ASSE, Red Cross Host Free Web Expo, Celebrating NAOSH Week

The American Society of Safety Engineers has teamed up with the American Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, StayWell, and OSHA's Alliance Program to present a free "Protecting Workers on the Job" Web Expo on Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, Wednesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. The live event will offer workplace emergency preparedness and workplace safety information and serve as a keynote of the May 3-9 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week, www.asse.org/naosh09).

During the Web Expo, ASSE Senior Vice President-Elect/Region I Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CSPI, of Long Beach, CA, will present a program titled “Measuring Your Safety Program Success” from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. It is a presentation aimed at helping companies develop and implement effective safety processes that increase workplace safety and contribute positively to the bottom line. The presentation will provide company success stories, comparison studies, and return-on-investment facts, showing measurement information, hazard identification and control, measuring working conditions for safety, employee perception surveys, training and information policies. A presentation that will provide companies and employees with key tools to enhance their safety programs now.

The Web Expo will allow attendees to learn from industry experts without having to leave their desk. The interactive event also will provide live question-and-answer sessions, chats, and messaging. Attendees also will have an opportunity to visit virtual booths in the Exhibit Hall to find services, information, and content while networking with other safety and health professionals, ASSE notes.

In addition to Norris' presentation, other timely and topical workplace emergency preparedness information will be provided by industry experts from OSHA, the American Red Cross, and the Canadian Red Cross, during five free Webcasts scheduled throughout the day.

Other topics and speakers include: Christina Jones, CIH, an industrial hygienist with OSHA, speaking on the agency's "Emergency Response Role"; Rick Caissie, the Canadian Red Cross's national director of Injury Prevention, speaking on "Engaging Employees and Senior Management in Creating an Injury Prevention Culture"; Al Roth, EHS director for Newport Corp., Khurshed Kutky, certification manager for QMI-SAI Global, and Dan Straw, director of Pinkerton Government Services, presenting "Managing a Safety Culture in a Recession"; and Jose Benavides of OSHA's Office of Small Business Assistance (On-site Consultation) and Lloyd "Jim" Boom of OSHA's Office of Partnerships and Recognition (OSHA Challenge), speaking on "OSHA's Cooperative Programs: On-site Consultation and OSHA Challenge Pilot Program."

Annually, ASSE and its partners use NAOSH Week as a tool to raise awareness about the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. This year ASSE, OSHA, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) will kick off NAOSH Week in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 4, with events at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Capitol as well as worldwide. In 2008, NAOSH Week expanded globally with events held in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and more. At the U.S. Capitol, ASSE also will recognize the winners of the seventh annual ASSE kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest for children ages 5-14, honoring the next generation of safety professionals.

To register, click here. For more information, contact StayWell at (267) 685-2531 or molly.harrington@staywell.com. U.S.-based professionals with license and/or certification requirements can attend the event and receive continuing education units through the authorized provider designation recently awarded to the American Red Cross by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

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