VICE PRESIDENT – COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS
Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH
TFC & Associates
Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH is President of TFC & Associates, a safety, health and environmental management consulting firm, and a member of ORC Worldwide’s safety and health consulting practice in Washington, DC. Previously he was Vice-President EHS Global Business Support at GlaxoSmithKline and had safety management positions at the IBM and Allied Chemical Corporations.
Cecich holds a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches a graduate course entitled “Financial Aspects of Health and Safety”.
Cecich is a 38 year member of ASSE and a past president of the North Carolina Chapter. He is the current VP of Professional Affairs and has served on the Society’s Governmental Affairs (past chair) Strategic Planning, PDC, Educational Standards and Public Relations committees. He also has been a trustee of the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation from 1991-1996 and 2004-2009. He is a two time recipient of the Society’s Culbertson Award and also received the ASSE President’s award.
Cecich served on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals from 1993-1998 and was the President of BCSP in 1997. He also served for three years as Chairman of the Board of the Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina, a state affiliate of the American Chemistry Council.
In 2007 he was appointed to the NC Environmental Management Commission by then Governor Mike Easley.
Safety professionals are continually seeking ways to better define the value we provide to our employers and other stakeholders. ASSE through the Council on Professional Affairs is the primary advocate for both the safety profession and the individual professionals who practice safety.
For the past two years I have been pleased to serve as the champion for ASSE’s Value of the Profession (VOP) strategic initiative. Part of the VOP strategy has focused on highlighting the importance of safety in defining sustainable organizations. As we look to the future it is imperative that we aggressively promote the concept that sustainable organizations assign a high value to the protection of people, property and the environment. To achieve that goal ASSE has developed a Safety and Health Sustainability Index and is in the process of establishing a Center For Safety and Health Sustainability. These are groundbreaking opportunities that will help raise safety visibility to the highest levels of executive management.
As safety professionals we must also promote the value-added functions that we provide to our employers. ASSE has been successful in influencing legislators and regulators to make public policy decisions that will enhance worker safety based on sound science, professional experience and economics. However as professionals we understand that regulations are minimum standards and our greatest value is identifying and mitigating risk to the organizations and employees that we serve. The VOP initiative is promoting workplace risk assessment as a high value function that safety professionals are uniquely qualified to perform.
Promoting the safety profession is a responsibility that I feel passionate about. If given the opportunity by your vote, I would be honored to continue to serve as your VP of Professional Affairs and to lead ASSE’s efforts to help demonstrate your importance as a safety professional to your organization.