29th Annual Symposium


Our ever-changing world, which has become smaller through new methods of communication, is demanding changes to how we live our lives and how we work, how we learn, how we share new information, and how we comply with new laws, regulations, and demands of the changes in global trade.

In this 41st year of the World Safety Organization, we remind ourselves of the WSO Objectives: to encourage the effective exchange of information and experiences between and among the members of the WSO; to collaborate with other international organizations in conducting activities of mutual concerns, interests and directions; to promote the continuous upgrading of the safety and accident prevention technology and these fields related to loss of lives, property, and environment; to strive for a universal level of professionalism and competence among its members and WSO non-members whose functions are related to safety; to perform such other necessary acts and functions relevant to the WSO overall theme of “Making Safety A Way of Life … Worldwide.”

The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for the corporate managers and executives, safety, health and environmental professionals, advocates of safety and accident prevention, leaders of safety organizations and WSO members from around the world where the WSO is represented through the WSO International/National Offices, WSO Chapters, and individual members. Participation in the Symposium will provide a forum for information exchange, networking, professional contact with other members, safety professionals, but most of all, learning about new programs and professional knowledge at sessions, panels and workshops presented during the Symposium. The Symposium format consists of presentations, lectures, panels, workshops and plenary sessions. As a part of the program, Symposium participants are invited to take part in the “WSO Global Safety Round-table” discussion where the suggestions, comments, resolutions, etc., will be formatted for submission to governmental legislation and Missions of the United Nations (UN), International Labor Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO), and similar rule-making groups on the local, national, and international levels.

Symposium Topics

Symposium topics include, but are not limited to: occupational safety and health, environmental safety and health, ergonomics, systems safety management, security, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials management, transportation safety, construction safety, off-the-job safety, recreational safety, safety of the workplace, disaster preparedness, as well as legislative topics on the national and global scale.

The programs of the Symposium will be conducted in English.

WSO Awards

WSO Awards Banquet is scheduled on Monday evening, September 19, to honor the individuals, corporations, organizations, and other groups for their concerns in the protection of people, property, resources, and the environment. Information on nomination procedure is available HERE. For additional information regarding the Symposium program, participation as a speaker, or as an attendee, please contact the WSO World Management Center at 660-747-3132 or

International Participants

WSO Members and Non-Members from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, Central America, and South America will be in attendance, affording you the unique opportunity to: participate in global forums; exchange expertise, experience, and knowledge; and communicate with your international counterparts on new methods and programs in their respective areas of interest and specialization.

WSO Certification Examinations

Individuals wishing to sit for WSO Certification Examinations may do so during the Symposium; however, approval of the applicant’s certification application package from the WSO Certification Board will be required before the applicant is eligible to sit for the WSO Exam. Contact the WSO World Management Center for further information.

WSO Re-Certification Requirements

WSO-Certified members must provide documentation proving that they are staying up-to-date within the Safety Field by submitting the WSO Re-Certification Form every three year cycle. One of the questions on this form is, “Have you attended any safety conferences?” The WSO Symposium is a qualifying event, and you may earn points towards your re-certification by attending.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs will be available to U.S. attendees upon request for $20.00.

Symposium Registration Fees

Please download the Registration Form HERE. To take advantage of the deepest  discount, you must register and pay before May 31.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the WSO-WMC: 660-747-3132 or