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ASSE Hawaii Chapter Receives Top Global Award

Posted in , , on Wed, May 30, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (May 30, 2012)The
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has recognized the Hawaii Chapter
with the Medium Chapter of the Year award for 2011 for its efforts to promote
professional development, communication and service to safety, health and
environmental (SH&E) professionals and ASSE members. They were selected
from more than 150 ASSE chapters globally.

With its membership numbers around 260, the Hawaii Chapter is
located in ASSE’s Region I. Throughout 2011, their efforts to promote the
SH&E profession, and ASSE have resulted in a 22.5 percent membership
increase, jumping from 209 to approximately 260 members due to many of its
outreach programs and commitment by members to help increase workplace safety
in the islands.

Each year, the ASSE Hawaii Chapter partners with the State
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to co-sponsor the ASSE OSHA Hawaii
Workshop which is considered one of the primary sources of safety training and
information for small businesses. In 2011, the workshop was host to over 300
attendees, with many travelling from across the state to attend.

In addition, they have played a pivotal role in mentoring ASSE’s
recently established Guam Section, since it was established two years ago.
Hawaii Chapter officers and members have travelled to Guam to provide guidance
to section leaders and to speak at their monthly membership meetings, in an
effort to assist the section to become a full-fledged ASSE chapter.

Throughout the year, the Hawaii Chapter has continued to provide
technical presentations at their monthly meetings by hosting seasoned and
knowledgeable speakers. They also continue to build on their belief in the
importance of professional development, by providing members with Associate
Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification
preparation workshops.

The Hawaii Chapter has also been extremely active with the ASSE
Foundation (ASSEF), which generates funding and provides resources for scholarships, applied research,
academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance
the SH&E profession through their Hawaii Chapter Professional Development grant, which
awards two $500 grants to help SH&E professionals further their career
development.

All chapters who wish to be considered for the chapter of the year
awards must be nominated by their ASSE Regional Vice President and are chosen
based on their activities, application and information provided to the judging
committee. To be nominated, all chapters mush first earn a Chapter Star. The
Chapter Stars Recognition Program is intended to recognize chapters that give
their members superior service by providing quality programs designed to
advance the professional growth of their members, support their mission and
vision of ASSE and make a positive impact on the people, property and
environment in their community.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest
professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 35,000 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
go to www.asse.org.

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