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Launch of ASSE LearnEx expands education options for safety professionals

Sep 19, 2017

PARK RIDGE, Illinois — A leading source for education among occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has unveiled its latest innovation in online learning. Newly created ASSE LearnEx courses debut in October, opening a new avenue for OSH professionals around the world who aim to further their education and advance their careers.

ASSE LearnEx provides the opportunity to take part in ASSE’s formal courses through a completely online experience with the same educational benefits as the Society’s in-person classes. Participants get the same level of content and educational engagement, but can learn at their own pace anywhere an Internet connection is available.

ASSE has offered webinars and virtual symposia for many years, but the ASSE LearnEx program is set apart by the depth of learning and interactive elements it provides. Each course features a video lecture component, interactive games, a discussion forum where students respond to questions and complete assignments, and a scenario-based assessment that explores a real-world problem.

“Our members have been asking for online educational opportunities, and ASSE LearnEx delivers,” said Keisha Raines, manager of online learning at ASSE. “Many employers want to support the educational needs of their OSH professionals, but want to avoid the added cost of travel and related expenses. This program mitigates those concerns while providing the caliber of content that customers expect from ASSE, with greater flexibility.”

The first course offered on the new platform is Prevention Through Design (PTD), which is provided at ASSE’s SeminarFest each year as well as during pre- and post-conference seminars at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference. The three-week ASSE LearnEx PTD course begins Oct. 15.

Designed around the Z590.3 standard – a copy of which is included with the course – the ASSE LearnEx PTD course is taught by Georgi Popov, Ph.D., QEP, SMS, CMC, a professor in the School of Environmental Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Central Missouri. He also is ASSE’s 2017 Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year. Popov has been involved with the PTD initiative since 2007.

As with all ASSE online courses, the ASSE LearnEx program carries continuing education units (CEUs), and attendees receive a certificate of completion. As with the in-person PTD class, the ASSE LearnEx version can be applied as an elective toward ASSE’s certificate programs. The course includes three modules and a final project:

  • Module 1 provides a fundamental understanding of the Z590.3 standard and hazard identification methods.
  • Module 2 gives an overview of risk assessment methods used in the standard.
  • Module 3 focuses on practical applications and case studies.
  • The final project is a practical application that has participants providing an example from their workplace.

“Through each module, students engage with the instructor, other students and the coursework through interactive tools and assignments,” Raines said. “Then they can immediately apply what they learned on the job.”

ASSE plans to expand its virtual portfolio with additional ASSE LearnEx topics, including ISO 45001 and risk-based process safety management.

About ASSE – Working together for a safer, stronger future

For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Engineers has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of over 37,000 professionals covers every industry, developing safety and health management plans that prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses. ASSE advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community. Its flagship publication,  Professional Safety , is a longtime leader in the field. Visit and follow us on  Twitter and  Facebook.

Media contact: Blaine Krage, 847.768.3416,


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