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ASSE Names Melanie Hemmer of Franklin Park’s Divane Bros. Electric One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Tue, Oct 25, 2011

24, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Women in Safety
Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Franklin Park-based Divane
Bros. Electric Company’s Melanie Hemmer, CSP, for making a difference in the
safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100
Women Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and
throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people,
property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a

Hemmer became aware of the importance of workplace safety in
2001 when she began working for Northbrook-based Ceisel Masonry, Inc., where
she gained a greater understanding of the construction process and the
individuals who dedicate their lives to it. She then decided to study the
construction safety field and eventually became Ceisel’s safety director.

In 2005, Hemmer joined Divane Bros. Electric as safety coordinator,
and was promoted to her current position of safety director in 2007. Since
taking on her role at Divane, she has been responsible for implementing about
90 percent of the company’s safety programs including a safety recognition
program, a training and orientation program for new hires and a daily job
hazard analysis.

Hemmer has also made it a priority to forge working relationships
based on trust both on construction jobsites, and also in the office. These
efforts have created a strong safety culture at Divane which has significantly
decreased their injuries, and has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in their
experience modification rate in just five years.

In addition to her membership with ASSE and WISE, she is the
chair of the safety committee for the Association of Subcontractors and
Affiliates, and is a member of the National Safety Council and the Board of
Certified Safety Professionals.

“I have a passion for safety,” said Hemmer. “This honor motivates
me even further to continue to achieve greater results and to make it my goal
to positively impact the field of safety throughout the rest of my career.”

The ‘WISE 100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project
honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting
innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable
contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through
this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100
honorees into a single publication, titled 100
Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession
as  part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in
the SH&E profession.  The group
provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of
women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for
women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and
peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the
SH&E  workplace.  For more information about WISE and upcoming
events, please visit

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 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
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at

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