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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.

 

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.

 
08/25/2014 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.

 
10/24/2013 10:32 AM

Process Safety Management Improves Worker Safety, Focusing on Avoiding Incidents in Oil Refineries and Chemical Plants

November ASSE Professional Safety journal examines how the implementation of process safety management has minimized incidents at India’s Essar Oil

 
10/16/2013 4:29 PM

STATEMENT: ASSE Urges Congress, President to Protect U.S. Workers by Coming to a Resolution on Government Shutdown

This Statement is attributable to: Kathy A. Seabrook CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM, President, American Society of Safety Engineers

 
09/26/2013 4:40 PM

Healthcare Worker Injury Rates Among the Highest of any Profession

October ASSE Professional Safety journal shines light on overlooked workplace injuries among healthcare workers which costs the industry $13 billion

 
09/17/2013 4:41 PM

American Society of Safety Engineers Releases Newest Version of the Z359 Fall Protection Code

With recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing that falls from heights continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has recently announced the release of the newest version of ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code Version 3.0.

 
09/12/2013 4:42 PM

Study Suggests Ethics Education Critical for Current and Future Safety Professionals

September ASSE Professional Safety journal article highlights the importance of incorporating ethical reasoning into safety curriculum

 
08/29/2013 4:43 PM

Clear Communication with Safety Professionals During Contract Stage Can Reduce Safety Concerns on Construction Sites

September ASSE Professional Safety journal article highlights the need to include safety management in the earliest phases of construction contracts

 
08/23/2013 4:46 PM

U.S., Russia Workplace Safety Organizations Join Efforts to Advance Global Occupational Health and Safety

One month after signing an agreement to work with Chinese workplace safety professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced it will work with Russia’s National Association of Centers for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOT) to, among other initiatives, improve “vocational training and professional development of managers and consultants in the field of occupational safety,” according to a memorandum of understanding signed during ASSE’s recent national convention ​

 
08/23/2013 4:45 PM

ASSE Responds to OSHA’s Proposed Rule to Protect Workers Exposed to Crystalline Silica

This Statement is attributable to: Kathy A. Seabrook CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM, President, American Society of Safety Engineers

 
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01/17/2013 5:51 PM

ASSE’s Work Safety Insights Featured at the First International Safety Conference in Azerbaijan

DES PLAINES, IL (January 17, 2013) – Azerbaijan leaders faced with a rapidly developing oil and gas industry are turning to occupational safety and health professionals and organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for workplace safety guidance as illustrated by the inaugural ‘International Safety Leadership Conference’ held in Baku last December 14.

 
01/14/2013 7:17 PM

American Society of Safety Engineers Continues Efforts to Prevent Construction Falls, Fatalities with Revised A10.32 Standard

DES PLAINES, IL (January 14, 2013) – In continuation of its support of nationwide efforts to prevent worker falls and fatalities on construction sites worldwide, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced the ANSI/ASSE A10.32 Standard – ‘Personal Fall Protection for Use in Construction and Demolition Operations’ has been revised and will be released January 14th.

 
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10/03/2012 1:55 PM

SSE Reminds Students That Fires, Smoke Are Deadly, Offer On/Off Campus Fire Protection Tips

For Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012

 
11/02/2011 8:22 PM

ASSE's Southwest Ohio Chapter Presents 'The Buried Truth,' to Put a Face on the Importance of Job Safety

DES PLAINES, IL (October 31, 2011) – In an effort to drive home the importance of workplace safety the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Southwest Ohio Chapter will be host to ‘The Buried Truth Uncovered’ program on November 15 th , 16 th , and 17 th , featuring Eric Giguere, a former construction laborer who was buried alive in a six foot deep trench, and lived to share his story. Giguere, who survived the October 4, 2002, incident, delivers his message to ASSE’s Southwest Ohio Chapter on three separate dates; November 15 th , from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Sheakley Corporate Offices in Cincinnati, OH; November 16 th , from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, OH; and, November 17 th , from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ticona Polymers, Inc. in Florence, KY. “As safety professionals we want to provide more exposure to theses real-life stories and to show anyone who is involved in safety why it’s so important,” said Mark Frye, ASSE’s Southwest Ohio Chapter President. Since his accident, Giguere has travelled the country putting a human face on the issue of workplace safety, in an effort to change behaviors and attitudes towards the issue. Due to the impact he has made with businesses, municipalities, government officials, and the general public through his recollection of the events of that fateful day, his presentation continues to be in demand. Anyone in the safety profession, or who works in the construction industry, whether they are a project...

 
11/02/2011 2:12 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Honors IUP's Tracey Cekada as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

DES PLAINES, IL (November 1, 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). Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) Tracey Cekada was one of those honored by ASSE for her dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Although she began her career in the safety and environmental field, working for The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and University, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Cekada says she truly discovered her passion for the safety sciences when she began passing on her knowledge to her students. “I enjoyed it before, but it was the teaching that made me realize my passion,” she said. “I love working with students and having some impact in their lives.” Cekada joined the faculty of IUP six years ago as an assistant professor in the Department of Safety Services. She was recently promoted to associate professor. Popular with her students, she led them to win ASSE’s Student Chapter of the Year Award in 2009-2010. She instructs on such subjects as industrial hygiene, training and environmental regulations, and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from IUP’s Health and Human Services Department for her involvement with her students in the safety...​

 
10/31/2011 5:59 PM

ASSE Commends NIOSH for Putting Spotlight on Future Shortage of SH and E Pros, Discuss Next Steps

DES PLAINES, IL (October 31, 2011) – In response to the recent findings of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, www.cdc.gov/niosh/oshworkforce/ ) report stating there will soon be a shortage of trained occupational safety and health professionals to fill the demand, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, noted that ASSE will do what is needed to help ensure that these findings guide the direction NIOSH and the variety of ​

 
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​

 
10/26/2011 2:10 PM

Over 500 Health and Safety Professionals are Expected ASSE's Kuwait Chapter Professional Development Conference and Exposition

DES PLAINES, IL (October 25, 2011) –Occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals from around the world will converge on Kuwait next month for ASSE’s Kuwait Chapter’s Sixth International Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE) and Loss Prevention Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exhibition from 29 th November 2011 to 1 st December 2011. Taking place at Hotel Radisson Blu, the Kuwait Chapter conference is designed to be the largest event of its kind in the country according to organizers, with over 500 industry professionals, and ASSE leaders expected to be in attendance. In addition to a trade show, the Kuwait PDC will host several interactive technical sessions, workshops, and symposiums conducted by well-known international SH&E speakers including; ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM; Dr. Ahmad Al Shatti, Director of the Occupational Health Department for Kuwait; Hussam Al Kharafi, Chairman of the Kuwait Society of Engineers; Bader Al Khashti, Managing Director of Research and Development and HSE for the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Norris, who is also the Risk Control Manager for Long Beach, CA-based Bickmore Risk Services will give a presentation on ‘Preparing HSE Professionals for the Challenges of Tomorrow’, and will also serve as the Chairperson for a discussion with ‘Women in Safety Engineering’. Kuwait’s Minister of Oil, Minister of Parliament Affairs and Chairman of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Board of Directors...

 
10/25/2011 3:31 PM

ASSE Names Melanie Hemmer of Franklin Park's Divane Bros. Electric One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

DES PLAINES, IL (October 24, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Franklin Park-based Divane Bros. Electric Company’s Melanie Hemmer, CSP, 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. Hemmer became aware of the importance of workplace safety in 2001 when she began working for Northbrook-based Ceisel Masonry, Inc., where she gained a greater understanding of the construction process and the individuals who dedicate their lives to it. She then decided to study the construction safety field and eventually became Ceisel’s safety director. In 2005, Hemmer joined Divane Bros. Electric as safety coordinator, and was promoted to her current position of safety director in 2007. Since taking on her role at Divane, she has been responsible for implementing about 90 percent of the company’s safety programs including a safety recognition program, a training and orientation program for new hires and a daily job hazard analysis. Hemmer has also made it a priority to forge working relationships based on trust both on construction jobsites, and also in the office. These efforts have created a strong safety culture...​

 
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...

