From the Publisher

Focusing on a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment

As I alluded in my column last issue, Infrastructure Resources, in its mission to save lives through education, is hard at work finding new ways to bring continuous access to education, networking and resources to the damage prevention and excavation safety communities in North America and around the world.

When COVID-19 first began to invade our collective consciousness, no one believed, more than six months later, that we would still be battling this pandemic. But… here we are, and here it is. We have every confidence that we will have overcome the pandemic by March, but we also need to make sure that our Global Excavation Safety Conference is a safe and healthy environment for you. Some of the protective measures we are implementing include:

Self-registration to reduce face-to-face interactions

• Social distancing in queues and lines

• Hands-free badge access to rooms and meals

• Wider exhibit hall aisles

• Seating capacities to accommodate social distancing requirements

OUR PARTNERS HAVE ALSO IMPLEMENTED STRICT PROTOCOLS TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY:

Tampa Convention Center

• Public touch points cleaned hourly

• Hand sanitizer stations

• One-way ingress, egress and travel paths

• Thermal screenings and appropriate PPE

• Food served in closed containers with wrapped utensils

Hotels:

• More frequent and deeper cleaning

• Regularly disinfecting high-touch areas

• Contactless check-in

• Sanitizing wipes in all guest rooms

• Grab and Go food items

• Removal of non-essential high-touch items

In addition, our NO-RISK cancellation policy makes it much easier for you to decide to return to live events in March. See our policy at GlobalExcavationSafetyConference.com.

Of course, regardless of our confidence, or the protections we have put in place, some will naturally still feel uncomfortable gathering in large groups; or may be under company travel restrictions that takes the choice out of their hands.

It is important to us that everyone has access to the important industry resources you have come to expect from the Global Excavation Safety Conference, so in addition to our scheduled live event March 23-25, we are offering a VIRTUAL Global Excavation Safety Conference April 4-6, 2021. While a live event offers key opportunities that cannot be duplicated, our virtual event promises a robust collection of education, access to the important product and service providers you need to connect with and, YES, even great networking opportunities!

The virtual event is not simply a recorded repeat of the live event, nor is it only a series of viewable webinars. Our Virtual Conference is a truly interactive experience that will allow you to increase your knowledge and enhance your circle of colleagues all from the safety and comfort of your desktop. Learn more about the virtual event on page 11.

From all of us here at Infrastructure Resources, we hope you remain safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you – whether in-person or virtually – next spring at the Global Excavation Safety Conference.

 

 

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