ASSE’s WISE Group Honors OH’s Stephanie Helgerman as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Stephanie Helgerman, CSP, of Columbus, OH, 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.
Helgerman is currently an associate manager at Battelle and has more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. She began her career in safety in college, when she joined the Air National Guard and chose the job specialty of Ground Safety Specialist. The experience she gained in this position influenced her to change her major to safety and set the course for her future career in safety. After pursuing her Master’s at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Helgerman was given the opportunity to complete aircraft navigator training with the Air National Guard, and chose to do so. A month after she finished training, her unit was sent to Desert Storm. Upon her return, she was released from active duty and returned to the world of safety, where she excelled in her work and obtained the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through rigorous study and coursework in just one year’s time. She has a B.S. in occupational health and safety from Slippery Rock University and an M.S. in safety from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
An ASSE member for more than 19 years, Helgerman is currently the ASSE Region VII vice president and is active in ASSE at the chapter, region and Society levels. She has held every office in the Central Ohio Chapter of ASSE, including president, and received the prestigious Region VII Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award in 2002. Helgerman has served on numerous ASSE committees and councils, including the Council on Member and Region Affairs, the Finance Committee and the Professional Development Conference Committee. She is also a member of the Industrial Hygiene and Management Practice Specialties.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Helgerman serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Ohio State University’s NIOSH-sponsored raining grant program and has been a guest lecturer at OSU and HFES OSU student chapter meetings. She has presented at numerous national professional development conferences and continues to be a leader in the SH&E field.
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 visitwww.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.
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 www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.