 
10/21/2011 8:16 PM

Members Join Winners Circle Following the ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic Race

For Immediate Release Members Celebrate the ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic Race in Laurel, MD Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org BALTIMORE, MD (October 21, 2011) –The horse Shesmylittleman ridden by Travis Dunkelberger won the 'ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic' thoroughbred race at Laurel race track Thursday. The race was held in honor of ASSE's and Laurel Race track's 100th anniversaries. In addition to the race, ASSE member Pat J. Wheltle, MS, CSP, safety and environmental director for the Maryland Jockey Club, provided key behind-the-scenes tours and information on Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the ASSE Chesapeake and National Capital Chapters. Featured in the photo from left to right are chapter members Lori Lewman, Alan Sactor, Ron LeClair, Ken Shorter, Carol Woodruff, Mike Wolf, Dunkelberger, Mike McCullion, Robert Bergamaschi and Wheltle. 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 featured presentations on the safety aspects of working in the horse racing industry as well as reviewing the regulatory requirements for public access automatic external defibrillator (AED) programs. Following the meeting, the “ASSE 100 th Anniversary Classic” race took place. “Working for the Maryland Jockey Club provides for some unique and interesting challenges. In addition to ensuring the health and safety of patrons and employees, we have to deal...​

 
10/18/2011 8:48 PM

Liberty Mutual's Commitment to Work Safety Continues With Major Donation to ASSE Foundation

DES PLAINES, IL (October 18, 2011) – For more than 10 years Liberty Mutual Insurance has supported key efforts to improve workplace safety. Today the company continues its commitment by again donating $30,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation toward the Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program. This program encourages research activities in occupational safety and health, and provides a forum for safety professionals to guide research based on industry needs, which reflects Liberty Mutual’s mission of “helping people live safer, more secure lives”. The ASSE Foundation encourages people to apply for the Fellowship program now through February 11, 2012, by going to http://www.asse.org/foundation/research/LM_program.php . Those selected as Liberty Mutual fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2012 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety located in Hopkinton MA, and will receive a stipend for living expenses. Additionally, fellows will write either an 800 word article for the ASSE Foundation newsletter explaining the results of the research or an article for ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must possess a Ph.D. or be working toward a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants holding appointments or enrolled in a department with an ABET accredited safety program. Members of ASSE will receive special consideration for this...

 
10/18/2011 3:49 PM

For Halloween, These Zombies Help ASSE Raise Awareness About Work Safety

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org Des Plaines, IL (October 18, 2011) — Zombies are everywhere this season, including in on-line games aimed at teaching teens about being safe at work. Slippery floors, hot cooking equipment, heavy lifting, loud noises and working alone are some of the dangers teens face as they experience a first job or seasonal employment. If not aware of the risk and properly trained and protected, these dangers can lead to serious injuries or fataliti​

 
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​

 
09/22/2011 5:08 PM

ASSE Foundation Provides Funding to Southeastern Louisiana Univ. for SH&E Program Accreditation

DES PLAINES, IL (September 22, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently awarded Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, with $3,500 to support its efforts to seek ABET accreditation for its Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Program. The funding comes from the James A. Oppold Fund, formed to honor Mr. Oppold, an active ASSE member, after his 2002 death. ABET, as it is formally known, was once called the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In 2005, ABET formally changed its name to ABET, Inc. The goal of the James A. Oppold Fund is to encourage and facilitate universities in obtaining ABET accreditation of their safety and health programs by providing financial assistance. The grant will be instrumental in helping Southeastern meet their accreditation goals for the occupational safety, health and environmental program, as well as courses and opportunities for students. Southeastern has offered a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health and environment (OSH&E) since 2004. From its inception, the program had the objective of obtaining accreditation from ABET. Since the program’s implementation in 2004, more than 40 graduates have received their four-year safety and health degrees. The University consists of five colleges with 20 academic departments and programs offering a total of 66 degree programs (two associate degree programs, 43 baccalaureate degree programs, 20...

 
09/22/2011 3:01 PM

ASSE's Region 6 Kicks Off 25th Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach

American Society of Safety Engineers Media Advisory, Protecting people, property and the environment For Immediate Release September 22, 2011 Des Plaines, Illinois Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org MID-ATLANTIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS’ 25 th annual CONFERENCE to feature topics AIMED AT PREVENTING WOKRPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region VI, which includes occupational safety, health and environmental professional members from th​

 
09/20/2011 3:35 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors MO's Maureen Kotlas 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 Maureen Kotlas, CSP, CPEA, of Columbia, MO, 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. Kotlas is the director of environmental health and Safety at the University of Missouri where she oversees safety and environmental health programs for the campus. She is responsible for programs such as occupational safety, industrial hygiene , radiation and biological safety, fire safety, environmental management, and more. Kotlas previously served as the director of environmental health and safety at Harvard University and at the University of Maryland. In addition to her safety and health position at the university, Kotlas has been an adjunct safety, health and environmental (SH&E) instructor for both undergraduate and graduate students. Kotlas began her successful career in safety as an airline flight attendant where she was trained according to Federal Aviation Administration requirements for all airline safety issues pertaining to passengers and air travel, and went on to become a trainer . She then went on to take the role of Safety Training Specialist for the Department...​

 
09/20/2011 3:29 PM

ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group Honors OH's Connie Muncy 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 Connie Muncy of Kettering, OH, 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. Muncy is currently a safety officer for Montgomery County Water Services in Kettering, OH. She began her career in the corporate office of a 12 branch safety, health and environmental (SH&E) firm and for the past six years she has focused on safety issues at Montgomery County Water Services, a government facility. In her current role, she works diligently to ensure public workers adhere to OSHA regulations, though Ohio public employers are not regulated by OSHA. Muncy has persevered to promote government workplace sector safety and in 2009, her team’s operations won the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety in Sound service sector national award for occupational hearing conservation efforts. In 2008, the team received the State of Ohio Burke Safety Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association. Muncy has a B.S. in chemistry from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and a master’s degree in environmental health and safety management from the University of...​

 
09/20/2011 3:26 PM

ASSE's WISE Group Honors WA's Nicole McOmie 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 Nicole McOmie, M.S., of Vancouver, WA, 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. McOmie began her safety career as a field safety professional with JH Kelly, LLC in 1995 and served as corporate Safety Director there from 2005 to 2010. While in that role, the company averaged nearly 2 million man-hours per year and she helped them obtain record-setting low levels in recordable and lost-time injuries. McOmie became interested in safety during her first college job at a paper mill that was dedicated to employee safety and health on the job and introduced her to the value of safety training. McOmie has a B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Purdue University. In addition to her many professional accomplishments on-the-job, McOmie has received the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Industrial Hygienist Award and has presented on hexavalent chromium policy and sampling results to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. She has presented to several labor unions and is a member of ASSE’s...

 
09/19/2011 8:56 PM

ASSE's 10th Annual Kids' 'Safety-on-the-Job' Poster Contest Begins Today

DES PLAINES, IL (September 19, 2011) –The 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), representing more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, today kicks off its 10 th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest which runs from September 19 – February 14, 2012. The contest is for children aged 5-14 and aims to teach children about the importance of being safe at work and what occupational safety, health and environmental professionals do to protect people, property and the environment. The winning poster from each of the five age groups is featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed worldwide. The five grand prize winners and 15 runners-up each receive prizes and are recognized at the NAOSH kick-off events in Washington, D.C., in May. The posters that best illustrate ‘safety-on-the-job’ will win the contest. The contest is open not only to ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children of ASSE co-workers. ASSE members can also sponsor schools. To enter, a child must be sponsored by an ASSE member. Those seeking an ASSE member to request sponsorship can check with their local ASSE chapter which can be found at www.asse.org/membership/findachapter.php. NAOSH Week runs from May 6-12, 2012, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is May 9, 2012. All poster contest winners, contestants and their families along with...​

 
09/16/2011 4:44 PM

ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group Honors MI's Roberta Nelson Shea 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 Roberta Nelson Shea of Northville MI, 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 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Nelson Shea has been the president and owner of Safety Compliance Services, LLC, a safety and health consulting firm, where she served as an expert witness, provides risk assessment services, accident/ incident reviews, machine compliance evaluations, machine safety specification development, and company acquisition for safety due diligence. She currently works for Applied Manufacturing Technologies as their director of safety consulting services. Heading this business unit, the same consulting services are offered with the following expansion of capabilities: automation engineering and consulting services where safety is integrated at the concept and design stages, engineering services that include safety and production controls, and training services. Applied Manufacturing offers simulation technologies to uncover throughput, manufacturability, and safety issues – allowing cost-effective,...​

 
09/16/2011 4:38 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors TX's Betty Tally 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 Betty Tally, CSP, OHST, CHST, of Lockhart, TX, 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. Tally is the owner of Tally & Associates, a safety and health consulting company based in Lockhart, TX. She began her career in administration at the San Antonio Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) area office and began cross-training into OSHA compliance inspector status. After several years of training, Tally became the first female compliance officer in the Austin Area OSHA office, where she went on to conduct more than 1,800 inspections of general industry and construction sites, including fatal accidents, disasters, employee complaints, referrals and more. Tally worked for OSHA for more than 20 years and remains active in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field through her consulting work with Tally & Associates. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Tally is an active member of ASSE’s Central Texas Chapter. She became the first female chapter member and went on to be the first woman to hold the office of chapter president in...

 
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​

 
09/15/2011 2:29 PM

ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group Honors OR's Illa Gilbert-Jones 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 Illa Gilbert-Jones of Portland, OR, 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 25 years in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Gilbert-Jones is a senior safety management consultant at SAIF Corporation. During her career, Gilbert-Jones has held safety positions at a multi-national chemical company, an international mining/metals corporation, a paint manufacturing and distribution company, and a workers’ compensation insurance company. In each of her progressively challenging positions, Gilbert-Jones developed strategies that lead to gains in safety and health and helped develop metrics based on potential exposure to hazards to help employees and managers better understand risks. She has a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, safety and toxicology from the University of Washington. Gilbert-Jones is an active member of ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter. She has participated in several research projects and has presented the results at the American Industrial Hygiene (AIHA) Conference and Expositions, as well as at a Navy...

