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11/10/2017 8:50 PM

Workplace injuries decline, but ASSE wants further improvements in job safety

ASSE is encouraged after seeing data that shows a decrease in occupational injuries and illnesses, but the world’s oldest professional safety organization knows even more can be done to protect workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that workplace injuries at private industry employers were down by 48,500 cases in 2016.

 
11/01/2017 7:36 PM

Research workshop ignites effort to improve workplace safety

Additional scientific research and a broad sharing of existing data are needed by OSH practitioners across the country to better protect workers in every industry. That’s why ASSE brought together dozens of industry leaders and safety experts for a research workshop at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare that aimed to create a new wave of progress.

 
10/31/2017 3:55 PM

Statement from ASSE on nomination of Scott Mugno as head of OSHA

Jim Smith, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, made a statement regarding the nomination of Scott Mugno as head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 
10/23/2017 6:08 PM

Harvard study identifies human capital metrics measured by global companies

Human capital metrics, including occupational safety and health data, frequently are collected by a majority of global companies, yet many of these firms are not publicly reporting the information, according to a study released today by the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program in conjunction with CSHS.

 
10/05/2017 8:00 PM

ASSE earns reaccreditation for education programs and learning events

ASSE has been reaccredited by IACET for another five years, reinforcing its position as a leading source for education for occupational safety and health professionals. Earning reaccreditation enables ASSE to continue its practice of issuing CEUs for completion of its webinars, online courses and in-person classes and training.

 
09/21/2017 3:00 PM

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2018 to educate and empower safety professionals

Many occupational safety and health professionals take significant steps in their careers year after year because of a unique education event called SeminarFest that empowers them to dig deeper. ASSE is now taking registrations for the Feb. 1-8 immersive learning experience at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

 
09/19/2017 3:00 PM

Launch of ASSE LearnEx expands education options for safety professionals

ASSE has unveiled its latest innovation in online learning. Newly created ASSE LearnEx courses debut in October, opening a new avenue for OSH professionals who aim to further their education and advance their careers. Participants get the same level of content and educational engagement as ASSE's in-person classes.

 
09/05/2017 2:00 PM

ASSE signs landmark Singapore Accord to advance global workplace health and safety

A significant step toward safer and healthier workplaces was taken Sept. 3 when ASSE joined more than 40 organizations from around the world in the landmark signing of the Singapore Accord, which presents a global capability framework for the occupational health and safety professional. It was spearheaded by INSHPO.

 
08/31/2017 7:00 PM

ASSE Foundation seeks scholarship and grant applications for record distribution

The ASSE Foundation will accept scholarship and grant applications from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 for its annual disbursement of financial awards in 2018. A record amount of $350,000 is available to occupational safety and health students and professionals, thanks to the generosity of corporate donors and the ASSE community.

 
08/30/2017 4:45 PM

CSHS encourages safety and health professionals to comment on sustainability standard

CSHS is encouraging safety and health professionals around the world to let their voices be heard on a key international standard connected to corporate sustainability. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) seeks feedback on proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. The comment period is open through Oct. 9.

 
08/22/2017 7:00 PM

Registration now open for Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza in September

In this time of regulatory uncertainty, voluntary national consensus standards play a critical role in moving the OSH profession forward. That's why ASSE is offering the Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza on Sept. 27. The one-day event includes four 90-minute webinars and 30-day access to download and save all ANSI/ASSE standards.

 
08/16/2017 6:30 PM

By wide margin, members approve switch to American Society of Safety Professionals

The world’s oldest professional safety society, founded in 1911, will adopt a new name following a historic membership vote that was overwhelmingly in favor of the change. ASSE will become ASSP (the American Society of Safety Professionals) next year when it unveils a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018 in San Antonio.

 
08/01/2017 6:30 PM

CSHS study supports standardization of sustainability reporting to improve workplace safety

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability issued a report on its second analysis of how recognized “sustainable” companies report occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities. It's a step forward in showing how global initiatives that index corporate sustainability can include companies’ commitment to safe and healthy workers.

 
07/31/2017 11:45 AM

Safety 2017 achieves record number of attendees and exhibitors

The final numbers are in, and ASSE has officially held its biggest safety conference and exposition in the event’s 56-year history. Safety 2017 in Denver attracted 5,244 attendees and 640 exhibitors, easily surpassing its previous highs. Attendance was up 23 percent from last year’s event. Nearly one-fourth of the crowd was non-members.

 
06/20/2017 10:45 AM

ASSE honors top innovators for creatively improving workplace safety

ASSE honored Samantha J. Horseman from Saudi Arabia with its 2017 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management during a ceremony at Safety 2017. The award honors those who bring creativity to managing safety in the workplace. Her winning innovation is a driver safety management system called Intellisense.

 
06/19/2017 7:15 PM

ASSE and Sinopec partner to advance workplace safety globally

ASSE and Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation today signed a bilateral agreement for cooperation during Safety 2017 in Denver. The signing ceremony was part of the annual Global Presidential Reception attended by ASSE’s Board of Directors and international attendees from more than 40 countries.​

 
06/19/2017 5:45 PM

House of Delegates supports ASSE’s new name while keeping current logo

A significant step was taken toward a new name for ASSE when its House of Delegates voted in favor of a title that better reflects its diverse membership. The proposed new name is the American Society of Safety Professionals, which now heads to an electronic membership vote that spans 45 days.

 
06/16/2017 11:15 AM

CSHS names Advisory Council chair and new member

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability names Darryl C. Hill as its new Advisory Council chair, and Malcolm Staves as its newest Advisory Council member. Hill succeeds Zack Mansdorf, whose term is ending. Mansdorf had chaired the council since the Center’s inception in 2011 in addition to serving on its Board of Directors.

 
06/15/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE developing global network of safety instructors

Occupational safety and health professionals worldwide face changing demands and expanding roles that require continuing education and skills updates. Through its new Global Instructor Program, ASSE is taking a major step toward addressing this need by authorizing its first group of global instructors at Safety 2017 in Denver.

 
06/01/2017 1:15 PM

Safety 2017 to deliver record attendance, insightful programs in Denver

More than two weeks before Safety 2017 in Denver, ASSE already knows this year’s turnout will rank No. 1 in the event’s 56-year history. Registrations have climbed to 4,730, and the event has a chance to exceed 5,000 attendees. ASSE’s previous record crowd occurred at Safety 2011 in Chicago, which attracted 4,535 participants.

 
05/23/2017 11:30 AM

ASSE to bestow Fellow designation on two longtime members

ASSE is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Fay Feeney and C. Gary Lopez are the 2017 recipients of the Society’s highest honor. "Fay and Gary are highly deserving of this special designation," said President Tom Cecich.

 
05/18/2017 10:00 AM

Hot off the ASSE press: Actively Caring for People’s Safety

A new behavior-based safety guidebook published by ASSE is now available on the Society’s website. "Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture" features lessons on the fundamental principles for cultivating an actively caring culture in any organization.

