July 10, 2023 - The signature event of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) attracted nearly 6,000 occupational safety and health professionals, a record for the event’s in-person attendance.
Some 300 more people joined a livestream session, and 2,100 exhibitor representatives staffed displays in the exposition hall.
All told, the Safety 2023 Professional Development Conference and Exposition held in San Antonio this June involved 8,300 people.
“We saw a big desire from safety professionals to network with colleagues and stay current on best practices, industry trends and the latest product innovations,” said ASSP President Jim Thornton. “It was incredible to see a record turnout so soon after the pandemic. Safety 2023 was a true success.”
The registered attendance of 5,937 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center surpassed ASSP’s previous record of 5,905, set in 2019 in New Orleans.
Started in 1962, the Safety conference is one of America’s largest annual conferences for the advancement of workplace safety and health.
Boosting Safety 2023’s popularity was a dynamic expo with more than 550 vendor booths that covered a total of more than 100,000 sq. ft.
The extensive product showcase was a key element of the overall experience. “Our expo is so illuminating that we get some safety and health professionals coming only for that,” Thornton said.
Safety 2023 welcomed 3,100 first-time attendees, making up more than half of the total attendance.
Also, 43% of the record crowd were non-members who received a free year of ASSP membership. The results signal future growth for ASSP and the workplace safety and health profession.
“We’re proud to be a leader in providing professional development for the occupational safety and health community,” Thornton said. “Our event shares case studies and new safety approaches along with vast networking opportunities that help practitioners solve challenges and advance their careers.”
In a post-event survey of Safety 2023 attendees, 9 out of 10 respondents said they would recommend the conference to a colleague while more than 80 percent indicated they plan to attend next year’s event.
The conference surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal as participants donated $26,550 to the ASSP Foundation, including a $10,000 match from Liberty Mutual. The ASSP Foundation promotes occupational safety and health as a career choice and works to build a sustainable talent pipeline in the profession that will help make all industries safer worldwide.
ASSP’s Safety 2024 takes place Aug. 7-9 next year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Groups planning to attend Safety 2024 can save on the entire conference. More than 100 groups received discounts on this year’s event.