 
09/14/2011 4:53 PM

ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group Honors WA's Teri North 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 Teri North, CSP, of Richland, WA, 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. North is currently an Industrial Safety Engineer with Dade Moeller and Associates, Inc., a contractor on the Mission Support Alliance (MSA) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford site in Richland, WA. In this role, North works with the MSA Worker Protection Division and provides technical safety and health support for Lockheed Martin’s engineering and telecommunications element of the MSA contract. Through her hard work and dedication to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, North has helped countless workers arrive home safely, injury and illness-free, to their families each day. North has a Bachelor’s degree in Safety and a Master’s degree in Safety Management from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). In addition to her many professional accomplishments, North has been an active member of ASSE for more than 30 years. She began her career in the CMSU student section and is currently a member of the Lower...

 
09/14/2011 2:29 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors OR's Mary Lou Wilson 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 Mary Lou Wilson of Eugene, OR, 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. Wilson is the current Safety Coordinator for Wildish Construction Company, a privately held organization with a surface mining operation, an asphalt and concrete production facility, and crews involved in vertical and horizontal construction projects. The company’s projects include interstate highways, subdivision construction, water reclamation facilities and football stadiums. Due to her contributions to safety programs at Wildish, the company was the recipient of the National Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) for a 300,001-700,000-hour highway-heavy division. This was a milestone for the company in recognition of their company-wide commitment to safety and health, driven by Wilson’s passion for safety and raising awareness about the importance of being safe on the job. Wilson has a degree in business from Oregon State University. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Wilson is an active member of ASSE’s Cascade Chapter and...​

 
09/14/2011 2:26 PM

ASSE's WISE Group Honors CA's Fay Feeney 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 Fay Feeney, CSP, CRM, of Hermosa Beach, CA, 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 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Feeney is the Principal of Envision Strategic Group. She worked for The Travelers Insurance, where she worked with the Fortune 100 clients. Her early experience as a field engineer gave her exposure to numerous different job sites and the many hazards and risks employees can encounter on-the-job. Recently, she has been in the boardroom advancing safety, health and environmental best practices. Through her hard work and dedication, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. Feeney has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial safety from San Diego State University. She is a Certified Safety Professional and has an Associate in Risk Management. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Feeney is an active member of ASSE’s Los Angeles Chapter and volunteers with the ASSE Foundation as Vice- Chair and trustee. She is dedicated to furthering...​

 
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​

 
09/13/2011 2:34 PM

ASSE President Assumes International Role at World Safety & Health Congress in Turkey

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ PRESIDENT ASSUMES INTERNATIONAL SAFETY ROLE AT SAFETY AND HEALTH CONGRESS IN TURKEY DES PLAINES, IL (September 13, 2011) – American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, became a vice-chair of the International Section of the International Social Security Association’s (ISSA) ‘Prevention Culture Section’ on September 12 at the 19 th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work conference being held in Istanbul, Turkey. Representatives from other countries including Germany and France were also added. The new section, set up by the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), aims to promote the underlying ideas of the 2008 “Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work” signed by several countries and agencies during the 18 th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work conference in held in S. Korea. The ‘Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work’, found at http://www.seouldeclaration.org/ , recognizes the serious consequences of work-related incidents and diseases noting that in 2008 about 2.7 million fatalities from on-the-job injuries occur each year world-wide resulting in an economic loss of four percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Declaration states that improving safety and health at work has a positive impact on working conditions, productivity and economic and social development. As such, the Declaration said the Summit participants will commit...​

 
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;...

 
09/07/2011 9:58 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors NY's Cynthia Roth 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 Cynthia Roth of Syosset, NY, 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 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Roth is the CEO and founder of Ergonomic Technologies Corp. (ETC). Her work in the field of ergonomics has been extremely significant and she regularly provides best practices for clients regarding ergonomics. Roth began her work in the field of ergonomics in the 1980’s when a lecturer presented a case focusing on why employees needed biomechanics interventions and ergonomics. The relationship between humans, working environments and risk factors that lead to injuries became a prime focus for Roth and she has built a successful career through her dedicated work in the field. Roth holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh as a professional registered nurse and has taken post-graduate courses from Cornell in labor relations and industrial management. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Roth is an active member of the ASSE New York Chapter. She has served as the Chair of the ASSE...

 
09/07/2011 9:32 PM

WISE Honors VA's Carol Woodruff 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 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...​

 
09/07/2011 9:20 PM

American Society of Safety Engineers' Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors GA's Judith Appel White 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 Judith Appel White of Dublin, GA, 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. White is currently the environmental health and safety (EHS) manager at KaMin Performance Minerals, a kaolin mining and processing company, at the corporate headquarters located in Macon, GA. In 2008, KaMin was divested from a larger company and started with a very green EHS team that has since developed into a successful group of safety professionals who have enforced a safety culture and improved safety and health among workers. Prior to working in the kaolin industry, White had 26 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry working in Maine, Louisiana and Ohio. She held various positions of increasing responsibility in the EHS field. She has also been an active member of Hazardous Material Response Teams and a High Angle Rope Rescue Team. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, White is an active member of ASSE and is actively supporting efforts to establish an ASSE chapter in Macon, GA. She is also a member of the Mining Practice Specialty. White is certified by...

 
09/07/2011 8:30 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors PA's Pam Walaski 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 Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, of Pittsburgh, PA, 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. Walaski is president of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc., a safety and health consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. specializes in safety compliance and consulting services to help provide clients with best practices for addressing safety and health issues. Walaski originally began her career in social work, and after finishing a second bachelor’s degree in environmental protection science she began to formally work in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. Since then she has been working both in Western Pennsylvania and all over the world developing a passion for the field and helping others stay safe on-the-job. Walaski is also the author of the recently published book, Risk and Crisis Communications: Methods and Messages (John Wiley & Sons). In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Walaski has been an active member of ASSE and is involved at the local, regional and Society level. She is a member of the Western...

 
09/07/2011 8:25 PM

ASSE's WISE Group Honors WA's Jennifer Swaim 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 Jennifer Swaim, CIH, of Redmond, WA, 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. Swaim is an environmental safety and health director at Terex Corporation’s Aerial Work Platforms business segment, where she has led the effort to reduce injuries. The Division recordable rate has been reduced by 50% over the last 60 months due in part to Swaim’s excellent leadership and her team. She is responsible for guiding the implementation of division-specific and Terex SH&E policies, reducing injuries, illnesses and environmental impacts across all of the organization. Swaim has oversight of manufacturing, sales, service and parts operations worldwide. She began her career in safety and health working as an asbestos and lead technician for a consulting company and was promoted to project manager for asbestos, lead and industrial hygiene projects and developed into a strong safety professional through learning on-the-job. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Swaim is a member of ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter and a Certified Industrial Hygienist. When asked about...

 
09/07/2011 8:20 PM

WISE Honors IN's Marlene Russell as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Marlene Russell of Indianapolis, IN, 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. Russell is currently the North American Safety, Health and Operations Lead for Row Crops and Technology for Monsanto Seed Company. In this position, she provides direction and support to employees working in occupational medicine roles, SH&E generalists and SH&E support staff who provides support to more than 100 agricultural facilities throughout North America. Russell joined Monsanto Seed Company in 2001 as an employee to support the implementation of Monsanto’s comprehensive safety program across 15 manufacturing and technology sites located throughout the eastern corn belt. Seed manufacturing is a dangerous industry and facilities are located in predominately rural areas. Through Russell’s determination and SH&E knowledge, a comprehensive SH&E program of more than 60 written programs was implemented throughout the company. Employees were trained effectively and given support for continuing SH&E practices. The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who,...

 
09/07/2011 8:14 PM

ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group Honors D.C.'s Ellen Stewart 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 Ellen Stewart, CSP, 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. Stewart is a senior safety engineer for Headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) where she develops, reviews and maintains safety-related technical documents such as the EM 385-1-1, USACE’s Safety and Health Requirements Manual, contract specifications, arc flash and hazardous energy requirements. She began her career in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field with the USACE as a safety engineer intern, responsible for surveys and facility assessments, classroom and on-the-job training. During her 29 years with the USACE, Stewart has updated the USACE safety and health requirements manual, EM 385-1-1, a critical document that affects USACE employees and contractors, as well as non-Corps contractors. When asked about being honored as one of the WISE 100 women Stewart stated, “I am extremely blessed and privileged to be honored with this recognition. It means so much to me professionally, as well as personally to realize that my efforts in the safety and...

 
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...

 
08/30/2011 5:16 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors TX's Kimberly Jackson 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 Kimberly Jackson of Houston, TX, 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 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Jackson is the current environmental health and safety director, U.S. operations, for Spectra Energy. She has overseen the growth and development of more than 20 safety and health professionals within Spectra and has been responsible for establishing goals and objectives to drive performance and continuous improvement. She successfully helped implement a safety and health management system through Spectra’s U.S. operating facilities. During her 20-year tenure with Spectra, she has helped create a strong safety culture and has communicated the value of safety and health on the job to senior level management, influencing the successful safety programs currently in place at the company. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Jackson is an active member of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter and is a member of WISE. She has participated in the WISE conference planning committee, has served on the...

