, registrants for this tour left the Las Vegas Convention Center at 9:15 a.m. and ventured to a nearby large construction site for an overview of the tasks and challenges contractors and workers are facing and the safety program in place at the site. Sponsored by ASSE's Construction Practice Specialty, the tour focused on the issues affecting the craft specialties involved in the project.

University of Nevada at Las Vegas: This afternoon, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., this tour will take attendees on a guided event of campus facilities such as laboratories, research facilities, and a stadium at UNLV. Sponsored by the Public Sector Practice Specialty, the outing's focus will be on the unique challenges SH&E professionals face in an educational setting, including large public gatherings, radiation safety, and hazardous materials.

Healthcare Facility Tour: Tomorrow (June 11), from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., registrants will visit a nearby hospital for a guided tour providing an overview of the challenges faced by SH&E professionals in the health care industry. This outing is sponsored by ASSE's Healthcare Practice Specialty.

Las Vegas Monorail: Tomorrow afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the lucky Safety 2008 attendees who signed up in time for this tour will step outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and hop aboard the city's monorail for a first-hand observance of the variety of safety features at work. The monorail system runs the length of the Las Vegas Strip and carries thousands of passengers weekly to and from the most popular places, including the convention center. The outing is sponsored by ASSE's Transportation Practice Specialty.

Nellis Airforce Base: On Thursday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the last of the official tours concludes with this excursion to the "Home of the Fighter Pilot," as the Nellis base is nicknamed. Sponsored by ASSE's Council on Practice and Standards, the tour will show attendees some of the workings of this U.S. Air Force facility. This base is a member of USAF's Air Combat Command and home of the USAF Warfare Center. With five wings and more than 150 aircraft, the Warfare Center is responsible for advanced combat training, tactics development, and operational testing.

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