Networking Events


WISE Retreat | Saturday, June 2 | 7:45AM - 5:30PM

The Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Retreat offers attendees an opportunity to explore, get inspired and network around topics that focus on the power of a well-rounded OSH professional. This all-day event explores personal development with topics previously ranging from developing your own personal mission statement, improving communication skills, the power of storytelling, improving memory skills and even follow-up to success stories from our previous events. All are welcome in this inspirational and inclusive environment.

An additional registration fee is required.

Academic Forum/ABET Workshop | Sunday, June 3 | 8:00AM - 2:30PM

The Forum is open to all Academics Practice Specialty Members or full-time occupational safety and health academicians and researchers.

BISE Networking Reception | Sunday, June 3 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM

WISE Networking Reception | Sunday, June 3 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM, $10 registration

YP Networking Reception | Sunday, June 3 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM, $10 registration

SPALW/Latin American Networking Reception | Monday, June 4 | 5:30PM-7:30PM


ASSE Community Service – Give Back to San Antonio

Here is your chance to Pay It Forward! ASSE is providing conference attendees the opportunity to give back. With your donation and time, you will be helping abused and neglected children in the South Texas area, as well as helping homeless Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Please be generous, and donate your money and your time to these two worthy causes.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Texas

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Texas cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. This organization provides a family living environment, preserves the sibling bond, and supplies the tools to break the cycle of abuse. The ultimate goal is to help these youngest victims of trauma and abuse find forever family or achieve self-sufficiency. On-site at the conference, you will assemble summer kits which could include a beach towel, movie ticket, hygiene kit, pool toys, or a special item, game or toy for the children based on their wants/needs.

Sunday, June 3 from 1-5pm, Monday, June 4 from 10am-5pm or Tuesday, June 5 from 10am-3pm, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Minimum $25 donation

Receipts: Available upon request- mailed from SJRC Texas after the conference.

Soldiers’ Angels

Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and a growing veteran population. Volunteers assist veterans, wounded, deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. “May No Soldier Go Unloved” encapsulates the motivation behind Soldier’s Angels.

On-site at the conference, you will assemble kits of travel-sized hygiene items to be distributed to homeless veterans and patients in VA Medical Centers.

Assembly: Sunday, June 3 from 1-5pm, Monday, June 4 from 10am-5pm or Tuesday, June 5 from 10am-3pm, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Minimum $25 donation

Receipts: Available upon request, available on-site for pick-up in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.


Safety Matters Golf Outing | Sunday, June 3 | 8:00AM shotgun start

Enjoy morning of golf with friends and colleagues, all while supporting Safety Matters, the Foundation’s signature fund.

Brackenridge Park Golf Course is a historic golf course in San Antonio and the oldest 18-hole public golf course in Texas. It opened for play in 1916 and was the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Brackenridge Park was the original site of the Texas Open which held the tournament for most years between 1922-1959. The scenery and history make Brackenridge an enjoyable and subtly challenging course for golfers of every ilk.

Registration fee of $165 per player includes round of golf, cart, range balls, lunch, contests and prizes.

More Fun Than Run 5K | Tuesday, June 5 | 5:30PM start

After two days of sessions and meetings, break out by registering for the first ever, More Fun Than Run 5K, at the Tower of the Americas, right near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, home of Safety 2018. Whether you want to race like an Olympian, hop like a bunny or skip like a kid, just have fun being part of this inaugural event which supports the ASSE Foundation’s Safety Matters Fund. In 6,758 steps, you will be making history and supporting a great cause.

Registration is $45 per person and includes a T-shirt, bib number, timing chip and a goodie bag.

You can sign up for this event by adding it to your Safety 2018 registration at check-out!


NEW! Grab your lunch and choose how you want to spend it in one of three ways.

Grab 'N Go: Just want your lunch to go? Grab a box lunch and visit the expo or catch up on work or with friends.

Sandbox: Just want to eat and chill? Visit the Sandbox for a quiet retreat on the placid make-believe shores of Safety 2018.

Playground: Interested in chatting with other attendees about the issues that keep you up at night? Then grab your lunch and head over to the Playground. Here you’ll be able to talk over some pre-selected topics in a judgement-free zone. Eat, share your expertise, repeat.

