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ASSE’s WISE Common Interest Group Honors WA’s Teri North as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 14, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Teri North, CSP, of Richland, WA, 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.

North is currently an Industrial Safety Engineer with Dade Moeller and Associates, Inc., a contractor on the Mission Support Alliance (MSA) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford site in Richland, WA.  In this role, North works with the MSA Worker Protection Division and provides technical safety and health support for Lockheed Martin’s engineering and telecommunications element of the MSA contract.  Through her hard work and dedication to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, North has helped countless workers arrive home safely, injury and illness-free, to their families each day. North has a Bachelor’s degree in Safety and a Master’s degree in Safety Management from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, North has been an active member of ASSE for more than 30 years.  She began her career in the CMSU student section and is currently a member of the Lower Columbia Basin chapter of ASSE.  She has served on many chapter executive committees as secretary and president and mentors others in safety.

North has been recognized by the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy with the Excellence in ESS&H Award for developing and implementing a formal analysis process (incident analysis) at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) when she worked for Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.  She was also instrumental at the same DOE site where she helped reduce the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incidents from 12 to 2 in a three-year period.

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference, North noted, “I am extremely honored to have been selected as one of the 100 women appreciated ASSE and WISE for recognizing the contributions and dedication of women to the safety profession.”

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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