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Governor to Kick Off ASSE Hawaii Chapter’s Biannual PAC-RIM Safety Conference April 16

Posted in on Mon, Apr 9, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (April 9, 2012) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Hawaii Chapter will hold the biannual Governor’s Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference for safety professionals from around the world in Honolulu April 16-18. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie will launch the conference at 7:00 a.m. Monday, April 16. The focus will be on helping attendees continue to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses that not only affect workers, but families and friends as well as a business’ bottom line.

The international conference will feature global safety and health experts; federal, state and city officials along with top safety professionals from around the world including top ASSE officials. Sixty-two educational sessions, over 70 exhibitors displaying the latest in occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) products and services, and pre-and-post educational courses will highlight the conference.  ASSE has more than 34,000 occupational safety and health professional members located in 73 countries and many from around the world are expected to attend the ASSE Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference.

The ASSE Hawaii Chapter is led by Craig Shoji, ASP, president; Howard Hendricks, CSP, president-elect; Les Onaka, CSP, secretary; Mary Silva, CSP, treasurer; Joanna Clark, CHST, past-president; Jim Newberry, CHST, webmaster, and ASSE conference delegates Neil Yamamoto, CSP, and Mark Behrens, CSP.

Attendees will hear from top safety and health professionals including Eileen Pozniak, CEES, CHSC, CHSP, past president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and former University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan occupational health and safety professor. Pozniak, who has addressed crowds around the world, will speak on “Global Safety – the 6 ½ Things That Will Work Anywhere”.

Other speakers include ASSE Senior Vice President Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, whose address is titled “2012 Global Influences on Safety and Health”.  Seabrook is also the membership chair of the ASSE International Practice Specialty group and has spoken worldwide on international safety and health.  ASSE Past President James ‘Skipper’ Kendrick, CSP, distinguished ‘Fellow’ of ASSE (2009), honored as the ‘Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year’ (ASSE 2000) and former director of global safety for Textron, Inc., with operations in 29 countries, will also speak. Kendrick’s presentation is titled “We Don’t Need a Safety Culture”. ASSE President-Elect Rick Pollock, CSP, will provide the conference wrap-up along with a look into the future of the SH&E profession.

The conference will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. To register for the conference one can go to

The ASSE Hawaii Chapter, a winner of the prestigious ASSE Chapter of the Year award, was chartered June 21, 1951. Members actively participate in local occupational safety and health events and host workshops, including the Pac-Rim biennial safety conference. For more information about the Hawaii Chapter please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society. ASSE 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, health care and education. For more information please go to

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Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, or Mary Silva, CSP, 808-545-6458

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