ASSE Honors Alaska’s Midnight Sun Chapter with Chapter of the Year Award
DES PLAINES, IL (May
9, 2012) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has recognized
Alaska’s Midnight Sun Chapter with the prestigious Small Chapter of the Year
Award in recognition of its efforts to
promote workplace safety, professional development, communication and service
to safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals and ASSE members.
The chapter was a co-winner with Region VII’s Kitty Hawk Chapter in Ohio.
The Midnight Sun Chapter, which is part of ASSE’s Region I, established
as a formal ASSE chapter in 1996 represents North Pole, AK, and Fairbanks, the
state’s second largest city. Geographically, the chapter covers 7,361 square
miles and a population of 97,000.
With 58 members, the Midnight Sun Chapter is one of ASSE’s five
smallest chapters. However, the dedication of its members has made them stand
out as leaders amongst ASSE’s 150 chapters around the globe.
Since 1991, the Midnight Sun Chapter has hosted an annual
Professional Development Conference (PDC) for SH&E practitioners, for its
membership and for local communities. These PDCs have become the backbone of
safety training for many contractors, governmental agencies and private
In addition, the chapter has partnered with the Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA), Alaska General Contractors and the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary to advocate for safety both on the job and in the
Even during the winter months when temperatures dip
well below -30 degrees, the Midnight Sun Chapter’s members stay active, with
participation in many chapter programs including Safety in the Schools and
student mentorship through area technical college programs.
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 must 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 the 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 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, health care and education. For more information
please go to www.asse.org.