American Society of Safety Engineers to host conference and expo

DES PLAINES, IL (May 28, 2009) – Despite the economy, more than 375 leading organizations are scheduled to exhibit at the annual June 28- July 1 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional development conference and exposition (Safety 2009) in San Antonio, TX. ASSE officials expect this number to continue to climb in the next few weeks.

"The continued strong showing each year is a testament to the strength of this segment of the safety, health, and environmental industry and the consistent innovation and strong content found in the ASSE Conference,” ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, said today. “As Safety 2009 heads to San Antonio a near-record number of exhibitors have already reserved booth space. At this point we have seen the second most, all-time participating organizations already committed this year as Safety 2009 prepares for another big event in San Antonio.”

The 98-year-old ASSE is the largest and oldest safety society and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. For several years its annual conference has set attendance and exposition records with attendees traveling from throughout the U.S. and more than 40 countries to the conference.

As for the exposition, of the 375 exhibitors more than 70 are new and will be showcasing their products and services for the first time.

"Having so many new organizations in addition to the industry leaders will offer attendees the breadth and depth of variety of products and services they have come to expect to see annually at this event,” Brown continued. “This helps attendees look into the future of workplace safety at the same time.”

Conference officials will highlight the innovations with a ‘New Product Showcase’ which will debut on the exhibit floor. It will highlight the latest and most advanced products and services in one convenient location. For the current list of exhibitors go to

As for the conference, registrants are signing up quickly for the 225 sessions being offered. The top sessions so far include 1) leaders in organizations with great safety; 2) slip, trip and fall prevention; 3) complacency, the silent killer; 4) helping corporate leadership take personal responsibility for safety; and, 5) core leadership skills for the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional.

U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab will also participate in a special Plenary Session on the first day of the conference. This session will include his insights and an overview on the direction of the new Administration in safety and health.

The last day of the conference will feature an Executive Summit with top executives sharing their insights with attendees. Eighteen topic tracks including the new “Business Skills” track will also be available for attendees. Fox News Business and Financial Journalist Stuart Varney and Former Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders will provide key note presentations. Varney will discuss the state of global business and the economy and Sanders will discuss corporate social responsibility and green business practices.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information and to register please go to