Southwest Florida Safety Professionals to Host "Safe Florida 2009" on October 30 in Fort Myers, Florida

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Florida has one of the highest workplace accident and fatality rates in the nation, with a large diversified concentration of workers in the construction, agricultural and hospitality sectors. Safety training and administration, while seen by many as just another overhead expense, can play a very positive role in increasing the "bottom line." The Florida Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers is dedicated to spreading the word about the value of safety to the Florida economy. The theme of the "Safe Florida 2009" Conference and Exposition is, appropriately, "Safety is a Winning Investment."

An OSHA Update - Looking at Today's Priorities

On October 30, "Safe Florida 2009" will bring together safety managers, coordinators and representatives from throughout South Florida. With the theme "Safety is a Winning Investment, " the conference program will center upon the cost-effectiveness of well-structured and efficient safety programs and technological advances.

John Henshaw, CIH, consultant and former head of OSHA, will provide the welcoming address. Dr. Marion Thorpe, MD, MPH, ex-Florida Chief Medical Officer and candidate for US Senate, and John Tomich, consultant and former OSHA Area Director from New York will provide insights and motivation as the day continues. A varied program of professional safety training is scheduled, consisting of:

"An OSHA Update - Looking at Today's Priorities" - Darlene Fossum, South FL Area Director

"Managing Highway Safety" - Greg Barlow, CSP, Safety and Health Manager, Collier County

"Using Risk Assessment to Set Priorities and Reduce Costs" - Bob Andres, CSP, ESA Consulting

"Managing Construction Risks" - Charity Strassel, Director of Construction, Lutgert Insurance

"Risk Engineering and Controls" - Tom Land, Sr. Risk Engineer, Zurich Services Corp.

"Worker Compensation and Litigation" - Eric Stifler, Esq., Kelley, Stifler and Thomas, LLC.

The conference includes a continental breakfast, luncheon, free parking, vendor exhibits and door prizes. The total cost is $100 per person, if reservations are made before October 27, and $125 thereafter. Students, with a valid I.D., are invited to attend for only $25. The full conference qualifies for .6CEUs.

Reservations may be made online at the chapter website, or mailed to ASSE-SWFL, 168 Palm View Drive, Naples, 34110 using a registration form obtained by calling 239-594-3132 or e-mailing to asseswfl (at) comcast (dot) net or dramineh (at) embarqmail (dot) com.

This conference and exposition is sponsored by: Arthrex Corporation, Naples; The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fort Myers; US Safety; Oshex Associates, Inc.; Florida Gulf Coast University; Edison College; Eric Stiffler, Esq.; Diversified Construction Safety, Inc.; Lutgert Insurance Company; Risk Control Resources, LLC and Hogan's Safety Seminary.

ON THE CALENDAR: The chapter also plans to offer a "Safety Outreach" series of free safety and health webinars starting in 2010. For details, notifications, or to offer to be a presenter or sponsor, contact Bob Andres at asseswfl (at) comcast (dot) net.

Contact Information:

Dean Ramineh, President
ASSE Florida Suncoast Chapter
dramineh (at) embarquemail (dot) com

Robert N. Andres Sr., Director
Government and Community Affairs
ASSE Florida Suncoast Chapter
esaconsulting (at) comcast (dot) net

Michael E. Adams, VP and Program Chair
ASSE Florida Suncoast Chapter
michael.eugene.adams (at) gmail (dot) com


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