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ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors NY’s Cynthia Roth as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Cynthia Roth of Syosset, NY, 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.

With more than 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Roth is the CEO and founder of Ergonomic Technologies Corp. (ETC).  Her work in the field of ergonomics has been extremely significant and she regularly provides best practices for clients regarding ergonomics.  Roth began her work in the field of ergonomics in the 1980’s when a lecturer presented a case focusing on why employees needed biomechanics interventions and ergonomics.  The relationship between humans, working environments and risk factors that lead to injuries became a prime focus for Roth and she has built a successful career through her dedicated work in the field. Roth holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh as a professional registered nurse and has taken post-graduate courses from Cornell in labor relations and industrial management.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Roth is an active member of the ASSE New York Chapter. She has served as the Chair of the ASSE Foundation and currently serves on the Council on Professional Affairs.  Roth is also a member of many ASSE Practice Specialties including Management and the new Ergonomics PS, and is an active member of WISE.  She was instrumental in helping build to the Ergonomics PS.  Roth is part of the Board of the University of Pittsburgh’s Fiat Pax, New York State’s International Trade Mission, NY’s Nassau County Medical Reserve Committee, is an advisor for the Ergonomics Exposition, is on the advisory board of EHS Today (Occupational Hazards) and CTD News, is a member of the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, and has had her work published in many books and professional magazines throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Roth also wrote the  chapter on Ergonomics for Maynard’s Industrial Engineering Handbook, considered a ‘must-read’ for engineering students..

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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