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Safety and Health Protocols for In-Person Events

Updated Aug. 4, 2022

ASSP continues to monitor the latest developments regarding workplace safety and health guidance throughout the prolonged pandemic. Registration is open for the fall session of SafetyFOCUS, which will take place Oct. 24-28 in Columbia, MD, and via our Live Virtual Classroom. In addition, we will deliver in-person certification exam preparation courses in Atlanta, GA, later this month and in Irvine, CA, in December. 

Under our on-site safety plan for SafetyFOCUS, which also applies to our in-person courses in Atlanta and Irvine, you must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test — including a home test — taken/administered within 48 hours of arrival for the first day of your course. We are working with CrowdPass, a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform, to verify healthcare documentation for these events.

In addition to these measures, we recommend that vaccinated attendees take a test before arriving at the training facility. Masks are not required at this time. As a condition of registration, participants agree to follow all local and ASSP safety protocols in place at the time of the course; voluntarily accept the inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases; and agree to not hold ASSP or its representatives liable for any illness related to that risk.

ASSP takes the safety and health of all participants seriously. Our goal is to offer you the highest quality educational resources in accessible formats to meet your evolving needs.

Stay informed of the latest SafetyFOCUS news at safetyfocus.assp.org and find the latest course updates on our educational events calendar.

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ASSP Meetings

At this time, all meetings of the Board of Directors, Society councils and committees are being held virtually, as are the majority of our regional operating committee and standards development meetings. 

Chapter Guidance

As separate entities, ASSP chapters and their leaders must exercise good judgment in making decisions, and we strongly recommend they follow the Society's prudent approach. This includes assessing risks, working with event hosts to understand safety and health protocols, following the latest CDC guidance on gatherings, face coverings and other measures, and communicating these details frequently with your members. Doing so enables ASSP to achieve a safe and healthy operating environment across the entire organization. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration and implementation of this guidance during the ongoing pandemic.

We thank all of our members and volunteer leaders for their dedication to safe practices and adherence to Society recommendations. Please contact your chapter directly with questions about local ASSP activities.

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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.

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