 
05/15/2017 2:15 PM

ASSE statement on closure of Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the planned closure of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, a leading researcher in the occupational safety and health field. The statement is attributable to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH.

 
05/11/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE crafts OSHA Reform Blueprint to improve workplace safety and health

ASSE has crafted an “OSHA Reform Blueprint” that details its priorities and vision for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a time of political change. The eight-page proposal calls for reforms to emphasize the management of risk, sharpen the agency’s focus on productive policies, and fill legislative and regulatory gaps.

 
05/09/2017 3:45 PM

Society’s election results highlighted by Smith’s move to president

ASSE has completed the 2017 Society elections and congratulates its new leaders, whose terms begin July 1. Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, will become ASSE’s new president for 2017-18. The succession of candidates from senior vice president to president-elect, and from president-elect to president, is automatic.​

 
05/03/2017 3:00 PM

Record attendance taking shape for Safety 2017 in Denver

ASSE is busy preparing for its biggest event of the year, and it may turn out to be the Society’s most-attended event in its 106-year history. Organizers say registration is on a record-setting pace for the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver. Attendance has topped 4,200 and will continue to rise.

 
04/28/2017 3:45 PM

ASSE statement on new Secretary of Labor

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the confirmation of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The statement is attributed to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH, on behalf of ASSE's membership of 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals.

 
04/28/2017 11:45 AM

Popov and Rajendran named ASSE’s 2017 Outstanding Safety Educators

Georgi Popov and Sathy Rajendran, highly regarded educators within the OSH profession, have each been selected to receive ASSE's 2017 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The two educators will be honored during ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver.

 
04/26/2017 2:30 PM

Bethancourt named ASSE’s 2017 Safety Professional of the Year

Jeremy Bethancourt, government affairs chair of ASSE's Arizona Chapter, has been selected as ASSE's 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year. He plays a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving and the hazards of heat stress.

 
04/13/2017 8:45 AM

ASSE urges involvement in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries

There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: “Is my loved one safe at work today?” This spring, ASSE is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.

 
04/12/2017 11:00 AM

ASSE considering new name and logo to reflect diverse membership

ASSE is considering a new name and logo after more than 100 years of being at the forefront of the occupational safety and health field. If approved by members, the new name would be the American Society of Safety Professionals. "Our name should reflect the diverse makeup of our membership," said ASSE President Tom Cecich.

 
04/10/2017 11:15 AM

Media Advisory: Journalists invited to Safety 2017 in Denver

Journalists are invited for free to ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, a global safety event with people from more than 40 countries participating as presenters, exhibitors and attendees. It will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver from June 19-22.

 
04/05/2017 9:15 AM

ASSE Foundation awards record amount of scholarships and grants

Thanks to a growing group of generous donors, the ASSE Foundation is celebrating a record year by awarding more than $303,000 in scholarships and grants to 116 students and society members. The Foundation announces its annual recipients every April in support of the occupational safety and health profession nationwide.

 
03/29/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE’s Nigeria Safety Summit demonstrates that safety is a universal language

As a global organization, ASSE works with its members from more than 80 countries to elevate the safety profession and help protect workers through education, advocacy and standards development. Its latest success was the 2017 Nigeria Safety Summit held March 21-25 that included sessions led by ASSE President Tom Cecich.

 
03/24/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE recognizes anniversary of factory fire that spurred workplace safety

ASSE encourages workers across the country to pause on Saturday, March 25, and join the society in paying tribute to the workers who lost their lives in the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 106 years ago that day. The safety of the American worker has increased progressively since that tragedy.​

 
03/21/2017 1:40 PM

ASSE stands behind U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – representing more than 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals across the globe – supports the mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and is deeply troubled that the CSB is targeted for elimination in President Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018.

 

ASSE Applauds OSHA for Recognizing the Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace

This statement is attributable to ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH: “The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for recognizing, in its white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health,” the great opportunity the corporate sustainability movement provides to encourage better commitment to worker safety and health."

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

"The best-performing companies employ occupational safety and health professionals to implement and manage safety and health programs throughout the U.S. and across the globe. These Recommended Practices can encourage more employers to embrace what ASSE members already know: applying the risk management principles inherent in safety and health management programs succeed in helping make workplaces safe and productive in companies of all sizes.

 

ASSE President Thomas Cecich to Speak at 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing

American Society of Safety Engineers President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH will participate in an executive panel discussion on protecting workers at the 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing Sept. 27-29, 2016, a three-day event that is attracting safety experts from across the globe.​

 

ASSE Foundation Seeks Applicants for $275,000 in Scholarships and Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is offering more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational grants to students looking to complete their studies in occupational safety and health or professionals seeking to continue their education in the field.

 

ASSE AND TIA Announce Effort to Raise Awareness Around Important New Communication Tower Standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are launching a joint effort to raise awareness of new standards that are important for all workers and companies that install, alter or maintain communication towers.

 

ASSE to Offer Safety Certificates in Key Global Markets

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the longest standing occupational safety and health professional society in the world, is establishing opportunities for safety and health professionals around the world to earn the Society’s Global Safety Management and Risk Assessment certificates.

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2017 To Help Safety Professionals Enhance Their Skills

Occupational safety and health professionals looking to get ahead of the latest industry trends, prepare themselves for the adoption of the next global safety management system, or build on their professional certifications will be impressed with the content and experts lined up for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ SeminarFest 2017.

 

ASSE Webinar Offers Tips on Keeping Highway Construction Workers Safe

To share best practices on how employers and safety professionals can help keep these workers safe, the American Society of Safety Engineers is hosting a live webinar called Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

 

New Fall Protection Standard Makes Picking and Using Equipment Even Easier

In the world of fall protection, the amount of equipment available to prevent workers from being injured is as dizzying as the heights they climb do to their jobs.

 

First Safety Standard for Working with Communication Towers Approved

A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, said the American Society of Safety Engineers.

 

Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

 

R. Ronald Sokol Appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

R. Ronald Sokol, a 29-year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, was appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which is charged with advising the agency on setting construction standards and policy matters affecting federally financed or assisted construction.

 

Two Prominent ASSE Members Appointed to the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors

wo prominent members of the American Society of Safety Engineers were appointed to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee formed to give the NIOSH director advice and guidance.

 

ASSE Applauds OSHA’s Efforts to Explore How to Attract More Professionals to the OSH Field

The American Society of Safety Engineers applauds Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels for charging NACOSH with exploring how OSHA and NIOSH might encourage more professionals to enter the occupational safety and health field.

 

ASSE Board Appoints Dennis Hudson as New Executive Director

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Board of Directors has appointed Dennis Hudson as Executive Director effective June 1, 2016.

