ASSE’s WISE Group Honors Vermont’s Maureen Johnson as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
DES PLAINES, IL (December
20, 2011) – As part of its 100th anniversary celebration this year,
the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering
(WISE) common interest group has honored
100 women from around the world for making a difference in occupational safety,
health and the environment (SH&E). Maureen
Johnson, CSP of South Burlington, VT, was one of those honored by ASSE for her
dedication to protecting people, property and the environment.
An active ASSE member, Johnson, who is an Integrated Health
Systems Program Manager with IBM, is celebrating her 30th
anniversary with the company this year.
She started out at IBM as a process technician in 1981, and
joined the company’s safety team in 1985. Since then, SH&E has been her
“My professional life started when I joined safety,” she
Johnson is currently is responsible for safety, industrial
hygiene (IH) and ergonomics at IBM’s manufacturing site in Burlington, VT. She has previously managed
the IBM site in Poughkeepsie, NY as well, and under her leadership, both sites were
awarded the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Start status, the top safety
designation given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“To be mentioned in the same breath as Alice Hamilton and
Frances Perkins (fellow honorees), is overwhelming,” Johnson said of her
inclusion in the WISE ‘100 Women Making a Difference in Safety’ project. “Also
knowing many of the other women included, and being counted among them, is very
An ASSE member since 1992, she currently serves as the
treasurer of the Vermont section and the chair of government affairs for the
Worcester Chapter. She also served on ASSE’s Professional Development
Conference (PDC) Committee from 2004-2007.
In addition, Johnson is the current president of the Vermont
Safety and Health Council (VSHC) and is a school board member for St. Francis
Xavier School in Winooski, VT. She is also a Special Government Employee (SGE),
which allows her to work alongside OSHA during VPP onsite evaluations.
Johnson earned her B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from
State University of New York College of Oneota.
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 visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.
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 33,000 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
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at www.asse.org/newsroom.