 
08/30/2011 5:12 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors CO's Christine Sullivan 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 Christine Sullivan of Denver, CO, 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. Sullivan is vice president, risk control services manager at Lockton Companies, LLC., in Denver, CO. In her current role, Sullivan manages a staff of 32 employees while maintaining her own client workload, providing best practices and safety services to local, national and international accounts. To reduce and control risks, Sullivan helps risk management staff at client companies with support for programs, projects, training and more. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Sullivan is an active member of ASSE and is a member of the Colorado chapter. She has served the Colorado chapter as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president, and was the Colorado chapter Delegate and the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, she co-chaired the Colorado Chapter conference planning committee and worked closely with the national conference planning committee. Sullivan also served as a member of the Loss Control Symposium Task Force, which...​

 
08/30/2011 5:10 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors CA's Michelle Zimmerman 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 Michelle Zimmerman of Petaluma, CA, 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 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Zimmerman is the plant environmentalist at Alvarado Street Bakery in Petaluma, CA, where she is responsible for all regulatory compliance, loss control, human and food safety programs, and environmental issues. Alvarado Street Bakery is a cooperatively owned and operated commercial wholesale bakery specializing in organic sprouted whole grain bread. Alvarado Street Bakery services stores worldwide and employs 120 people at three locations. Zimmerman has had a major impact on the safety and health programs at the bakery, reducing injury and illness rates. She was key in helping plan the bakery’s new facility and assisting with moving the bakery to the new facility in Petaluma, CA, in 2008. From drain placement to flooring and lighting, all aspects of the new bakery’s construction were carefully monitored, resulting in zero injuries during the construction. Alvarado Street Bakery received a...

 
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 3:21 PM

ASSE Offers Post Irene Business Resumption Safety Tips

DES PLAINES, IL (August 29, 2011) -- In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is providing safety tips for people and businesses to consider using to check on the safety of their buildings, workplaces and more, before re-opening for business. ASSE also offers pre-contingency planning tips to help increase awareness to help businesses and communities prepare for the next contingency situation. ASSE knows there is no one-size-fits-all solution for busine​

 
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...​

 
08/25/2011 8:28 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors FL's Michelle Demarest as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Michelle Demarest of Orlando, FL, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. With more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Demarest is currently a senior safety manager for Walt Disney World. Her responsibilities include supporting rides and attractions, and through this role she has become an active member of the ASTM F24 committee, where she assists in writing standards that apply to amusement park rides and devises. Prior to her current role with Walt Disney World, Demarest worked as a safety professional at the Naval Warfare Weapons Division at White Sands Missile Range, as an occupational safety and health specialist at Texas Tech University, and occupational safety specialist for Frito-Lay, Inc. and as a safety, health and security manager for Miller Brewing Company. Her wide range of experience in a variety of industries has led her to become a well-rounded safety professional. Demarest has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.B.A. in global management. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Demarest is a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter and volunteers with the Alliance for Central Florida Safety, as well...​

 
08/25/2011 8:23 PM

ASSE's Women In Safety Engineering Group Honors MA's Angela DiDomenico as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Angela DiDomenico, PhD, CPE, of Hopkinton, MA, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. DiDomenico currently works at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS) and has held this role for eight years. Her specialty is occupational biomechanics and her specific focus is researching ways to reduce falls from elevation in the workplace through preventing loss of balance. Primarily, DiDomenico focuses on the construction and trucking industries and is currently researching why truck drivers fall from their vehicles and methods available for reducing this type of hazard. She has a Master’s degree in mathematics from Virginia Tech and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. Her work in safety began when she was studying at Virginia Tech and encountered the Human Factors program with an emphasis on safety as a minor in the course of study. She volunteered to participate in their research and she found a perfect balance between her interests in body mechanics and her analytical skills. DiDomenico was an active member of the ASSE student section at Virginia Tech and served as its vice president and president. She is currently an active member of the Human Factors and...​

 
08/25/2011 4:02 PM

ASSE's WISE Group Honors OH's Stephanie Helgerman 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 Stephanie Helgerman, CSP, of Columbus, OH, 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. Helgerman is currently an associate manager at Battelle and has more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. She began her career in safety in college, when she joined the Air National Guard and chose the job specialty of Ground Safety Specialist. The experience she gained in this position influenced her to change her major to safety and set the course for her future career in safety. After pursuing her Master’s at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Helgerman was given the opportunity to complete aircraft navigator training with the Air National Guard, and chose to do so. A month after she finished training, her unit was sent to Desert Storm. Upon her return, she was released from active duty and returned to the world of safety, where she excelled in her work and obtained the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through rigorous study and coursework in just one year’s time. She has a B.S. in occupational health and safety...​

 
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 2:31 PM

WISE Honors SC's Sofie Collins as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Sofie Collins of Sumter, SC, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Collins currently works at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC, and works diligently to protect worker safety and health. Due to her efforts, she and her team have been awarded with two safety coins from the Navy Skipper of Jacksonville, FL, for working to reduce injuries and illnesses. Collins has an M.S. in safety and environmental engineering from Texas A&M University. Collins began her career in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field after a near-miss safety incident on the job. One summer morning, a truck had arrived at a job site with a water pump that weighed more than 1,000 pounds. After chaining the water pump to the backhoe, the backhoe operator did not wait for Collins to move out of the way and lifted the pump above her. She had moments to react before the chain holding the water pump broke, falling and knocking her hard hat off of her head, missing her by inches. This safety incident sparked her desire to pursue a career in the field and actively sought out mentors to help her achieve her goals. Her safety philosophy is that leadership, commitment and vision are required to establish, implement and sustain safety...

 
08/23/2011 2:30 PM

ASSE's WISE Group Honors NJ's Ann Minzner Conley as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Ann Minzner Conley of Somerset, NJ, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Minzner Conley has more than 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field and is a Vice President of Loss Control Services at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and a global leader in the area of product safety. She is responsible for developing risk assessment methods that drive underwriting decisions for Chubb’s general liability insurance portfolio and strives to engage Chubb’s commercial clients in active risk reduction strategies. Minzner Conley has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and an M.S. in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her department’s Leadership Award. Her thesis, which focused on accident prevention in chemical processing, received the Best Thesis Award and continues to be a valuable safety reference document for the industry. The loss control area of the commercial insurance industry has been a primary focus for Minzner Conley, leading to the development of best practices that ultimately reduces potential for loss for Chubb’s clients and the company itself. She has done extensive work in the area of product...​

 
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...

 
08/19/2011 4:33 PM

WISE Honors MN's Diana Stegall 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 Diana Stegall, CSP, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Rockford, MN, 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. Stegall currently works with United Heartland Insurance as a Loss Control Consultant. She began her career in safety with the U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Company, where she discovered she could improve workplace safety while learning how products are made and businesses operate. Stegall has worked for large and small companies throughout a variety of industries, helping provide loss control information and best practices for reducing risk of worker injuries and illnesses on the job. Stegall has been a member of ASSE since 1990 and has been active at the chapter and Society levels. She received the prestigious Society Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award, and was the first woman to receive the honor. As Chair of the PDC Planning Committee from 2009-2011, Stegall helped increase the role of the Practice Specialties and helped build new conference tracks including the executive level, corporate social responsibility/sustainability, and the business skills session. In...​

 
08/19/2011 3:48 PM

WISE Honors WA's Elaine Cullen as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Elaine Cullen, PhD, of Chattaroy, WA, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Cullen has more than 40 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field and is currently the owner and President of Prima Consulting Services in Chattaroy, WA. In this role, she provides training and development services for high-risk industries, encouraging best practices for effective safety and health programs. Cullen has experience in the mining, oil and gas and commercial fishing industries. Cullen also works as a federal occupational consultation for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has a B.A. in English literature and psychology, and N.D. in engineering and computer science, an M.B.A. in business management and a PhD in leadership studies, all from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. In her first safety and health job, Cullen worked with the Bureau of Mines in Spokane, WA, writing computer code for a project in underground coal and analyzing accident and injury statistics for the mining industry. This project sparked her interest in mining and she continued to pursue working in safety and health in the...​

 
08/19/2011 3:44 PM

WISE Honors CO's Cindy Braun 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 Cindy Braun, CSP, CET, CHMM, of Denver, CO, 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 24 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Braun is a safety consultant and trainer with Braun Safety Associates, LLC, in Littleton, CO, which was founded in 2000. Company highlights include providing a decade of training for the U.S. Navy at eight different U.S. shipyards and for the Department of Navy NAVSEA in Washington, D.C.. Braun developed a two-day environmental health and safety-training curriculum and delivered it to the supervisor of shipbuilding and contract oversight personnel at the shipyard in San Diego, CA. The company has also provided 15 years of consultation and training to small and large municipalities in CO, and has conducted management system audits in Prudhoe Bay, AK, for contractors on the North Slope. Her career in the SH&E field has included working with, and for, companies and government agencies to establish best practices for complying with general industry, construction industry and shipbuilding/ship...​

 
08/19/2011 3:37 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors NY's Diana Cortez as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Diana Cortez of Chappaqua, NY, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Cortez is currently the area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Tarrytown Office, and reaches out to external stakeholders in a compliance assistance mode, as well as engages the Latino and immigrant community as the Regional Diverse Workforce Coordinator. With more than 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Cortez began her career in safety in 1980 as a safety and health technician for OSHA. She then went on to become a safety specialist and learned to apply the tools of the safety profession to identify and control workplace hazards encountered daily. In her current position as area director for OSHA, Cortez is the leader of federal OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance programs in her jurisdiction, including the Bronx, Westchester County and Rockland County. One of Cortez’s primary focuses is the education of immigrant workers including Latino workers and the education of those workers in their native language to reduce risk of injury and illness on the job. She regularly speaks on this issue at national conferences to raise awareness about the seriousness...

