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ASSE’s WISE Common Interest Group Honors MI’s Roberta Nelson Shea as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Fri, Sep 16, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Roberta Nelson Shea of Northville MI, 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.

With more than 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Nelson Shea has been the president and owner of Safety Compliance Services, LLC, a safety and health consulting firm, where she served as an expert witness, provides risk assessment services, accident/ incident reviews, machine compliance evaluations, machine safety specification development, and company acquisition for safety due diligence.  She currently works for Applied Manufacturing Technologies as their director of safety consulting services. Heading this business unit, the same consulting services are offered with the following expansion of capabilities: automation engineering and consulting services where safety is integrated at the concept and design stages, engineering services that include safety and production controls, and training services. Applied Manufacturing offers simulation technologies to uncover throughput, manufacturability, and safety issues – allowing cost-effective, productive, and safe implementations.  Nelson Shea began her career in the SH&E field with Procter & Gamble (P&G), where she was impressed with the company’s commitment to safety, ethics and quality, as well as the training to company provided to employees. She has a passion for safety because she values ensuring that workers return home safely to their families each day, injury and illness-free.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Nelson Shea is an active member of ASSE’s Greater Detroit Chapter and was nominated by ASSE to be a professional member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).  While solving machinery safety issues, she has been heavily involved in safety standards development as an active member in ANSI, CSA, and ISO standards committees for risk management, risk assessment, machine tools, automation, robotics, and more.  She has led the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) RIA R15.06 (Robot Safety) standard committee for more than 20 years, and is the only remaining committee member to be continuously involved in the standard since its first meeting in 1982.  This standard (R15.06) has pushed automation safety to a level of heightened safety standards.  Nelson Shea is also active in other robot safety standards (ANSI RIA R15.06, CSA Z434, and ISO 10218), machinery standards (B11 series and the CSA equivalents), ANSI AIHA Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, and ANSI ASSE Z590.3 Prevention through Design.  She is active in the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission standards (products and safety application standards).  For the past few years, Nelson Shea has proudly served on the Board of Directors of ANSI and as the Chair of the ANSI Company Member Forum. These experiences have put her in contact with the factory floor, the design room, and the boardroom.

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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