ASSE’s WISE Group Honors Texas’ Linda Berryman as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
DES PLAINES, IL (November 8, 2011) – The American
Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common
Interest Group has honored Linda Berryman of Lubbock, TX, 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.
Prior to her recent retirement from Devon Energy in the Permian Basin of West Texas
and New Mexico, Berryman spent 25 years in the oil and gas (O&G) extraction
industry. Starting out literally at the bottom, her first position was as a
‘roustabout’, performing manual, unskilled labor. She worked herself up through
the ranks to become the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Supervisor.
A proud safety professional, Berryman views the profession as not about corporate
policy and regulatory compliance, but about people, and getting them to watch
out for each other, change their behavior to expect a safe workplace, and to
have good lives because of it. She is also proud of the ability she has had to
impact a large segment of the oil and gas extraction industry.
“I have had the pleasure of working with, and knowing Linda Berryman as a friend, since
my first days at Devon Energy Corporation. She is the most sincere safety
champion that I have ever met,” said colleague Ron Truelove. “She has consistently demonstrated that she
truly cares about people.”
In addition to her ASSE membership, Berryman has been
active with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the
American Petroleum Institute, (API) and the International Association of
Drilling Contractors. She has also worked with the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) O&G Council to help build a national strategic
plan for improving the injury rates for the industry.
Berryman also worked with her colleagues at OSHA and
the University of Texas at Arlington to spearhead the biannual OSHA O&G
Safety Conference which has been attended by over 1,500 safety professionals.
“Linda’s dedication, commitment, vision and
leadership have helped to significantly change safety and health in the oil and
gas industry,” said R. Dean Wingo, CIH, CSP, of OSHA’s Dallas Regional Office.
“Her efforts have changed attitudes and undoubtedly helped to save lives and
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, please visit www.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 – Celebrating a Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.