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ASSE’s WISE Group Names Hawaii’s Mary Silva One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Thu, Dec 1, 2011

1, 2011)The American Society of
Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest
Group has honored Fairmont Specialty Group’s Mary Silva, CSP, of Mililani, HI,
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

Silva has been an active member of the
safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field for more than 20 years. Last
spring she joined Fairmont Specialty Group, which provides specialty niche
property and accident, health insurance and surety products, as their Senior
Loss Control Specialist.

In addition to her work in the
insurance field, Silva has worked in construction, and in oil and gas safety,
most recently as safety manager at the Maryl Group, Inc, one of Hawaii’s most
prominent residential developers. While at Maryl, she was responsible for
ensuring a safe, compliant work environment throughout all of the company’s
Hawaii operations.

During her tenure at Castle &
Cooke Homes Hawaii, Silva helped the company achieve a 90% reduction in the
cost of workers’ compensation claims from 2005-2008, along with the reduction
in the number of injuries from 123, down to 14. This accomplishment resulted in
Silva being selected by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as its
2007 Safety Professional of the Year.

Silva has also improved the safety
records of other prominent Hawaii-based corporations including Verizon,
Fireman’s Fund Insurances, and BHP Hawaii, where as safety, health and security
coordinator, the company saw the loss ratio in both frequency and severity of
incidents dropped by more than 50 percent.

In addition to her many professional
accomplishments, Silva is an active member of ASSE’s Hawaii Chapter and ASSE’s
Region I.  She has served the Hawaii
chapter as its treasurer, president-elect, president and delegate.  Silva has also been a driving force behind
the chapter’s biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health
Conference.  Through her work with her
chapter, they achieved Chapter Star recognition for two years in a row and
received the Small Chapter of the Year award in 2009.

Silva holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Chemical Engineering/Pre-Med from the University of Oklahoma.

“It is absolutely such an honor to be
considered and to be honored in the company of such phenomenal women, some of
whom I know very well,” said Silva of her inclusion in the WISE ‘100 Women,
Making a Difference in Safety’ project.

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
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

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  ASSE’s – A Century of Safety film go to

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