Fairborn, Ohio’s Warren Brown Begins American Society of Safety Engineers’ Presidency Addressing Global Audience in Seoul, South Korea
Des Plaines, IL (June 25, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today that Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, of Dayton, OH, takes the reigns as the president of ASSE for the 2008-09 year on July 1. Founded in 1911, ASSE is the largest and oldest safety society and represents more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals located worldwide.
Brown begins his presidency July 1 addressing an international audience at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Seoul, South Korea, on the topic of “Safety Professional Competencies Needed for Today’s Worldwide Workplace Safety & Health Challenges”. This global meeting is sponsored by the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).
In his presentation Brown notes, “The ILO estimates that work related incidents and diseases kill 2.2 million workers each year and cost approximately four percent of the world’s GDP. A World Health Organization (WHO) report ‘Regional Framework for Action for Occupational Health 2006-2010’ indicates that little has changed over the past 10 years. The same report notes that prevention programs, employing safety professionals, safety training, and networking can help reduce these incidents. We must all work together to develop and implement programs worldwide aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses – if not, people as a whole and our worldwide economy will suffer.”
Brown holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Ohio University, Athens, OH, and an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and a Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM).
During the 30 years Brown has been a member of ASSE he has served on several key committees and as the vice president for the council charged with developing and implementing professional development programs countrywide along with the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition. He also spearheaded the 2005 ASSE Manufacturing Safety Symposium held in Atlanta.
Brown was the Kitty Hawk Chapter/Section co-founder, and became president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, assembly delegate and long-range planner for the chapter. He also served on the ASSE board as the Region VII Vice President for four two-year terms. In 1989 he received the Region VII Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award and a SPY award in 1987 from the ASSE All Ohio Council. Brown was also awarded the General Motors Safety Fellow in 1988, the highest individual safety award the company gives.
Brown received the prestigious ASSE Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award in 2006. The Culbertson award recognizes members who have helped advance the occupational, safety, health and environmental profession through exemplary volunteer service to the Society.
Brown has worked as a safety supervisor for DMAX Limited in Moraine, OH; as a plant layout engineer, OSHA coordinator, safety supervisor and associate administrator of safety for General Motors Corporation and Delphi. He has also served as a lecturer at Sinclair Community College.
In addition to his daily work and volunteer time for ASSE, Brown has served his community. He was on the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) board of directors; the Sinclair Community College safety risk management advisory committee; the Society of Ohio Safety Engineers’ pattern for progress committee; the Dayton Miami Valley Safety Council board of directors and past program committee; the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) confined space committee and Ohio Valley section past president; and, the City of Fairborn zoning board of appeals, the five year capital improvements review committee, personnel advisory board and city income tax advisory board.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE’s more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.