ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors Lake Buena Vista, FL’s Heather Earl 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 Heather Earl, CSP, CPEA, of Lake Buena Vista, FL, 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.
Earl has more than 15 years of experience working in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and is currently the manager of safety and health operations for Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Previously, she worked for Tyson foods, where she set the bar for safety excellence and helped create a safety culture. In addition to creating safety training programs, authoring important research papers and presenting critical safety briefings during her career, Earl successfully improved safety conditions and processes for all the companies she has worked with. Earl has a B.S. in Agricultural Operations Management and an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Earl is an avid volunteer for ASSE programs, activities, Common Interest Groups and conferences. In 1994, Earl founded the North Florida Student Section of ASSE and went on to become a professional member of the Society in 1996. She has served as both the secretary and vice president of the Arkansas Chapter, as well as the secretary, vice president and current president of the Central Florida Chapter. She has been honored as the Central Florida Chapter and Region IV Safety Professional of the Year (SPY), Central Florida Chapter SPY, Arkansas Chapter SPY, and has received the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Champion award three times for her dedication to promoting NAOSH programs and awareness. For NAOSH and ASSE’s annual kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest, Earl works diligently each year to garner proclamations from state and local government in support of NAOSH Week, and sponsors young artists participating in the poster contest for children ages 5-14. Earl is also a key supporter of the WISE Common Interest Group, working to help grow the group’s membership and increase its visibility.
When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference, Earl said, “I am absolutely honored to be recognized in the 100 Women in Safety publication. There are so many women who have contributed to our profession over many years, inventing and patenting safety devices and technology, educating workers about safety in the field, spearheading national campaigns to improve workplace safety, leading safety programs for organizations and so much more. I am thankful every day that this profession chose me and that I can make a difference in people’s lives, simply by passionately pursuing my career.”
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 33,000 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.