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ASSE Past-President Samuel J. Gualardo Honored With Prestigious Society Fellow Award

Posted in on Tue, Jun 14, 2011

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member and Society past-president (2000-2001) Samuel J. Gualardo, CSP, of Salix, PA, a Society Fellow.  Gualardo received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100th anniversary celebration.  The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service.  Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession.

Gualardo is a leading authority in safety management and a nationally recognized expert in occupational safety and health management. He currently serves on the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, as Director for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Consultation Program for the state of Pennsylvania.    Gualardo has lectured and consulted extensively throughout his career both nationally and internationally and has authored many books and articles on safety management. His management-based safety system is used by numerous organizations internationally, assisting them in radically improving their safety culture and drastically improving safety performance.  Gualardo is also routinely retained to testity as an expert witness in workplace injury cases.  Previously, Gualardo held several key positions with Fortune 500 companies including serving as Director of Corporate Safety and Health for Niagara Mohawk Power, as Manager of Safety and Health for Metropolitan Edison, and as Manager of Safety at Hershey Foods USA.  In these positions, Gualardo led his organizations to achieve safety excellence and significantly reduced workplace injuries and illnesses through effective safety programs.

A distinguished safety professional, Gualardo has been an active member of ASSE for at the chapter and national levels.  He is a past-president of ASSE and served on the ASSE Board of Directors as a regional vice president and the vice president of finance prior to his presidential term.  He is an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of ASSE and continues to be a leader in his region.  In addition to his many ASSE activities, Gualardo is also a past-president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).  He continues to actively work with the Society at the national level and serves on a number of task forces, committees, and valuable project teams.

To become a Fellow, a nominee must be uniquely qualified, be nominated by a petition coordinator and have at least six sponsors who will contribute to the petition.  A nominee must be a Professional or Emeritus Professional Member of ASSE in good standing, have made significant contributions to ASSE over a minimum period of twenty years, have dedicated 100% of the last twenty years in a variety of safety positions, 50% being in management, and have been or still be employed in the safety profession.  For more information about the ASSE Fellow award and the nomination process, please visit

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the 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, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to .




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