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ASSE Officials, Local Members Launch New Chapter in India at March 4th Events Celebrating National Safety Day

Posted in , , on Thu, Mar 1, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (March 1, 2012) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) continue
to work to increase work safety globally with the official launch of its India
Chapter with events slated for March 3rd and 4th to be
led by ASSE President-Elect Rick Pollock, CSP and the local chapter leaders.

The India Chapter’s inaugural celebration will kick off with a
pre-launch technical symposium on Saturday, March 3rd, followed by
the official inaugural celebration and technical meeting on Sunday, March 4th.
All events will take place at the Larsen and Toubro, Limited, Convention Center
in Chennai, India.

Selection of March 4th as the launch date for the new
chapter is of particular significance as it coincides with Indian National
Safety Day, which is observed throughout India to spread awareness of safety
throughout the country.

Among those ASSE officials who will also be in attendance at the
celebration are ASSE Executive Director Fred Fortman, LLM, CAE, and
International Growth and Development Manager Yassie Dunn, PMP.

The new chapter provides its 70 members with opportunities to
network, share best practices, develop professional knowledge and skills and
advance the profession while protecting people, property and the environment.

“The ASSE India Chapter is a very valuable addition to our global
chapter network with members at the forefront of safety engineering, design, standards
development, management and education in virtually every industry,” said ASSE
President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI.

Over the years the business market in India has been a destination
for commercial endeavors and investments, and it has experienced high
technological and economic growth. According to the Indian government, the
country’s economy is expected to grow at approximately 7.5 to 8.5 percent in

With this growth comes greater SH&E need in the country’s many
expanding industries including; construction, transportation, agriculture, oil
and gas, information technology, electricity and automobile manufacturing and

In particular, Indian SH&E professionals are focused on areas
such as agriculture with the nation now ranking second in worldwide farm
output, and has one the world’s largest tractor industries.

The construction industry is also a great area of focus for occupational
safety, as professionals work to ensure that the rapid growth in industry does
not outpace the safety of men and women who work on construction sites.

In addition, the existence of poor, undeveloped rural roads in
many areas of India, have brought transportation safety to the forefront of
SH&E initiatives.

“Time and time again we have seen organizations improve their
safety culture in measurable ways when all employees strive to create an
injury-free workplace.” explained Jitendra (Jitu) Patel, CPEA emeritus member
of ASSE, and recipient of the Society Fellow Honor in 2011, the highest honor
granted by ASSE and one of the active leaders and founders of the new chapter. “The
presence of an ASSE Chapter in India will further provide advanced health and safety
resources, standards, state-of-the-art technologies for Indian SH&E

For more information on the launch of ASSE’s new India Chapter, or
to join please contact K.N. Sen, the Head of the Task Force Committee, of the
India Chapter at +91 9444399208,,
or Facilitators of the India Chapter, Jitendra Patel, CPEA, at (623)581-8881, or Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, CMIOSH, at (965)66734058. Please visit
also the website at

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 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, health care and education. For more information please
go to


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