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ASSP Recommends Virtual Meetings and Events

October 19, 2020

We take safety and health seriously and continue to closely monitor guidance from public health officials as COVID-19 cases remain a concern across the country. All meetings of our Board of Directors, Society councils and committees, and regional operating committees will be held virtually through March 31, 2021.

As separate entities, our chapters and their leaders must exercise best judgment in making their own 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.

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Virtual Education and Events

To best protect the safety and health of our instructors, attendees, members and staff, we have shifted in-person courses and events to virtual experiences through March 31, 2021. This includes our 2020 Future Safety Leaders Conference in November and SafetyFOCUS 2021 in February. We take public safety and health seriously and recognize many potential attendees also work for organizations with travel restrictions.

Our goal is to continue to offer you the highest quality educational resources to meet your evolving needs during the pandemic and beyond. We appreciate your continued involvement in ASSP during this challenging time.

Follow Physical Distancing and Hand-Washing Guidance

While face coverings are prevalent throughout the country and required for entrance into many establishments, physical distancing and hand-washing remain the key measures to slowing the spread of COVID-19. 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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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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