It was a week of records in San Diego: Record-breaking temperatures shortened school days and had the region under a heat advisory, while record-breaking crowds converged on the San Diego Convention Center for the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo.
“This year’s event is our biggest show to date, with the highest attendance ever,” said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, who noted that the theme of this year’s conference was helping attendees advance on their “Journey to Safety Excellence.”
For my parents generation, a defining moment was the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. My parents and their friends all could remember what they were doing at the precise moment they heard the news. For my generation, a defining moment was September 11, 2001.
The value of EHS extends far beyond the workplace. Just ask Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which is facing $1.4 billion in proposed fines for a September 2010 pipeline blast that leveled parts of a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., and killed eight people.
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., was the site of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference, which wrapped up Thursday.
During the event, the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization and the conference.
According to the International Labor Organization, 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 injury-causing occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at $2.8 trillion (U.S.$) worldwide.