ASSE Delegation Attends China International Forum on Work Safety

An ASSE delegation participated in the 8th China International Forum on Work Safety held in Beijing at the end of September 2016. The event, held every 2 years, was cohosted by State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) and International Labor Organization (ILO).

In his opening keynote address, China’s Minister of OSH noted the importance of advancing OSH in China and emphasized the importance of training and continuous professional development for safety professionals. He specifically thanked ASSE for its continuing support and global influence. A SAWS delegation also attended Safety 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

The Society’s delegation was led by ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, and included Ken Daigle, P.E., Risk Assessment Institute chair; Yassie Dunn, senior manager, global development; Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, ASSE international faculty member; and Nick Yin, CSP, CIH, ASSE Ambassador to Greater China.

Cecich addressed attendees during the Global Executive Panel on the first day of the event. Seabrook and Daigle presented half day seminars on ISO 45001 and ASSE’s Risk Assessment Certificate Program, respectively, generating positive feedback from attendees.

After the conference, ASSE and BCSP delegations met with SAWS senior officials. SAWS is particularly interested in ASSE professional development offerings and the continuation of a bilateral exchange between the two organizations to advance OSH in both countries. The ASSE delegation also met with Chinese Occupational Safety and Health Administration (COSHA) officials to discuss potential areas of cooperation.

Overall, the Society is excited by the opportunities to deliver ASSE professional development (e.g., certificate programs and ASP/CSP training) in China through local partners such as ORCHSE Asia-Pacific and ASSE’s authorized providers. In the longer term, ASSE will continue to cultivate relationships with SAWS and COSHA to advance OSH globally.

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ASSE President Tom Cecich, fourth from the right, addressing SAWS attendees during the Executive Panel discussion
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