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2008 National Ergonomics Conference Schedule Announced, Features Four New Tracks of Programming and Focus on Corporate Sustainability and Productivity; Most Product Debuts in Expo's 14-Year History

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14th Annual National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition (NECE) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Dec. 2-5, will feature a record number of conference sessions, and mark the debut of four new tracks of conference programming geared toward workplace design and occupational health professionals, as well as those that work in service and uncontrolled environments. These new tracks are coupled with the NECE's core educational topics: program management and ROI, the aging workforce, safety, and tracks specifically for those working in office and call center, industrial, and healthcare environments. Attendees will have nearly 90 educational opportunities to choose from, and the most new products to evaluate in the Expo's 14-year history.

"This year's NECE promises to be the most important event for ergonomics, safety and allied professionals as they close the books on 2008 and plan for new challenges and opportunities in 2009," commented Walter Charnizon, President, Continental Exhibitions, Inc., owners/producers of the NECE. Attendees began registering before the final program was even released, proving again that ergonomics professionals rely on the NECE to provide cutting-edge strategies and case studies from ergonomics trailblazers. "Ergonomics professionals have noted that learning new ways to improve productivity and efficiency are more important than ever in the current economic climate. Those that have scaled back their workforce must ensure that their most valuable resource is able to work safely and at peak capacity," said Charnizon. Those goals are at the foundation of every NECE session as well as the products and services available for evaluation at the Expo.

Standing room only is expected at what are regarded as the industry's best keynotes. On Dec. 3, Ronald Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH; National Medical Director/VP of MetLife will explain the untapped benefit of ergonomics and safety programs and their contribution to employee retention efforts in light of the aging workforce. This year's State of the Industry Address on Dec. 4 will be delivered by James Hagan, PhD, MS; VP Corporate Environment, Health and Safety for GlaxoSmithKline. Hagan will discuss the role of ergonomics in green design and corporate sustainability, two of the largest emerging fields in the global economy. And on Dec. 5, Michael Smith, PhD, CPE; Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, will address future opportunities for ergonomists and the ergonomics industry as a whole. Other industry leaders sharing their secrets to ergonomics success will hail from Boeing, Ford, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., JetBlue, Liberty Mutual, Marsh, Mayo Health Systems, MHIA, Pacific Gas & Electric, Raytheon, Travelers Insurance, and many others. Topics addressed will range from the five essential ingredients to a safe patient handling program, to how any organization can sustain an ergonomics program during an economic slowdown, to how one manufacturing company reduced workers' compensation costs by over 80%. Attendees who hold certification with the ABIH and BCSP will qualify for certification maintenance, and BCPE testing will take place on Dec. 1 at Caesars Palace, allowing testing participants to attend the full NECE program.

Nearly 90% of the exhibit space for this year's NECE is sold, with the vast majority of last year's exhibitors renewing, many even doubling, their exhibit space in anticipation of an audience hungry for new productivity and cost-saving solutions. This year's exhibitors are already planning the highest number of new product debuts in the Expo's history, making the 7th Annual Attendees' Choice Awards Program highly competitive. Exhibitors will include: 3M, AliMed, Ansell, Arjo Patient Handing, Ergomat, Herman Miller, Plantronics, Power Pusher by Nu*Star, and Steelcase. The list of exhibitors, attendee demographics, and exhibit space application can be found online at .

Online registration is available, along with the conference program, speaker bios, hotel, airline and other travel discount information, at . Groups of three or more are eligible for a 10% registration discount. NECE Alumni can also enjoy a savings of $50 until Oct. 1, 2008. Those interested in exhibiting at the NECE, or speaking at future events, should contact show management at 212-370-5005 or at .


Lenore Kolb, VP, Sales & Marketing

Continental Exhibitions, Inc. - owners/producers of the NECE

P: 212-370-5005, Email:

SOURCE Continental Exhibitions, Inc.
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