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

 

ASSE Urges Participation in National Fall Prevention Events to Help End Worker Deaths from Falls

In 2014, 345 construction workers lost their lives in falls, the leading cause of death in construction. Adding in workers from all other industries, a total of 660 Americans at work lost their lives in falls at various heights, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What may surprise most people is that nearly 2 out of every 3 were fatal falls were from 20 feet or less. Of these falls, 191 people lost their lives falling from 10 feet – the height of a basketball hoop – or less.

 

ASSE to Bestow Fellow Distinction on Two Women for Their Work in Occupational Safety and Health

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced two past Society presidents -- Nancy McWilliams of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Kathy Seabrook of Mendham, New Jersey -- will receive the honor of Fellow, its highest distinction, recognizing their career-long commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational safety and health profession.

 

ASSE Recognizes Thomas Kramer as the 2016 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Thomas Kramer, managing principal at LJB Inc., an Ohio-based civil engineering firm, as the 2016 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his leadership in helping develop more than 18 fall protection standards.

 

The ASSE Foundation Awards $275,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation set a new record in 2016 by granting $275,000 in scholarships to 106 students pursuing college degrees, and safety professionals furthering their credentials, in occupational safety and health (OSH), at universities across the country.

 
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ASSE to Recognize Dr. Tracey Cekada as Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Dr. Tracey Cekada, associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as the William E. Tarrants, Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year for her proven excellence in teaching, research and service in the school’s Department of Safety Sciences.

 

Drive Smart Arizona to Post Billboards Urging Drivers Not to Text and Drive

Drive Smart Arizona, a coalition of safety organizations, government bodies and businesses in the state, will have billboards in Phoenix and Tucson debuting Thursday urging drivers to stop risking their lives by texting and driving. The initiative is part of a campaign for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a National Safety Council observance that takes place every April.

 
03/02/2016 6:00 PM

ASSE and CPWR Release Workplace Safety Resources for At-Risk Construction Workers

More than 50 Safety Tool Boxes now available in Spanish aim to protect vulnerable workforce

 

Tristan Bainum of Alta, Iowa is Recipient of ASSE Foundation $10,000 Family Scholarship Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Tristan Bainum of Alta, Iowa as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000.

 

Hannah Pinkerton of Lincoln, Nebraska is Recipient of ASSE Foundation $10,000 Family Scholarship

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Hannah Pinkerton of Lincoln, Nebraska as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000.

 

ASSE Foundation Awards $8,750 to Three Universities to Help Fund OSH Program ABET Accreditation

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation recently awarded three universities a total of $8,750 to support efforts to have their occupational safety and health programs receive ABET accreditation.

 

ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

ASSE President Michael Belcher comments on OSHA's Updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.​

 
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Rand McNally Appointed to ASSE Board as Its First Public Director

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce the appointment of Rand McNally as the Board of Directors’ first Public Director.

 

ASSE Applauds Two OSH Academic Programs for Receiving ABET Accreditation

Two more occupational safety and health academic programs have recently been awarded ABET accreditation. Receiving the accreditation for the first time are East Carolina University’s MS in Occupational Safety and Illinois State University’s BS in Safety.

 

ASSE OFFERS GLOBAL OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH BEST PRACTICES AT SAFETY INDIA 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers is proud to announce that the Honorable Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, Shri Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary will inaugurate Safety India 2015 by sharing his thoughts on why this professional development conference is important to the future of India.

 

ProcessMAP Partners with ASSE Foundation to Support OSH Industry

ProcessMAP Corporation, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software for Health & Safety and Environment (HSE) solutions, announced today its partnership with the ASSE Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Society of Safety Engineers, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

 

ASSE Congratulates Howard on Being Reappointed as Director of NIOSH

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Michael Belcher’s statement congratulating Dr. John Howard on his reappointment to a third term as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2016 Offers Safety Professionals Opportunities to Grow Skillsets

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages occupational health and safety professionals to hone their knowledge and skills, including the potential of earning recertification points, by registering now for SeminarFest 2016, Feb. 5-11, 2016 in Las Vegas.

 

ASSE to Host Construction Safety Symposium in New Orleans This Fall

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is hosting a two-day Construction Safety Symposium featuring industry experts discussing the latest safety practices, innovation and risk management thinking from November 12-13, 2015 in New Orleans.

 

ASSE Salary Survey Reveals Strong Income Potential for OSH Professionals

A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.

 

Nominees Sought for the Inaugural D.L. Shah Trust / ASSE Safety India Awards

Committed to advancing the safety profession in India, American Society of Safety Engineers and D.L. Shah Trust announce the creation of the D.L. Shah Trust / ASSE Safety India Awards Program, intended to recognize the excellence and commitment of safety professionals in the fields of: occupational safety and health, environmental protection and sustainability.

 

ASSE and OSHA SIGN FIVE-YEAR ALLIANCE AGREEMENT

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its alliance, signing a five-year agreement that will focus on construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within general industry.

 

The 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Goes to Dustin G. Richartz

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce Dustin G. Richartz as the winner of the 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his work in developing safety and health programs throughout his career.

 

ASSE Recognizes Four Members as Fellows and Safety Educator of the Year

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today awarded four members, Richard King of Centennial, Colorado, George Pearson of Hockessin, Delaware, Bill Propes of Mesquite, Texas and R. Ronald Sokol of Friendswood, Texas, the Fellow Honor, its highest distinction, recognizing their lifetime of commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational health and safety field.

 

The 2015 ASSE Safety Innovation Award Goes to Creator of Machine Safety Software

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today named Jack Reiter, president and CEO of Machine Safety Management, the winner of the 2015 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management for creating software that reduces machine guard accidents.

 

ASSE Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Study Workplace Fatigue

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to a University of Buffalo researcher who proposes the development of a sensor-based, real-time assessment system that will enable safety practitioners to better monitor workplace fatigue.

 

A NIOSH and ASSE Report Explores Overlapping Vulnerabilities Facing Young Hispanic Immigrants in the Construction Industry

A joint report conducted by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concludes workers who are Hispanic, young and work for small construction firms likely face greater occupational safety and health challenges than almost any other employee segment or industry in the United States.

 
05/06/2015 4:50 PM

ASSE’s 2015 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication Goes to John Teague

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce John Teague as the winner of the 2015 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication for his role in raising awareness of the dangerous of distracted driving across the State of Texas.

 

ASSE Supports Women’s Workplace Safety with Mother’s Day Public Service Announcement

In a first for the world’s oldest professional safety society and the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers today released an online public service announcement promoting women’s occupational safety and health in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.

 

ASSE to Host SAFETY INDIA 2015 in Mumbai, India

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, is proud to bring SAFETY INDIA 2015, a two-day professional development conference and exposition, to Mumbai, India on October 15-17, 2015.

