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ASSE Set To Celebrate Centennial
December 23, 2010

In the wake of one of the worst workplace tragedies in recent history, the March 25th, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was formed in October of 1911 to enhance safety with the mission “to promote harmonious action in safety work and to educate members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention.” In 2011 ASSE will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.

To celebrate its centennial, a ‘Century of Safety’ and to look forward to another 100 years of enhancing work safety, ASSE will debut a documentary on the history of safety and ASSE the first of the year and an updated Professional Safety journal which will have interactive features and programs increasing the positive experience for the reader. Additionally, ASSE is preparing for its ‘supersized’ Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2011, to be held in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center June 12th-15th, 2011. In addition to is educational sessions, the conference will feature many new events to celebrate the centennial including a major celebration gala to be held Monday evening, June 13th, at Navy Pier; a ‘Safety Through the Ages’ exhibit; the ASSE ‘Chapter Pavilion’, and more.

ASSE will also be commemorating the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire at events in New York City March 24th and 25th, 2011, and in Chicago. ASSE chapters and student members will be visiting local schools and other community groups with information on how to be safe at work utilizing the ASSE ‘Safety Suitcase’, the ‘Target Teen Work Safety’ kit and other tools. The theme for the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week to be held May 1st-7th, 2011, is ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’. NAOSH kick-off events will be held in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Capitol, the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Department of Labor May 2nd. All ASSE members are invited to attend. ASSE will honor the winners and entrants of the 9th annual ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest at the NAOSH kick-off events at the U.S. Capitol. Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day will be held May 4th, 2011.

As part of the celebration, ASSE will hold several contests. An essay contest will award $1,500 to an ASSE member or student member who best outlines a specific challenge facing the SH&E industry and highlights possible solutions. A video essay contest titled ‘Why the World Needs More SH&E Professionals’ is offering a grand prize of $1,500 to the entry that best explains the importance of occupational safety and health and the profession. Another $1,000 will go to the entry most viewed by visitors to the ASSE web site. Go to for more information on these contests.

On October 14th, 2011, ASSE’s annual Leadership Conference for member leadership will hold a birthday celebration in Illinois.

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