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TN Safety Professionals Reach Out to Educate High School Students About Safety & Health

Posted in on Tue, Nov 3, 2009

Dyersburg, TN (November 3, 2009) — To reach out to and educate teens about workplace safety and the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Northwest Tennessee Chapter recently spoke to marketing classes at Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg, TN.

“The Northwest Tennessee Chapter’s executive committee wanted to share information about the SH&E profession with a group of local high school students because it is important for them to be exposed to different safety and health disciplines, as they may not know about the profession,” said ASSE Northwest Chapter Delegate and Past President Hal Williams, CSP, OHST, of Ripley, TN. “Educating students about the SH&E profession will help them gain awareness of the safety and health field as well as provide important information about the importance of workplace safety and health.”

A recent study by the University of California San Diego Extension listed the SH&E profession as among a ‘dozen hot careers for college graduates’. Safety professionals work in all industries and around the world. They prevent harm to people, property and the environment by applying principles from engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management. From working for media companies, to universities, to entertainment companies, food and pharmaceutical companies, to oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and much more, the SH&E profession continues to grow.

The presenters from the ASSE Northwest Tennessee Chapter included: Chapter Vice President Rachel Cartwright of Dyersburg, TN, who serves as vice president at Omni-Tech Manufacturing; Chapter Secretary Bruce Meade, of Dyersburg, TN, who serves as environment, health and safety (EHS) manager at Caterpillar; Chapter Treasurer John Pleasant, of Dyersburg, TN, who serves as facility engineer at Heckethorn Manufacturing; Chapter Past President Ron Read, CIH, of Dyersburg, TN, who serves as EHS consultant at Read Consulting; Chapter President Debbie Veatch, of Dyersburg, TN, EHS manager at Poly One; and Williams, who serves as safety & WC manager at Marvin Windows and Doors.

For more information about the safety and health profession, go to to download a free copy of ASSE’s “Your Guide to a Career in the Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Profession” brochure.

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 on ASSE please go to and for more information on the ASSE Northwest Tennessee Chapter, visit

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