 

The ASSE Foundation Awards $273,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation set a new record in 2015 by granting $273,000 in scholarships to 108 students pursuing college degrees, and safety professionals furthering their credentials, in occupational, safety and health, at universities across the country.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: The Challenges in Achieving Perfect Workplace Safety

Zero-injury safety targets are easy to communicate and seem to be everywhere, but such goals can be counterproductive to a company’s efforts if the context in which they are used does not go beyond slogans and good intentions, according to the lead article in the April issue of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Safety Journal.

 

ASSE Supports Updating OSHA National Standards for Eye and Face Protection

ASSE Supports Updating OSHA National Standards for Eye and Face Protection

 

ASSE Signs Agreement with KOSHA to Advance Global Occupational Health and Safety Issues

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) signed a memorandum of understanding that will explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs with the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA).

 

ASSE Webinar: What makes a great safety leader? Ask Paul O’Neill directly

The American Society of Safety Engineers invites safety professionals to register to learn how Paul O’Neill, the former chairman of Alcoa, transformed a company with an average safety record into one the safest manufacturers in the world, all while quintupling its market capitalization.

 

Registration opens for ASSE Webinar: Protecting Temporary & Non-Traditional Workers

The American Society of Safety Engineers invites safety professionals to register for its virtual symposium entitled, “Protecting Temporary and Non-Traditional Workers,” where they will learn the best practices in hiring and training this working class.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Outcomes-Based Accreditation Advances OSH Profession

Experts are calling for the development of minimum requirements to accredit academic programs in the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.

 

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2015 Offers Safety Professionals Opportunities to Grow Skillsets

The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages occupational health and safety professionals to hone their knowledge and skills, including the potential of earning recertification points, by registering now for SeminarFest 2015, Feb. 6-12, 2015 in Las Vegas.

 

ASSE Welcomes Second Member Chapter in Maharashtra, India

Expanding its reach in India, the American Society of Safety Engineers opens its second member chapter in Maharashtra.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Mentors Help Ease Learning Curve for New Safety Hires

Companies that support a robust mentor program for new safety employees are more apt to reduce the learning curve they face and retain their services longer, an important feat considering competition to keep them will rise with an estimated 25,000 safety practitioners retiring by 2016.

 

ASSE Nigerian Chapter to Host Second Annual Professional Development Conference

American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, invites safety professionals to register for NIGERIA PDC 2015, a three-day professional development conference and exposition in Lagos, Nigeria on March 3-5, 2015.

 

ASSE Invites Kids to Enter Art and Video Contests Touting Workplace Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers announces the kick-off of its 2015 Workplace Safety Poster and Video Contest in recognition of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

 

ASSE Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Triangle Award

The American Society for Safety Engineers today announced the opening of nominations for the third annual Triangle Award for heroic dedication to the occupational safety and health profession. ASSE will accept nominations through April 1, 2015 and present the Triangle Award on May 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. during ASSE’s weeklong observance of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH Week).​

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Design Gaps Cause 20% to 50% of all Safety Mishaps

Design-related safety issues in buildings account for 20% to 50% of all injuries or fatalities within an organization, yet most safety management systems do not capture or call attention to these factors, allowing these conditions to be repeated in existing and new structures.

 

ASSE Urges Employers to Protect Workers from Exposure to the Ebola Virus

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) encourages employers to review the latest government protocols established to protect workers who come in contact with people showing symptoms of the Ebola virus.

 

ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal: Incident Investigations Methods Maybe Flawed

Company supervisors who lead incident investigations are not qualified to offer recommendations for improving operating systems because they lack sufficient knowledge of hazard identification and analysis, and risk assessment.

 
09/04/2014 8:14 PM

ASSE Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship and Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Sept. 4, 2014) – The ASSE Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship and Professional Education Grant program is now accepting applications for students pursuing degrees in occupational health and safety and safety professionals working to advance their professional credentials.

 
08/28/2014 7:41 PM

ASSE's Professional Safety Journal: A New View of the Great Safety Pyramid

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Since its creation 83 years ago by H. W. Heinrich, the safety triangle offered a ratio formula that encouraged safety professionals to focus on the causes of minor injuries as a way to reduce the probability of having major accidents. It sparked a new way of interpreting safety data that may be flawed.

 
08/25/2014 7:44 PM

Applications International Corporation Pledges $250,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is proud to announce that Applications International Corporation (AIC) has pledged $250,000 over three years, partnering with the Foundation to strengthen the future of the safety profession through investing in education, leadership development and research.

 
08/07/2014 3:53 PM

ASSE Invites Safety Pros to Register for Webinar: Disaster Psychology – The Myths of Panic

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 7, 2014) – Can people be trusted in times of emergencies or does panic prevail?​

 
07/30/2014 3:52 PM

ASSE Foundation Asks Researchers to Submit Proposals for a Chance To Earn a $300,000 Grant Advancing Safety and Health in the Workplace

DES PLAINES, Ill. (July 30, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation will award a three-year, $300,000 grant in 2015 to a researcher who best describes how a proposed study will mitigate the risks of injury and illness in the workplace. The grant represents the largest award given in the Foundation’s 24-year history.

 
07/11/2014 3:51 PM

Out-of-Service Equipment Pose Invisible Hazards If Not Handled Properly

DES PLAINES, Ill. (July 11, 2014) – Retiring equipment in the chemical processing industry may pose more danger than meets the eye as residual hazardous chemicals, live electrical connections or connections to in-service process machinery complicates how to safely remove these items from a plant, according to the July issue of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s monthly journal, Professional Safety.

 
06/10/2014 3:49 PM

ASSE Recognizes Three Members as Fellows and Safety Educator of the Year

ORLANDO, FL. (June 10, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today awarded three members, Gary Barnett of Ocean New Jersey, Thomas Cecich of Apex, North Carolina and Don Jones, Sr. from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Fellow Honor, its highest distinction, recognizing their lifetime of commitment to worker safety and their leadership in the occupational health and safety field.

 
06/10/2014 3:48 PM

Trish Ennis Begins One-Year Term as New ASSE President

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 10, 2014) – Trish Ennis was installed Tuesday as the 100th president of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

 

The 2014 ASSE Safety Innovation Award Goes to Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today named Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi the winner of the 2014 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management for implementing a road safety program that helped reduce motor vehicle accidents.

 
05/19/2014 3:41 PM

Walt Disney Co. to Underwrite ASSE Foundation’s 20th Annual Silent Auction

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 19, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is proud to announce that the Walt Disney Co. will be the sole major underwriter of the 20th annual Safety Matters Silent Auction June 8-11, 2014 in Orlando.

 
05/14/2014 3:40 PM

ASSE Thanks Its Top 2014 Sponsors

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 14, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety society with more than 36,000 members, thanks its highest-level sponsors for supporting its efforts in promoting occupational, safety and health programs and initiatives throughout the year.

 
05/13/2014 3:40 PM

ASSE Nigerian Chapter to Host Its First Professional Development Conference

CHICAGO, Ill. (May 14, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, encourages safety professionals to register for NIGERIA PDC 2014, a three-day professional development conference and exposition in Lagos, Nigeria on May 21-23, 2014.

