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Director - At - Large Candidate

 

R. Ronald Sokol, CSP

 

Biography

R. Ronald Sokol, CSP & Fellow, has served as President & CEO of SCTC for the past 25 years. Ron is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over 35 of experience in construction safety working for Bechtel prior to joining SCTC. Ron serves on the NIOSH NORA Construction Sector Council, NCCER Safety Resource Committee and is active with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In 2015, ASSE named Ron an ASSE Fellow recognizing his lifelong commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. Ron served on the ASSE Governmental Affairs Committee from 2007-2014 and as the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty Administrator from 2000-2004. Ron holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Platform Statement

I believe ASSE is the premier Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) organization for SHE professionals. My vision for the Society is to provide leadership to integrate a strategic plan (3-5 years) to evaluate the needs of the Society. Areas for consideration must include at a minimum Products/Services, Technology, Infrastructure, Membership Development and Staffing.

I believe the Society needs to examine additional options to connect to members and their subject matter expertise (SME) via social networks. I believe a fresh look at professional development and utilization of the Body of Knowledge (BOK) is necessary and this will allow ASSE to continue to be the premier SHE organization for SHE professionals. ASSE needs to continue to serve as Secretariat for ANSI and other Standard Development Organizations and fully deploy a strategy to ensure the Risk Assessment Institute and Sustainability Institute are foundational cornerstones of knowledge and practice for Safety Professionals especially those in executive leadership positions. ASSE must lead the way for the SHE professionals to be recognized in the public and private sectors as “credentialed Professionals” who have the necessary skills and competencies to be an integral component for organizational success.

Lastly, I believe my vision for the Society is to require SHE professionals to “speak and understand” the language of business. I believe SHE professionals should be competent in understanding income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, budgeting and strategic planning activities. ASSE talks about what it takes to influence in the “C- Suite” but we don’t include that as a core discipline. Textbooks such as “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook” should be core competency reading and workshops utilizing these textbooks must be the cornerstones for our Business of Safety curriculum which needs to be promoted as a valued curriculum for the SHE professional.

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