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Champion Technologies’ Patricia Reed of Sugar Land, TX Honored as One of ASSE’s 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Nov 23, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (November
22, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety
Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has named Patricia Reed CSP, of Sugar
Land, TX, one of their ‘100 Women, Making a Difference’ in the field of
occupational safety, health and environment (SH&E). Reed was given the
honor as part of WISE’s commemoration of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th
anniversary. Honorees named to the list were selected by fellow WISE members
located around the globe.

The Senior HSE Specialist for Champion Technologies, a specialty
chemical company based in Houston,  Reed
has dedicated 15 years to the SH&E profession, and served as the first female
African American president of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter.

During her tenure with Champion Technologies she has worked
on a variety of projects from Contractor Safety Management, Incident
Investigation, HSE Metrics and Procedural Development teams. Since
she joined the company in 2005, she has seen the corporation grow from 1,800 to
almost 3,000.

Reed says she first became aware of the importance of on-the-job
safety after her father was the victim of a workplace fatality while she was
studying chemistry at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. After graduating
she began working in the chemistry field, but soon realized that she wanted to
make her career about protecting the worker.

Prior to joining Champion Technologies, she held positions in
occupational safety as the technical training specialist with the Nalco
Corporation, and as an analytical chemist at Westinghouse Environmental Management
Company (WEMCO).

“It’s indeed an honor and a privilege to be nominated and selected
for inclusion into an awesome project such as this,” Reed said of her inclusion
in the WISE ‘100 Women Making a Difference in Safety’ project. “I thank my
peers, colleagues and associates.”

In addition to her ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter membership, Reed is
also a member of the Society’s Management and Engineering practice specialty
groups.

Reed also earned a Masters in civil and environmental engineering
from Tufts University.

The ‘WISE 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, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 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, health care and education. For more information please
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at www.asse.org/newsroom.



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