Eugene, OR Joins ASSE to Prevent Work Injuries, Illnesses
As North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week approaches, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals around the world are actively seeking support for NAOSH in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job, not only for this week in May, but throughout the year. ASSE members are pleased that Eugene, OR, Mayor Kitty Piercy recently signed a proclamation from the city, proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and May 4, 2011, to be Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, and to “call upon the community to recognize that occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work every day so that millions of people go to work and leave injury and illness free.”
ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter NAOSH Chair Dave Parsons said, “As a safety professional, I work day and night to make sure that all workers leave their job injury and illness free to return home safely to their families. We are pleased to see Oregonians are aware of the importance of developing and implementing effective workplace safety and health programs.”
From planning safety activities, to recruiting participants, planning for NAOSH Week is in full swing. In addition to activities ASSE members are planning nationwide, Parsons has helped support NAOSH Week through garnering this year’s first proclamations from several Oregon cities, leading the way in raising awareness about safety on the job. In the past, Parsons distributed more than 15,000 NAOSH posters to Oregon businesses, garnered a NAOSH proclamation from U.S. President George W. Bush and personally donates his skills and expertise to small businesses and schools throughout the year.
This year, ASSE’s 100th Anniversary, will also be a special year for NAOSH Week as ASSE also celebrates a century of safety. During NAOSH Week and OSHP day, ASSE members will hold events throughout North America and around the world, including kick-off events on May 1 and 2 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Gallery of Art. ASSE and its partners, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) , the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) work together with more than 60 partner organizations to spread the word about safety on the job.
More than 4,000 people died on the job in 2009 in the U.S. – about 12 people a day – and millions suffered injuries and illnesses. The work of a safety professional is constantly changing and adapting to the ever-changing work environment. Changes in new technology and the way businesses work provide new challenges each day for safety professionals as they work diligently to protect the lives of all employees.
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 the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.