ASSP Responds to COVID-19 Developments
March 23, 2020
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic evolves, health authorities at the local, state and federal levels are working assertively to “flatten the curve” — in other words slow down the community spread of the disease. While more citizens will get the virus, these safeguards are designed to prevent large spikes in new cases that could overwhelm our healthcare system. That is why we have seen major sports leagues suspend play, schools cancel classes, companies postpone events and other social-distancing measures that keep crowds from gathering in enclosed spaces.
ASSP has joined this effort. We have stood for safety for more than 100 years and take our responsibilities seriously during this unprecedented time.
We Are Committed to Your Health & Wellness
The safety and health of our members, staff, instructors, attendees and the larger safety community is our top priority. Through May 15, we have shifted our in-person education events to virtual offerings. In addition, all ASSP committee meetings will be held virtually during that time. ASSP’s Board of Directors and staff are closely monitoring the latest guidance from trusted organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as information from local health and government authorities.
We Expect to Present Safety 2020
At this time, we plan to present Safety 2020 from June 23-25 in Orlando, FL. This includes our pre- and post-conference courses. With some companies temporarily restricting travel and conference registration, we extended our early registration rate through April 27. In the event Safety 2020 is cancelled, we will refund your registration fee. ASSP will continue to monitor emerging information and make decisions accordingly. Our Board of Directors will revisit its Safety 2020 decision at the end of April.
We Will Keep You Informed
As an occupational safety and health leader, ASSP is committed to evaluating risks, keeping perspective and making decisions based on the latest information in our rapidly changing environment. We will promptly communicate new decisions and important announcements to keep you informed.
We Will Provide Support & Resources
During this unprecedented time, ASSP will provide resources that help you and your organizations respond effectively to the pandemic. Read our article The Safety Professional’s Role in Planning for a Pandemic and listen to the recording of our March 18 coronavirus Q&A session posted above.
If you have any questions, please email customer service or call 847.699.2929. Thank you.
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The U.S. federal government, state authorities, public health officials and many safety and health organizations are providing updates and information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these sites are updated daily or more frequently in this evolving situation, so be sure to visit them regularly for the latest information.
Healthy Habits Make Everyday Sense
Healthy Habits Make Everyday Sense
Following these everyday guidelines from the World Health Organization will safeguard your health and that of other attendees at any public event.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly clean your hands using soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in-between hand washings and after touching common surfaces such as doorknobs, railings and tables.
Practice good respiratory hygiene
When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your bent elbow. Dispose of used tissues immediately. If you inadvertently cough or sneeze into your hands, wash your hands right away. Don’t share food, utensils, cups or anything else that might contain germs.
Maintain social distancing
Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This helps prevent exposure to illness.
Avoid touching your face
Hands touch many common surfaces and can easily transfer a virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. That is a typical way people get sick.
Stay home when feeling ill
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical care early. It is best to call your healthcare provider in advance so they can direct you to the proper healthcare facility.