 
08/19/2011 3:35 PM

Photos of West Virginia Univ. Students, Fire Chief, More as They Help ASSE Roll Out On/Off Campus Fire Safety Tips

ASSE rolls out on/off campus fire safety news and tips August 11 at the University of West Virginia in Morganton, WVA, with ASSE member and director of the Univ. of WVA EHS Department John Principe, III, CSP, CHCM, ASSE Fire Prevent PS Admin. Walt Beattie, CSP, ARM, Morgantown Fire Department and close to 500 students. Training was held in smoke safety, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, seeing a live burn of a makeshift dorm and much more. Go to Read More

 
08/19/2011 3:20 PM

ASSE Article on Externally Reported Occupational Health and Safety Data Highlights Importance of Linking Business Value and Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently featured an article in its Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research that focuses on occupational health and safety (OHS) metrics and the extent that OHS external reporting is utilized among leading manufacturing firms. Sustainability reporting is becoming the norm among the world’s largest companies and is becoming increasingly more important to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional. In the article, titled, “Externally Reported Occupational Health and Safety Data Among U.S. Manufacturing Firms,” authors Michael Behm , PhD, CSP, associate professor at Eastern Carolina University and Arthur Schneller, a health compliance officer with the North Carolina Department of Labor, aim to provide best practices for future use of OHS metrics and assist organizations to operationalize, measure and report OHS and sustainability metrics more effectively. The article evaluates the externally reported OHS metrics from the top 50 manufacturing firms as listed in IndustryWeek’s Top 500 firm list from 2009, and evaluates those metrics and practices to determine OHS and sustainability reporting methods and areas for improvement. Through their research, Behm and Schneller discovered that very few companies are reporting OHS information externally. The authors note that there is growing data to suggest that good OHS performance, management and practices are linked with business value, thus making it important...​

 
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 2:56 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors KY's Jennifer Carter 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 Jennifer Carter of Louisville, KY, 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. Carter is the current Lead Health Nurse for Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, KY. She is responsible for more than 3,500 team members throughout KY, spread out over 50 different locations. Since she began this role in 2006, Carter has put into place several programs to improve safety and health at the hospital, helping employees to return home injury and illness-free each day. She was also responsible for workers’ comp cases from 2006-2010, and received the Ambassador Award, known as the highest honor for the hospital’s team, in 2008 for her outstanding work on safety and health initiatives in the workplace. In addition to her current role at the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare, Carter is overseeing the safety program for the construction of a $16 million dollar central utility plant. Two years ago, the hospital was flooded with more than 16 ft. of water and the entire hospital engineering department, including boilers, was destroyed. Carter began her...

 
08/10/2011 2:54 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors KY's Kathy Coffey 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 Kathy Coffey of Lexington, KY, 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 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Coffey is the current safety director at Grayhawk, LLC, a construction company in Lexington/ Louisville, KY. She began her career in the construction industry as a flagger during her college years and after witnessing a severe workplace accident, she shifted her focus to workplace safety and health and reducing injury and illness rates, as well as identifying hazards and reducing risks. Coffey attended the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky and several others with a focus on occupational safety and health. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and also completed the Georgia Tech Authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Construction Training Program. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Coffey has helped four out of five companies to receive the Blue Level, a top award, in the Construction Health and...​

 
08/10/2011 2:43 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors AL's Martha Bidez 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 Martha Bidez, Ph.D., of Birmingham, AL, 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 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Bidez is currently a professor and graduate program director of the Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering. She is also the President and CEO of BioEchoes, a biomedical engineering professional services firm that provides a proactive, results-oriented approach to system safety and technical training in the realm of workplace safety and health. Bidez is an internationally renowned biomedical engineer, business entrepreneur and systems safety consultant with experience in serious injury investigation, academic research and instruction. In 1992, shortly after earning tenure at UAB, Bidez served as the founding Director of Injury Prevention for the university’s Injury Control Research Center, which at the time was one of only seven centers of its kind in the country, and was funded by the Centers...

 
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...​

 
08/04/2011 5:42 PM

WISE 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...​

 
08/04/2011 5:18 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors FL's Jennifer Zipeto 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 Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, 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 17 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Zipeto began her career as a consultant and in her current position as Senior Safety and Health Manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, she is helping to reduce on the job injuries and illnesses each day. At Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, Zipeto works with a team of 40 safety and health professionals who oversee the safety and health of more than 60,000 Walt Disney World cast members who work on more than 47 square miles of property. Zipeto has gone above and beyond in her work with ASSE at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. She is currently vice president of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter and has served as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee, a member of the Membership and Training/Professional Development Committee, a member of the 2009 Chapter PDC Planning Committee, a member of the 2011 Region IV PDC Planning and Speaker Selection Committees. As vice-chair, Zipeto...

 
08/04/2011 5:14 PM

WISE Honors MD's Adele Abrams 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 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...

 
07/29/2011 6:29 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors SC's Sherry Dixon 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 Sherry Dixon, CSP, of Charleston, SC, 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. Dixon has more than 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and is currently the EHS Lead for Boeing’s Interiors Responsibility Center in North Charleston, SC. Her leadership and commitment to workplace safety and health have helped businesses, including Boeing, reduce risks and prevent employee injuries and illnesses on-the-job. Early in her career, Dixon knew she wanted to pursue work in the safety field and set long-term goals for her education and professional development. Dixon has a B.S. in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Dixon is a member of ASSE’s Low Country Chapter in Charleston, SC, and is an active member of the Society. In additional to her many professional accomplishments, Dixon is an author and is currently publishing a book called Natural Destiny , about her mother, who was held captive in a...

 
07/29/2011 6:20 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors Lake Buena Vista, FL's Heather Earl 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 Heather Earl, CSP, CPEA, of Lake Buena Vista, FL, 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. Earl has more than 15 years of experience working in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and is currently the manager of safety and health operations for Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Previously, she worked for Tyson foods, where she set the bar for safety excellence and helped create a safety culture. In addition to creating safety training programs, authoring important research papers and presenting critical safety briefings during her career, Earl successfully improved safety conditions and processes for all the companies she has worked with. Earl has a B.S. in Agricultural Operations Management and an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Earl is an avid volunteer for ASSE programs, activities, Common Interest Groups and conferences. In 1994, Earl founded the North Florida Student Section of ASSE and went on to become a professional member of the...

 
07/21/2011 7:13 PM

ASSE's Nexsteps.org Career Center Features Several New Job Posts, Career Resources

DES PLAINES, IL (July 21, 2011) – From California, to Nebraska, to Virginia to Kuwait, employers are seeking occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals to hire according to the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Access to these job openings and more are avai lable on ASSE’s free Career Center job board at www.nexsteps.org known as Nexsteps. Not only can job seekers peruse the electronic board for job openings and employers can post new jobs, but tips on how to find a job such as refreshing one’s resume and interviewing are also available on the site. Currently, at the ASSE http://www.nexsteps.org/ career center, employers are seeking employees to fill several positions such as for a safety coordinator in Nebraska; an environmental health and safety/facility manager in Illinois; an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) administrator for the Tennessee Department of Labor; a corporate group health and safety director in Alabama; a senior industrial hygienist in Ohio; a regional safety representative in Missouri; an environmental health and safety manager in Arizona; a senior industrial hygienist in Virginia; a health and safety specialist in California; a safety and product recall manager in Massachusetts; a senior safety specialist in Rhode Island; a director of corporate safety in Texas; a safety engineer in Montana, and, a regional safety manager in northern California. The nexsteps.org...

