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ASSE Honors Burbank IL’s Lawrence E. Oldendorf with Prestigious Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal

Posted in , on Wed, Jul 25, 2012

25, 2012) – American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) professional member
Lawrence E. Oldendorf, P.E., of Burbank, IL was recently named the 2012
recipient of the Society’s prestigious Thomas F. Bresnahan Safety, Health and
Environmental (SH&E) Standards Medal for his outstanding contributions to
ASSE’s standards initiatives. Oldendorf was presented with the award before
thousands of his peers during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference
(PDC) in Denver in June.

The award is named in honor of Thomas Bresnahan, a highly regarded
and respected retired ASSE staff member and recipient of the Society Fellow,
ASSE’s highest honor. According to the Council on Practices and Standards
(CoPS), Bresnahan is recognized as the key individual who reinvigorated the
ASSE standards development program and helped position ASSE for future growth
while helping provide tools to SH&E professionals, businesses and employees
to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

“Mr. Oldendorf’s participation has contributed positively toward
ASSE’s current position to be looked upon as the leading organization within
the SH&E profession,” said ASSE Region V President Maribeth Anderson, of
Chicago, in her nomination of Oldendorf for the Bresnahan Medal.

Oldendorf has more than 50 years of experience in safety
standards, and has authored several standards guides covering American National
Standards Institute (ANSI)/National Fire Protection Association codes. Over the
years he has helped define standards for employee safety.

In recent years Oldendorf has been helping develop a new American
Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard on testing skylight human impact
resistance and has contributed to the development of the new ANSI/ASSE
Z590.3-2011 standard for prevention through design.

Since 1990, he has been a representative and now vice chair of the
A1264 Accredited Standards Committee for Floors and Stairs, where he helped
combine two separate standards into one, ANSI A1264.1, Safety Requirements for
Workplace Walking/Working Surfaces and Their Access. In addition, he was an
ASSE representative for several public hearings with the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) on proposed legislation.

Oldendorf also served as the chair of ASSE’s Standards Development
Committee where he helped develop the following ANSI standards; Z87.1-1989,
Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection; A14.7-1991,
Safety Requirements for Mobile Ladder Stands and Mobile Ladder Stand Platforms;
Z359.1-1992, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems
and Components.

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
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