ASSE’s Region VI Recognizes Kuwait’s Ashok Garlapati as 2010′s Safety Professional of the Year
Des Plaines, IL (April 1, 2010) — Outstanding safety and health professionals are the driving force behind the 99-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition to working to prevent injuries and illnesses at work, members volunteer their time and resources throughout the year to protect people, property and the environment. ASSE is proud to announce that Ashok Garlapati, Certified Safety Professional (CSP) of the Kuwait Chapter, has received the 2010 Region VI Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award.
Ashok has over 22 years of Health, Safety and Environmental management experience in the oil and gas industry. He received his Bachelor’s degree from KIT College of Engineering at Shivaji University in Kolhapur, India and his Master’s degree in Business Management from Madurai Kamaraj University in Tamil Nadu, India. Ashok also holds the health, safety and environmental (HS&E) certification of Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) in the U.S. and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) in the U.K.
Currently, Ashok serves as a leader of the ASSE International Practice Specialty and as a member of the Diversity Committee. He is an active advisory member and past president of the Kuwait Chapter and currently works as the Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist (HS&E) for the Exploration and Production Development (E&PD) Directorate of the Kuwait Oil Company. Ashok also helped implement several initiatives in the E&PD Directorate that have helped improve the company’s HS&E performance.
The Kuwait Chapter is one of ASSE’s newest chapters, receiving its charter on February 16, 2002. As the largest international chapter, Kuwait is constantly organizing events, such as conferences, technical meetings and training programs, and has been recognized as one of the most active professional organizations in the state. The Kuwait Chapter has been recognized twice as the Regional Chapter of the Year, as Society Chapter of the Year for 2007-2008, and has continued to be a top supporter of ASSE’s mission to protect people, property and the environment.
Ashok participated as a member of the ASSE Global Taskforce and played a key role in facilitating the globalization process and the introduction of an international membership fee structure. The success of the collaboration between the Kuwait Chapter and Region VI has served as an excellent example of ASSE’s global expansion and has been adopted by other ASSE Regions and international chapters.
In addition to being an active participant in the Kuwait Chapter’s many activities, Ashok has also been instrumental in helping the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster contest for children ages 5-14 become an international event. For the 2010 poster contest the Kuwait Chapter had over 300 poster entries. Eight of the posters received recognition, two of which won first place prizes in their respective age categories.
Vice president James Morris of ASSE Region VI commented, “Ashok has made a positive difference by helping his chapter, region and ASSE become stronger. He deserves this honor and I am proud, as a friend and colleague, that he has received this award.”
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. Its more than 32,000 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 www.asse.org. For more information about the Kuwait Chapter please visit www.assekuwait.org.