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American Society of Safety Engineers Gear Up To Celebrate Its 100th Birthday In 2011

Posted in on Tue, Dec 21, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (December 21, 2010) —
In the wake of one of the worst workplace tragedies in recent history, the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was formed in October of 1911 to enhance safety with the mission “to promote harmonious action in safety work and to educate members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention.” In 2011 ASSE, with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.

“The year ahead is a special one. Celebrating 100 years is a major achievement,” ASSE President Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said today. “A hundred years of protecting people, property and the environment. If you look back at the workplace before 1911 the statistics are harrowing when it comes to protecting workers from injury and illness. Over the decades we have worked together, with employers, employees, regulators, legislators, inventors and more to develop programs and systems that prevent work injuries and illnesses. We are celebrating the positive strides made over the decades and looking to the future. Unlike in 1911, I am pleased that today the safety and health profession has become a major part of the fabric of business in our economy.”

Today, occupational safety and health is a key component to a successful company’s business plan; the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession continues to grow and was recently listed in the top half of the Money Magazine’s Top 50 Jobs in America list; ASSE has more than 32,000 SH&E practitioner members located worldwide with 151 chapters, 35 sections and 60 student sections; a scholarship program for students and research; is secretariat for several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees and projects; serves as the Administrator for the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); and provides technical publications and professional education programs.

To celebrate its centennial, a ‘Century of Safety’ and to look forward to another 100 years of enhancing work safety, ASSE will debut a documentary on the history of safety and ASSE the first of the year and its updated Professional Safety journal will have interactive features and programs aimed at increasing the positive experience for the reader. Additionally, ASSE is preparing for its ‘supersized’ Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2011, to be held in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center June 12-15, 2011. In addition to is educational sessions, the conference will feature many new events to celebrate the centennial including a celebration gala to be held Monday evening, June 13, at Navy Pier; a ‘Safety Through the Ages’ exhibit; the ASSE ‘Chapter Pavilion’, and more.

ASSE will also be commemorating the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire at events in New York City March 24 and 25, 2011, and in Chicago. ASSE chapters and student members will be visiting local schools and other community groups with information on how to be safe at work utilizing the ASSE ‘Safety Suitcase’, the ‘Target Teen Work Safety’ kit and other tools. The theme for the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, www.asse.org/naosh11) Week to be held May 1-7, 2011, is ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’. NAOSH kick-off events will be held in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Capitol, the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Department of Labor May 2. All ASSE members are invited to attend. ASSE will honor the winners and entrants of the 9th annual ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest at the NAOSH kick-off events at the U.S. Capitol. Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day will be held May 4, 2011.

As part of the celebration, ASSE will hold several contests. An essay contest will award $1,500 to an ASSE member or student member who best outlines a specific challenge facing the SH&E industry and highlights possible solutions. A video essay contest titled ‘Why the World Needs More SH&E Professionals’ is offering a grand prize of $1,500 to the entry that best explains the importance of occupational safety and health and the profession. An award of $1,000 will go to the entry most viewed by visitors to the ASSE web site. Go to www.asse100.org or customerservice@asse.org for more information on these contests.

On October 14, 2011, ASSE’s annual Leadership Conference for member leadership will hold a birthday celebration in Illinois.
Founded in 1911 in New York City just months after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org or www.asse.org/newsroom. –30 –



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