Hudson honored by IOSH with President’s Distinguished Service Award

Graham Parker (left) and Dennis Hudson
© IOSH/Steve Burden

PARK RIDGE, Illinois — Executive Director Dennis Hudson of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has been honored with the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the U.K.-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The presentation occurred in November at the IOSH annual conference in Birmingham, England.

The award honors the work and achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to IOSH or the occupational safety and health profession for several years. Hudson was recognized for his work to advance workplace safety and raise the level of the profession.

“I presented Dennis with the award with great pride,” said IOSH President Graham Parker. “I’ve had the privilege to work with him and gain insight into how he has guided ASSE and others to a position of great impact.”

By honoring Hudson in the ceremony that traditionally recognizes IOSH members, Parker brought attention to the shared goals of the two organizations – that every worker has a right to be safe and live in good health.

“It’s not about safety organizations competing against one another,” Hudson said. “I’ve often said that our safety community is too small to compete on issues related to the profession. I think this award demonstrates that the safety community is coming together.”

Two global projects have been sources of pride for Hudson in recent years, he said. One is ASSE’s partnership with the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioners (INSHPO) and 13 other safety groups, including IOSH, in creating a global capability framework for the profession. This new set of criteria identifies standards of competencies for occupational safety and health professionals and practitioners. The second initiative is ASSE’s leadership through the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability in demonstrating that safety and health play a key role in organizational success, long-term sustainability and human capital.

“ASSE and IOSH are attempting to bring together the safety community while ensuring that the perspectives of business stakeholders are understood,” Hudson said. “That’s important going forward. We tend to be too isolated as safety professionals, and I commend IOSH for bringing together conference speakers from the health, business and financial communities.”

About ASSE – Working together for a safer, stronger future

For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Engineers has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of over 37,000 professionals covers every industry, developing safety and health management plans that prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses. ASSE advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community. Its flagship publication, Professional Safety, is a longtime leader in the field. Visit www.asse.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media contact: Blaine Krage, 847.768.3416, bkrage@asse.org


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