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ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors Society President Terrie Norris for Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in , on Tue, Jul 19, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group recently honored ASSE Society President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of Long Beach, CA, 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 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Norris is  a risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach, CA, and works primarily with the company’s southern California clients.  Norris provides clients with risk management/loss control audits, program development, ergonomic evaluations, playground safety inspections and customized training programs to improve safety.  Born in Michigan, Norris holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Norris has been an ASSE member since 1987 and has been active with ASSE with her local chapter and at the Society level.  Prior to her current presidential term, Norris served as the ASSE senior vice president, the president-elect and the Region I vice president and secretary.  Norris also served as the Orange County Chapter delegate, president, president-elect and treasurer before moving on to her Society leadership roles and was named the Orange County Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) in 2001, as well as the Region I SPY in 2002.

During ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12-15 in Chicago, IL, Norris took the reigns as the new president of ASSE.  As the Society celebrated it’s 100th anniversary, the future of the safety profession and the challenges, innovations and more that will be encountered as the safety and health movement progresses was a primary focus for all.  As she addressed the crowd for the first time as president of ASSE, Norris said, “The future promises to be both exciting and challenging. We have a tremendous opportunity to build on the foundation created by those who have come before us.  If our founding members were here today, imagine their pride in seeing how our organization has grown in numbers, in influence and stature.  Each day, you add to ASSE’s legacy.”

Norris’s leadership and dedication to the field have inspired many and her involvement with ASSE has motivated others to be more involved with their chapters, practice specialties, common interest groups and regions.  As the current president of ASSE, Norris has gone above and beyond to be involved with the Society’s global safety and health issues and her community to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and health.  She is an ASSE Foundation sustaining donor and was instrumental in the development and funding of the Society Diversity Committee Scholarship.  She also co-authored several publications, including articles published in ASSE’s Professional Safety, and served as a technical reviewer for the National Safety Council’s Accident Prevention Manual, 12th Edition. Norris is an avid supporter of ASSE’s North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and has traveled to countless events and gathering across the nation to spread the message of workplace safety for all.

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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