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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

National Safety Council to Host International Gathering of Safety and Health Experts at the 2005 World Congress

Itasca, IL - 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, Florida. 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 and the International Social Security Association, 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 C. McMillan, NSC president and CEO and secretariat for the 2005 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

McMillan said NSC and other U.S. organizations began negotiating with the ILO and ISSA in 1999 to bring the World Congress to the United States. 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 unique 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 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."

The International Labor Organizationis a specialized agency of the UN that promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles, which established the League of Nations. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ILO formulates international labor standards, provides technical assistance, promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organizations, and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Workers and employers participate as equal partners with governments in the ILO's work.

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