Equipment manufacturing industry professionals can tap into the insights and information from industry experts and companies at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) 2019 Product Safety & Compliance Seminar being held April 29-May 2 in Des Moines, Iowa.

With the theme ‘Prepare Today, Protect Tomorrow,’ the event delivers 2 1/2 days of content to meet the needs of beginning to intermediate to experienced professionals. The seminar is developed by a planning committee of product safety professionals from AEM member companies.

“These seminars underscore manufacturers’ commitment to safety and attendees will be afforded access to a unique program unlike any other available,” said Seminar Program Manager Nathan Burton. “All of what’s shared at these seminars reflects what is a common goal across all the industry: protecting tomorrow for equipment end users and our industry.”

Here are a few of the new and notable sessions this year:

  • Incident Investigation, Reporting and Mock Investigation – A 4 1/2 hour session will offer a detailed look at the whole process – from incident through documentation – with tools, technique and methods, reporting, findings, evaluations, risks and strategy, followed by a mock investigation.
  • Data Privacy Regulation – Impact on Data Collection – This session will provide a comprehensive look at this topic and indicate what attendees should be aware of moving forward.
  • Control Costs and Ensure Market Access Through Collaborative Chemical Compliance Management – This session will focus on substance data collection from suppliers – from how and what to collect, to cataloging and accessing data, to responding when new substances come about or regulations change.
  • Video and Animation: Visual Media Benefits in Technical Publications – This session will highlight how – from hand-drawn illustrations to virtual and augmented reality – visual media is playing a key role in enhancing the world of technical publications.

Keynote speaker is Captain Kenneth D. Barker (USN Ret.), who will share ‘Safety Challenges Aboard a Trident D-5 Nuclear Submarine.’ Topics of focus include design safety, operational safety, leadership practices, and the need for focused performance during intense training and conditions of high risk of danger.

A highlight among the many education sessions held at this year’s seminar is the two-part session entitled “Building a Product Safety Program.” The session provides attendees with fundamental product safety and compliance program principles that guide operations and decision-making processes, and it is also suitable for individuals looking to take their company’s program to the next level, as well as those seeking a solid review and refresher.

Learn more about AEM at www.aem.org and details of the seminar at www.aem.org/safetyseminar.

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