OSAP symposium goes green

May 2, 2008
Among the changes at the symposium will be reduced use of paper and disposable products.

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland--The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures will introduce a number of "green" initiatives at its 2008 symposium.

The symposium will take place June 12-15 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, Calif. OSAP and sponsor Henry Schein, Inc. are joining forces to reduce the meeting's carbon footprint and promote environmental awareness through a number of innovative strategies.

Among the changes at the 2008 OSAP Symposium will be reduced use of paper and disposable products. Attendees will each receive a USB thumb drive containing all the handouts from the meeting rather than the traditional packet of printed materials.

Content from the meeting also will be available in downloadable formats, including PowerPoint and audio files. This should extend the educational impact of the meeting. In the future, attendees will be encouraged to bring totebags from previous meetings, which will be customized with a new handle wrap each year.

One of the featured speakers at the 2008 symposium is Dr. Ratna Jain, who has created the first green dental office in San Francisco, Calif. Symposium sponsor Henry Schein recently introduced Henry Schein Global Reflections, a 16-page offering of eco-friendly products that can help health-care professionals who want to "green" their practices.

The OSAP Symposium provides the opportunity to hear leading experts on infection control and occupational health and safety share information of critical concern to dental professionals and others involved in dentistry.

Keynoting the symposium will be Dr. Burton Conrod, president of the World Dental Federation. The agenda includes networking time and social events, including a "red carpet" awards ceremony for the I See IC Contest. Twenty hours of CE credit are available.

Details of the symposium, as well as a reservation form, are available online at OSAP or can be requested by calling (800) 298-OSAP (6727).

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