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ASSE’s WISE Common Interest Group Honors D.C.’s Ellen Stewart as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Ellen Stewart, CSP, of Washington, D.C., for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project.  Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.

Stewart is a senior safety engineer for Headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) where she develops, reviews and maintains safety-related technical documents such as the EM 385-1-1, USACE’s Safety and Health Requirements Manual, contract specifications, arc flash and hazardous energy requirements. She began her career in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field with the USACE as a safety engineer intern, responsible for surveys and facility assessments, classroom and on-the-job training.  During her 29 years with the USACE, Stewart has updated the USACE safety and health requirements manual, EM 385-1-1, a critical document that affects USACE employees and contractors, as well as non-Corps contractors.

When asked about being honored as one of the WISE 100 women Stewart stated, “I am extremely blessed and privileged to be honored with this recognition.  It means so much to me professionally, as well as personally to realize that my efforts in the safety and health  field have had an impact on others.  There is such a humbling potential to our actions (and in-actions).  I absolutely love what I do!”

The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues.  The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession as part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession.  The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace.  For more information about WISE and upcoming events, 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 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, 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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