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ASSE’s Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce Group Announces Educational Grant to Bring More Latino Representation to the Safety Profession

Posted in , on Mon, Nov 21, 2011

21, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety
Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) group recently established a
professional education grant aimed at providing assistance for members in the
safety, health and environment (SH&E) occupation to further their education
and career in an effort to help decrease the amount of workplace accidents
among Latinos.

While workplace fatalities are slowly decreasing and
awareness about staying safe on the job is increasing, workplace incidents
within the Latino workforce remains high. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), 682 Hispanic or Latino workers were fatally injured while at
work in 2010. Fatal injuries among this population accounted for 15 percent of
the total fatal work injuries with a fatal work injury rate of 3.7 per 100,000
full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. The fatal work injury rate for all workers is
3.5 per 100,000 FTE workers.

The Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce
Professional Education grant was established to bring more attention to this
issue, and to assist in getting more Latino representation in the occupational
safety profession.

“All of us as Latino safety professionals felt that not
enough people were getting into safety classes,” explained SPALW Chair Anibal
Franco. “We don’t have enough representation in occupational safety.”

The establishment of the SPALW grant was also partially in
response to a recent study commissioned by the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which concluded that within five years,
the demand for occupational safety and health professionals will significantly
outnumber the amount of individuals with the proper training to fill the

Starting in the spring of 2013, the SPALW Professional
Education grant will be awarded each year to several individuals to enable them
to attend various occupational safety classes and certification programs,
seminars, conferences or any other event that will further develop their career
as a safety professional. The grant is presented in partnership with the ASSE

ASSE and SPALW member, Rixio Medina, CSP of Rixio Medina and
Associate, LP who also serves on the foundation’s fundraising committee has
donated $3,500 to start the SPALW professional education grant. Other SPALW
members and those who are committed to ensuring improved workplace safety for
Latinos are encouraged to contribute to the fund as well.

Donations can be made via the ASSE website at or by mail
to; Mary Goranson, Foundation Manager, American Society of Safety Engineers,
1800 E. Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018, please earmark donations SPALW.

Open to all ASSE members, SPALW was established to provide a
supportive environment for safety directors, managers, supervisors,
consultants, and others who have a common interest in the Latino workforce to
discuss, research, develop and implement new suggestions, ideas,
recommendations and strategies related to this issue. For more information about
SPALW, visit

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

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

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