SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

Richard A. Pollock, CSP
President & CEO
CLMI Safety Training
Minneapolis, MN

BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Pollock, is an experienced safety professional specializing in adult education and performance, educational technology, and management systems. He is a CSP, degreed in Safety from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is the President of CLMI Safety Training.

His professional experience is significant.  As the Corporate Director of SH&E at Medtronic, Mr. Pollock managed a staff of over fifty professionals worldwide addressing biomedical manufacturing exposures.  As the Corporate Director of Safety and Risk for Clark Oil and Refining, responsibilities included overall risk control and property protection for three refineries and 22 terminals. Other professional experience includes safety management positions in consumer goods, heavy manufacturing, and insurance loss control.  At CLMI he has produced over 500 education courses used worldwide.  He currently serves on three university Advisory Boards and served on other education industry Boards.

Mr. Pollock has been a member of ASSE for 35 years, and is a member of the Consultants, Transportation, RMI and Management practice specialties. Awards include: the Charles E. Culbertson Award for creating member educational opportunities, the President’s Award for funding educational expansion, and the Northwest Chapter SPY award for significant organizational contributions.

His ASSE service includes Chapter Officer, Delegate, and National PDC representative.  At the Society level he was VP for the Council on Professional Development, on the Board of Directors and Congress of Councils, the Compensation and Long-Range Planning Committees, the PDC Planning Committee (Chair) and is currently the Chair of the 100th Anniversary Task Force.  

PLATFORM STATEMENT

As candidate for Senior Vice President, I am humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve you and our profession.  I am prepared to accept this challenge and to represent you with the highest level of professionalism and respect. My 35 years of ASSE membership has provided opportunity to be involved at many levels, from Chapter Officer and leader to my recent role as the Vice President for Professional Development on the Board of Directors.  In considering this next step, I know my experience and vision will help ASSE and our profession succeed.  I ask for your vote of support and promise to do my best.

Our work SH&E is important and serious.  Having worked in several safety management positions, including heavy manufacturing, I have dealt with serious injuries, spoken with the injured and their families, worked with regulators and the public, managed the insurance process, and mitigated the exposures.  For me, safety is not only my profession it is my lifestyle and my passion.

My vision for ASSE is clear, centering on

Communication.  Getting and staying connected with you and all ASSE members is important.  The Board of Directors has a responsibility to keep you informed about the issues facing our profession and the Society.  Chapter leadership has the same responsibility.  There should be no surprises and no one should feel left out for lack of easily accessible information.  We must have several methods for meaningful two-way communication and information exchange.  Opt-in informational email, web forums and blogs are all methods to be used.  With so many members working remotely we need to embrace social media for information exchange and continue to grow our electronic information delivery systems.

Diversity.  As a global Society, ASSE is diverse by nature.  We must work to embrace all Special Interests, share issues and concerns, educate each other, and work together to further our careers and the profession.  In recognizing our diversity, we must also recognize our commonalities.  ASSE needs to embrace a culture of inclusion, removing barriers to participation wherever they exist.  I will propose a “Diversity Council” working directly with the Board to further opportunities for all.

Professional Standing.  With the ever-changing political environment, it is important that ASSE have a strong voice in Government Affairs. As leadership in DC changes, the Society must be our voice, represent the “professional safety position” on issues and lead the process of OSHA reform.  And yet, we must also look beyond the typical USA-centric regulatory landscape and identify advocacy opportunities anywhere in the world our members live and work.  I see ASSE continuing to drive an agenda that positions us as thought leaders and educates all constituents about the importance of SH&E.

Further, using the knowledge gleaned from our Business of Safety Committee, and the Council on Professional Affairs research, we must work to position ASSE at the table as major issues are discussed and policy decisions are made (e.g., corporate social responsibility and sustainability).

Employment Opportunities.  The recent economic situation has been very challenging.  There have been job losses, decreased budgets, and many of us have seen tremendous increases in our workload.   ASSE must continue to understand the employment marketplace and provide our members with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed.

Beyond this, ASSE has a responsibility to its members to communicate to employers the importance of a strong SH& E process and its economic benefits.  As thought leaders, ASSE must work to forge partnerships with business leaders, provide speakers at events, and publish articles relevant to business.  Educating business leaders about safety and why it is integral to their long-term success is important.

Students and Young Professionals.  Our students and younger members are our future leaders.  ASSE must strengthen support for these individuals, expand mentoring programs, provide career guidance, target professional development training, and help with important issues; issues like the financial challenge of  paying off student loans.

Professional Development.  A key reason for joining ASSE and remaining as members is the knowledge gained from the many educational opportunities offered.  With tight budgets and high travel costs, ASSE must focus on creating more affordable educational opportunities.  This past year ASSE hosted its first virtual symposium and streamed several sessions from the San Antonio PDC.  With financial and travel barriers, electronic delivery of education has become more important and must be expanded. 

Further, each member has unique educational needs.  ASSE should expand access to educational courses that we do not offer by forging relationships with degree granting institutions and other professional associations.  

ASSE should play a central role in broadening the dissemination of technical information, making it easier to post questions and find answers when needed.  The CoPS Body of Knowledge Project coupled with expanded online education offerings will go a long ways toward providing our members with the information they need.

Society Governance.  With the Society’s restructure in 1996, a well thought out plan was created to increase efficiency and cooperation.  New Councils were established and leadership streamlined.  During the past 13 years much has been learned.  The time has come to study the results to make sure we are organized to best serve our members, maintain fiscal responsibility, and advocate for the SH&E profession as a whole.

Leadership.  Leading ASSE is an honor and an auspicious challenge.  It is something I take very seriously.  My father once told me that “a leader is the one who helps the most”. Though there are many other definitions, this one hold true to me. I will look for ways to help our membership gain professional stature, knowledge, employment and most of all respect.

When elected, job #1 is to serve you, as we work together to protect people, property and the environment.  I will listen, serve honestly, and always represent you with passion and belief in our purpose.