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ASSE Honors Heart of America Chapter as Chapter of the Year

Posted in , , on Wed, May 30, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (May 31, 2012)The
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has recognized the Heart of America
Chapter with the 2010-11 Large Chapter of the Year award in recognition of its
efforts to promote professional development, communication and service to
safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals and ASSE members.

Founded in 1939, the Heart of America Chapter is based in the
Kansas City, MO area, in ASSE’s Region V. They hold the distinction of being
the Society’s tenth chapter.

Although the chapter is one of ASSE’s oldest, that has not stopped
them from their efforts to further advance the SH&E profession within their
geographical area, and in 2010-11, they made a substantial effort to reach out
to other SH&E groups and stakeholders to help increase interaction and
networking opportunities.

Its 2011 chapter professional development conference (PDC), which
they co-sponsored with the local American Industrial Hygienist Association
(AIHA) drew its largest attendance in 2011, with 180 attendees and 43 vendors,
and included presentations from renowned regional and national speakers.

As a result of this success, the Heart of America Chapter was able
to take their portion of the proceeds and present $15,000 to 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. This resulted in the chapter’s first fully
endowed scholarship which was awarded through the ASSEF.

In addition, Heart of America Chapter President Cory Rohs, CSP,
and Vice President Brittany Ohlemeyer recently initiated meetings with both
region and area directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) to seek greater partnership and interaction between staffs and chapter
members. As a result, OSHA and its field staff were invited and encouraged to
attend the chapter’s monthly meetings and PDC.

Chapter leadership has also been in ongoing discussions with the
local chapter of the Certified National Health Nurses (COHN) about the
possibility of holding joint meetings in the months to come.

The Heart of America Chapter has not only been actively engaged in
advancing the SH&E profession, but they have also been extremely active in
helping their local community. In the summer of 2011, many members stepped
forward and volunteered to help victims and rescuers of the devastating tornado
in Joplin, MO. The chapter also donated large quantities of supplies, including
personal protective equipment (PPE) to the rescue effort.

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 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 www.asse.org.

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