Things to Do at ASSE’s Safety 2017 Show


The American Society of Safety Engineers hosts its annual conference, Safety 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Monday June 19 through Thursday June 22. More than 4,000 occupational safety and health professionals are expected to attend the event.

Participants will have the opportunity to take in 20 hours of instruction accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and attend dozens of seminars and sessions. The conference also includes a full-scale expo, featuring more than 600 OSH exhibitors and vendors from across the country.

Pre-conference seminars
Attendees can enroll in more than two dozen pre-conference seminars covering a wide variety of essential OSH topics, including fatigue management, incident investigation, industrial hygiene and safety and health system implementation. OSH professionals can also sign up for workshops offering strategies for obtaining key industry credentials such as the Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional and Construction Health and Safety Technician certifications.


Safety sessions
Safety 2017 features four daily general sessions, the first of which takes place Tuesday June 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Businessman and management expert Tom Morris leads this workshop called “True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change.” Motivational speaker Mel Robbins hosts the second general session Wednesday June 21 from during the same time slot. Her talk, called “From Successful to Satisfied: How to Become the Leader You Want to Be,” will center on modern leadership techniques. Magician and keynote speaker Vinh Giang moderates the third general session during the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Luncheon Thursday June 22 noon to 1:30 p.m. Giang’s talk, titled “Strategy Versus Execution,” will address strategies for planning and flawlessly executing organizational initiatives. Journalist and author Joseph Hallinan hosts the fourth and final general session, called “Why We Make Mistakes,” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hallinan will explore why professionals make mistakes and how these errors can be avoided.

In addition to these marquee sessions, attendees can participate in the hundreds of concurrent workshops that run throughout Safety 2017. These courses fall into 24 different instructional tracks, including business skills and personal development, risk assessment and safety management.

The event also features one plenary session scheduled for Wednesday June 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop, which is designed like a town hall, will include insights from OSH thought leaders Dr. E. Scott Geller, senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, and Dr. Todd Conklin, senior advisor to the associate director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Conference roundtables
A total of 10 roundtables will unfold over the course of the conference. These sessions will address key OSH issues such as dropped object incident prevention, fatigued driving and risk assessment techniques.

Executive summit
On Thursday June 22 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., industry leaders will discuss salient issues affecting workplace safety across myriad sectors during the Executive Summit. Bobi A. Garrett, COO of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Stuart MacVean, CEO of Savannah Nuclear Solutions; Shawn Poole, CFO of EmployBridge; Scott Simmons, vice president for McCormick and Company; and Jeff Westphal, vice president at PCL Construction Enterprises are scheduled to participate in the event.

Post-conference seminars
Even after Safety 2017 concludes Thursday June 22, attendees can access more than one dozen post-conference workshops following the event. These sessions, which take place between Thursday June 22 and Saturday June 25, cover topics such as targeted accident prevention and workers compensation.


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