ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors D.C.’s Terry Wigfall as One of 100 Women Making a Difference
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 the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Terry Wigfall of Severn, Maryland was honored for her dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.
With more than 20 years of experience as a safety professional, Wigfall has dedicated her career to protecting and educating workers on the job, identifying hazards and reducing risks. In the late ‘80’s she took her first safety job at Stanley Proto Industrial Tools and developed into a strong leader, making a difference in subsequent roles as a safety professional in industry and government. She currently serves as the Compliance Manager for the Congressional Office of Compliance on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and manages the compliance process including a team responsible for inspections of all legislative branch buildings, researching SH&E issues, writing “Fast Facts” on various safety topics that appear on the Office of Compliance web site and assisting with the development of the ‘Biennial Report on Occupational Health and Safety Inspections’ which is submitted to Congress.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Wigfall is not only a member of WISE, but also helped found ASSE’s Blacks In Safety and Engineering (BISE) Common Interest Group. As Chair of BISE, Wigfall has reached hundreds of safety professionals and has helped grow the group’s membership, as well as working to develop the Common Interest Group into an excellent place for safety professionals to seek professional development and networking opportunities. Wigfall was also a part of ASSE’s planning committee for the 2011 PDC and helped develop ‘Safety 2011’ into ASSE’s biggest conference to date. In recognition of her accomplishments, Wigfall was also awarded with the prestigious President’s Award at ASSE’s House of Delegates meeting at the annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12, 2011.
When asked about her dedication to the safety profession, Wigfall said, “My Dad was one of my inspirations for getting into the safety profession because of a chemical exposure that he sustained in a workplace. I love the SH&E field. There is never a dull moment, things are always changing, and I get to do things that affect the lives of people in positive ways. It has its challenges, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else!”
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, upcoming events, and to view a complete list of the ‘WISE 100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety,’ 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 – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.