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Safety 2020 Shifts to Virtual Event

April 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, ASSP continues to monitor the latest information and recommendations from public health authorities and government officials. We have stood for safety for more than 100 years and take our responsibilities seriously during this unprecedented crisis. We remain dedicated to providing educational resources and guidance to help our members and their organizations manage their occupational safety and health challenges. It’s more important than ever that we support each other and continue to find new ways to connect, learn and share so we can protect more workers and advance the safety profession.

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“Safety 2020: Virtual” Coming Your Way

For the safety of all involved, the ASSP Board of Directors decided to shift the Safety 2020 Professional Development Conference and Exposition to a virtual education event during the same three-day period of June 23-25. “Safety 2020: Virtual” will deliver the high-quality education and insights that safety professionals need to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities at their organizations worldwide.

Mirroring the in-person conference, Safety 2020: Virtual will feature educational courses that provide practical information safety professionals can implement today and beyond. Participants will learn from many of the industry trendsetters who were scheduled to present in Orlando. Plans call for 60 sessions that include a Q&A with the speaker. There will be three keynote presentations and two plenary sessions.

Each day will include an interactive virtual exposition and networking opportunities. Participants can earn up to 6.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for their career advancement – nearly four times as many as the in-person event. All sessions will be accessible to attendees for 60 days post-event.

Anyone registered for the in-person event will have their registration automatically transferred to the web-based experience unless they contact ASSP by May 21. Other options include receiving credit for a future ASSP educational offering including Safety 2021 in Denver, or receiving a full refund. Our exhibitors have similar options. Please visit the Safety 2020: Virtual website for complete information. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these extraordinary times.

Other Moves to Virtual

In addition to the Safety 2020 change, ASSP has shifted all in-person education events to virtual offerings through June 30. Our committee meetings also will be held virtually during this time.

We Will Keep You Informed

ASSP is committed to evaluating risks, keeping perspective and making decisions based on the latest credible information in our rapidly changing environment. We will promptly communicate important announcements. Our staff continues to work remotely in accordance with stay-at-home orders in Illinois.

Take Advantage of Resources

Now more than ever, safety professionals need information to help keep workers safe. On this page you will find webinars, podcasts, articles and other resources posted regularly. There are also links to government and public health entities. If you have questions, please email customer service or call +1 847 699.2929. Thank you and be well.

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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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