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New York City School Construction Authority’s Madhu Luther Honored by ASSE as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Nov 16, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (November 16, 2011) – The American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common
Interest Group has honored Madhu Luther of the New York City School
Construction Authority (NYC SCA) for making a difference in the safety, health
and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women Making a
Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and throughout
history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property
and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a

A member of ASSE’s New
York City Chapter, Luther joined NYC SCA in 2000 as a safety officer, and
worked her way up the ranks to become Deputy Director of Safety in 2007.

During her tenure, many
improvements to the agency’s safety program have been implemented including; spearheading
an effort to create an internal training academy offering OSHA classes in
partnership with the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey which
is the OSHA Region II Training Center,  mandatory
ten hour OSHA training for all NYC SCA personnel who go on construction sites,
an upgrade of the agency’s safety manual to include more safety protocols particularly
relating to crane safety and requiring 48 hour notice when any welding or
burning work will be done on any school property.

Luther’s priority has
always been to keep the children of New York City safe from construction
hazards and to protect workers, which has proven to be a large undertaking. The
NYC SCA has been working on an initiative to add 116,500 new seats to New York
City schools by 2016. The agency opened 26 new school locations during the
2010-2011 school year.

“It’s a very humbling
experience,” Luther said of her inclusion in WISE ‘100 Women Making a
Difference in Safety’. She gives a great deal of credit to the support she
receives from her colleagues at NYC SCA, in particular Safety Director Michael
Slevin whose visionary leadership has been a personal inspiration to excel.

“You need the right
people to back you up 200 percent,” she added.

Luther earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of
Technology, and her Masters in occupational safety and health engineering from
the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The ‘WISE 100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors
women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting
innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable
contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through
this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100
honorees into a single publication, titled 100
Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession
as  part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the
SH&E profession.  The group provides
professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in
SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to
obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review
of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E  workplace.
For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is
the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 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
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at

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