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10 Ways to Learn at Safety 2018

February 23, 2018

Everyone learns differently. Some people process information by taking detailed notes, some people do their best thinking out loud in conversation with others and some people prefer to see visual representations of the subject at hand. Whether you fall into one of these groups or have a learning style all your own, Safety 2018 has learning opportunities designed to help you become a better safety professional.

How Safety Professionals Can Contribute to Risk Decision-Making: Lessons From the Deepwater Horizon Movie

February 16, 2018

It’s hard to forget the images of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, engulfed in flames following the April 20, 2010, explosion that killed 11 workers and poured more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization From Compliance to Risk

February 12, 2018

Over the past 10 years, many in the OSH community began to notice that OSH programs focusing on compliance were not leading to a decrease in the number of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). Several factors may have contributed to this including treating all incidents equally, focusing on after-the-fact approaches rather than being proactive, blaming the worker or the use of low-level controls. This led many OSH professionals to reexamine industry thinking and promote the idea that a risk-based approach would lead to improved safety performance.

How to Improve Your Safety Training with Storytelling

February 07, 2018

Storytelling is not only a great way to grab the attention of an audience, but also a great way to teach.

Safety professionals Abby Ferri, CSP, and Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET, have each leveraged different types of stories to help students remember what they learn during training sessions. Both advise that the best approach is to vary your storytelling strategy depending on the specific audience, class and topic.

How to Succeed as a Young Safety Professional

February 01, 2018

The first decision people make in the morning affects every other decision they make throughout the day. It’s a choice that goes beyond whether to hit the snooze button or reach for a glass of water.

“The day doesn’t decide how it’s going for me,” says J.A. Rodriguez Jr., CSP, SGE, global senior leader of environmental health, safety and sustainability at Raytheon. “I decide how the day’s going to go.”

Apply Engineering Principles to Become a Better Safety Professional

January 30, 2018

Safety professionals face many challenges in identifying occupational risks and hazards, as well as instituting the proper controls to mitigate or eliminate them. Whether determining how to guard a machine press or handle nuclear materials, it is a tremendous asset for safety professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles, and which should be applied in particular situations.

Top Five Networking Tips for Safety 2018

January 17, 2018


Safety 2018 puts you among more than 5,000 OSH professionals, each bringing unique experiences and expertise to the conference. This is a great opportunity to meet and converse with like-minded safety professionals, look for potential employers and employees, and expand your knowledge of the OSH profession.

10 Things Safety 2018 Attendees Shouldn't Miss in San Antonio

January 10, 2018

Thousands of the world’s best safety professionals are heading to San Antonio, TX, this June for a few days of networking, learning and fun. Need even more reasons to make the trip for Safety 2018? Look no further than the city itself, which is known for its rich history, delicious food and riverfront views.

ASSE Thanks Its Sponsors


  • Safestart - Diamond Sponsor
  • CLMI - Diamond Sponsor
  • BCSP - Diamond Sponsor


  • Grainger - Centennial Sponsor
  • Cintas - Centennial Sponsor
  • Clicksafety - Diamond Sponsor

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