Pitch for Safety – The Executive Elevator Pitch Challenge!

The eternal challenge in our profession is in refining our messages, making them actionable, and getting them heard over on the operations side of the fence. Part networking/part “hands on” workshop, you’ll get a chance to pitch your ideas to upper management – and get their candid feedback on how best to craft your message so it gets heard. At the Pitch, you’ll have the opportunity to do that live – literally get into an elevator with a senior executive and pitch your idea for improving workplace safety.

The Pitch is broken down into two parts:
Monday - Starting Pitch for Safety
Six senior safety leaders will mingle and listen to ideas for improving OSH in the workplaces – coaching you on how best to present your ideas to the C-Suite.
Tuesday - Final Pitch For Safety
It’s showtime! On day two, six “elevators” will be stationed in the lunch and learn area. Each elevator will have a senior operational executive inside. Step in and you’ll have two-minutes to present your idea and receive feedback – before the elevator stops.


Network, learn, and engage with other Safety 2018 attendees at our Social Learning Stations. Have a story to tell? Some tips to share? Just want to meet some new people in a relaxed learning environment? Then the social learning stations are for you.

Creation Station: At this station, you’ll be able to create, and crowd-source, your next safety creation. Have a new program you want to start up at your company? Post your idea “seed” on the giant white board and watch as it sprouts with help from other attendees.

Safety Escape Room: Test your hazard analysis and puzzle-solving skills while joining other Safety 2018 attendees in the Safety Escape Room Challenge!  A play on the “escape room” game, you’ll have to identify a series of safety hazards, puzzles, and riddles to complete the objectives and make your exit!

Game Station: From old school board games to new school card games, get your competitive juices flowing and game on with other attendees.

Innovation Station: Come to this station to chat with and be inspired by some of the winners of the 2018 Innovation Award!

Inspiration Station: Share what drives you. What are the things in the world of safety that inspire you to do what you do? Jot down those moments of inspiration at this booth.

Relaxation Station: Sometimes, you just need to chill out. Plug in your devices as you recharge your brain!

Virtual/Mixed Reality Station: Check out the latest innovations in virtual and augmented reality – and how these new technologies are being used in the world of safety today.


Join your peers, OSH professionals and employers for ASSE’s Professional Development Conference & Exposition which offers the tools you need to begin a successful career in safety. The conference showcases the best in the profession, while bridging the gaps between established experts and students. It’s never too early to connect with your future colleagues. You CANNOT beat this value for three full days of instrumental safety education.

Concurrent Sessions: Over 200 peer-reviewed sessions are distributed among 20+ topics, including fundamental sessions. These sessions are ideal for students and beginning professionals, offering an excellent introduction to a broad range of topics such as hazard identification, construction, fire protection, risk management, and safety management.

Career Center: Stop by and view internships and entry-level job opportunities provided by companies from across the country. Visit company tabletop booths to learn more about potential employers and connect with reps from top companies.

Communities Lounge: Have fun and discover what your ASSE community can offer year-round through mini-sessions, networking, and more. Fireside Chats with senior leaders will help you understand how to chart your own leadership path.

Roundtable Discussions: OSH professionals from various industries and backgrounds will share their career experiences, discuss communication skills, professional development and other relevant topics. Get a broader perspective on what it is like to be an OSH professional to prepare for your career.

Networking Breakfasts: Learn all about how to maximize your PDC experience and how to get involved in ASSE. Enjoy a continental breakfast and engage with your peers.

Research Poster Sessions: The Poster Session stimulates interest in OSH research and acts as a forum to share best practices, new initiatives and earn recognition. Put your research in front of thousands of practicing safety professionals and add an esteemed research presentation to your resume.


Exposition Grand Opening and Welcome Reception | Sunday, June 3 | 2:30PM - 6:00PM

Come together with your fellow colleagues to officially kick-off the conference. Enjoy complimentary beverages and new promotions.

ASSE Thanks Its Sponsors


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


  • Cintas - Centennial Sponsor
  • Grainger - Centennial Sponsor

For more than 50 years, the ASSE’s Professional Development Conference has been and will continue to be the direct reflection of what is taking place in the occupational, safety and health industry.

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