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News | April 5, 2019

27th Annual Naval Safety and Environmental Symposium to be Best Ever

By Naval Safety Center Public Affairs Naval Safety Cente

The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center’s 27th Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium (PDS) will be April 8-12.

The free virtual symposium will offer Department of Defense uniformed and civilian professionals an opportunity to share innovative ideas, new trends and information in the fields of safety and occupational health, and environmental protection.

Registration is open to DoD professionals with a .mil, .gov or .edu email address at

“The symposium continues to grow, and this year we have nearly doubled the number of presenters which will provide our participants with even greater variety and value of topics,” said Capt. Gerald DeLong, Commanding Officer, Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center.  

Three keynote speakers are scheduled to speak on April 9: Veronica Daigle, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, and Susan Goodfellow, Deputy Director, Energy and Environmental, Readiness Division, Chief of Naval Operations. OSHA’s Director of Industrial Hygiene Chemistry Division at the Salt Lake Technical Center, Phil Smith, will be the key note speaker on April 10 and, Naval Safety Center Commander Rear Adm. Mark Leavitt, winds up the keynote speakers on April 12. 

According to Amanda Reid Carter, Learning Standards Officer at the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center, participants will find real solutions to top challenges.

“The PDS offers 100+ educational sessions and two claimant meetings focused on current trends and best practices,” Carter said. “Users will learn how to solve challenges safety and environmental professionals experience within their organizations.”

Carter also said the symposium is an opportunity to learn about the latest trends, technology, and best practices. Best of all, Carter said that the symposium counts towards continuing education credits.