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ASSE’s WISE Group Honors Alabama’s Barbara Wisniewski as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Fri, Nov 4, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (November 4, 2011)The American
Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common
Interest Group has honored Barbara Wisniewski, CIH, CSP, CPEA, of Birmingham,
AL,  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.
Through this 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 of experience in the safety, health and environmental
(SH&E) profession, Wisniewski is currently the vice president of health and
safety for McWane, Inc., a family-owned business headquartered in Birmingham,
AL.  She is responsible for providing
oversight, leadership and technical assistance on health and safety matters for
McWane’s 28 facilities and 6,000 employees worldwide.  Through Wisniewski’s leadership, McWane has
seen considerable improvements in its safety and health records, including more
than 50% improvements in the total case incidence rate, in the days away from
work rate and in employee injury severity rates.  With her assistance, she notes McWane has
implemented a comprehensive environmental, health and safety management
system.   Wisniewski is a Certified Industrial
Hygienist (CIH), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Certified
Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA).
She has a degree in biology and chemistry from Alverno University, a
private women’s college in Milwaukee, WI.
Prior to working at McWane, Wisniewski was responsible for health and
safety at Miller Brewing Company for over 14 years where she received the
Miller Achievement Award for safety excellence.

Wisniewski is an active member of ASSE’s Alabama Chapter.
She serves on the technical publications review committee and the
advisory committee of the ASSE Human Resources Branch of the Management
Practice Specialty (PS).

“I am honored to have been selected to this elite group,” Wisniewski said.  “However, as everyone knows, safety success
is not achieved by a single individual alone, but rather by every employee
taking personal responsibility for safety.
It is always a team effort.”

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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