PDC Perfectly Positioned for Patriotic Party

There will come a point during the upcoming American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference & Expo, June 13-16 in Baltimore, when visitors will have the opportunity to witness something potentially close to what inspired Maryland native Francis Scott Key by that dawn's early light in 1814, when he penned the words of what would become our national anthem. Monday, June 14 -- the second official day of Safety 2010 -- is national Flag Day, and fireworks will be bursting in air over Baltimore's Inner Harbor, just across the street from the convention center where conference activities will be taking place, which in turn is only a short water taxi ride away from Fort McHenry, the site upon which Key so proudly gazed while writing his hit single.

While next year's PDC -- Safety 2011 -- will mark ASSE's centennial anniversary, all indications are that this year's event is aiming to get the celebrating started early. If you're not planning to attend, at least some of the festivities will be gallantly streaming online at www.safety2010.org. And, of course, Occupational Health & Safety will be on site (at Expo Booth 1709), reporting live from the showroom floor and posting stories to our website, www.ohsonline.com.

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