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Vice President, Professional Affairs Candidate


Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM



Pamela Walaski, CSP, CHMM, is the Director, Health and Safety for GAI Consultants, Inc, an engineering, planning, environmental, and economic consulting firm.  GAI is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with services in over 25 offices throughout the eastern US. Prior to her current position she was the owner of an OHS Consulting firm for 10 years. She currently holds both the Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager designations.

Prior to her position with GAI, Pam was the President of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. in Pittsburgh and provided OSH consulting services to a variety of clients from 2004-2014.

Pam is a Professional Member of ASSE and was the recipient of the Council on Practices and Standards Safety Professional of the Year Award in June 2014 and the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in June 2015. She is also a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Safety Science Advisory Board, and the University of Pittsburgh Safety Engineering Certificate Advisory Committee.

Pam is the author of the book Risk and Crisis Communications; Methods and Messages, published by John Wiley & Sons in September 2011. She was also an editor on the Consultants Business Development Guide, published by ASSE in April 2015. She has also written numerous articles for OSH publications including Professional Safety and The Synergist.

Pam is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, currently residing in Friendship with her husband and two teen age children.  She loves to travel, bike the local rails to trails and fly fish.  She has been an ASSE Professional Member since 2003.

Platform Statement

Since ASSE members voted to restructure the governance model in 2014, significant changes have occurred at the Board level, reducing it from 15 to 9 and incorporating 4 elected At-Large members and one appointed member external to ASSE. The newly configured Board recently voted to approve four strategic initiatives - member communities, professional development, standards, and the value of the profession. As the governance framework continues to be rolled out across the Society, the leadership and members of the four Councils must now operationalize the strategic direction that has been set.

As a member of the Council on Professional Affairs (CoPA) since July 2015, I have participated in initiatives designed to provide a forum for new and progressive approaches to occupational safety and health. This includes exploring the shift in practice from a compliance-based model to one that focuses on identifying and reducing workplace risk, an effort that supports and compliments the work of the Risk Assessment Institute and Committee. It also includes CoPA’s current consideration of the development of a national research agenda that supports the mission and objectives of the Society, requiring input from numerous other Society groups (Educational Standards Committee, Framing the Profession Task Force). And it includes CoPA’s collaboration with the Government Affairs Committee on responses to the governmental activities of OSHA, NIOSH and others.Through these and other activities, CoPA provides a critical path for Society members who wish to develop themselves as contemporary OSH professionals, creating value in their organizations.

During my involvement with ASSE, I have been privileged to work in all four Councils as a member leader. I believe this work places me in a unique position to help identify the various intersections of shared work between the Councils and to use that knowledge and experience to lead the work of CoPA.

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