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Have a Heart, ASSE Foundation Recognizes Their Stars

Posted in on Wed, May 30, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (May 30, 2012) – As the shortage of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals looms in the future, American Society of Safety Engineers’ members and chapters are not only providing funds and resources for students for scholarships and grants, but also through mentoring, internships at their companies and much more.

So at the June 3-6 Denver, CO,  Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2012, the ASSE Foundation has found another way to recognize these efforts and at the same time continue to help those pursuing degrees in the SH&E profession. At Safety 2012 one can purchase a “Foundation Star” and put the name of their safety “rock star” on the star to hang in the new ASSE “Wall of Fame” at Safety 2012’s service center at the convention center. The stars cost $5 each and the proceeds go to the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

In addition, those that purchase a star receive an “I (HEART) SAFETY” sticker and a chance to win prizes at the service center.

A recent report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – The National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce, said while employers plan to hire at least 25,000 SH&E professionals in the next five years, there are only about 12,000 new graduates expected to be available to fill the openings. A major shortage of SH&E professionals is projected which could have a very negative impact on work safety. The ASSE Foundation provides several scholarships annually and supports those seeking to continue their SH&E education in an effort to increase the number of students entering the growing field of occupational safety and health.

This year the ASSE Foundation awarded $155,000 toward 73 scholarships – 57 at the undergraduate level and 16 at the
graduate level. To buy a star just go to the ASSE service center at the Colorado Convention Center any time from Sunday, June 3, in the afternoon through Wednesday, June 6.

The ASSE Foundation, established by and in partnership with ASSE, generates funding and provides resources for scholarships, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the SH&E profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit www.asse.org/foundation.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization 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 go to www.asse.org.

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