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American Society of Safety Engineers’ Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors GA’s Judith Appel White as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Judith Appel White of Dublin, GA, for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project.  Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.

White is currently the environmental health and safety (EHS) manager at KaMin Performance Minerals, a kaolin mining and processing company, at the corporate headquarters located in Macon, GA.  In 2008, KaMin was divested from a larger company and started with a very green EHS team that has since developed into a successful group of safety professionals who have enforced a safety culture and improved safety and health among workers.  Prior to working in the kaolin industry, White had 26 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry working in Maine, Louisiana and Ohio.  She held various positions of increasing responsibility in the EHS field.  She has also been an active member of Hazardous Material Response Teams and a High Angle Rope Rescue Team.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, White is an active member of ASSE and is actively supporting efforts to establish an ASSE chapter in Macon, GA.  She is also a member of the Mining Practice Specialty.  White is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and serves on the Environmental Committee of the Georgia Mining Association (GMA).  In 2009, White spoke at the Mine Safety and Health Association (MSHA) conference in Birmingham, AL,

In 1992, White co-authored the winning application for Prevention Magazine’s first annual prevention prize for the organization that had done the most to improve safety and health.  In addition, White also wrote an application that was a finalist in the 1995 Occupational Hazard Magazine’s Champions of Safety Awards in Dallas, TX.

Judith Appel White is a 1976 graduate of Danvers High School in Massachusetts, a 1980 graduate of Cornell University and is the daughter of Ron and Estelle Appel of Boothbay, Maine.

The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues.  The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Professionals part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession.  The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace.  For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, 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 34,000 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, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to



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