 
05/08/2014 3:37 PM

ASSE Offers Revised Edition of “Construction Safety and Management Engineering” Book

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 8, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, released the second edition of its popular “Construction Safety Management and Engineering” book with updated standards and technical issues in construction.

 
05/05/2014 3:33 PM

The Challenges of Harnessing the Potential of Safety Management Systems

DES PLAINES, Ill. (May 5, 2014) – As more companies shift to using safety management systems to monitor their occupational health and safety programs, the American Society of Safety Engineer’s monthly journal says the potential they hold may be lost if not properly integrated or measured against set goals. The devil is in the details.

 
04/25/2014 3:32 PM

ASSE SH&E Consultants Directory Now Available

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 23, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, is pleased to offer a directory guide filled with expert consultants to help nearly any business resolve safety, health, and environmental(SH&E) related issues.

 
04/22/2014 3:28 PM

ASSE’s 2014 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication Goes to Stefan Bright

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 22, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce Stefan Bright as the winner of the 2014 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication for his role in establishing a field manual, training and standards that reduced fatalities among professional window washers by 30 percent over the last two decades.

 
04/09/2014 3:27 PM

The ASSE Foundation Awards $227,000 in Scholarships & Professional Educational Grants

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 9, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation announced it set a new record in 2014 by granting more than $227,000 to 108 students earning occupational, safety and health degrees in universities across the country and safety professionals furthering their credentials.​

 
04/03/2014 3:26 PM

The Illusion of Being Invulnerable May Harm Employees at Work

DES PLAINES, Ill. (April 3, 2014) – No matter how many safety training courses emphasis how dangerous it may be to work with electricity, chemicals or cargo unless proper safety protocols are followed, there is always a percentage of employees who believe they aren’t vulnerable to such risks — until it’s too late.

 
03/20/2014 3:21 PM

Carretillas elevadoras: Prevención de riesgos de colisión

El martes 10 y miércoles 11 de febrero de 2014 en Málaga (España) el Comité Internacional de Seguridad / International Safety Panel (ISP) de la International Cargo Handling Coordination Association International Ltd. (ICHCA) celebró su 71 reunión periódica, a la que asistí como observador en mi calidad de miembro individual de ICHCA.

 
03/11/2014 3:15 PM

ASSE-ME Chapter to Host 2014 Professional Development Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 11, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety society, announces its Middle East Chapter will host the 2014 Professional Development Conference and Exhibition (PDC&E) from March 16-20, 2014 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 
03/03/2014 4:14 PM

ASSE Responds to the Death of Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Dear

DES PLAINES, IL (March 3, 2014) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Kathy Seabrook responds to the passing of Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

 
03/03/2014 4:13 PM

The Challenge of Responding to a Hazardous Material Emergency and Treating Its Victims

DES PLAINES, Ill. (March 3, 2014) – The moves onsite safety professionals make to decontaminate a manufacturing chemical spill involving employee exposure and the information they provide emergency responders will determine how fast that employee receives medical attention.

 
02/06/2014 4:11 PM

Safety Professionals Need to Examine How They Manage OHS Incident Reports

DES PLAINES, Ill. (February 6, 2014) – If a worker is injured slipping from a ladder while accessing an electrical panel, does this incident warrant more training on the employee’s part on how to properly use a ladder or does it call into question larger organizational issues that should be addressed?​

 
02/05/2014 4:10 PM

ASSE Invites Kids to Enter Art and Video Contests Touting Workplace Safety

DES PLAINES, Ill. (February 5, 2014) – In the world of workplace safety, a good day is when no injuries occur.

 
01/27/2014 4:09 PM

ASSE to Host Its First Professional Development Conference in India

CHICAGO, Ill. (January 27, 2014) – The American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, is proud to bring SAFETY INDIA 2014, a two-day professional development conference and exposition to Chennai, India on May 26-27, 2014.

 
01/16/2014 4:07 PM

Tablets and Apps Are Changing How Occupational Health and Safety Pros Do Their Jobs

DES PLAINES, Ill. (January 16, 2014) – The phrase “information at your fingertips” has never been truer than with today’s tablet technology. The ability to access email and the Internet, as well as record audio and video from nearly any location has forever changed how we communicate and do our jobs.​

 
12/12/2013 3:55 PM

ASSE Signs Agreements with COSHA and ISHA to Advance Global Occupational Health and Safety Issues

CHICAGO (December 11, 2013) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) signed memorandums of understandings that will explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs with the largest occupational health and safety organizations in China and Taiwan.

 
12/04/2013 3:55 PM

U.S. Companies May Reduce Work-Related Injuries By Implementing Ergonomic Risk Assessments

DES PLAINES, Ill. (December 2, 2013) – The rise of work-place injuries related to musculoskeletal disorders, which is costing U.S. businesses more than $20 billion a year, may be reduced if companies included ergonomic risk assessments as part of their occupational health and safety management systems, according to an article in the December issue of Professional Safety.

 
11/26/2013 3:53 PM

American Society of Safety Engineers Leaders Attend Kuwait Chapter’s Professional Development Conference

DES PLAINES, Ill. (November 26, 2013) – Creating a safe work environment cannot be perceived as simply checking off boxes on a compliance list. Safety professionals must prove their value beyond such stereotypes by demonstrating how risk reduction is an essential competitive advantage to profitability.​

 
11/26/2013 3:51 PM

American Society of Safety Engineers Brings NAPO to the U.S.

DES PLAINES, Ill. (November 21, 2013) – Move over Smokey Bear. Make room Mr. McGruff. There is a new educational character hitting U.S. classrooms to teach kids about the importance of playing it safe, even while you are working.

 
11/13/2013 3:48 PM

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability’s Statement on OSHA’s New Proposal to Make Work Injury Data Public

DES PLAINES, IL (November 8, 2013) – The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability welcomes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s efforts to broaden transparency in the reporting of worker injuries in proposed rulemaking the agency announced yesterday.

 
10/27/2011 8:45 PM

ASSE To Hold Webinar on Ground-Breaking Prevention Through Design Standard Nov. 30

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (October 27, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a webinar on November 30 th addressing the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z590.3 standard, ‘Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes’ (PTD). This new standard provides guidance on including prevention through design concepts within an occ​

 
10/25/2011 3:26 PM

ASSE's President Norris Among Speakers at 7th Annual HSE Forum in Qatar to Increase Work Safety

DES PLAINES, IL (October 21, 2011) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI was among 40 global safety and health experts who presented at the 7 th Annual HSE (health, safety and environmental) Forum in Energy,“Moulding the Future of HSE Fraternity: Global Vision and Local Practise,”held October 10-12 in Qatar. Norris spoke to conference attendees on professional development, education and risk assessments and stressed the need for safety professionals to reinvent themselves to keep pace with the changes that are occurring within organizations. She emphasized importance of higher education and certification in the safety and health field, as well as the great need within the U.S. for more dedicated academics at American colleges and universities to educate future safety professionals Hosted by the Fleming Gulf company, with ASSE as an endorsing partner, the conference took place at the Doha Grand Hyatt and provided a platform for developing strong global safety ties and building international networks for safety professionals. Presentations and discussions featured in the conference included such topics as sharing best practices for safety, health and environmental programs; challenges; and reducing hazards on the job. The forum also included individual sessions, executive panel sessions and activity-based workshops. Among those who participated in the forum was ASSE past-president Darryl C. Hill, PhD., CSP vice president of...

