Liberty Mutual Group Supports Safety Research and Education Through the ASSE Foundation
Des Plaines, IL (November 4, 2010) — The Liberty Mutual Group continues to support research and education in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession through the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) and has made a generous $30,000 contribution for 2011. The Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program is funded by this donation and encourages research activities in occupational safety and health, and provides a forum for safety professionals to guide research based on industry needs, which reflects Liberty Mutual’s mission of “helping people live safer, more secure lives.”
The application period for the ASSEF Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship Program is now open and applications will be accepted through February 1, 2011. Those selected as Liberty Mutual fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2011 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety located in Hopkinton MA, and will receive a stipend for living expenses. Additionally, fellows will write either an 800 word article for the ASSE Foundation newsletter explaining the results of the research, or an article for ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal about their research results.
Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents, must possess a Ph.D. or be working towards a Master’s Degree or Ph.D., and preference will be given to applicants holding appointments or enrolled in a department with an ABET accredited safety program. Members of ASSE will receive special consideration for this fellowship. The application and guidelines for the fellowship can be found at www.asse.org/foundation/research/LM_program.php.
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2009 direct written premium. The Company also ranks 71st on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2009 revenue. As of December 31, 2009, Liberty Mutual Group had $109.5 billion in consolidated assets, $95.0 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $31.1 billion in annual consolidated revenue.
Owned and operated by Liberty Mutual Group, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute) has helped improve the occupational safety and health of workers for more than 50 years. Through laboratory and field-based investigations, the Research Institute seeks to advance scientific, business-relevant knowledge in workplace and highway safety, and work disability. Research findings are shared with the worldwide health and safety community through peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Ultimately, these findings are used to develop recommendations, guidelines and interventions that help reduce risk and control costs.
The ASSEF, established by and in partnership with ASSE, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiative in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession. For information on the ASSEF 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 32,000 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 www.asse.org.