ASSE India Chapters Host Successful ASSE HSE 2017 Conference & Exposition

The 3rd annual ASSE HSE India 2017 Professional Development Conference and Exposition took place in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, Feb. 16-18, 2017. The event was organized by all four ASSE India chapters and the leadership of the professional development conference’s (PDC) Organizing Committee led by ASSE’s Global Region IX Director for Area III, Ajay Sachdeva, CPEA, and ASSE’s Telangana Chapter President Maddhu Nallan Chakravarthy. The event attracted nearly 200 safety professionals from all over India.

From left: ASSE Senior Vice President Rixio Medina, ASSE Senior Manager for Global Growth and Development Yassie Dunn and ASSE Ambassador to the Middle East and India Jitu Patel.

ASSE’s global leadership team participated in the conference, including Rixio Medina, CSP, ASSE Senior Vice President; Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, CMIOSH, ASSE Global Region Vice President; Jitu Patel, CPEA, ASSE Ambassador to the Middle East and India; and Yassie Dunn, ASSE’s senior manager for global growth and development. While attending the PDC, Medina, who worked in India during his professional career in the oil and gas industry, delivered greetings from ASSE headquarters and also delivered a technical presentation on change management.

The conference was supported and endorsed by two prominent OSH institutions in India: National Safety Council (NSC) of India and D.L. Shah Trust. This was the first time NSC of India endorsed an ASSE event. V.B. Sant, NSC of India’s director general, attended the conference and delivered the opening address on Feb. 16. D.L. Shah Trust, represented by Hari Taneja, CET, CEP, QEP, has been an ASSE supporter in India since 2015 when it helped institute the ASSE/D.L. Shah Trust Award to recognize outstanding safety professionals with monetary awards and mementos as a way to elevate the OSH profession in India.

India’s government was represented by a steering committee member and a member of National Road Safety Council, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Kamal J. Soi, who delivered the keynote address.

The main theme of the conference was “Advancing Sustainability Through Application of Science and Technology in HSE,” and the program included sessions on diverse topics such as road safety; industrial hygiene; occupational health, sustainability initiatives and avenues; risk management; process safety management; and construction industry best practices. In conjunction with the conference, three workshops were conducted: a preconference workshop on sustainability and two postconference workshops on CSP exam preparation and risk assessment.

Event exhibitors and supporters included Tata Motors, India (silver sponsor); Ramesh Diagnostic Center, India; VNV Advisory, India; KEL Sawalka, India; BCSP, U.S.; Velocity EHS, Australia; and University of Fredericton, Canada.

The event attracted numerous local media outlets and received extensive media coverage. More details about this event, including an official picture gallery, are available on the conference’s website.