Area Directors Candidates
Region II – Area A - Mark J. Grushka, M.S., CSP
Mark J. Grushka, M.S., CSP is Owner and Principal Consultant of MJGrushkaConsulting, Tucson, Arizona. Mark concentrates on meeting the strategic goals and objectives of clients who desire to integrate health, safety and environmental systems into their businesses. Mark has over 37 years in the health, safety and environmental management field. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Mark had technical and administrative positions at the University of Arizona, BHP Copper, Biosphere 2 and Tucson Medical Center. He holds a Master of Science in Safety Management from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
An ASSE member since 1981, he has held most of the Southern Arizona Chapter positions including treasurer, vice president and president. In 2013 he volunteered as an ASSE state-wide liaison for a text messaging bill in the Arizona State Legislature. In 2011 he Co-Chaired the first Region II Student Leadership Conference at Biosphere 2 as well as a professional development seminar to improve training skills for safety professionals. He has represented the Chapter at numerous ROC’s, been a speaker at both regional and the ASSE PDC.
He received the Chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award in 2002 and 2011. He has published numerous professional papers on such diverse subjects as healthcare safety process improvement, environmentally responsible recycling of chemical wastes, the use of game show formats for training and the key linkage between risk and project management. He has consulted on projects ranging up to the 1.2 billion dollar DOE Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
How can and should ASSE adapt to the challenges and opportunities as we go forward? The main challenge as a Society will be how recruit and retain safety professionals and align our organizational resources to meet the needs of the 21st century safety professionals. As a Society, we can no longer assume that just because we have been around for over 100 years, we can continue to get new members and keep existing members engaged simply because of our wonderful history. There are now many different professional organizations that are competing for our time and money. We are now over 35,000 members strong, have a growing international presence and are on strong financial footing. But it is not enough. We cannot go into cruise mode just because our Society is healthy. We must continue to find effective ways to honor and expand
upon our core value of being a member driven organization.
I believe a key to future ASSE success at the Chapter, Region and National levels is something I call "Getting Connected". Safety professional's who get real benefits from ASSE will contribute their time and knowledge to helping the Society create a vision and plan for securing the future.
The Chapters continue to be the key to ASSE's long term success. As Area A Director, I
want to help Chapters in four specific ways:
- Communicate effective Chapter practices to Region II using the theme of "Getting Connected"
- Find out what members really want/need from ASSE
- Support student members and student sections as part of critical mentorship for our future safety leadership
- Improve communication between Region II leadership, Chapters and individual members
ASSE will continue to be successful if we listen to, learn from and support our members.