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Posted in on Mon, Feb 18, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (February 18, 2008) —
DES PLAINES, IL (February 18, 2008) – As the demand for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals (SH&E) grows worldwide, American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President-Elect Warren Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, discussed the importance of key competencies for SH&E practitioners worldwide in his keynote address for the eighth annual ASSE Middle East Chapter Professional Development Conference and Exhibition in the Kingdom of Bahrain taking place this week.

“Every day our ASSE members, SH&E professionals, work to prevent incidents, injuries and occupational diseases, create safe work and leisure environments and develop safer products so the millions of people who go to work every day return home safely,” Brown said. “We live and work in a seamless society — yes our cultures, languages and governments may be different — but the desire for excellent SH&E performance transcends these differences.”

At the “Solutions for Regional SH&E Challenges” conference, attended by 700 people, Brown provided an overview of the core competencies SH&E professionals need to take to the workplace.

“A safety, health and environmental professional through academic preparation, work experience, and accredited certification or licensing has mastered and applies a recognized body of knowledge to prevent injury, illness, property and environmental damage, while adhering to a recognized code of professional conduct,” Brown said.

Brown presented information on skills, core competencies, technical, professional and executive skills SH&E professionals need. He discussed the importance of being skilled in the area of interpersonal relationships and communications, understanding the financial side of business, being digital and knowing project management and having a thorough understanding of the procurement process. He noted how the ANSI-ASSE Z590.2 – the ‘Criteria for Establishing the Scope and Function of the Professional Safety Position’ standard sets a minimum criteria for safety professionals, practitioners, and technicians/technologists and can be used by businesses when developing the competencies needed for a safety professional.

The Bahrain ASSE conference included guests from around the globe focusing on international occupational safety, health and environmental challenges of today such as a sustainable environmental, safety and health solutions as well as implementing occupational safety and health strategies globally. Other speakers include Mosaed S. Al-Ohali, vice president, specialty products for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SAIC); Dr. Sameera M. Al-Tuwaijiri, director of Safework for the International Labor Organization (ILO); Geoffrey Podger, chief executive, Health and Safety Executive, UK; and, Dale Outhous, global business director for DuPont Personal Protection.

ASSE members led several sessions. ASSE-MEC’s Mahmoud Tamer, of Saudi Arabia, spoke on risk based decision making; ASSE Kuwait Chapter President Garlapati Ashok discussed environmental issues; ASSE member Samah Al-Hamad, of Bahrain, discussed SH&E management systems; and, ASSE Arizona Chapter member Jitu C. Patel talked about safe practices and operations.

The ASSE Middle East (ASSE-MEC) Chapter was inaugurated on September 15, 1982 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Chapter’s territory covers the Arabian Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman. ASSE-MEC was the first chapter established outside the U.S. and has approximately 200 members. For more information on ASSE-MEC go to

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information please go to

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