 
10/17/2011 4:24 PM

Members Converge on Greater Chicago to Celebrate ASSE's 100th Birthday at Leadership Conference

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org SAFETY PROFESSIONALS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE CONVERGE ON GREATER CHICAGO TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ 100th BIRTHDAY DES PLAINES, IL (October 14, 2011) – Occupational safety, health and environmental professional members and leaders of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) meet this week in greater Chicago to celebrate ASSE’s 100th birthday October 14, review the strides made in workplace safety this past 100 years and to look ahead to the challenges of the next 100 years at the ASSE Leadership Conference. ASSE was formed in New York City on October 14 just months after one of the worst workplace tragedies in recent history -- the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. On that day in March 146 women and men garment workers died as a fire broke out and consumed the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building. Due to lack of fire protection at the factory and locked doors, many of the workers jumped to their deaths out the windows to the ground below and down the elevator shaft trying to escape the fire. Although fire sprinklers had been invented in the 1800’s they were not installed at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and there were no regulations in place to protect workers and prevent injuries and illnesses. The deaths and the fire caused major outrage leading to sweeping changes in workplace safety throughout the U.S. The fire also led a...

 
10/14/2011 2:44 PM

ASSE Honors Chubb's Minzner Conley of NJ As One of 100 Women Making a Difference

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS HONOR NJ’S ANN MINZNER CONLEY AS ONE OF 100 WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE DES PLAINES, IL (October 14, 2011) – As part of its 100 th anniversary celebration this year, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored 100 women from around the world for making a difference in occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Ann Minzner Conley of Somerset, NJ, was one of those honored by AS​

 
09/15/2011 4:49 PM

ASSE Urges Farm Workers to Use Safety Programs/Precautions Now to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses

With the harvest season drawing near and National Farm Safety and Health Week this September 18-25, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) safety and health tips for agriculture workers and employers are aimed at helping prevent injuries and illnesses. ASSE is also concerned about protecting young farmers, who are at a higher risk of being injured on the job. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009, approximately 1,783,000 full-time workers were emplo​

 
09/14/2011 2:22 PM

ASSE Announces Approval of Ground-Breaking Z590.3 Standard for Prevention Through Design

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z590.3 standard, ‘Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes.’ This new standard provides guidance on including prevention through design concepts within an occupational safety and health management system, and can be applied in any occupational setting. The Z590.3 standard focuses specifically on the avoidance, elimination, reduction and control of occupational safety and health hazards and risks in the design and redesign process. Through the application of the concepts presented in the standard, decisions about occupational hazards and risks can be incorporated into the process of design and redesign of work areas, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes. Design and redesign also includes construction, manufacture, use, maintenance and disposal of reuse of equipment used on-the-job. One of the key elements of this standard is that it provides guidance for “life-cycle” assessments and a design model that balances environmental and occupational safety and health goals over the life span of a facility, process or product. The Z590.3 focuses on the four key stages of occupational risk management. The pre-operational, operational, post incident and post operational stages are all addressed within. Fred Manuele, CSP, P.E., Chair of the Z590.3 committee that...

 
09/13/2011 5:28 PM

ASSE's 'This Month in Safety' Web Tool Promotes Education About History of Occupational Safety and Health

One hundred years ago in 1911, the United Society of Casualty Inspectors began their work as the first professional safety society in the U.S. Known today as the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), this society dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment, has endured a century of global change that has continually impacted the modern safety and health movement. In honor of its 100 th Anniversary, ASSE created a virtual tool, called ‘This Month in Safety,’ designed to he​

 
09/07/2011 10:00 PM

ASSE Honors the Victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Recall Massive Emergency Recovery Efforts

DES PLAINES, IL (September 7, 2011) – In memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members who lost their lives that day, ASSE set up two memorial scholarship funds that have helped 15 students the past 10 years. On September 14, 2001, the ASSE Foundation set up the ‘America Responds Memorial Scholarship’ to award a $1,000 scholarship each year to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field. The ASSE New York City Chapter alone donated $10,000 to this fund which also received donations from members, non-members, chapters and corporations from around the world in memory of the fallen ASSE members. The eight ASSE members who died on 9/11/01 in the World Trade Center attacks were: Robert Ferris, CSP, P.E., of AON, Garden City, NY, Metropolitan New York Chapter, ASSE member since 1964; Alan Friedlander, CSP, P.E., ARM, CPCU, of AON, Yorktown Heights, NY, Metropolitan New York Chapter, member since 1992; Salvatore Gitto, CSP, P.E., of Marsh, Manalapan, NJ, New Jersey Chapter, member since 1993; William Moskal, of Marsh, Brecksville, OH, Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Chapter; Lars Qualben, CSP, of Marsh, New York, NY, Metropolitan New York Chapter, member since 1980; Roger Raswieler, CSP, of Marsh, Flemington, NJ, New Jersey Chapter, member since 1973; George Strauch, of AON, Avon By The Sea, NJ, New Jersey Chapter, member since 1991;...

 
09/06/2011 9:23 PM

ASSE to Co-Sponsor 7th Annual HSE Forum in Qatar to Increase Work Safety

In its ongoing efforts to increase work safety worldwide, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will co-sponsor the seventh annual health, safety and environmental (HSE) forum on energy titled, “Moulding the Future of HSE Fraternity: Global Vision and Local Practise” this October 10-12 in Qatar. It will be hosted by Fleming Gulf and take place at the Doha Grand Hyatt. The conference will feature presentations from global safety and health experts on such topics as sharing best practices for safety, health and environmental programs; challenges; and, reducing hazards on the job. The forum will feature individual sessions, an executive panel session, activity-based workshops and a networking exhibition, showcasing the most up-to-date technology and products for safety professionals. Led by His Excellence (HE) Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Ai-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, the forum will provide a platform for developing strong global safety ties and building international networks for safety professionals. More than 40 experts will speak on topics such as comprehensive contractor safety, harmonized occupational health, stepping-stones to environmental excellence, HSE and community development, disaster management, and various other topics relating to regulatory and legal affairs. ASSE President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, will present on professional development, education and risk assessments at the October forum. Norris said,...

