DuPont to Host Delegations from Emerging Economies at XVII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
June is national safety month; World leaders to highlight new safety research, trends, and innovations

WILMINGTON, Del. and ORLANDO, Fla.,  June 01, 2005  —  To mark the start of national safety month today, DuPont announced that it will host delegations representing industry, government, and labor from several emerging economies – including China and Central and Eastern Europe – to attend the XVII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The global forum will be held Sept. 18-22 in Orlando – the first time ever in the United States.

The World Congress, which is held every three years, draws together several thousand leaders and innovators of workplace safety policy from government, labor and industry to present and discuss emerging safety and health research, trends, best practices and innovations in the workplace.

DuPont will host several delegations at the World Congress including leaders from China, India, Brazil and Central and Eastern Europe. DuPont safety professionals also will provide delegation members with a tour of several DuPont facilities in the United States, highlighting the company's safety processes. DuPont is considered one of the safest industrial companies in the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor's latest available statistics, DuPont has a workplace safety record that is 11 times better than the U.S. industry average.

With a growing presence in emerging markets, DuPont Safety & Protection Group Vice President Ellen J. Kullman said the company's history of safety and health as a core value is the primary reason for hosting the multi-national delegation at the World Congress.

"It is important that people in every corner of the world understand the value of safety and health at work," said Kullman, who will deliver the World Congress' closing keynote address on Sept. 22. "Around the world, each year there is an untold amount of suffering to families and billions of dollars lost in the world economy because of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. This global event is critically important because it focuses on prevention and collaboration – the cornerstones to unlocking geographical and cultural boundaries to help make lives safer in every corner of the world."

The theme of the upcoming World Congress is "Prevention in a Globalized World – Success through Partnerships." Unveiling new research and innovations, identifying best safety practices that can be emulated around the world, and providing recommendations as solutions for the future are some of the initiatives that are expected to surface at this World Congress.

"The World Congress is a powerful forum for global participants to share their knowledge, expertise and passion for a safer world," said Alan C. McMillan, president and CEO of the National Safety Council – the U.S. host for the event. The National Safety Council has named June as national safety month in the United States.

Organizers of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Orlando include the United Nations' International Labor Organization, the International Social Security Association, and the National Safety Council.

The DuPont Safety & Protection platform is focused on finding solutions to protect people, property, operations and the environment. The platform seeks to leverage and expand over 200 years of DuPont experience as one of the safest companies in the world with recognized excellence in science and technology and in-depth knowledge of key markets.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

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06/01/05