Safety 2011's Best Monday Sessions

A look at the behavioral lessons of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Dr. E. Scott Geller's "People-Powered Safety" session, and a report by some of the ASSE delegates who visited China in November 2010 are among the highlights on June 13.

More than 225 educational sessions will be delivered during Safety 2011 in Chicago, which the sponsoring American Society of Safety Engineers already announced has set a record for exhibit space. Some of the city's most popular attractions are hosting technical tours, including U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox, the Willis Tower, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Soldier Field, and the CTA's heavy rail maintenance operations.

The educational program boasts many enticing topics. Some of the best set for delivery on Monday, June 13, include these:

10:45 - 11:45 am

518, What Have We Learned from the BP Catastrophe?


Sponsored by SAP Environment, Health and Safety Management
Preventing catastrophic failure is an urgent priority for safety professionals and senior executives-and their organizations. What can we learn from the BP spill to inform our strategies going forward? This presentation reviews the early findings from the BP event and provides a framework for the prevention of catastrophic events.
Instructor: Thomas R. Krause, Ph.D., BST, Inc., Ojai, Calif.

521, Successful Training and Its Essential Elements via Case Stories!
Sponsored by the Training & Communication Branch of the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty
There are certain essential elements required for successful training based on adult learning principles. These essential elements will be illustrated in detail by the use of case stories -- examples which are entertaining vignettes that demonstrate the training element by creating specific memories for the adult learner. Come, listen, be entertained, and learn!
Instructor: Jonathan T. Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CHMM, CET, Klane's Education Information Training Hub (KEITH), Fairfield, Maine

4:15 - 5:15 pm

560, People-Powered Safety: Oldies but Goodies from Dr. G.


Sponsored by PureSafety
For four decades, Dr. G. has written books, research reports, and magazine articles on people-based principles and procedures relevant to achieving an injury-free workplace. In this spirited presentation, Dr. G. will review the most critical and practical of these evidence-based leadership lessons which can optimize employee engagement in occupational safety.
Instructor: E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Department of Psychology, Blacksburg, Va.

565, 100 Years of Workers' Compensation
Sponsored by the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty
Workers' compensation insurance was created because of tragic incidents similar to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire that led to the founding of the American Society of Safety Engineers in 1911. This presentation will cover why states created workers' compensation programs, differences in each state and resultant challenges. The impact of federal health care reform and the anticipated impact on workers' compensation will be presented.
Instructors: Christine M. Sullivan, CSP, ARM, Lockton Companies, LLC, Littleton, Colo.; Mark D. Oldham, CSP, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Midlothian, Va.

561, Lessons from China: ASSE's 2010 Delegation to Shanghai and Beijing
Sponsored by the Consultants and International Practice Specialties
In November 2010, an ASSE sponsored delegation of nearly 50 safety professionals traveled to China to exchange ideas, best practices, and concepts related to occupational safety and health management. Three of the members of the delegation will share their experiences, their insights and potential future ASSE collaborative efforts.
Instructors: Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, Global Solutions, Inc., Mendham, N.J.; Pamela J. (Ferrante) Walaski, CSP, CHMM, JC Safety & Environmental, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.; C. Christopher Patton, CSP, UT - Battelle, Manchester, Mo.

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