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ASSP Shifts Safety 2021 to Austin in September

Prioritizing the safety and health of all attendees, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has moved its signature event to a new date and location while making it a hybrid experience for the first time. The Safety 2021 Professional Development Conference and Exposition will take place September 13-15 both online and in-person in Austin, Texas, enabling attendees to access continuing education like never before.

“It will be a dynamic occupational safety and health education and networking experience, and we are incorporating heightened safety and health measures to protect all attendees,” said Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN, president, ASSP.

ASSP will combine the in-person event at the Austin Convention Center with an engaging virtual component that features mobile compatibility to offer unprecedented access to the 60th annual conference. The new framework replaces the Society’s original plan to present Safety 2021 in Denver in June.

“Expect a conference experience that is mindful of the public safety and health challenges we continue to face due to the pandemic,” she added. “We’ve all missed being together in person, and we’ll provide safe opportunities for safety professionals to learn and reconnect with one another to enhance their careers.”

In addition to requiring attendees to wear face coverings at the convention center, ASSP is reportedly working diligently to integrate many safeguards into its new plan and continues to monitor pandemic-related developments in Austin. Furthermore, if the public health situation doesn’t improve as expected, the Society has the flexibility to shift the conference to an all-virtual event.
By attending the live event in Austin, safety professionals will earn up to 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for their career advancement. After the conference, those who attended in-person will have access to all the online sessions that provide an additional 6.0 CEUs, enabling them to earn up to 7.2 CEUs total. Virtual-only registrants can earn up to 6.0 CEUs. Safety 2021 registration will open in late spring.

The conference’s popular general and plenary sessions that aim to inspire, entertain and inform will be streamed live so that in-person and online attendees experience them together in real time.

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