Area Directors Candidate
Region VIII - Empire State Area - Michael F. Schmitz, M.S., CSP
Michael F. Schmitz, M.S., CSP, is currently the Safety Director for Ferguson Electric Construction Company, located in Buffalo, New York where he provides safety program development and overall implementation of program goals and initiatives. Michael provides technical safety support, risk management and hazard mitigation for the Construction Division, Service Division, Communications Division and Line Crew.
Michael has over thirty years of experience in the safety profession. He is a Certified Safety Professional and holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Industrial Technology from the State University of NY College at Buffalo. He has been a member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of ASSE since 1993, and is a professional member.
Michael began his career in the insurance industry as a fire protection engineer with Industrial Risk Insurers at several offices, servicing clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and New York. He then went on to oversee the fire protection programs with West Valley Nuclear Services at the West Valley Demonstration Project in Western NY. His career continues with the Global Supply Division of Praxair providing safety support to construction projects in Canada, Mexico, Europe and India. He is currently the Safety Director for Ferguson Electric Construction Company and is involved in major construction projects rebuilding his home town of Buffalo, NY.
Change is the one thing that has been consistent in the safety profession. There are always new methods, new hazards and new controls. The basic principles of risk reduction remain the same; define the work, identify the hazards, implement the controls. There are no short cuts and no silver bullets.
Often time the safety professionals find themselves working in isolation continually asked to do more with less. The ASSE is a valuable network providing a wealth of resources to the individual. The combined knowledge of the safety professionals is nearly unlimited. As a group we have identified nearly every conceivable hazard associated with every type of work and successfully implemented the necessary controls. Connecting and sharing this combined knowledge in an easily accessible method is the challenge that we face. Knowing who to contact or where to find information should be within easy reach of the safety professional in the field.
Safety professionals continue to develop improved methods of finding and storing the information they use on a regular basis. The ASSE must take advantage of this knowledge and information and make it available as a resource to the members.