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Our Safety and Health Protocols for In-Person Education Events

Updated Jan. 20, 2023

Your safety and health are important to us, and we are proud that our approach enables us to bring the OSH community together to connect, learn and grow in a safe environment.

We continue to monitor the latest workplace safety and health guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under our on-site safety and health plan for SafetyFOCUS 2023 in February in Orlando, FL, and for Safety 2023 in San Antonio, TX, ASSP strongly recommends that attendees stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. However, proof of vaccination is not required. We will continue to provide updates on this page and on the event websites as needed and we reserve the right to implement COVID-19-related protocols at our discretion in the training facility. 

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. All attendees agree to adhere to our Code of Professional Conduct.

Stay informed about SafetyFOCUS at safetyfocus.assp.org; Safety 2023 at safety.assp.org; and our 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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*Please note: The information shared in this recording is based on information available as of Dec. 14, 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.

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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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