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ASSE’s New Jersey Member Provides Funding for Work Safety Research

Posted in , on Thu, Dec 15, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (December
15, 2011) – To further advance the recognition of occupational safety as an
essential part of corporate sustainability policies, American Society of Safety
Engineers’ (ASSE) Senior Vice President Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, of
Mendham, NJ, has donated $10,000 to the ASSE Foundation, which includes a
matching donation from a major corporate foundation, for further research in
this area.

The donation will support the ASSE Foundation’s research
efforts and fund a project on current occupational safety and health sustainability
reporting practices being conducted by the Center for Safety and Health
Sustainability (CSHS). CSHS, founded last June seeks to educate the business
community on the importance of safety in good corporate governance and corporate
social responsibility. Seabrook’s gift will fund a ‘Sustainability – Global Safety,
Health and Environmental (SH&E) management benchmarking research project’
to identify best practices in safety and health sustainability, SH&E
management for multinational/global companies, and transparency and reporting.
The findings, Seabrook noted, will be shared with stakeholders including
government, business, non-government entities, professional associations,
individual safety, health and environmental professionals and labor.

According to ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Tom
Cecich, CSP CIH, who was a driving force behind the Center, in today’s business
climate, safety is not viewed as a significant part of the sustainability
debate.

“We need to step up and enter into this discussion of
sustainability,” he said during his presentation at the Center’s launch last
June. “Whatever claim an organization wants to make about being sustainable,
they can’t do it unless they’re safe.”

The president of Mendham, NJ -based Global Solutions, Seabrook
made the donation to the Center to focus on influences in the global business
environment that affect the SH&E profession and increase the amount of SH&E
professionals that serve as managers of business risk within their
organizations. Seabrook also served as ASSE’s Sustainability Task Force chair
in 2010, for which she received ASSE’s Presidents’ award in 2011 at the annual
Professional Development Conference (PDC) held in Chicago.

“Each year approximately 5,000 fatal work-related injuries
and four million non-fatal injuries and illnesses occur in the United States,
which represents both unnecessary human suffering and high economic costs,”
said Fay Feeney, CSP, ARM, Vice-Chairman of the ASSE Foundation.  “Kathy Seabrook’s gift for safety research
will assist in better evaluating workplace safety to create safer work
environments.”

Launched on June 13th, 2011 at ASSE’s ‘Safety
2011’ PDC, the Center for Health and Sustainability is a global collaborative
effort among ASSE, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the
U.K.-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The Center
will provide safety and health professionals with a voice in defining how
safety and health contribute to the long-term sustainability of organizations.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation established
by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates
funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic
accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety,
health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation
and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old 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, health care and education. For more information please
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at www.asse.org/newsroom.

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