ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors PA’s Pam Walaski 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 Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, of Pittsburgh, PA, 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.
Walaski is president of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc., a safety and health consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. specializes in safety compliance and consulting services to help provide clients with best practices for addressing safety and health issues. Walaski originally began her career in social work, and after finishing a second bachelor’s degree in environmental protection science she began to formally work in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. Since then she has been working both in Western Pennsylvania and all over the world developing a passion for the field and helping others stay safe on-the-job. Walaski is also the author of the recently published book, Risk and Crisis Communications: Methods and Messages (John Wiley & Sons).
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Walaski has been an active member of ASSE and is involved at the local, regional and Society level. She is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of ASSE and has served as chapter president, chapter program chair, practice specialty newsletter editor, practice specialty assistant administrator, assistant regional vice president for finance, technical publications committee chair and as a member of the Leadership Conference Planning Committee. Walaski also contributed greatly to the Safety Professional’s Handbook, has had many articles published in ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal (PSJ), and has presented numerous times at the ASSE national Professional Development Conference (PDC). Walaski most recently was the co-leader of an ASSE delegation to China in November, 2010, where nearly 40 ASSE members traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to collaborate with government officials and fellow safety professionals. Walaski is also a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Of her inclusion in the ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project Walaski said, “How can I not be exceptionally flattered to be placed among some of my professional heroes? From our first female Society President Margaret Carroll to our current Terrie Norris; to Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson; and Alice Hamilton, the founder of occupational medicine, the list represents what’s honorable about the profession in which I am privileged to serve.”
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.