Symposium providing free continuing education credits, safety training

By JERROLD SCHARNINGHAUSEN, PH.D., Workplace Safety Division, Directorate of Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, AlabamaMarch 14, 2023

Safety and occupational health professionals have a chance to earn free continuing education credits and training without the burden of travel or conference fees when the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center’s 31st Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium (PDS) convenes April 17-21.
Safety and occupational health professionals have a chance to earn free continuing education credits and training without the burden of travel or conference fees when the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center’s 31st Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium (PDS) convenes April 17-21.

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Safety and occupational health professionals have a chance to earn free continuing education credits and training without the burden of travel or conference fees when the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center’s 31st Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium (PDS) convenes April 17-21.

The PDS is a professional development opportunity for Department of Defense uniformed and civilian professionals to share innovative ideas and new trends and information in areas of safety and occupational health, environmental protection and industrial hygiene. Hosted online since 2013, the event is presented via the web conferencing tool Adobe Connect at no cost to presenters or attendees.

This year’s symposium will feature claimant meetings, keynote speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of topics. The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) will present a session April 17 that will cover the Army Readiness Assessment Program (ARAP), the 4th-Quarter Aviation Mishap Spike, the Joint Risk Assessment Tool (JRAT), PMV-2 (motorcycle) and PMV-4 (automobile) mishap trends in the Army, military occupational specialty driving analysis, tactical vehicle rollover trends and utilizing R techniques to conduct data analysis.

The USACRC will also present breakout sessions on the following subjects:

Title: Army Safety Management Information System (ASMIS) 2.0, Training and Education Module

Date: 18 April

Time: 1330-1430 EST

Title: The Army's Mishap and Near Miss Reporting Tool

Date: 18 April

Time: 1445-1645 EST

Title: DoD HFACS version 8.0 — What Changed and Why?

Date: 18 April

Time: 1815-1915 EST

Title: ASMIS 2.0, Hazard Management

Date: 18 April

Time: 1930-2130 EST

Title: Support Development for ASMIS 2.0

Date: 19 April

Time: 0800-0900 EST

Title: ASMIS 2.0, Hazard Management

Date: 19 April

Time: 1145-1345 EST

Title: ASMIS 2.0, Assessments, Inspections & Surveys

Date: 20 April

Time: 0915-1015 EST

Title: DoD HFACS version 8.0 — What Changed and Why?

Date: 20 April

Time: 1300-1400 EST

Title: Safety Program Management in ASMIS 2.0

Date: 21 April

Time: 1300-1400 EST

Additional breakout sessions from government, industry and academic agencies will also be presented and may cover anything within the following broad topics:

  • General safety
  • Operational safety
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Health and safety for disaster response and recovery
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Occupational medicine
  • Radiation and laser safety
  • Environmental protection

Video recordings of the training sessions also will be available to registered participants after the event ends.

The PDS continues to grow both in the number of attendees and topics offered. Last year’s symposium provided 100-plus education sessions to more than 2,900 registered participants from 50 states, one U.S. territory and 35 countries. Participants’ backgrounds ranged from safety, industrial hygiene, environmental, occupational health, public health, radiation health and occupational medicine.

To register for this year’s PDS, log into the website below and complete the form:

http://jointpds.adobeconnect.com/pds2023reg/event/registration.html.

Please contact the PDS committee at NAVSAFENVTRACEN_JOINT_PDS@navy.mil if you have questions regarding this event.