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ASSE’s Jitendra (Jitu) C. Patel of Glendale, AZ, Receives 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 Professional Member Emeritus Jitendra  (Jitu) C. Patel, CPEA a Society Fellow.  Patel 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 health & safety and community service globally.  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.

Patel is a Professional Member Emeritus and Senior Board Advisor of the Arizona Chapter of ASSE.  A dedicated safety and health professional, Patel has been extremely active in support of ASSE’s global growth and development.  Patel founded ASSE’s first foreign chapter in 1982 in Saudi Arabia, building strong relationships with government and industry officials and communities.  He was instrumental in the creation of ASSE’s newest chapter in the Philippines, the first ASSE Asian Chapter.  At the regional level, Patel has been very active with ASSE’s Region II activities.  He has participated as a Steering and organizing Committee member, and has served as chairman for several ASSE Middle East Professional Development Conferences (PDCs), ASSE national PDC’s and for several global safety events including the Bhopal Tragedy Process Safety Conference.  Patel has taken a lead in exploring possibilities to form sections, chapters and partnerships with local and national safety organizations for joint ventures with ASSE in Middle East (MEC) and Asian countries including India.

Patel is an international safety consultant with a BS in Chemistry and an M.Phil in Energy and Fuel Science. He has provided technical training and conducted research for 15 years on fires, explosions, health, safety and environment issues at a heavy chemical manufacturing company owned by U.K. oil companies. Patel has presented many technical and safety presentations, and has been published internationally for his work. His work in safety has taken him worldwide to serve on boards and committees and has been active in many U.S. organizations.  He is an active member of the ASSE International Professional Specialty Executive Board, a member of ASSE Council Member Region Affairs Global Committee, a member of the Board of Environment Auditors Certification Training & Education Committee and a “Godfather” advisor to the ASSE-MEC. Patel was honored by the Arizona Chapter of ASSE with the prestigious Howard Hiedeman Award of Safety Professional of the Year 2006-2007.

Patel currently offers a variety of technical and management seminars to Safety & Fire Prevention engineers and line management staff of major oil and gas, petro-chemical and chemical manufacturing corporations, as well as for their associated expansion, modernization construction projects, graduate program students and faculty at universities and the Community for public safety awareness. He has been conducting these seminars in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi and also in Southeast Asia. He has shared his expertise at Arizona State University for the Arizona Business Community, Gateway Community College and the Grand Canyon University.

With more than 40 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental field, Patel’s professional accomplishments are a testament to his dedication to occupational safety.   Patel spent more than 21 years leading a team of fire and safety engineers at Aramco, providing safety support to one of the world’s largest refineries, to major gas gathering and recovery plants and to their associated multi-million dollar modernization and expansion projects. With a demonstrated dedication to protecting people, property and the environment, Patel’s career has influenced many other safety and health professionals and has helped businesses reduce on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

Ayman M. Saeed Kamel, Managing Director, Trading Sector of Dallah Al-Barakah stated, “We are so excited and delighted to learn that Jitu is now a ‘Fellow of the ASSE’ which is the highest and the most prestigious honor in the world in the field of HSE. We are extremely proud of Mr. Patel, who has devoted almost all his professional life to helping us at Dallah, to Saudi Arabia’s regulatory authority and industry throughout, and to the Middle East region as a whole.  He cares for the people, property and environment to the extent that he has stood by us helping us handle emergencies, disasters and in the most difficult times.  He is a great mentor and an excellent person. We call Mr. Patel “a father of safety.”

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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