American Society of Safety Engineers’ Region II Recognizes Colorado’s Michael Lorenzo as 2010′s Safety Professional of the Year
Des Plaines, IL (March 15, 2010) — Outstanding safety and health professionals are the driving force behind the 99-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition working to prevent injuries and illnesses at work, members volunteer their time and resources throughout the year to protect people, property and the environment. ASSE is proud to announce that Mike Lorenzo, Certified Safety Professional (CSP) of the Colorado Chapter, has received the 2010 Region II Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award.
With over 20 years of experience in safety, Lorenzo has worked as an Army Medic, a security and safety officer for NCAR, a safety engineer for IBM and as a safety engineer, compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Denver, Colorado. He is currently a construction safety specialist for Pinnacol Assurance, servicing Northern Colorado, and continues to be an active member of the ASSE Colorado Chapter. Lorenzo holds two Baccalaureate degrees, one in Biology and the other in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental policy and safety health management from the University of Denver.
As a dedicated ASSE member, Lorenzo has made many contributions to his community and to the safety profession. He has held many offices for ASSE’s Colorado Chapter, including membership chair, treasurer, programs chair, and president-elect and has served as the chapter president and serves as delegate. Currently, Lorenzo serves as the Region II Area B Director. Lorenzo also works as an OSHA outreach trainer at the OSHA Training Institute and has partnered and served with the local Rocky Mountain Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-RMS), holding a position on the local section board of directors as Legislative Affairs chair for the 2003-2004 year. Lorenzo provides loss prevention services to five industry associations including the Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado (SESAC), American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Contractors Elite Safety Association (CESA) and the Colorado Safety Association (CSA).
When asked how ASSE membership contributes to his experiences as a safety professional, Lorenzo commented, “ASSE is a critical component of a safety professional’s success. The organization allows professionals to expand their horizons to grow and develop into the professional they want to become.” He continued, “I am deeply humbled and proud to receive the SPY award and attribute it to giving back to the safety and health profession. I love my job, not because of awards or recognition, but because it allows me to help others have safe experiences at work and return home to their families every day.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who 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/newsroom.