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ASSE’s WISE Group Honors WA’s Jennifer Swaim as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Jennifer Swaim, CIH, of Redmond, WA,   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.

Swaim is an environmental safety and health director at Terex Corporation’s Aerial Work Platforms business segment, where she has led the effort to reduce injuries.  The Division recordable rate has been reduced by 50% over the last 60 months due in part to Swaim’s excellent leadership and her team.  She is responsible for guiding the implementation of division-specific and Terex SH&E policies, reducing injuries, illnesses and environmental impacts across all of the organization.  Swaim has oversight of manufacturing, sales, service and parts operations worldwide.  She began her career in safety and health working as an asbestos and lead technician for a consulting company and was promoted to project manager for asbestos, lead and industrial hygiene projects and developed into a strong safety professional through learning on-the-job.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Swaim is a member of ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference in safety Swaim stated, “I am proud to be part of this field and honored to be recognized alongside the other women on this project.  I hope it will encourage more women to enter the profession and make a difference in our industry.”

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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