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ASSE’s WISE Common Interest Group Honors OR’s Illa Gilbert-Jones as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Thu, Sep 15, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Illa Gilbert-Jones of Portland, OR, 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 25 years in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Gilbert-Jones is a senior safety management consultant at SAIF Corporation.  During her career, Gilbert-Jones has held safety positions at a multi-national chemical company, an international mining/metals corporation, a paint manufacturing and distribution company, and a workers’ compensation insurance company.  In each of her progressively challenging positions, Gilbert-Jones developed strategies that lead to gains in safety and health and helped develop metrics based on potential exposure to hazards to help employees and managers better understand risks.  She has a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, safety and toxicology from the University of Washington.

Gilbert-Jones is an active member of ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter.  She has participated in several research projects and has presented the results at the American Industrial Hygiene (AIHA) Conference and Expositions, as well as at a Navy Occupational Health and Preventative Medicine Workshop.  She has taught respiratory protection at the Oregon Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals Conference.  Gilbert-Jones was also a co-author on a chapter in the 2001 publication Mine Health and Safety Management.

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference, Gilbert-Jones stated, “I am truly honored to be selected, and accept the recognition on behalf of all those who passionately work for a safe and healthy work environment.”

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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