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Safety 2021 Shifts to Austin in September

March 31, 2021

We take safety and health seriously and continue monitoring guidance from public health officials as the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine progresses across the country.

As a result, our Safety 2021 Professional Development Conference and Exposition has shifted to a hybrid experience Sept. 13-15, taking place online and in-person in Austin, Texas. Our goal is to offer you the highest quality educational resources in accessible formats to meet your evolving needs during the pandemic and beyond.

We are prioritizing the safety and health of all Safety 2021 attendees, incorporating heightened safeguards that include mandatory face coverings at the Austin Convention Center. The virtual component of the event features mobile compatibility to offer unprecedented access to our 60th annual conference. The popular general and plenary sessions will be streamed live so that in-person and online attendees experience them together in real time.

Read our press release and stay informed of the latest event information by visiting our conference web site. Registration will open in late spring.

Safety 2021 FAQs    Read full statement

Online Education and Meeting Practices Continue

All in-person ASSP education courses and events continue to be delivered virtually to protect the safety and health of all involved. In addition, all meetings of the Board of Directors, Society councils and committees, and regional operating committees are being held virtually as well.

Chapter Guidance

As separate entities, ASSP chapters and their leaders must exercise good judgment in making decisions, and we strongly recommend they follow Society-wide guidance. Doing so will enable ASSP to achieve a safe and healthy operating environment across the entire organization. We understand the frustrations and disappointments caused by this extended pandemic, but we know a unified approach to protecting the safety and health of our members will lead to a quicker return to in-person meetings and larger gatherings.

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

Physical Distancing and Hand Washing

While face coverings are prevalent throughout the country and required for entrance into most establishments, physical distancing and hand washing remain the key measures to slowing the spread of COVID-19 while vaccinations are gradually administered. Please maintain at least six feet of space between you and others, and wash your hands frequently.

We Will Keep You Informed

As we continue evaluate the latest credible information in our rapidly changing environment, we will promptly communicate important decisions. We appreciate your flexibility and support during these extraordinary times.

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*Please note: The information shared in this session is based on information available as of Feb. 23, 2021. Please refer to the latest guidance from your local or state public health and government authorities.

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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.


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