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WISE Honors VA’s Carol Woodruff as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Carol Woodruff of Gaithersburg, 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.

With more than 27 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental profession, Woodruff  currently manages the business development for Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates.  Her position allows her to reach numerous SH&E professionals and to connect them to the appropriate SH&E services and programs to ensure compliance, safety and a healthy environment for employees.  She also worked for a company which  played an integral role in post 9/11 recovery efforts, which were critical to analysis of industrial hygiene samples collected at Ground Zero and the Pentagon.  Woodruff holds a degree in environmental sciences from Old Dominion University.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Woodruff is an active member of ASSE’s National Capital Chapter and currently serves as chapter President Elect.   She is a volunteer for Women in Safety Engineering and has led past organization’s efforts to support the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.  She has also been affiliated with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and is a member of the group’s local Potomac Section Chapter.  For the last three years, Woodruff has been a volunteer member of the AIHA National Occupational and Environmental Medicine Committee and has helped other members put together roundtable and podium sessions for national conferences.

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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