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ASSE Announces J. Nigel Ellis of Wilmington, DE, as Recipient of Prestigious Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal

Posted in on Mon, Jun 13, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Nigel Ellis, P.E., CSP, CPE, of Wilmington, DE, was presented with the Thomas F. Bresnahan Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) Standards Medal for his outstanding contributions to ASSE standards projects. He received the award today at an awards luncheon held at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) “Safety 2011” in Chicago, IL.

The award is named in honor of Thomas Bresnahan, a highly regarded and respected retired ASSE staff member and ASSE Society Fellow.  According to the Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS), Bresnahan is recognized as the key individual that reinvigorated the ASSE standards development program and helped position ASSE for future growth.

Ellis is the President of Ellis Fall Safety Solutions, LLC, Division of DSC.  His company provides fall protection assessment, engineering, installation and  workplace  training on effective use of fall protection  systems.  With over 39 years of experience in safety engineering, Ellis has spoken at leading industry association and society meetings, including ASSE conferences.  He has developed coursework and materials for safety training courses, such as Competent and Qualified Persons for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute.  Ellis has performed fall hazard assessments at hundreds of facilities and construction sites worldwide and has been retained as a fall safety expert in approximately 1,000 fall-related cases in the U.S.

Ellis’s contributions to ASSE standards projects have been successful.  A founding member of the American National Standards Institute ANSI Z359 fall protection standards committee since 1987, he has had considerable experience serving on standards committees and developing valuable best practices for safety professionals and businesses. He is a  member of the ANSI Z359.2 standard and is the former chairperson of that Z359 sub-committee, focusing on work positioning and restraint,  plus several other sub-committees.   In addition to the ANSI Z359 project, Ellis is also a member of several other standards projects such as ANSI A10, Z117, A14.3 contributing greatly to the success of the committees. He is also co-chair of ASTM E06.51.25 Skylight Human Impact.

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 33,000 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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