The American Society of Safety Engineers [ASSE] conducted their 56th annual conference, Safety 2017 from 19-22 June at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference had over 650 exhibitors from across the globe. 5,000 safety professionals, health and safety leaders, key decision makers, safety consultants from 40 countries came together to share their expertise in risk management, industrial safety, industrial hygiene, and more. With over 300 speaker sessions and events, the conference was a unique opportunity for professionals in the safety domain.
There were various types of organizations exhibiting at the conference; which could be categorized as:
- PPE Products – This category included organizations providing safety glasses, safety footwear, hard hats, clothing, glasses and gloves.
- Health and Safety Products – Organizations providing fall protection devices, safety ropes manufacturers, chemical safety devices.
- Universities, Publishers and Associations – Organizations across the USA who provide accreditation programs on health and safety.
- Training organizations – These included eLearning catalog companies, onsite training providers and training marketplaces.
I attended the conference on behalf of the Harbinger Interactive Learning team, and tried to understand the role online learning plays in health and safety training. Here are my key observations from the conference:
- Popularity of Onsite Training – Though there are many successful online training catalog providers in the health and safety space, onsite training is still the most popular method to deliver training.
- Learning on Handheld Devices – Many of the training catalog providers have their training content in Adobe Flash or PDF formats, however, they seem to be warming up to the idea of providing training through handheld devices like tablets and smart-phones.
- Virtual and Augmented Reality in Health and Safety – Virtual and augmented reality seem to be the next big thing in the health and safety training domain.
Safety 2017 provided me with the opportunity to interact with various health and safety training providers and also gave me an insight into the evolution of safety training over the last few years. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this conference and came back better-informed on the role training plays in the health and safety domain. Did you attend this conference? What were your key takeaways? Share through comments below.