Safety 2018 Blog

10 Items You Need for a Successful Safety 2018

May 10, 2018

There are just a few weeks left before Safety 2018, and whether you’re traveling across the country or down the street, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll bring to San Antonio.

Some people are using this time to put themselves in the right frame of mind to tackle their busy conference schedules, considering the more conceptual items on their packing lists, such as a sense of curiosity, the ability to enjoy the present moment and a patient, pleasant attitude.

Giant Leaps: Looking at the History of Our Safety Conference

April 19, 2018

Safety 2018 will be our 57th annual Professional Development Conference.

In that time, it has changed from an intimate luncheon to a larger-than-life safety convention and expo, hosting thousands of the world’s best safety professionals and dozens of industry experts from top-performing companies. When we launched it back in 1962, the theme was “The Next 50 Years” with a focus on “Man in the Space Age.” This year, we are also coming together to work toward a safer, stronger future, considering the technology of our time that sparks our imaginations and makes us wonder about our place in the universe.

The 7 Qualities of Outstanding Safety Professionals

April 11, 2018

We all know the allure of lists. David Letterman’s Top 10 lists were often a highlight of his late-night show, and consumer magazines and bloggers are masters at crafting headlines starting with, “3 Reasons for,” “4 Ways to” or “9 Steps of.”

Virtual Reality Enhances Safety Training

April 06, 2018

Helping employees feel confident that they can perform their tasks safely is a key part of any training an organization provides. It's even better if you can help them visualize a variety of scenarios and practice how they will respond.

Seven Steps to Improve Your Employee Perception Surveys

March 30, 2018

Companies assess employee perceptions for several reasons. In many industrial settings, they are seeking honest feedback about things like workplace safety culture, and trying to identify what they might need to improve.

Why the Jury Is Out on Sit/Stand Workstations

March 27, 2018

It seemed to happen overnight. One day, most office workers were seated and most workers in manufacturing environments were standing. The next day, it was as if sit/stand workstations had completely flipped the script. In reality, the timeline to popularity for these versatile workplace add-ons extended over several years, beginning in full force shortly after 2010. But like all trends, sit/stand workstations quickly started to feel like the new normal for modern, healthy companies.

Goal Setting to Improve Organizational Performance

March 16, 2018

Most organizations want to improve safety performance. Traditionally, they have measured their efforts using incident-based metrics, meaning success or failure often hinges on the absence of adverse events. Too often, when setting goals to improve these types of metrics, organizations fail to consider what these goals will actually achieve.

What to Expect from the Safety 2018 Plenary Town Hall Debate

March 09, 2018

Behavior-based safety (BBS) or human and organizational performance (HOP)? A more traditional mind-set about safety or the “new view’’? In recent years, there has been growing interest in how these different approaches to organizational safety can be used to prevent serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs).

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Safety 2018

March 08, 2018

At last year’s professional development conference (PDC) in Denver, we asked 10 occupational safety and health professionals a few questions. First, why do they choose to attend ASSE conferences year after year? Second, why should other people join them in San Antonio for Safety 2018? Here’s what they said.

Top Five Safety 2018 Expo Hall Tips

February 27, 2018

Expo Hall

The Safety 2018 Exposition will feature more than 600 exhibitors demonstrating the latest cutting-edge products and innovations in occupational safety and health. With so many opportunities to speak with businesses and learn about their products, here are some tips to make the most out of your experience.

10 Ways to Learn at Safety 2018

February 23, 2018

Everyone learns differently. Some people process information by taking detailed notes, some people do their best thinking out loud in conversation with others and some people prefer to see visual representations of the subject at hand. Whether you fall into one of these groups or have a learning style all your own, Safety 2018 has learning opportunities designed to help you become a better safety professional.

How Safety Professionals Can Contribute to Risk Decision-Making: Lessons From the Deepwater Horizon Movie

February 16, 2018

It’s hard to forget the images of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, engulfed in flames following the April 20, 2010, explosion that killed 11 workers and poured more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization From Compliance to Risk

February 12, 2018

Over the past 10 years, many in the OSH community began to notice that OSH programs focusing on compliance were not leading to a decrease in the number of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). Several factors may have contributed to this including treating all incidents equally, focusing on after-the-fact approaches rather than being proactive, blaming the worker or the use of low-level controls. This led many OSH professionals to reexamine industry thinking and promote the idea that a risk-based approach would lead to improved safety performance.

How to Improve Your Safety Training with Storytelling

February 07, 2018

Storytelling is not only a great way to grab the attention of an audience, but also a great way to teach.

Safety professionals Abby Ferri, CSP, and Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET, have each leveraged different types of stories to help students remember what they learn during training sessions. Both advise that the best approach is to vary your storytelling strategy depending on the specific audience, class and topic.

How to Succeed as a Young Safety Professional

February 01, 2018

The first decision people make in the morning affects every other decision they make throughout the day. It’s a choice that goes beyond whether to hit the snooze button or reach for a glass of water.

“The day doesn’t decide how it’s going for me,” says J.A. Rodriguez Jr., CSP, SGE, global senior leader of environmental health, safety and sustainability at Raytheon. “I decide how the day’s going to go.”

Apply Engineering Principles to Become a Better Safety Professional

January 30, 2018

Safety professionals face many challenges in identifying occupational risks and hazards, as well as instituting the proper controls to mitigate or eliminate them. Whether determining how to guard a machine press or handle nuclear materials, it is a tremendous asset for safety professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles, and which should be applied in particular situations.

Top Five Networking Tips for Safety 2018

January 17, 2018


Safety 2018 puts you among more than 5,000 OSH professionals, each bringing unique experiences and expertise to the conference. This is a great opportunity to meet and converse with like-minded safety professionals, look for potential employers and employees, and expand your knowledge of the OSH profession.

10 Things Safety 2018 Attendees Shouldn't Miss in San Antonio

January 10, 2018

Thousands of the world’s best safety professionals are heading to San Antonio, TX, this June for a few days of networking, learning and fun. Need even more reasons to make the trip for Safety 2018? Look no further than the city itself, which is known for its rich history, delicious food and riverfront views.

ASSP Thanks Its Sponsors


  • Safestart - Diamond Sponsor
  • CLMI - Diamond Sponsor
  • BCSP - Diamond Sponsor


  • Grainger - Centennial Sponsor
  • Cintas - Centennial Sponsor
  • Clicksafety - Diamond Sponsor

For more than 50 years, the ASSP’s Professional Development Conference has been and will continue to be the direct reflection of what is taking place in the occupational, safety and health industry.

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