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News | April 19, 2019

Environmental Professional Development Symposium Draws Record Attendance

By Naval Safety Center Public Affairs Naval Safety Center

Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium (PDS) hosted by the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center drew a record-breaking 1,750 participants worldwide to over 100 educational sessions April 8-12.

“This year’s symposium was unbelievable,” Capt. Gerald DeLong, Commanding Officer, Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center, said. “The opportunities to expand our safety knowledge were priceless, and the speakers gave safety professionals a new bar to reach in making our workplaces safer.” 

The free annual virtual symposium offered Department of Defense (DoD) 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. Offered online since 2013, the symposium has continued to grow.  

“I hope those who couldn’t log onto the seminar will view the seminars that covered their areas of expertise,” DeLong said. “More importantly, I hope they will plan now to be a part of the 2020 sessions.”

For those thinking about participating next year, the symposium is an opportunity to learn about the latest trends, technology, and best practices, and interact with subject matter experts of various specialties. The symposium counts towards continuing education credits from an ever growing variety of safety and occupational health, and environmental topics.

Session recordings will be available for viewing starting May 3rd at

Those interested in being a presenter for next year’s 2020 PDS can email Amanda Carter at,

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