North Hampton, NH Safety Professional Eric Clouthier Receives Prestigious Regional Award From American Society of Safety Engineers
|North Hampton, NH (July 22, 2009) — For his ongoing contributions to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, his commitment to protecting people, property and the environment and to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Eric J. Clouthier of North Hampton, NH, recently received the ASSE Region VIII Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award. Region VIII represents ASSE chapters in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT.
Clouthier serves as a safety engineer at Harvey Building Products in Londonderry, NH, where he manages SH&E at all of Harvey’s 38 locations throughout New England, NY, PA and NJ. He is also a call firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT) for the North Hampton Fire & Rescue Department, where he has served for 15 years. A lifelong resident of North Hampton, he received a Bachelor of Science in safety studies with a minor in management at Keene State College in Keene, NH, where he first became a student member of ASSE.
“Eric Clouthier has been an exceptional safety professional considering his performance for his employer, Harvey Building Products,” said ASSE Region VIII Vice President Robert McClay, Jr., CSP. “Through his efforts at Harvey, the company has experienced a 38.5 percent reduction in OSHA Recordable Cases over the past four years. Eric is also involved in Safety activities outside his employment. He serves as a member on the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England and serves as a mentor for Safety students at Keene State College. He has been instrumental in establishing a Rho Sigma Kappa Safety Sciences Honor Society at Keene.”
“I have known Eric since I began my education in the safety profession,” said ASSE Granite State Chapter President Katie Jordan. “He has been an active member of the organization prior to, and after, his term as President of the Chapter. With that, each year he personally ensures the success of his local chapter and also participates at the ASSE regional level.”
As an active professional member of ASSE, Clouthier has served on the ASSE Granite State Chapter Executive Board for more than five years. He also served as Granite State Chapter president from 2006-2007 and currently serves on the chapter’s Nominating Committee and Awards & Honors Committee. In addition, he serves on the ASSE New England Area Operating Committee, part of Region VIII, as the professional development conference (PDC) committee chair.
“Also, on a personal note, he has been a fantastic mentor offering guidance and knowledge to myself, other chapter executive board members, as well as students,” Jordan added. “This has been demonstrated not only by the success of the chapter, but also the number of students that have applied for, and won, safety and health scholarships at the local and national level. Additionally, it is evident that Eric is also someone who is always willing to go the extra mile to help. This not only holds true within ASSE, but for his colleagues and community as well. For example, in his spare time, Eric volunteers as a firefighter for his town. It is qualities like these, as well as the drive he possesses, which have contributed to his success. I could not think of someone more deserving of this award than Eric; he truly embodies and practices the values that ASSE holds ideal.”
The Region SPY awards, voted on by peers, are given annually to the most outstanding safety professionals for contributions to service and leadership within their regions and chapters – for “making a difference”. There are eight ASSE regions, each containing anywhere from 15 to 20 chapters. ASSE members volunteer their time to assist their chapters and the society in promoting work safety and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and 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.