ASSE Representatives Visit China

ASSE’s President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM, Executive Director Fred Fortman Jr., LL.M, CAE,  Global Business Growth and Development Manager  Yassie  Dunn, PMP, and ASSE Ambassador to Greater China Nick Yin traveled to China and Taiwan in November 2013 to learn more about opportunities in the China market and to foster an ongoing relationship with the Chinese Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA), whose delegation visited ASSE in May 2013. The outcome of the most recent visit was a bilateral agreement signed by ASSE’s Seabrook and COSHA President Zhang Baoming, which enables the two parties to conduct activities that promote occupational safety in China, facilitate technical information exchange, and provide a platform for joint conferences and professional development training.

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ASSE President Kathy A. Seabrook (left) and ISHA President Lan Fwu-Liang at the MOU signing ceremony.

ASSE Ambassador Yin was not only instrumental in establishing ties with COSHA, but he also helped ASSE explore opportunities in Taiwan. During the trip, the ASSE delegation also visited Industrial Safety and Health Association (ISHA) of the R.O.C. (Taiwan). The delegation received a warm welcome and was treated to a cordial reception by ISHA President Lan Fwu-Liang and other ISHA leaders. The ASSE delegation discussed potential areas of cooperation with ISHA and sighed an MOU outlining potential areas of cooperation between the two organizations. Seabrook extended invitations for the leadership of both COSHA and ISHA to participate in Safety 2014 in Orlando, FL.

The final accomplishment of the trip was a technical meeting in Shanghai. The day-long meeting took place Nov. 12 at the Honeywell Training Center in China. More than 40 safety practitioners from multinational corporations such as Honeywell, GE, Disney and Praxair participated. It was a great platform for exchanging technical information, sharing best practices and exploring ways ASSE can help local safety professionals. ASSE also surveyed participants to identify additional areas in which ASSE can provide value.

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ASSE and COSHA teams at the signing of the MOU for cooperation in Beijing.