Safety Knowledge and Networking in New Orleans
One of the highlights is a June 12 panel discussion on how increased use and legalization of marijuana affect companies’ efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces.
The Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference & Exposition takes place this month in New Orleans. The conference, which is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Professionals, will take place June 10-12, with post-conference courses scheduled for June 12-15. The conference and exposition will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
New Orleans Attractions
New Orleans is the most populous city in Louisiana. The average temperatures for June are a low of 74 and a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so the thousands of professionals coming for the event should be ready for warm and humid weather.
The “Big Easy” is well known for its cuisine and culture, particularly the celebration of Mardi Gras. While Safety 2019 takes place months after the Mardi Gras parades, there is still plenty to do in the city. The French Quarter, often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, is one of the city’s most famous neighborhoods, encompassing arts, culture, cuisine, and the infamous Bourbon Street.
The Convention Center is located in the Arts/Warehouse District, which is also home to the National World War II Museum. The museum, which includes a reproduction of the Higgins boat that carried Allied soldiers to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, has been designated by Congress as the country’s official WWII museum.
There are a variety of ways to get around New Orleans, according to NewOrleans.com. The streetcar system has four distinct lines, each originating in downtown, and a three-day pass can be purchased for $9. Visitors also can rent a bike, take a pedicab, or use a cab or rideshare service.
Safety 2019 Educational Program Highlights, ISFP Symposium
The conference’s educational program is divided into 24 tracks that include safety management, construction, fire protection, oil gas/mining & mineral resources, human behavior, and international issues. Workplace violence appears to be a particular focus this year, with at least three sessions covering the topic, including “The Safety Professional and Active Shooter Planning” (June 10, 10:45-11:45 a.m.), “Lessons Learned from the Hesston, Kansas, Workplace Shooting” (June 11, 10:30-11:45 a.m.), and “Active Shooter Survival” (June 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.).