ASSE Member Dustin Richartz Receives Master’s in Public Health
Des Plaines, IL (June 10, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that Dustin Richartz of Denver, CO, recently received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Occupational Health and Safety Management, from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Richartz is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has been an active member in the Colorado Chapter of ASSE, where he currently serves on the executive board.
As a safety professional who experienced a lay-off due to the economic downturn, Richartz took action to differentiate himself as a leader in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. Receiving his MPH was an accomplishment that partially fulfilled his professional goal of continuing to learn and find ways to enhance his skills. Richartz stated, “My education at Tulane has allowed me to pull from a vast amount of resources to help develop new ways to add value to organizations in the area of SH&E. I experienced a diverse curriculum that included both public and occupational safety and health issues, which provided an excellent range of material to further enhance my professional work.”
Richartz entered the SH&E profession after experiencing a preventable job injury that could have been fatal. With a passion for helping others, Richartz strives to work with employees and leadership teams to find ways of indentifying and correcting potential hazards before they cause harm. He has nearly 10 years of experience in the retail, textile and oil and gas industries, serving as a leader and safety training professional.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Richartz has been a key member of the Colorado Chapter of ASSE. He currently serves as the Vice President and Programs Chair on the Colorado Chapter Board, responsible for locating speakers to help educate and further enhance the knowledge base of membership and other attendees at monthly lunch and learn meetings. Additionally, Richartz was instrumental in helping the Colorado Chapter create the Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship in conjunction with the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF). The scholarship is a tribute to one of Richartz’s mentors, Bervin Hall, who stressed the importance of education and giving back to the SH&E profession.
When asked what being a safety professional means to him, Richartz stated, “Being a safety professional is working together with employees and leadership teams to find ways of indentifying and correcting potential hazards to protect people, property and the environment. My role as a leader in the profession requires me to constantly find new ways to enhance the organizational cultures and business processes of the companies I work with. I cannot imagine a more rewarding career than one where lives are saved through prevention.”
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. It’s more than 32,000 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.