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WISE Honors MD’s Adele Abrams as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in , on Thu, Aug 4, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, of Beltsville, MD, 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 difference.

Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional, working daily with regulatory agencies, mine operators, and miners to address safety, health and environmental issues. She began her career in safety in 1986 with the American Road and Builders Association, where she responded to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Department of Transportation rulemaking activities. From 1989-1996, Abrams served as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Stone Association and served as the organization’s primary liaison with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and OSHA. In 1996, she joined the environment, safety and health practice group of Patton Boggs, a Washington D.C. law firm, and in 2001 branched off to start her own seven-attorney firm, which focuses on safety training, consulting and litigation of OSHA and MSHA citations. Abrams has co-authored several books on mining, construction and occupational safety and health, including ASSE’s Construction Safety Management and Engineering, and The Safety Professional’s Handbook. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Catholic University of America, where she teaches on employment, safety and labor laws.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Abrams has been an active member of ASSE and is a member of the National Capital Chapter. She is currently the Assistant Administrator of the Mining Practice Specialty (PS) and is editor of its technical publication, Inside Global Mining. She is also an active member of WISE, and serves on ASSE’s Technical Publications Review Board. Since 1996, Abrams has served as ASSE’s National Representative in Washington, D.C. and has acted as a liaison with Congress and federal regulatory agencies regarding safety and health issues.

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference around the world in safety, Abrams commented, “I am honored to be in the company of so many outstanding women who have made significant contributions in the field of safety and health. It is gratifying to know that my work can make a difference in protecting workers from injuries on a daily basis.”

The ‘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 anniversary.

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 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 34,000 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, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to


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