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Orange County Safety Engineers Support Members’ Continued Education

Posted in , on Wed, Nov 30, 2011

(Left to Right) Award recipient James Gunderson; Chapter President Georgette Quinn; Awards & Honors Chair, Phillip Combest

SANTA ANA, CA (November 30, 2011) – The Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers
(ASSE) awarded a $500 grant to long time member, James Gunderson, ARM, of
Mission Viejo, California, which will assist Gunderson in advancing his career
as a safety professional by helping finance his pursuit of additional
professional certifications.

Gunderson, a safety,
security and risk management professional, applied for the grant which is
offered by the ASSE Orange County chapter to members for such endeavors.

Chapter President Georgette
Quinn, OHST, and Phillip Combest, CSP, ARM, chapter awards and honors chair,
presented the award to Gunderson at the monthly chapter meeting held last November
16 in Santa Ana.

“Professional certifications and designations are the hallmark of the consummate safety,
health, and environmental professional,” said Combest, noting that the majority
of the Orange County chapter members hold one or more professional

“The Orange County
Chapter wants to support its members in pursuing professional development and
certifications so we offer study groups, technical meetings, and even expense
reimbursement programs to benefit our members,” added Quinn.

Currently, an
independent loss control representative, Gunderson will use the grant to become
a certified safety professional (CSP), which he hopes will lead to a full-time
occupational safety position.

Originally chartered in
1973, the ASSE Orange County chapter serves Orange, Riverside, and San
Bernardino Counties.  The chapter is
comprised of more than 400 members from a diverse range of industries
throughout Greater Orange County.

Founded in 1911 and
celebrating its centennial, the 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 manage, supervise, research and consult on
safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries,
government, labor and education.

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