ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors TX’s Betty Tally 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 Betty Tally, CSP, OHST, CHST, of Lockhart, TX, 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.
Tally is the owner of Tally & Associates, a safety and health consulting company based in Lockhart, TX. She began her career in administration at the San Antonio Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) area office and began cross-training into OSHA compliance inspector status. After several years of training, Tally became the first female compliance officer in the Austin Area OSHA office, where she went on to conduct more than 1,800 inspections of general industry and construction sites, including fatal accidents, disasters, employee complaints, referrals and more. Tally worked for OSHA for more than 20 years and remains active in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field through her consulting work with Tally & Associates.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Tally is an active member of ASSE’s Central Texas Chapter. She became the first female chapter member and went on to be the first woman to hold the office of chapter president in 1990. Along with her husband, Delmar E. Tally, she set up the Delmar E. Tally Professional Development Grant through the ASSE Foundation to assist professionals pursuing certifications, taking courses or who wish to attend conferences with financial support. She is an avid supporter of the ASSE Foundation and continues to be an active member of ASSE.
When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference, Tally stated, “I am deeply honored to be recognized for my small accomplishments with the other outstanding women who have truly been the leaders of innovation and professionalism in the development of safety, health and environmental efforts to protect workers.”
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.