Com Ed’s Linda Rhodes Honored by ASSE as One of ’100 Women Making a Difference in Safety’
DES PLAINES, IL (November 21, 2011) – The American
Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common
Interest Group has honored Linda Rhodes, CSP, of Chicago, and formerly of
Mansfield, OH, 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. Through this 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.
Rhodes, who joined Com Ed in 2008 as Safety Manager, believes that one of the most
important factors to keeping workers safe on the job is a well aligned safety
team. During her time at Com Ed, she has continued her long-time message that
all employees (at all levels and in every department) have an impact on safety.
She believes strongly that deliberate discussions about impact to safety must
be held while all business decisions are being considered, and she has been an
important part of these discussions.
Prior to her current position, Rhodes held key safety positions with some of the
Chicago area’s most prestigious organizations including; System Safety General
Manager with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Safety Manager for the Museum
of Science and Industry, Supervisor of Safety and Health for Quaker Oats, and
Loss Prevention Supervisor with Mobile Chemical Company.
Rhodes first became aware of the importance of workplace safety when she began her
career as an engineer and industrial hygienist with the Industrial Commission
of Ohio. During her travels around the state she visited many small
“They just didn’t realize what they were doing to people, or what they could do to
fix it,” she said.
Rhodes considers her inclusion in the WISE ‘100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
Project to be a true honor.
“Safety is so important to me,” she said. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by an
organization that also means so much to me.”
A member of ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter, she is also a member of Blacks in Safety
Engineering (BISE), and is a recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Services
Award and the prestigious President’s Award.
In addition to her work with ASSE, Rhodes serves on the advisory committee for the
Illinois Education and Research Center with the University of Illinois of Chicago,
where she assists with their curriculum in the safety sciences.
Rhodes earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial systems and engineering
from Ohio University.
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 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, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org
and to view ASSE’s A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.