ASSE Names Washington’s Bobbie Campbell One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
DES PLAINES, IL (December 20, 2011) The American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common
Interest Group has honored , Bobbie Campbell, STS, CHST of Richland, WA 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 difference.
A Safety Specialist with San Francisco-based URS
Corporation, Campbell supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to
remove environmental hazards and risks near Washington’s Columbia River. Since
last spring, she has been working through a contract with Washington River Protection
Solutions, assisting in the maintenance and clean-up of large quantities of
radioactive and chemical waste that is currently stored in nearly 2,000
underground tanks. Campbell is charged with helping to implement safety
programs used by workers in the field who are managing the waste until it is
prepared for disposal. In addition,
Campbell plays a key role in developing programs that get employees more
involved in being a part of their on-the-job safety.
Prior to this position, Campbell was assigned to the
DOE’s largest environmental cleanup closure project – the Washington Closure
Hanford, a $2.3 billion effort to remove separate environmental risks and
hazards near the Columbia River, supporting safe decommissioning, deactivating,
and decontaminating hundreds of waste sites and demolishing 486 buildings.
Campbell earned a reputation for creating a team
atmosphere among the different trades involved in the project, and for having a
positive and motivating attitude about keeping all workers safe while
performing hazardous tasks. While working with Washington Closure Hanford the initiative
earned OSHA’s prestigious Volunteer Protection Programs (VPP) Star Status,
which was the first time a contractor earned the star for multiple job sites.
“It’s an honor and something I didn’t expect,” said
Campbell of her inclusion in the WISE ‘100 Women Making a Difference in Safety’
project. “It’s great to see so many other people recognize the importance of
A native of New Wilmington, PA, Campbell has earned
a B.S. degree in Safety and Environmental Management and Human Resource
Management from Slippery Rock University in PA.
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 anniversary.
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 www.asse.org/newsroom.