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ASSE’s Aruna Vadgama of Carlsbad, CA Recognized as 2012 Council on Practices and Standards Safety Professional of the Year

Posted in , on Tue, Jun 19, 2012

19, 2012) – In recognition of her commitment to professional excellence, and
dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers
(ASSE) recently named member Aruna Vadgama, RN, MPA, CPHQ, COHN-S, BCSP, BCPE,
CHRM, SRN of Carlsbad, CA, the 2012 Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS)
Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). Vadgama received the award on June 5th,
during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition –
Safety 2012, in Denver, CO. The CoPS SPY is the highest honor granted by the
ASSE Practice Specialty groups and is awarded in recognition of outstanding
service and contributions to the practice specialties and to the safety, health
and environmental (SH&E) community.

A member of ASSE’s Healthcare Practice Specialty,
Vadgama is an International Healthcare Surveyor for Joint Commission
International, located in Chicago, IL, and travels the world to survey hospitals,
seeking accreditation by the Commission.

Vadgama has also has been an active professional
emeritus member of ASSE and has played a key role in many of the Society’s
functions and business. She currently serves as the Healthcare Practice
Specialty’s representative for ASSE’s Body of Knowledge (BoK). Previously, she
served for six years as the Healthcare Practice Specialty administrator. Under
her leadership the group expanded its membership to over 700, due in part to
the quality of the HealthBeat publication,
in which she authored 14 articles; including “Avian Flu: Planning for Pandemic
Surge Population”, “MRSA: Infection Control Challenges: Has No Boundaries” and
a series on the Avian flu. In addition Vadgama has authored two articles for
ASSE’s Professional Safety magazine.

Over the years, Vadgama has been a frequent presenter
at ASSE’s PDC, with presentations including: “Emerging Issues in the Healthcare
Industry” in 2008, “Managing Health & Safety – Latex Products” in 2007, and
“Competence of Temporary Workforce in the Healthcare Industry” in 2003.

“We believe Aruna is worthy of this recognition
because of her numerous contributions to our safety profession as well as her
dedicated service to ASSE and the Healthcare Practice Specialty,” said Joe
Klancher, CSP, current volunteer administrator of ASSE’s Healthcare Practice

The ASSE CoPS SPY is awarded annually to an individual
who is an active member of one of ASSE’s 17 practice specialty groups for
outstanding commitment to the profession and contributions to the group. For
more information about ASSE’s practice specialties, branches and common
interest groups, please visit

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
please go to

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