ASSE’s WISE Group Honors Delaware’s Dorothy Lehmann as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
DES PLAINES, IL (January 6, 2012) – As part of its 100th anniversary
celebration, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety
Engineering (WISE) common interest group honored 100 women from around the
world for making a difference in occupational safety, health and the
environment (SH&E). Dorothy Lehmann, CSP,
CHCM of Felton, DE was one of those honored by ASSE for her dedication to
protecting people, property and the environment.
Lehmann, who has 20 years of experience in the SH&E field,
began her career almost by accident, when she was convinced by a supervisor to
complete her company’s safety inspections.
“It turned out that I really liked it,” she recalls. “I really
liked the people, and I really liked the challenge of it, and that has not
In November 2010 Lehmann joined QinetiQ North America which
supports defense, security and intelligence organizations such as the
Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and federal
civilian agencies such as the Department of State, General Services
Administration and NASA . Her position is located at the Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, MD, where her role as safety manager is critical in
assuring that NASA’s Goddard environmental testing and integration of space
hardware is carried out safely with no harm to people or property.
During her tenure at QinetiQ, she has been a key player in several
key safety initiatives including: instituting a drug and alcohol testing policy
in a union environment; improving the condition of hazardous waste satellite
accumulation; leading an effort to inventory all chemicals onto NASA’s system
to facilitate annual environmental reporting requirements; and, implementing a
state of the art fall protection system on one of the facility’s testing
Prior to joining QinetiQ, Lehmann served as the Safety Manager at
Newark, DE – based Conectiv Energy, a wholesale energy trading and generation
company where she oversaw five generation power plants and consolidated the
entire safety program for overall consistency.
In addition, she set up an injury management program and significantly
improved the company’s DART rate or injuries or illnesses resulting in days
away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer.
“It’s not often that safety people get recognized because you’re
not always aware of what you are preventing,” Lehmann said of her inclusion in
the ‘WISE 100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. “This is one of
the few stops in the road that makes you realize it does matter.”
Lehmann is an active ASSE member, and serves as vice president of
its Delmarva Chapter. In addition, she is the president of a local safety
organization, the Delmarva Safety Association, the treasurer of the Kent County
Delaware Conservancy, and serves as a Kent County Greenway Commissioner.
She earned her B.S. degree in business administration from the
University of Maine.
The ‘WISE 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
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, the book and upcoming events please
Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old 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, health care and education. For more information please
go to www.asse.org/newsroom.