ASSE Addresses Changing Safety Issues with New PDC Sessions

As the world changes, new safety issues emerge. Many of the PDC sessions will focus on new issues facing the profession such as wind turbine safety. In the session titled "Wind Turbine Safety: 200 Feet High in a Fire" the presenters will review a forensic engineering case study of a wind tower fire where workers were trapped and later rescued.

One of the sessions for the transportation track will discuss "Benchmarking Crash Frequency for Multiple State Fleets with Multiple Vehicle Types" as the presenters look at crash frequency by vehicle type and industry type. They will also look at the quality of the drivers as a group measured by the percentage of drivers with clean driving records, drivers with serious violations, and drivers with multiple convictions and or crashes. They will review how one can use benchmarks to compare crash frequency to similar fleets.

Eighteen topic tracks, including the new "Business Skills" track, will be available to PDC attendees, along with feature presentations by 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.

U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab will participate in a special Plenary Session on the first day of the conference, which will include remarks on the direction of the new administration in safety and health and his insights during an interview. The last day of the conference will also feature an Executive Summit with top executives sharing their insights with attendees.

A 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, will be offered. Key issue roundtables which provide individual attendees an opportunity to discuss issues and experiences will also be held during the PDC.

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