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ASSE Recognizes Erike J. Young, MPPA, CSP, ARM as the Safety Professional of the Year

Posted in , , on Tue, May 22, 2012

22, 2012) – In recognition of his commitment to professional excellence,
demonstration of leadership and innovation in safety, business and ASSE
functions, as well as dedication to enhancing the business skills and
professionalism of fellow safety professionals, the American Society of Safety
Engineers (ASSE) has named Erike J. Young, MPPA, CSP, ARM, the 2012 Edgar
Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.

Young, a member of ASSE’s Sacramento Chapter, will be presented
the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (or “Queeny SPY”)
award during the ASSE general session on Tuesday, June 5th at Safety
2012, the Society’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition,
June 3rd – 6th in Denver, CO.

The Queeny SPY is awarded annually to an outstanding
member of ASSE for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational
safety, health and environmental field (SH&E). Sponsored by the Monsanto
Corporation, the award was created in honor of its third president, Edgar
Monsanto Queeny, for his personal commitment to protect workers from industrial
accidents and health hazards.

With over 10 years of experience as a safety, health
and environmental (SH&E) professional, Young currently serves as the Director
of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) in the Office of the President at
the University of California. He is responsible for providing system-wide
direction, coordination and assistance to the University system’s 10 campuses,
five hospitals and one national laboratory. His primary role is to oversee and
guide the development, implementation and maintenance of policies procedures
and programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the over
180,000 employees, 220,000 students, and all visitors.

“Erike is a dynamic leader who is not only technically
proficient, but is able to bring people together to work toward a common
vision,” said Grace Crickette, fellow ASSE member and Chief Risk Officer for
the University of California, in her nomination letter on behalf of Young. “The
development of an (EH&S) strategic plan had been talked about for many
years, but within two months of becoming the director, Erike was able to
organize all of the campus and hospital EH&S directors system wide to adopt
a system-wide EH&S strategic plan that will help guide leadership for the
next five years.”

A member of ASSE since 2005, Young has served in
almost all leadership positions within the Sacramento Chapter and chaired its
PDC committee. He has also actively encouraged others to pursue professional
development opportunities, including spearheading an Associate Safety
Professional (ASP) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) study group which
resulted in eight chapter members becoming CSP’s, including Young. In 2011, he
was honored with the Region I Safety Professional of the Year award.

“In the last five years, Erike has accomplished more
for his fellow members than most do in a career,” said Martin Jeppeson,
Regional Vice President for ASSE’s Region I. “From developing processes and
technologies to active participation with the Society, to leading the way in
ASP, CSP, ARM study groups and activities, Erike has excelled every step of the

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety organization 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
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