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ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors OR’s Mary Lou Wilson as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 14, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Mary Lou Wilson of Eugene, OR, 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.

Wilson is the current Safety Coordinator for Wildish Construction Company, a privately held organization with a surface mining operation, an asphalt and concrete production facility, and crews involved in vertical and horizontal construction projects.  The company’s projects include interstate highways, subdivision construction, water reclamation facilities and football stadiums.  Due to her contributions to safety programs at Wildish, the company was the recipient of the National Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) for a 300,001-700,000-hour highway-heavy division.  This was a milestone for the company in recognition of their company-wide commitment to safety and health, driven by Wilson’s passion for safety and raising awareness about the importance of being safe on the job.  Wilson has a degree in business from Oregon State University.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Wilson is an active member of ASSE’s Cascade Chapter and has served on the executive board as newsletter editor, delegate, treasurer, two terms as vice president and two terms as president of the chapter.  She has worked diligently on the chapter’s biannual Professional Development Conference (PDC) planning committee and has been instrumental in working to increase chapter meeting participation.

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference, Wilson stated, “This recognition is a result of being part of an organization that values worker safety and health. Completing projects on time and within the budget is rewarding, but knowing our employees go home to their families injury-free is what’s most satisfying.”

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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