 
09/06/2011 4:24 PM

ASSE and IOSH to Host InterConstruct 2011 Virtual Conference for International Safety Professionals

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) and the United Kingdom’s Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) will host InterConstruct 2011, an international virtual conference for networking, professional development and discussions about best practices in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. InterConstruct 2011 will take place October 18-19 and will be available online for all participants via live and on-demand educational webcasts. For the last ten years, InterConstruct has been a key event for international safety and health practitioners for professional development, networking and education regarding international safety and health issues. For the first time in the history of the conference, InterConstruct will be offered online, and safety and health professionals around the world will be able to easily participate in the program from any location. The conference is ideal for those in the building and construction industry, global employers, small and medium businesses, government policymakers and client organizations. Session topics will cover a wide range of international safety issues, including construction safety in an international marketplace, safe scaffolding operations, health issues in construction, prevention by design and more. Key speakers include Christine M. Branche, PhD, current principal associate director and acting director for the Office of Construction Safety and Health for the National Institute for Occupational...

 
09/01/2011 8:38 PM

The ASSE Foundation Announces Available Scholarships and Professional Education Grants for 2012

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) has announced the availability of nearly $170,000 in scholarships and professional education grants for the 2012 academic year, including six new scholarships and one new professional education grant. The deadline for all applications is December 1, 2011. All available scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, safety, safety engineering, safety management, occupational medicine, risk management,​

 
08/31/2011 8:05 PM

ASSE's Inland Northwest Chapter to Raffle 100th Anniversary Celebration Commemorative Quilt

In honor of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 100 th anniversary celebration, the Inland Northwest Chapter, located in Spokane, WA, will raffle off a handmade quilt made by the Seaport Quilters, constructed specifically for this momentous occasion. ASSE, founded in 1911 as the United Society of Casualty Inspectors, has grown over the last century into a group of nearly 34,000 safety professionals worldwide. The Seaport Quilters, a nonprofit group established in 1982, donated a significant amount of time to complete the handmade 100 th anniversary quilt. The quilt was completed by groups of four and five quilters in less than 45 days and features ASSE logos, the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week logo and ASSE’s 100 th anniversary logo against a backdrop of beautifully quilted green and gold material. Lori Hatch, Chairman of the Inland Northwest Chapter’s 100 year celebration project, helped commission the quilt. The quilt will be raffled off at the Inland Northwest Chapter’s October 10 , 2011, meeting, and the proceeds will benefit training, chapter sponsored events and membership education for members of the Inland Northwest Chapter. Raffle tickets are $5.00 per ticket and can be purchased online through the Chapter’s web site at https://inlandnw.asse.org . For more information, please contact Rick Bennett, Inland Northwest Chapter Treasurer, at rick@thesafetycenter.us . The Seaport Quilters has more than 150 members who donate their...​

 
08/30/2011 8:58 PM

ASSE Says Just Released BLS Workplace Fatalities Report Should be a Call to Action

DES PLAINES, IL (August 30, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) sees the release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary report on fatal occupational injuries for 2010 last week showing a total of 4,547 workers died from on-the-job injuries in 2010 compared with 4,551 from 2009, a call for action. ASSE also sends their condolences to the families of the 4,547 people who lost their lives from occupational injuries. The report shows transportation-related fatalities continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths followed by assaults and violent acts, contact with objects and equipment, falls, and exposure to harmful substances or environments. ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, representing more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of the 100-year-old ASSE, comments on the BLS National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010 report: “ASSE urges everyone concerned with worker safety not to accept as reasonable the preliminary results of this report that show little change in the number of workplace fatalities between 2009 and 2010. Despite the dedicated efforts of ASSE’s members, employers, workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the fact that this nation’s fatalities are not significantly decreasing should be a call for action, not complacency, especially at an economically...

 
08/29/2011 3:35 PM

ASSE's Georgia Chapter to Host Local Professional Development Conference for Safety, Health and Environmental Pro's

WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Georgia Chapter will co-host the Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Labor and Project Safe Georgia. WHEN: September 7-9, 2011 WHERE: Savannah Marriott Riverfront 100 General McIntosh Boulevard Savannah, GA 31401 WHY: In an effort to provide continuing education opportunities and information about the latest trends in the occupational safety, health and environmental field, the AS​

 
08/29/2011 3:14 PM

ASSE Announces New Practice Specialty Leaders for 2011-2012

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce the new 2011-2012 leadership for its Practice Specialty (PS) groups. The new Administrators and group Chairs will serve as key contacts for practice specialty, branch and common interest group members and serve as experts for their areas of interest. The following individuals have assumed their new roles: Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, president of JC Safety and Environmental, Inc. is the new administrator of the Consultants PS; Mary Prisby of 3M will serve as the new Environmental PS administrator; Maureen Johnson, CSP, of IBM is the new Human Resources Branch chair; Remi Fleuette, safety and health manager for P.J. Keating Company will serve as the new Mining PS administrator; Chris Chaffin, CSP, is the VPP director for the Department of Defense VPP Center of Excellence at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and is the new Public Sector PS administrator; Anibal Franco has been named the new chair of the Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) Common Interest Group (CIG); and Jim Newberry has been named the new administrator of the Risk Management/Insurance PS. For more information about ASSE’s Practice Specialties, Branches and Common Interest groups, please visit www.asse.org/ps . 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...​

 
08/23/2011 8:20 PM

ASSE Announces New Health and Wellness Branch to Increase Employee Safety and Health on the Job

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the formation of a new Health & Wellness Branch, sponsored by the Healthcare Practice Specialty (HPS) in an effort to raise awareness about the benefits of integrating occupational safety and health with company health promotion programs. The branch will provide a forum to raise awareness and educate its’ members on the benefit of personal and global health and well-being. The new branch Chair is Jill Kelby, and Janet Hayward will serve as Vice Chair. Reflecting the acceptance of the positive results of combining all employee health and safety programs, the ASSE Health & Wellness Branch has already gained 100 members. It will provide professional networking and development opportunities, as well as a forum for discussion and action on health and wellness topics. The importance of work-life balance, as well as health and wellness are not generally addressed when it comes to the safety professional, an issue that the Health & Wellness Branch seeks to address. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in recent years, as the obesity rate has gone up along with health care costs, there has been a considerable increase in employee access to wellness programs and employee assistance programs, both in the private and public sector. From 1998-2008, access to wellness and assistance programs increased from 35% to 54% for public sector workers, indicating a clear increase in availability to employees. Today, many...

