Heather Earl Receives Safety Professional of the Year Awards from the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Central Florida Chapter and Region IV
|Des Plaines, IL (March 12, 2010) — Outstanding safety and health professionals are the driving force behind the 99-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition to working to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses, members volunteer their time and resources throughout the year to protect people, property and the environment. ASSE is proud to announce that the Central Florida Chapter’s vice president, Heather Earl, has received both the Central Florida Chapter and Region IV Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards.
Earl was the founding president of the North Florida Student Section in 1994 and has been a professional member of ASSE since 1996. Earl has served as both the secretary and vice president of the Arkansas Chapter, as well as the secretary and vice president of the Central Florida Chapter. She is also a past North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Champion award winner. Heather will assume the position of president of the Central Florida Chapter in August of 2010.
With a reputation for her leadership ability and strong commitment to safety, Earl has exemplified the values of ASSE during her service as a member. Jeff Spackman, current president of the Central Florida Chapter, commented, “Heather has an incredible wealth of knowledge about ASSE and how to make a chapter beyond successful. She is constantly looking for new ways to make our chapter and society better. I am positive that Heather will be able to take the Central Florida chapter to new, never before seen levels.”
In addition to her accomplishments with ASSE, Earl has excelled in the professional sector. She has been a career safety professional for Fortune 100 companies for over 15 years and has worked diligently to promote occupational safety and health. In addition to creating safety training programs, authoring important research papers and presenting critical safety briefings, Earl has successfully improved safety conditions and processes throughout her career. Earl has earned the certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), as well as Certified Professional Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor (CPEA) and is currently the Manager of Safety and Health Operations for Walt Disney World Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
When asked about her involvement with ASSE, Heather commented, “I have been lucky to work with some of the best safety professionals in the business during my time with ASSE. I am thankful for the amazing networking and leadership opportunities, as well as the relationships I’ve built over the years. Working with such wonderful people has made me a stronger, better, more well-rounded safety professional and I’d like to think that lives have been saved as a result.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who 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 www.asse.org/newsroom.