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Worker Safety Emphasized at Staffing World 2017

The American Staffing Association will host several workplace safety-related sessions at Staffing World 2017, Oct. 24‒26 in Chicago, continuing its concerted efforts to ensure that safety remains a top priority of the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
“Trending Insights,” 11 a.m.‒12:30 p.m.
Experts will explore workplace safety considerations during this roundtable session to be led by Amy Harper, Ph.D., director for workplace safety initiatives at the National Safety Council.

“Forecast: Occupational Safety and Health Trends for 2018,” 2:15‒3:15 p.m.
Occupational safety and health lawyer Mark Lies will share initiatives and trends that he projects the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration may follow in 2018. He will also review current workplace safety and health policies under the Trump administration.

Thursday, Oct. 26
“Protecting Temporary Workers: Roles and Responsibilities of Host Employers and Staffing Firms,”
11:30 a.m.‒12:30 p.m.

A panel of experts will review a fictional case study, created by ASA and NSC in alliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to answer questions about the roles of host employers and staffing firms in complying with workplace health and safety requirements. Panelists include Harper; Sharon Pancamo, dual CSHO, occupational safety manager, Elwood Staffing Services; and Gary Lescallett, assistant regional administrator for enforcement programs, OSHA.

“Risk Management Best Practices to Increase Market Recognition and Profits,” 2:30‒3:30 p.m.
This workshop will provide insights on safe work environments, treatment of injured workers after an accident or injury, proper classification of clients and the workplace, and other risk management best practices. Panelists include Bill Nagel, vice president and director, PMC Insurance Group; Bob Thompson, vice president, WorldWide Specialty Programs; and Rob Loose, CSP, PHR, director of safety, MAU Inc.

“The safety, health, and well-being of all temporary and contract employees is a priority of ASA and its member staffing firms,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Staffing World is a perfect opportunity to help educate members on critical workplace safety issues.”

Staffing World 2017 will offer a wide array of additional educational sessions, compelling keynote presentations, and the first-ever Staffing World Tech Park. The convention also offers the staffing industry’s largest expo and numerous networking opportunities for attendees.

For more information and to register, visit You can also follow ASA on Twitter and Instagram.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit

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