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ASSE’s Rixio Medina of Corpus Christi, TX Receives Prestigious Fellow Award

Posted in , , , on Mon, Jun 11, 2012

5, 2012) – In honor of his lifetime commitment and outstanding contributions to
the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, the American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named longtime member Rixio E.
Medina, CSP, CPP, CMIOSH, of Corpus Christi, TX a Society Fellow. Medina
received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development
Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2012 in Denver, CO, in front of close
to 4,000 of his peers. The Society Fellow is the most prestigious honor granted
by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long
leadership and excellence in the occupational safety and health community.

With more than 34 years of experience in the SH&E
profession, Medina, a member of Region III’s Coastal Bend Chapter, is the general
partner of Rixio Medina and Associates, L.P., an international safety and
security consulting firm specializing in the petroleum, refining and
petrochemical industries.

Prior to that, he was vice president of health, safety,
security, environmental protection and shared services of CITGO Petroleum
Corporation in Houston, TX, where he oversaw the company’s health services,
safety, information and corporate security, environmental protection,
information technology, procurement, and corporate service functions.

Throughout his career, Medina has maintained a long
and diverse history with ASSE, serving in leading capacities on the chapter
level with the Coastal Bend Chapter and Region IV’s Imperial Calcasieu Chapter.

On the national level, Medina has served ASSE in many
capacities as a trustee for the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF), a member of the Global Committee, Standard Development
Committee, Diversity Committee, Bylaws Committee, Professional Conduct
Committee and Management Symposium Task Force, as Vice President of ASSE’s
Council of Professional Affairs and a member of the Board of Directors.

One of Medina’s most notable accomplishments
has been his efforts to develop a rapport and inroads to Latin America, and for
his contributions to ASSE’s Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce
(SPALW) common interest group. Included in this initiative is his sponsorship
of the ASSEF Hispanics in Safety Scholarship and the Gabriel Alvarado
Professional Education Grant.

In addition to his contributions to ASSE,
Medina also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Certified Safety
Professionals (BCSP).

Medina’s expertise in the SH&E field have
led to several government appointments including as a member of the National
Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) during the
Clinton Administration, and has since been reappointed to the committee under both
the Bush and Obama Administrations.

Medina was appointed by President George W.
Bush with Senate review and consent, as a board member on the United States
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington, D.C in 2003.

In addition to the Society Fellow, Medina
also received ASSEF’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award at ASSE’s House of
Delegates meeting in Denver on June 3rd, and SPALW’s 2012
Significant Contributor Award at the Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS)
Luncheon on June 5th.

To become an ASSE 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 20 years, have
dedicated 100 percent of the last twenty years in a variety of safety
positions, 50 percent 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, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 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


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