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ASSE’s Past-President Michael W. Thompson of Houston, TX, Receives Prestigious 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 (2007-2008) Michael W. Thompson, CSP, of Houston, TX, a Society Fellow.  Thompson 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.

Thompson has traveled the world, helping raise awareness about the importance of occupational safety and health and the goals and mission of ASSE.  Thompson’s relationship with ASSE began when he was a student section member at Texas A&M University in 1978.  He has served the Society at the chapter, region, Society levels.  He served as ASSE Society president from 2007-2008 and was the Region III Vice President for four years.  Thompson is also an ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter past president and has served/is presently serving on many Society committees and task forces, including: Public Relations Committee, Finance Committee, Council on Member and Region Affairs, Governmental Affairs Committee, Standards Development Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Student Member Activity Task Force, International Membership Task Force and the Diversity Inclusion Task Force.  He is also ASSE’s current representative for the International Network of Safety and Health-Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO).   Thompson was awarded the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award at last year’s PDC in Baltimore, MD, for his outstanding achievements.

With more than 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Thompson began his career in 1980 with Chevron Corporation, where he served as a safety engineer at the company’s San Francisco, Richmond and Denver locations. Later he served as President and Managing Director for Ultrasonic Power Corporation, an electronics manufacturing firm before joining Amoco Corporation in their Rocky Mountain operations and later in their world-wide exploration activities.  Thompson has continued to work in the oil and gas industry and has been involved in providing safety and health services to engineering and construction, agricultural chemical and fertilizer plants, research laboratories, pilot plants and refinery, petrochemical and marketing terminals.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Engineering from Texas A & M University and continuing education courses in business management.  Thompson is a Board-Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice and has dedicated his career to the SH&E profession.  Thompson currently serves as the Global Health, Safety and Environment Advisory for BP Upstream Information Technology and Services in Houston, TX.

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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