 
07/20/2011 9:21 PM

ASSE Agrees With Fed Agency's Rebuke of Florida for Failing to Act on Public Sector Employee Safety

DES PLAINES, IL (July 20, 2011) -- The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) commends the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) for its commitment to the safety and health of thousands of Florida’s state, county and municipal workers for undertaking the investigation into the January 2006 methanol fire and explosion at the B ethune Wastewater Treatment plant in Daytona Beach that killed two public workers and seriously injured a third. ASSE agrees with CSB’s July 18, 2011, declaration that Florida’s inaction and failure to adopt CSB recommendation s to provide federal-level workplace protections for its public sector workers is unacceptable. “Beyond the obvious moral responsibility to protect its workers, at a time when taxpayers are looking for government to be as efficient and cost-effective as business, the most basic risk-management tool most businesses understand is that protecting workers on the job saves money,” said Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, ASSE President. “ASSE joins with CSB in urging Florida to do what employers across the country do by holding itself, its counties and municipalities accountable for the tangible and intangible costs associated with ignoring workplace safety and health risks. No one really knows how much Florida taxpayers are paying for workers’ injuries and illnesses, lost days and workers compensation costs. The time has come for those costs to see the light of day.” Spurred by CSB’s 2006 investigation, ASSE...

 
07/20/2011 8:24 PM

ASSE Presents Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Safety Professionals from CA, IL, MN, OH, PA and VA

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently presented the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award to Walter S. Beattie, CSP, CFPS, CSHM, of Pottstown, PA; James Boretti, CSP, of Visalia, CA; Allen J. Borzych of Elgin, IL; Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP, of Dayton, OH; Diana M. Stegall, CSP, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Rockford, MN; James Thornton, CSP, CIH, of Newport News, VA; and Mario A. Varela, MS, MBA, CSP, of Western Springs, IL. The awards were presented during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12-15 in Chicago, IL, during ASSE’s 100 th Anniversary celebration. The Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award is named after ASSE’s late vice president of communications. This award recognizes select members of the executive board, national committee members and practice specialty officers who have helped advance the occupational safety, health and environmental professional through exemplary volunteer service to the Society during the past year. Walter S. Beattie, CSP, CFPS, CSHM, of Pottstown, PA, has been a professional member of ASSE since 1994 and is the current administrator of ASSE’s Fire Protection Practice Specialty. Beattie received the award for his outstanding service as an educator for ASSE and his passion for promoting fire safety. He has gone above and beyond as a volunteer fire fighter for more than 36 years and served as task force chair for ASSE’s Fire Safety Virtual Symposium. Beattie went above and...​

 
07/19/2011 5:58 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors Rhode Island's Marcella Thompson as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 safety, health and the environment (SH&E). Marcella (Marcy) Thompson, PhD, MS, CSP, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, of East Greenwich, RI, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Dr. Thompson is Environmental Health State Agency Liaison for Brown University’s Superfund Research Program in Providence, RI and an Assistant Professor, Adjunct at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing in Kingston, RI. Thompson has a PhD from the College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health Nursing from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in nursing. She was one of the first of 10 people in the U.S. and Canada to be board certified both as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and as an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist (COHN-S). Thompson is a Fellow of the Academy of American Occupational Health Nurses (FAAOHN). In 1982, as part of her graduate studies at Harvard, Thompson worked as an intern at a fiberglass boat manufacturing plant. One day, the company’s human resources director bemoaned, “We really need someone like you to make work safe, but we can’t afford to...

 
07/19/2011 5:46 PM

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

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 the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Terry Wigfall of Severn, Maryland was honored for her dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference. With more than 20 years of experience as a safety professional, Wigfall has dedicated her career to protecting and educating workers on the job, identifying hazards and reducing risks. In the late ‘80’s she took her first safety job at Stanley Proto Industrial Tools and developed into a strong leader, making a difference in subsequent roles as a safety professional in industry and government. She currently serves as the Compliance Manager for the Congressional Office of Compliance on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and manages the compliance process including a team responsible for inspections of all legislative branch buildings, researching SH&E issues, writing “Fast Facts” on various safety topics that appear on the Office of Compliance web site and assisting with the development of the ‘Biennial Report on Occupational Health and Safety Inspections’ which is submitted to Congress. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Wigfall is not only a member of WISE, but also helped found ASSE’s Blacks In...

 
07/19/2011 5:31 PM

Chicagoan Selected as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety by The ASSE Women in Safety Engineering Group

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Maribeth Anderson of Chicago, IL, 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 15 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Anderson is the environmental health and safety supervisor for BP and previously worked as the HSE Supervisor for Jacobs Engineering. She has a B.A. in management from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Anderson also currently serves as ASSE Region V. Vice President responsible for mentoring Chapter Officers within the Midwest and Egypt. Elected by her peers, she is currently serving her second two-year term. Anderson has been an ASSE member since 1997. WISE members say “she has gone above and beyond in her involvement with the Society, local chapter and region levels.” She is past-president of the Greater Chicago Chapter, where she served three terms as the chapter’s leader. Anderson is also a member of WISE, Fire Protection Engineering, Risk Management/Insurance and the Transportation Practice...

 
07/19/2011 5:25 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors Society President Terrie Norris for Making a Difference in Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group recently honored ASSE Society President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of Long Beach, CA, 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 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Norris is a risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach, CA, and works primarily with the company’s southern California clients. Norris provides clients with risk management/loss control audits, program development, ergonomic evaluations, playground safety inspections and customized training programs to improve safety. Born in Michigan, Norris holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Norris has been an ASSE member since 1987 and has been active with ASSE with her local chapter and at the Society level. Prior to her current presidential term, Norris served as the ASSE senior vice president, the president-elect and the Region I vice president and secretary. Norris also served as the Orange County Chapter delegate, president, president-elect and...

 
07/19/2011 5:16 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Group Honors 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

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 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. ASSE congratulates all honorees for their outstanding achievements and contributions to workplace safety and health. The following 100 women have made a difference through their hard work, dedication and innovation in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. ASSE members who have been honored are listed with their home chapter. Honoree's Last Name Honoree's First Name Employer ASSE Chapter/Location Abrams Adele Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC National Capital (Washington, D.C.) Al – Shatti Fetemah Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Safat, Kuwait Anderson Maribeth O’Hare Airport, Crisis Training Center Greater Chicago (Chicago, IL) Anderson Marjory Architect of the Capitol National Capital (Washington, D.C.) Anderson Mary Inventor of the windshield wiper Deceased, 1866-1953 Armstrong Mary Boeing Seattle, WA Ballard Sandra DCP Midstream New Mexico - Pecos Valley (Albuquerque, NM) Berkowitz Deborah US Dept of Labor - OSHA Washington, D.C. Bernish Kelly Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, US...​

 
07/18/2011 6:54 PM

ASSE's Boston Symposium to Focus on Evaluating/Communicating Safety Performance

DES PLAINES, IL (July 15, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) ‘Prove It! by Measuring Safety Performance’ symposium scheduled for this November 17-18 in Cambridge, MA, aims to help attendees learn how to produce ‘leading indicator’ tools aimed at increasing their abilities to prevent workplace injuries. Helping lead the key discussions will be two Boston occupational safety professional leaders --the Boston Globe’s Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs Anthony R. Schiavi, CSP, P.E., ARM, and Environmental, Health and Safety Associate Director, Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health Garrett Burke, CSP. The symposium will look at evaluating safety performance; using metrics and analytics to improve workplace safety; integrating safety leading indicators with an organization’s performance goals; and, how to prepare and deliver safety program performance reports for senior management Leading indicators is a tool occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals use to enhance workplace safety programs, ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, noted recently in an ASSE article. Norris noted that leading indicator activities can include: job task analysis; incident investigation; supervisor safety coaching; evaluating safety performance as part of annual performance appraisals; safety inspections; risk management program assessments; and more. The status of these activities can be an indication of an entity’s risk...

 
07/15/2011 3:34 PM

ASSE Recognizes John Mroszczyk of Danvers, MA, for Best Technical Article

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced John Mroszczyk, PhD, P.E., CSP, of Danvers, MA, as the winner of this year’s Best Technical Article award for his article titled, “Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries.” His article focuses on fall protection and fall prevention, as well as different types of fall hazards present on construction sites. Mroszczyk was honored with this award during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) held June 12-15 in Chicago, I​

 
07/13/2011 6:12 PM

ASSE's Women In Safety Engineering Group Honors Boeing's Mary Armstrong as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

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 the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Mary Armstrong, who is based in the Seattle area, was honored for her dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference. Armstrong is the vice president of Environment, Health and Safety Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company. She joined The Boeing Company in 1984 as a process engineer for manufacturing research and development, and steadily ascended the chain of command during the last two decades. Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester, NY. Since she began her current position with Boeing in 2007, the company established aggressive environmental performance targets for 25 percent improvements in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions intensity, hazardous waste generation, water consumption and recycling rates by 2012. Armstrong has also spearheaded efforts to help Boeing establish a target to improve workplace safety by 25 percent between 2009 and 2013. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Armstrong also serves on The...

