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ASSP Shifts Annual Conference from June to September

April 1, 2021
Safety association pivots from a Rocky Mountain setting to the urban prairies of Texas.

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has moved its annual safety conference to a new date and location, while adding a hybrid component to it. The Safety 2021 Professional Development Conference and Exposition will take place Sept. 13-15 both online and in-person in Austin, Texas.

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last national safety conference to be held in the United States was EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference in November 2019. Interestingly, that conference was also held in Texas (Dallas). This year’s Safety Leadership Conference will be a hybrid event held in Cleveland, Ohio, November 9-11.

ASSP plans to incorporate heightened safety and health measures to protect all attendees, said ASSP president Deborah Roy. Attendees will be required to wear face coverings at the convention center, and the society also plans to integrate other safeguards into its plan and will closely monitor pandemic-related developments in Austin. If the public health situation doesn’t improve as expected, ASSP will shift the conference to an all-virtual event.

ASSP had previously announced plans to hold its annual event in Denver, Colo., in June. However, that event was canceled and rescheduled to the Austin event in September due to an analysis of public health factors and national projections. The society’s 2020 show, which originally had been scheduled to be held in-person in Orlando in June 2020, ended up becoming a virtual event.

Similarly, the National Safety Council’s annual event, which was postponed from October 2020 in Indianapolis to a virtual event last month, is planned to be held in-person in October 2021 in Orlando.

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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