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Chicagoan Selected as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety by The ASSE Women in Safety Engineering Group

Posted in , on Tue, Jul 19, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Maribeth Anderson of Chicago, IL, 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 15 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Anderson is the environmental health and safety supervisor for BP and previously worked as the HSE Supervisor for Jacobs Engineering.  She has a B.A. in management from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL.  Anderson also currently serves as ASSE Region V. Vice President responsible for mentoring Chapter Officers within the Midwest and Egypt. Elected by her peers, she is currently serving her second two-year term.

Anderson has been an ASSE member since 1997. WISE members say “she has gone above and beyond in her involvement with the Society, local chapter and region levels.”  She is past-president of the Greater Chicago Chapter, where she served three terms as the chapter’s leader.  Anderson is also a member of WISE, Fire Protection Engineering, Risk Management/Insurance and the Transportation Practice Specialty groups.  She has served on many Society committees including chair of the Chapter Stars Committee and member of the Diversity and the Strategic Planning Committees.  She has been honored as both the Greater Chicago Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) in 2008 and the Region V SPY in 2009.

Anderson’s dedication to improving workplace safety is evident in her volunteer service through ASSE and other organizations, as well as her daily work with BP.  She was originally brought on as a team member at Jacobs Engineering specifically to work on the BP Bright Lights Project to develop a comprehensive safety program for more than 1,000 employees moving to downtown Chicago, IL.  She also participated as a member of the Jacobs Engineering BeyondZero® Local Leadership Team.  In June 2011, she transitioned to working for BP to continue her involvement with improving workplace safety.  Anderson regularly volunteers her time for various ASSE projects, is a supporter of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and global ASSE initiatives for growing ASSE membership and collaboration.

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 aimed at preventing work injuries and illnesses.  The WISE group will consolidate the profiles of the 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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