ASSE MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER NAMES SCHOLARSHIP AFTER KEITH BAIN AT TENNESSEE SAFETY AND HEALTH CONGRESS
DES PLAINES, IL (August 1, 2006) – American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Middle Tennessee Chapter, along with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, named the Keith Bain Scholarship in recognition of Bain, CSP, who was presented with the honor today at the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress held in Nashville. The Congress is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) and the Tennessee Chapters of the ASSE.
The scholarship was named after Bain due to his involvement with the ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter’s Driver School as well as the Nashville-based Middle Tennessee Chapter, of which he was president in 1994 and Chapter Safety Professional of the Year in 1995 and 2000.
The Driver School was started in 1970 to provide education and awareness to drivers in the Metro Nashville area. The School holds monthly classes for first-time offenders of minor traffic offenses, rather than the customary ticket and fine. The Driver School class is in cooperation with the General Sessions Criminal Court Clerk’s office. In exchange for attending the class, the driver’s tickets are waived and the offense is not posted on their driving record. The class emphasizes safe driving techniques and teaches attendees to recognize and avoid accident-producing situations while driving. Proceeds from the Driver School fund the ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter activities and community outreach programs including the Campus for Human Development (Guest House), ASSE Foundation, Dr. Robert Sanders Child Safety Seat Program and local college scholarships.
“Keith has contributed a great deal to the ASSE Middle Tennessee Driver School, where he has served as chair and main instructor since 1995 and is truly the heart and sole of our program. We believe that education and driver training at our school can help raise awareness and reduce motor vehicle crashes and deaths, especially since transportation crashes are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths,” stated Ron A. Kirsch, Ph.D., President of the ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter and VP of Business Development with PureSafety in Nashville, TN.
Bain currently serves as the Loss Control Practice Leader at Chubb in Nashville, TN. He joined Chubb as a Loss Control Representative at its Birmingham, AL location in 1987. In December 1989, he transferred to Nashville to open the Loss Control Department. Bain graduated from David Lipscomb University in Nashville in 1985 with a BS in Engineering Science.
The ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter and Chubb, through the ASSE Foundation, sponsor the Keith Bain Scholarship. The Middle Tennessee Chapter already donated $10,000 to the Foundation this year. The chapter’s goal is to fully endow a $2,000 annual award by 2008. Chubb plans to add an additional $4,000 towards the scholarship.
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.