 
07/12/2011 8:53 PM

ASSE Offers Tips on How to Prevent Heat-Related Illness For Workers

Des Plaines, IL (July 12, 2011) — As heat can cause workplace injuries and illness it is important for workers to be protected against the heat, sun exposure and other hazards that could result in severe injury, especially during the recent heat wave that much of America is experiencing. The American Society of Safety Engineers, a 100-year-old safety society with more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, suggests employers and employees be aware of the factors that can lead to heat stress; the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke; preventing heat stress; and, what can be done for heat-related illnesses which can be deadly. Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat illness, which often manifests as heat exhaustion. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers last year, according to the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). First, when one’s body is unable to cool itself by sweating, according to OSHA, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur, and can result in death. Factors leading to these conditions include high temperatures; being in direct sun or heat; limited air movement; physical exertion; poor physical condition; some medicines; and, inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces. According to the Mayo Clinic, heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when...​

 
07/12/2011 4:39 PM

ASSE Member in Singapore Outlines Country's Cutting Edge Strategy to Reinforce Work Safety and Health and Reduce Injuries and Illnesses

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) member Suresh Navaratnam, director of policy, information and corporate service in the Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD) of The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore, discussed the country’s workplace safety and health framework and provided an in-depth look at the country’s initiatives to promote workplace safety and health for all in a recent interview featured in ASSE’s Spring 2011 edition of World Focus . Singapore is currently oper​

 
07/11/2011 4:04 PM

To Stay Injury Free, ASSE Urges Teens to Be Aware of Summer Job Risks, Offer Safety Tips

DES PLAINES, IL (July 11, 2011) -- No matter where a teen works -- at the pool, the restaurant, the store, etc. -- they need to know how to be safe at work, according to the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Teens, and their parents, are not likely to ask about work safety issues, such as what personal protection gear is needed or if there are any on-the-job hazards when they start a job, but they should. Teen worker moves carts back inside store. Knowing the work risks a​

 
07/08/2011 5:17 PM

ASSE Foundation Receives $127,500 in Award Funding at Annual Conference

In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation funds annual scholarships and professional development grants. At this year’s ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC), Safety 2011, the Foundation received $127,500 in donations to fund awards for 2012 and beyond. The majority of this year’s donations were received at the ASSE House of Delegates meeting attended by members representing their chapters. More than $107,000 was donated by ASSE Chapters, members and corporations supporting the mission to provide assistance for students and professionals pursuing education in the SH&E field. Top donors this year were the Gulf Coast chapter $23,312, the Heart of America chapter with $15,000, Middle Tennessee chapter with 14,350, Central Indiana chapter with $8,000, and the Utah chapter with $6,465. Chapter donors include the Alaska chapter, Central Florida chapter, Central Ohio chapter, Columbia-Willamette chapter, Delmarva chapter, East Tennessee chapter, Fort Wayne chapter, Greater Baton Rouge chapter, Greater Chicago chapter, Great Plains chapter, Hawaii chapter, New Jersey chapter, New York City chapter, North Florida chapter, Northwest chapter, Sabine Neches chapter, San Diego chapter, Southern Arizona chapter, Southern Nevada chapter, Tarheel chapter, Three Rivers chapter, Worcester County chapter and Region VII. The ASSE Foundation also received...​

 
07/07/2011 4:28 PM

ASSE Announces Release of Standard for Safety Requirements in Steel Erection in Construction and Demolition Operations

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the release of the newly published A10.13 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, Safety Requirements for Steel Erection . The A10.13 standard has been updated from a version previously published in 2001 and a comparison document is available for viewing changes. The A10.13 standard was written and developed for companies and craftspeople to be able to erect steel structures and metal decks safely and effectively. Proper planning and execution of erecting steel structures are guided thoroughly by the A10.13. In a June 2011 interview with ASSE’s Professional Safety , William H. Treharne, A10.13 Subgroup chair and director of engineering and administration for Midwest Steel, Inc., noted many risks are associated with erecting steel structures. “Erecting structural steel creates many safety issues. Fall protection is the biggest challenge, but there are many ways to get hurt.” Site conditions, electrical wires and more can all be serious hazards when erecting steel structures and A10.13 provides excellent practices for ensuring risks are minimized and job sites are as safe as possible. One of the most important revisions to the standard for 2011, according to Treharne, is the emphasis on preplanning or building safety into the construction of steel structures, with the end result being safer jobs and safer job sites for all. As the industry continues to evolve due to changes in the ways companies...​

 
07/05/2011 2:15 PM

Safety Professionals from Across the U.S. Honored for Their Contributions to the Safety and Health Profession

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently presented the distinguished Practice Specialty (PS) Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards to safety professionals across the country for their contributions to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, as well as their contributions to individual practice specialties. The following award winners were recognized during ASSE’s 100 th Anniversary Professional Development Conference (PDC), held June 12-15 in Chicago, IL. PRACTICE SPECIALTY SAFETY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR Construction Carl W. Heinlein, CSP, CRIS, ARM, OHST, of Cranberry TWP., PA, has been a member of the Construction Practice Specialty for more than 11 years and has been active at the Chapter, Region and Society levels of ASSE. Since he began his journey with ASSE as a student officer at West Virginia University, Heinlein has participated in 12 PDC’s and has assisted the Construction Practice Specialty in its growth and development for more than a decade. Heinlein has been a featured speaker at ASSE’s annual PDC, has served as a moderator for Construction Practice Specialty-sponsored PDC sessions, and has participated as a recorder for the practice specialty roundtable sessions at the PDC. Heinlein is active in developing future leaders within ASSE through involvement with student sections at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University and West Virginia University, serving as a mentor to guide young professionals. He is...​

 
06/29/2011 5:11 PM

ASSE Offers Tips For a Safe and Fun Independence Day Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (June 29, 2011) ---Parades are a major part of our Independence Day celebration. Thousands of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, will join their communities in celebrating in some way this holiday. Knowing the many risks involved with parades, ASSE members are suggesting several ways to ensure that the parade is one of celebration and not crisis. “We all have much to celebrate – our family, friends and our freedom,” ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, said today. “This is a special 4 th of July for ASSE as we are celebrating our 100 th birthday. We have a lot to celebrate as we continue to make great strides in preventing injuries and illnesses, but we have much more to do. We want to share our knowledge to help ensure we all stay safe during this special holiday, one that so many Americans before us have fought for and so many now are continuing to fight for.” ASSE Public Sector Practice Specialty member Greg Langan, CSP, ARM, CPCU, of Minnesota, notes that to enhance parade safety one must take into account that on the day of the parade the streets are lined with people two or three deep with children ready to dash out and collect candy as floats pass, and there are a number of parade participants such as bands, animals, and floats. Several risks need to be addressed in the...

 
06/29/2011 3:51 PM

Practice Specialty Parade Safety Article

From the ASSE Council on Practices and Standards Public Sector Practice Specialty newsletter: providing you the following article. For more information and permission to reprint the article please go to the http://www.asse.org/practicespecialties website, 2009. PARADE SAFETY By Greg Langan, CSP, ARM-P, CPCU In many communities in recent years, the Fourth of July parade has grown in size and popularity. This mid-summer parade is one of the biggest events that many towns hold. On the day of the parade, with very little room left empty, the streets are lined with people two or three deep along the parade route. The faces of the children lining the streets are filled with delightful anticipation of the sights, sounds and treats to come. Some of the little ones are so excited about getting candy that they dash out from the spectator lines into the street as the floats pass. At the same time, parade participants, standing on the floats and ready to hand out candy, rely on the float to continue its slow movement. Any sudden stopping or maneuvering could cause these float-riders to lose their balance. A recipe for disaster? Small children, moving vehicles and unsecured float riders. Throw in an equestrian unit or imbibing spectators and the potential for an accident escalates. The summer parade has a twin in many communities—the Christmas parade. The winter holiday parade has all of the safety hazards of the summer parade and then some. Each parade tends to offer its own special set...​

 
06/27/2011 4:41 PM

ASSE, Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals Sign Critical Memorandum of Understanding

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP), representing a commitment to work together on areas of mutual interest and benefit in the area of safety and health. The document was signed during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC), held June 12-15 in Chicago, IL. ASSE President Darryl Hill, PhD, CSP and Alhaji (Chief) Lateef A. Alebiosu, President of NISP, signed the MOU to promote collaboration between the two groups and dedication to protecting global worker safety and health. By signing the MOU, the leaders agreed to determine mutual areas of interest and activity, seek opportunities for cooperative effort in areas of professional practice, and share best practices. They also seek to encourage cooperative efforts within each organization when it comes to professional development and plan to partner in training and development of both group’s members. Through this collaboration, ASSE and NISP will explore the joint use of communication capabilities to promote cooperation, reciprocal activities and mutually beneficial initiatives that will ultimately benefit the occupational safety and health movement globally. With strong ties between organizations and a dedication to the common cause of protecting people, property and the environment, the MOU is a positive step toward global growth and joint efforts. The NISP was founded in August of 1980 and is...

 
06/24/2011 8:03 PM

ASSE Offers Post-Catastrophe Business Resumption, Community Safety Tips

For Immediate Release DES PLAINES, IL (June 24, 2011) -- The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges workplaces and communities to be prepared for the before and after of a catastrophic incident such as a tornado. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for business preparedness, but the 100-year-old ASSE representing more than 33,000 occupational safety and health professionals from around the globe, offers the following safety preparation tips, a disaster safety checklist and resources to assist businesses of all sizes before, during and after a disaster such as flooding, tornados and more. To prepare for a contingency situation ASSE and its members suggest preparing now by: Doing a Risk Assessment – this can range from self-assessment to an extensive engineering study. The specific industry, size and scope of your company determine your organization's risk assessment needs. Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company. Find out which natural disasters are most common in the areas where you operate at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ . Learn what to do during a biological, chemical, explosive, nuclear or radiological attack at www.ready.gov/america/be_informed.html . Doing Emergency Planning Now – start planning to improve the likelihood that your company will survive and recover. Carefully assess how your company functions , both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the...

