Some of the sessions taking place this week have been dubbed “Super Sessions” due to their focus on key issues in the safety industry. One such Super Session Tuesday morning took place on the expo floor and spoke of the dangers of complacency.
A flash session on the expo floor Tuesday at Safety 2017 focused on the science behind flame-resistant clothing. Speaker Scott P. Francis told attendees to beware of simple terms.
He said for flame-resistant, arc flash PPE, words like 88/12, inherent, certified do not tell you anything about specific fabric or fabric manufacture. It’s important to know what fabric your garment is made from and who makes the fabric, Francis said. “Fabrics perform very different so you should know the specifics on protection, comfort and value.”
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) on Tuesday honored Samantha J. Horseman from Saudi Arabia with its 2017 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management during a ceremony at the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition at the Colorado Convention Center. The award honors those who bring creativity to managing safety in the workplace. Her winning innovation is a driver safety management system called Intellisense, which incorporates a dynamic mix of sound science and proven engineering principles to reduce traffic accidents.
This year’s Executive Summit provides attendees the perspective of industry and corporate leaders in regards to the OSH profession. The event offers opportunities for executive-level networking and leadership development as well as updates on economic trends and business strategies. Understanding this perspective significantly benefits OSH professionals and improves their effectiveness in directing safety and health programs in their organizations.
There are a few general sessions at Safety 2017 that cater to all industries and types of employees. Tuesday morning’s opening general session is called “True Success: The art of Achievement in Times of Change,” and is being presented by Tom Morris, one of the world's top public philosophers and pioneering business thinkers.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) says this year’s turnout will rank No. 1 in the event’s 56-year history. ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition has topped its records for registered attendance and exhibitors.
A spirited Plenary Session on Wednesday, June 21, will be held town hall-style, featuring some of the most recognizable names in safety. They will focus on the controversial topic of behavior-based safety (BBS) to understand the human side of safety performance improvement in a time of political transition and de-regulation.
Presenter Linda Martin of Columbia Southern University wants to change the course of traditional one-on-one mentoring relationships. She says a large numbers of industrial hygienists are over 50, so developing new ways to seek out young talent is crucial.
In an entertaining series of brief five-minute talks Tuesday morning called Ignite, experts shared stories from their work as an industrial hygienist or tips on how to make the most of your career. In his presentation, Mark Rollins compared his work in industrial hygiene with his love of good beer.