National Safety Council Hosts Gathering in Orlando

February 9, 2005

The 17th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, an international gathering of safety and health experts, is being held Sept. 18-22 in Orlando. This is the first time the triennial event is being held in the United States.

The World Congress, jointly organized by the National Safety Council, the United Nation’s International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), is expected to attract more than 3,000 leaders from around the world in government, labor, industry and academia. DuPont, a global science company, is the premier sponsor of the 2005 World Congress.

“The National Safety Council is honored to host this influential gathering of the world’s foremost experts on occupational safety and health,” said Alan McMillan, National Safety Council president and CEO and secretariat for the 2005 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

McMillan said the NSC and other U.S. organizations began negotiating with the ILO and ISSA in 1999 to bring the World Congress to the United States. The NSC’s offer to host the event was formally accepted in May 2001.

“This event will mark the culmination of a number of collaborative activities over the past four years aimed at enhancing the safety and health of workers around the world. Besides offering a forum for the international sharing of scientific research, technical information and best safety and health practices, the 2005 World Congress will provide an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous strides that have reportedly been made around the world in workplace safety and health.

“Our ultimate goal,” McMillan said, “is to make the world’s workplaces safe and healthy for workers in every country and in every occupation.”

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