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Posted in on Thu, May 18, 2006

DES PLAINES, IL (May 18, 2006) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has awarded this year’s prestigious national Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award to Keith Vidal, P.E., of St. Louis, MO. Vidal, the former Region V SPY winner, will be recognized for continuing to advance the safety profession through his steadfast leadership at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference, “Safety 2006: Invest in Yourself” in Seattle, WA from June 11-14.

Over the past five years, Vidal spearheaded the development of a number of national safety standards as a Standards Development Committee Chairman. He elevated the ASSE from the secretariat for four American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards to the secretariat for nine standards. In addition, he was instrumental in representing the Society on the Governmental Affairs Committee, participating in key legislative and regulatory planning. Vidal has served a vital role in furthering the ASSE’s mission and vision of being the leading safety and health organization.

Specializing in the investigation and analysis of slip, trip, and fall prevention, Vidal critiqued many articles submitted for the Professional Safety Journal, ASSE’s monthly safety magazine. Vidal, a University of Nebraska alumnus, has presented studies and papers at ASSE and other conferences that are used as reference guides in fall reduction program and development training. Vidal regularly participates in scientific symposiums and expositions in his constant quest to evaluate and enhance pedestrian safety.

Vidal is currently a consultant while continuing to develop codes and set standards.

About the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award

The SPY award was created in honor of Edgar Monsanto Queeny, son of the founder and third president of the Monsanto Company, who witnessed first-hand an industrial accident that killed 512 people at his Texas City plant in 1947, which compelled him to place even greater emphasis on safety in the company’s operations.

About the American Society of Safety Engineers

Formed in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at

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