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Physical Distancing Must Remain Priority

June 3, 2020

As the pandemic evolves and states reopen partially or fully, ASSP continues to monitor the latest information from public health authorities and government officials. We remain dedicated to providing educational resources and guidance to help our members and their organizations manage the many occupational safety and health challenges emerging during these extraordinary times. We must 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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Physical Distancing is Still Key

While face coverings are prevalent throughout the country and required for entrance into many establishments, research from health experts indicates that physical distancing remains the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. That means individuals should still wear face masks and eye protection but not solely rely on them to avoid the virus. Please keep at least six feet of space between you and others. Experts say COVID-19 spreads mainly through large respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs.

“Safety 2020: Virtual” Coming Soon

We will hold Safety 2020: Virtual, our annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition, from June 23-25. Industry thought leaders will share new insights on a wide range of topics, including mental health, diversity and pandemic planning to help participants gain valuable knowledge to help their organizations navigate today’s uncertain environment. Please visit the Safety 2020: Virtual website to learn more.

Other Moves to Virtual

In addition to Safety 2020 moving to an online platform, ASSP has shifted all in-person education events to virtual offerings through August 31. Our committee meetings also will be held virtually during this time.

ASSP’s 2020 Leadership Conference will be a virtual experience Oct. 1-2. Registration opens in July and is free. Look for more information this summer on the event web page.

We Will Keep You Informed

As we continue to evaluate risks, keep perspective and make decisions based on the latest credible information in our rapidly changing environment, we will promptly communicate important announcements.

Take Advantage of Resources

As part of our efforts to help you keep workers safe, we are regularly posting webinars, podcasts, articles and other resources to this page along with links to government and public health sites. If you have questions, please email customer service or call +1 847 699.2929.

Thank you and be well.

Return-to-Work Matrix

Members of our Women In Safety Excellence (WISE) Common Interest Group collaborated to develop a matrix that is designed to help occupational safety and health professionals create and implement return-to-work policies. The matrix reflects the expertise of safety professionals who represent a wide range of industries.

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COVID-19 Challenges: Using ISO 45001 to Enhance Mental Health and Well-Being

In this webinar, expert Kahlilah Guyah discusses how ISO 45001 can help organizations take a holistic approach to safety and health as businesses reopen.

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Latest Podcast

COVID-19: Return to Work Strategies

Guest: Deb Roy, ASSP President-Elect
Date: May 15, 2020

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Related Links

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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ISO 45001 Standard

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