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ASSE PA Conference Addresses Growing SH&E Profession and Needs

Posted in on Wed, Jan 20, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (January 20, 2010) —

What: The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter and the Western Pennsylvania Chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized the need for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals continues to rise and will be host to a one-day conference March 22 titled “Today’s Safety Professional” for students and SH&E practitioners. The conference will address quantifying clear roles and benefits companies are looking for when hiring SH&E staff and how to garner support for the SH&E programs they develop for their company.

When: Monday, March 22, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Hadley Union Building (HUB)
Ohio Room
319 Pratt Drive
Indiana, PA 15705

Speakers: ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) group and Manager of Safety and Health Operations for Walt Disney World Parks Kelly Bernish, FL, will discuss “The Evolution of Women in the Safety Profession: What it Means to Today’s Safety Professionals”; Assistant Professor for Slippery Rock University and former OSHA Consultant Dr. Angela Bernardo will discuss “How Leadership and Ethics are Vital for Exceptional Safety Management”; Dr. Laura Rhodes, CSP, associate professor at Indiana University will discuss ‘$mart $tart: Training Professionals to Negotiate Starting Salaries”; URS Corporation EH&S Specialist Jessica Vrabel will discuss “Big Jobs, Big Equipment, Big World: How to Get on the Road for Construction Safety”; Alcoa Corporation’s EHS Director Laurie Shelby, CSP, CIH, will discuss “Human Performance: Improving the ‘People System’”; ASSE Western Pennsylvania Chapter and Safety Manager of UPMC Work Partners Kimberly Morrison, ARM, will discuss “Risk Management for Today’s Safety Professional”; Dr. Julie Greenawalt, RNC, assistant professor at Indiana University will discuss “Women’s Health Issues”; and Founder and Principal of mpgGroup Julius Rhodes will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Safety Professionals in the Next Decade”.

Contact: To register for the conference contact Dr. Tracey Cekada at 724-357-3272, or ASSE member/past president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter Pam Ferrante at 412-414-4769 or Costs: $25 for the conference, breakfast and lunch; $40 for the conference, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Western Pennsylvania Chapter meeting after the conference; Students – free for the conference, breakfast and lunch are $10.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 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 or

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