ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors KY’s Jennifer Carter as one of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Jennifer Carter of Louisville, KY, 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.
Carter is the current Lead Health Nurse for Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, KY. She is responsible for more than 3,500 team members throughout KY, spread out over 50 different locations. Since she began this role in 2006, Carter has put into place several programs to improve safety and health at the hospital, helping employees to return home injury and illness-free each day. She was also responsible for workers’ comp cases from 2006-2010, and received the Ambassador Award, known as the highest honor for the hospital’s team, in 2008 for her outstanding work on safety and health initiatives in the workplace. In addition to her current role at the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare, Carter is overseeing the safety program for the construction of a $16 million dollar central utility plant. Two years ago, the hospital was flooded with more than 16 ft. of water and the entire hospital engineering department, including boilers, was destroyed.
Carter began her career in the safety, health and environmental field (SH&E) at Tyson Foods, where she first became acquainted with the safety profession and what it meant to be involved with occupational safety and health. She quickly learned about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, machine guarding, lockout/tagout procedures, electrical safety, forklift training and more, driving her desire to continue in the safety and health field to reduce risks and eliminate hazards for employees.
When asked about being honored as one of 100 women who are making a difference in safety, Carter commented, “I am grateful to my colleagues and coworkers. I am so blessed to work with a group of people who know safety should be a priority and always try to do the right thing when it comes to worker safety and health.”
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 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.