Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH

Regional Vice Presidents Candidate

Region II – Michael F. Lorenzo, MS, CSP, CPEA

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Biography

Michael F. Lorenzo, MS, CSP, CPEA, risk manager/construction specialist, has over 20 years of experience in the health and safety field, beginning in 1982 as a U.S. Army medic.  He went on to build his health and safety knowledge working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and IBM. For nearly seven years, Michael worked for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as a federal safety and health compliance officer, focusing on construction and industrial workplace safety. In 2000, he began working at Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s largest workers’ compensation firm as a construction specialist. Michael’s extensive knowledge of safety and loss prevention industry standards and changes allow him to accurately evaluate his customers’ risks and provide them with the best assistance in developing safety programs that will reduce injuries and save money. An accomplished public speaker, he has varied professional knowledge and skills in program development and implementation, loss analysis, and training development. He currently serves as the Region II vice president on the Society’s Board of Directors.

Michael has a master’s degree in environmental policy, health and safety management from the University of Denver, as well as two bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder, one in kinesiology and the other in biology. He is a certified safety professional (CSP) with a construction specialty designation and a certified professional environmental health and safety auditor (CPEA).  He is also a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH); the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and Rocky Mountain Section (AIHA-RMS); the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES); and the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM).

Platform Statement

ASSE as an organization is one of the oldest and strongest professional organizations known worldwide.  The challenges that face our society in the 21st century are not unlike that of any other global organization.  As a society, we must understand and embrace changes in business, government, and science in order to maintain and grow the value of the SH&E profession. At the heart of our society is maintenance and growth of our membership.  The cornerstones of our society must be diversification, innovation, communication, and involvement.  As SHE professionals, our SHE imprint is more important than ever to our stakeholders.

Member diversification means to maintain the global approach by the society.  Promoting the SH&E professional and the profession worldwide will continue the global dialogue.  The society must be a resource for continued education and training for SHE professionals in expanding our body of knowledge.  This continued influence will develop new leadership and involvement within the profession.  This leadership will translate into continued and effective risk management by the SHE professional which ultimately helps organizations meet their business goals of profitability through sound risk management.

Innovation is what keeps a professional society expanding its body of knowledge and it is the ingenuity of its members that grows our success into the future.  Continuing to partner with stakeholders and maintaining fiscal responsibility while operating, better serves the ASSE membership.  Utilizing technology and all forms of communication will enhance the membership experience and continue to develop new ideas with involving young people to maintain our competitive edge as an organization.

Our SHE imprint is more important than ever.  We will rise to the challenge as we approach our next 100-year anniversary and beyond as a global leader in safety, health and the environment.