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Helping Kids Understand Work Safety Earned These ASSE Members Worldwide Recognition

Posted in , , on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Des Plaines, IL (July 13, 2012) – In recognition of their efforts to help
children learn the importance of work safety during North American Occupational
Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 6-12) Week 2012, the American Society of Safety
Engineers (ASSE) has recognized five safety, health and environmental
(SH&E) professionals from around the globe with the prestigious 2012 NAOSH
Champion Awards. The honorees include Heather Earl, CSP, CPEA of Lake Buena
Vista, FL; Joe Herrity, CPP, CHS of Princeton, NJ; Amanda Masterson, CSP of
Louisville, KY; Subbarrao Palagummi, CSP, of Kuwait and Amy Wangdahl, CSP of
Pasadena, MD. They were presented with their awards June 4th during
ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Denver, CO.

Not only has Heather Earl president of ASSE’s Central
Florida Chapter, but she is also and the manager of safety and health
operations for Walt Disney World Resorts. Each year she has shown strong
support for NAOSH Week and ASSE’s kids ‘Safety on the Job’ poster contest, and
this year she promoted the contest at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide and
with local Florida schools, resulting in hundreds of submissions and four (out
of 15 grand prize) winners. In addition, the Central Florida Chapter was host
to its spring PDC for NAOSH Week, and also secured close to 20 NAOSH
Week/Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day proclamations from
various local municipalities. Central Florida Chapter members also played a
significant role in helping raise awareness about SH&E and NAOSH activities

Joe Herrity is a member of ASSE’s Penn Jersey Chapter,
and the director of security development of the URS Corporation. This year,
Herrity increased participation and awareness of NAOSH Week through his
employer to promote ASSE’s poster contest worldwide, and travelled with his
family to the NAOSH Week kick-off events in Washington D.C. to greet poster
contest winners and parents and to provide additional gifts for the families.

Amanda Masterson, the president of ASSE’s Louisville
Chapter is the corporate environmental safety and health manager for Genpak.
Masterson led 2012 NAOSH Week promotional efforts by partnering with the
Louisville mayor’s office to declare May 6-12 NAOSH Week in the city. The
chapter also provided safety inspections for the Kentucky Derby Bed Races, and
provided safety assistance for the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. Masterson
also promoted the ASSE poster contest through her chapter and local schools,
with over 50 posters entered, and one national winner. (

Subbarrao Palagummi, the president of ASSE’s Kuwait
Chapter, helped promote the kids’ poster contest internationally, which
resulted in 847 entries from Kuwait, and two grand prize winners (

Amy Wangdahl is the president of ASSE’s National
Capital Chapter, and a safety and health specialist with the U.S. Department of
Labor (DOL). Wangdahl helped promote NAOSH Week by serving as the local ASSE
ambassador to Society members, guests and poster contest winners from around
the country at NAOSH Week kick-off events in Washington, D.C. She also arranged
for gift packets to be made and distributed to families as they arrived for the
NAOSH Week program  with the Assistant
Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) David
Michaels at the U.S. DOL on May 7th.

ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
(CSSE) and more than 60 OSHA Alliance Partners (corporations and associations),
reach thousands of businesses and millions of people worldwide through their
efforts to raise awareness about the importance of occupational safety and
health during NAOSH Week. For more information on NAOSH Week activities, please

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, health care and education. For more information
please go to


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