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

Posted in on Tue, Sep 20, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Nicole McOmie, M.S., of Vancouver, 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.

McOmie began her safety career as a field safety professional with JH Kelly, LLC in 1995 and served as corporate Safety Director there from 2005 to 2010.  While in that role, the company averaged nearly 2 million man-hours per year and she helped them obtain record-setting low levels in recordable and lost-time injuries.  McOmie became interested in safety during her first college job at a paper mill that was dedicated to employee safety and health on the job and introduced her to the value of safety training.  McOmie has a B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Purdue University.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments on-the-job, McOmie has received the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Industrial Hygienist Award and has presented on hexavalent chromium policy and sampling results to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.  She has presented to several labor unions  and is a member of ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter.

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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