 
08/23/2011 2:20 PM

ASSE Oregon Member Awarded Prestigious Blue Star Award for Safety and Health Excellence

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) long-time member Duane Grange of Eugene, OR, safety and human resources director for Selectemp Employment Services, and a member of the ASSE Cascade Chapter, was recognized as the Oregon Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Alliance 2011 Blue Star Award Winner. Grange received this honor in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to safety and health, and for the positive impact he has had on workplace safety initiatives aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. The Blue Star Award recognized Grange for his safety leadership, initiating and leading successful safety programs with measurable results, engaging peers, transforming their company’s safety culture, and demonstrating that safety is a critical part of business operations. Grange worked with the Selectemp safety committee in helping Selectemp become the 10th overall Oregon employer and first temporary staffing service to graduate from the Oregon SHARP in 2005. This designation, facilitated by the Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is a recognition program designed to provide an incentive road map for Oregon companies to work with their employees to develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health issues. The overall goal of the SHARP program is to recognize companies that...​

 
08/22/2011 4:15 PM

Special Thoroughbred Race to Celebrate ASSE, Laurel Racetrack Centennials

Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org ; ASSE member Rob Alternburg, 410-278-3162 BALTIMORE, MD (August 22, 2011) – A special celebration of two October centennial birthdays will take place this October 19 at Laurel Park racetrack. In honor of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 100 th anniversary, the ASSE Chesapeake Chapter, representing occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, has teamed up with Laurel Park, also celebrating its 100 th anniversary, to hold “The ASSE 100 th Anniversary Classic” race this October 19. ASSE was founded October 14, 1911, and the Laurel Park racetrack opened on October 2, 1911. In addition to the special race, the ASSE chapter’s meeting to be held that day at Laurel Park will feature presentations on the safety aspects of working in the horse racing industry as well as a review of the regulatory requirements for public access automatic external defibrillator (AED) programs. Following the meeting, the “ASSE 100 th Anniversary Classic” race will take place and the chapter will join the winning jockey in the winner’s circle. A finish line photo of the winning horse and a winner’s circle photo with the horse and jockey along with the trainer, owner, and others who work with the horse will be presented to ASSE as part of the 100 th anniversary celebration. The Maryland Jockey Club Safety and Environmental Director Patrick Wheltle, MS, CSP, EMT-B, and second vice president and membership chair of the ASSE Chesapeake...

 
08/17/2011 8:18 PM

ASSE Announces Release of Updated A10.7 Standard for Handling Explosives in Construction and Demolition Environments

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the release of a revised A10.7 standard for Construction and Demolition Operations, titled, “Safety Requirements for Transportation, Storage, Handling and Use of Commercial Explosives and Blasting Agents.” The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ ASSE A10 Accredited Standards Committee serves the construction and demolition industry and the A10 standards serve as guides for contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry to help make work practices safer for all. The A10.7 standard is applicable to the storage, handling and use of commercial explosives and blasting agents in the construction industry. The standard should not, however, be applied to pyrotechnics, small-arms ammunition, or explosive power packs in the form of explosive-activated or explosive-charged construction devices such as explosive rivets, explosive bolts, charges for driving pins or studs, and cartridges for explosive-activated power tools. The standard provides best practices for use of commercial explosives and should be used to guide handling and use in a construction and demolition environment. Chair of the A10.7 subgroup, Lon Santis, stated, “Knowledge of the state-of-the-art best practices found in A10.7 is vital for any operator wanting to provide adequate explosives safety and security.” ASSE currently serves as the ANSI secretariat for ten additional standards committees,...

 
08/11/2011 8:00 PM

ASSE Announces Centennial Sponsorship by BP

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce centennial sponsorship by BP, one of the world’s leading international oil and gas companies. BP will provide support for the Society and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession as ASSE enters a new century of protecting people, property and the environment. With a focus on workplace safety and health, the collaboration between BP and ASSE represents a joint commitment to supporting the safety and health professional, as well as reducing risks in the workplace. Collaboration between ASSE and BP includes working on the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability as well as the Elevating the Value of the Safety Professional project. These two ASSE priority initiatives are expected to serve as primary drivers for raising the global profile of safety and health professionals, and providing valuable resources for employers to better manage their related programs more effectively. BP’s sponsorship of ASSE’s eighth annual Executive Summit at its 2011 Professional Development Conference reflects BP’s commitment to senior executive level involvement in safety and health and the role played by the SH&E profession. “British Petroleum would like to recognize the American Society of Safety Engineers during its 100 th Anniversary year for its many contributions to Safety, Health and Environment professionals around the world. As a global stakeholder, BP shares ASSE’s commitment to advancing the Safety...

 
08/11/2011 5:34 PM

ASSE Offers Critical Tips for Preventing Campus-Related Fires

Each year several college students are injured and killed in preventable campus-related fires. In an effort to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by fires that occur in college residence halls, off-campus housing, fraternity/sorority houses, and to raise awareness about life-saving fire prevention knowledge as students head back to school, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Fire Protection Practice Specialty (PS) group is providing free fire prevention and safety information an​

 
08/10/2011 2:38 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors D.C.'s Deborah Berkowitz as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Deborah Berkowitz of Washington, D.C., 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. Berkowitz is currently the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and assists in making changes to benefit the health, safety and well-being of millions of workers across the U.S. She formerly served as the Health and Safety Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, a Health and Safety Specialist, as well as the Director of the Health and Safety Program and the Food and Allied Service Trades Department. Prior to joining OSHA in August, 2009, Berkowitz served as an independent consultant, providing policy and capacity-building services to nonprofits and the Federal government. With a strong demonstrated commitment to the safety and health of workers across the nation, Berkowitz has gone above and beyond in her service to create and fortify programs for the benefit of the U.S. workforce. In 2010, Berkowitz coordinated the first National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety in Houston, TX, with...​

 
08/08/2011 7:57 PM

ASSE Joins With West Virginia Univ. EHS, Morgantown Fire Department, RA Fire Academy in Providing Hands-On Fire Prevention Training for Students

Morgantown, West Virginia Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-909-4548, dhurns@asse.org ; John Principe, CSP, CHCM, WVU EHS director, 304-293-5853 August 8, 2011 ASSE Rolls Out Campus-Related Fire Prevention Safety Tips for Students, Parents, Teachers, Greek Housing Officials WHAT: In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire, a deadly risk to college students. The 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its Fire Prevention Practice Specialty will roll out their campus-related fire prevention tips on how to prevent fires, tips for those living in Greek housing, statistics, resources, tips for parents, fire escape planning and more. ASSE joins with the West Virginia University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff, the Morgantown fire department and the WVU Residents’ Assistants (RA) Fire Academy for real-time campus fire prevention training and demonstrations to take place on campus this Thursday. Hands-on demonstrations on how to escape smoke-filled rooms and hallways; fire extinguisher training; a live burn of a room to show quickness of fire; working with the fire hose; films, and more will be presented. WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2011; Two Sessions: 10:00 a.m. –Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Fieldcrest Hall, Morgantown, West Virginia 752 Van Voorhis Road, WVU Evansdale Campus, http://beta.campusmap.wvu.edu/ for map WHY: Each year college students are injured and killed in preventable campus-related fires. To prevent injuries...​

 
 

 
 

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