 
06/24/2011 4:41 PM

Ambassador Brinker, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder, Inspires ASSE's 100th Anniversary Chicago Conference Attendees

At the record-breaking American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition’ held in Chicago last week ASSE celebrated its 100 th anniversary with more than 4,000 safety professionals, 475 exhibitors from across the globe and some special guest speakers. One of those speakers, Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker, a native of Peoria, IL, took to the main stage on Tuesday, June 14, to share the inspiring story of how and why she founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the power of one person to make a difference. . “ You have chosen an important, but sometimes overlooked profession, one which on a good day nothing happens if you’ve done your job and all goes well, “ Brinker said as she addressed a large crowd of safety professionals in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place. Her presentation about the trials and tribulations of her sister Susan G. Komen’s fight against breast cancer and Brinker’s own fight to raise awareness about the deadly disease, struck a chord with many in the audience. Brinker’s story began when she was a young child, planning a talent show with her sister Susan to benefit their neighborhood friends who suffered from polio. She learned to become a fundraiser through selling tickets and trying to be a steward in her community Twenty years after their debut talent show, Brinker’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and succumbed to the disease in 1980, just three years after her diagnosis....​

 
06/23/2011 9:48 PM

Companies Must Embrace Safety to be Sustainable, ASSE Official Notes at Chicago Launch of New Center

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413 CHICAGO, IL ( June 24 , 2011) -- American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Vice President of Professional Affairs’ Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, of Apex, North Carolina, told ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition attendees in Chicago recently that safety should play a much bigger role in the sustainability movement. Cecich noted, “S ustainability is here to stay -- it’s not a fad or a passing trend. In fact, sustainability already is embedded in the financial community and is being driven by investment organizations. Safety professionals, however, still need to find their place in this movement.” ASSE's VP Tom Cecich Launches Center for Safety & Health Sustainability Cecich is one of the driving forces behind the new Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) launched last week at the record-breaking ASSE PDC and Exposition at McCormick Place in Chicago. The Center is a global collaborative effort among ASSE, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the U.K.-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Based in Des Plaines, IL, it will provide safety and health professionals with a voice in defining how safety and health contribute to the long- term sustainability of organizations. The Center is also an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a network-based organization that pioneered the world’s most widely-used...

 
06/23/2011 9:15 PM

ASSE Foundation Announces Valerie Overheul of Grand Rapids, MI as Recipient of Distinguished Service Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced Valerie Overheul, President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Overheul’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the safety profession has been a winning combination for the profession and the Foundation. Overheul is the President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source, Inc. Founded in 1981, Summit Training Source Inc. is the premier resource for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) training programs for more than 35,000 organizations worldwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Overheul is skilled in safety and program production, as well as regulatory compliance training. For the past 30 years, she has produced more than 300 comprehensive training programs on safety, health and environmental (SH&E) compliance topics, available to clients in the form of video and online training mediums. Overheul served on the ASSE Foundation Board from 2003 to 2008 and was instrumental in building its corporate donor program. Since 2003, Summit Training Source, Inc. has donated more than $50,000 through direct donations and support of the ASSE Foundation’s annual golf outing. Overheul and Summit Training Source, Inc. continue to support the Foundation with donations and promote the value of the Foundation’s mission. During her six-year tenure as a Foundation trustee, she actively participated in, and...

 
06/20/2011 5:43 PM

ASSE Announces Winners of 100th Anniversary Essay Contests

In honor of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 100 th anniversary celebration, written and video essay contests were held for the first time this year. Written contest entrants were asked to describe the greatest challenge facing the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession in the 21 st Century, while video contest entrants were asked to show why the world needs more SH&E professionals. Joann Robertson, CSP, ARM, CPCU, received the top prize in the written essay contest, while Kelly O’Malley, Aaron Padoshek and student member Julia Lippert took top honors in the video essay contests. An ASSE member for more than 20 years, Joann Robertson, CSP, ARM, CPCU, supervisor of risk management services for Wright Risk Management in Uniondale, NY, won top honors in the written essay contest for her entry, titled, “Two Paper Cups With a String.” Her essay identifies communication as the biggest challenge facing SH&E professionals in the workplace. Robertson is a member of ASSE’s Long Island Chapter and is a frequent contributor to Perspectives, the newsletter of the Public Sector Practice Specialty. In her award-winning essay, Robertson wrote, “To me, the biggest challenge is obvious. It revolves around the issue that safety professionals do not communicate clearly and allow confusion and crossed wires to occur. We over-rely on technology and need to refocus on improving our communication skills in order to strengthen our relationships to better relate to, and...

 
06/17/2011 1:40 PM

Five Top Executives Address Corporate Safety Culture, Safety Values at 100th Anniversary Conference in Chicago

Five top executives from different industries discussed corporate safety culture and the importance of instilling safety as a core value during the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 100 th Anniversary Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12-15. The Executive Summit session on Tuesday, June 14, provided an informative look at how executives from Boeing, CITGO, ComEd, Dow Chemical, and Limbach Facility Services view safety as a key element of business success. When asked about how leaders can ensure safety is important to every employee, it was clear that the panelists all play an active role in making sure safety is not only a core value, but a necessity to performing every task. “My role as President and COO of a company is to set the tone for safety and the safety culture throughout the company,” said Anne Pramaggiore, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Commonwealth Edison, a company serving approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois. “I need to make sure the framework is there to support a safety culture and I have to be a part of the dialogue of safety. I always stress that if you haven’t done a job safely, it hasn’t been done well. I demonstrate what I want to see, which is practicing safety as a core value for every activity.” Jim Cristman, Vice President and General Manager of CITGO’s Lemont Refinery noted, “ Safety is a core value that never changes. At CITGO, we focus on safety in all facets of our...

 
06/15/2011 9:03 PM

Thousands From Around the World Attend ASSE's Record-Breaking Chicago Conference

ASSE's June 2011 Chicago Expo draws record crowds. American Society of Safety Engineers News, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, ASSE, 847-768-3413 CHICAGO, IL (June 15, 2011) — Thousands of people from more than 40 countries poured into Chicago this week for the Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition held at McCormick Place Convention Center setting an all –time record high for both attendance and the expo. Many came to be part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration and to enjoy Chicago. This was the first time in 50 years of holding annual PDC’s that ASSE held it in Chicago. There are 4,503 attendees at the ASSE 2011 PDC in Chicago setting an all time record. This exceeded the last conference attendance record set at the ASSE Las Vegas PDC with 4,235. Also, ASSE’s Safety 2011 Exposition held Sunday through Tuesday in conjunction with the PDC broke a record. This was ASSE’s largest expo ever featuring 475 exhibitors and selling 75,000 square feet. The 2011 expo exceeded last year’s record breaking numbers in Baltimore which had just over 400 exhibitors who reserved 62,000 square feet in display space. Many attendees noted the draw to the conference was the depth and cutting edge information from the sessions, the ability to interact with peers from around the world, to share ideas and best practices, the speakers, the 100 th...

 
06/14/2011 9:33 PM

ASSE Recognizes Ashok Garlapati as the 2011 Safety Professional of the Year

In recognition of his continued efforts to enhance workplace safety and health, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named Ashok Garlapati, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), of ASSE’s Kuwait Chapter as the recipient of the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for the year 2011. Garlapati received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, ‘Safety 2011,’ in Chicago, IL, USA. The annual Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award is given to an outstanding ASSE member for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational safety, health and environmental field (SH&E). Sponsored by the Monsanto Corporation, the award was created in honor of its third president and son of the founder, Edgar Monsanto Queeny for his personal commitment to protect workers from industrial accidents and health hazards. Garlapati has over 22 years of Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) management experience in the oil and gas industry. He received his Bachelor’s degree from KIT College of Engineering at Shivaji University in Kolhapur, India and his Master’s degree in Business Management from Madurai Kamaraj University in Tamil Nadu, India. Garlapati also holds the HS&E certification of Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) in the U.S. and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) in...​

 
06/14/2011 9:30 PM

ASSE's Past-President Michael W. Thompson of Houston, TX, Receives Prestigious Fellow Award

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member and Society past-president (2007-2008) Michael W. Thompson, CSP, of Houston, TX, a Society Fellow. Thompson received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Thompson has traveled the world, helping raise awareness about the importance of occupational safety and health and the goals and mission of ASSE. Thompson’s relationship with ASSE began when he was a student section member at Texas A&M University in 1978. He has served the Society at the chapter, region, Society levels. He served as ASSE Society president from 2007-2008 and was the Region III Vice President for four years. Thompson is also an ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter past president and has served/is presently serving on many Society committees and task forces, including: Public Relations Committee, Finance Committee, Council on Member and Region Affairs, Governmental Affairs Committee,...​

 
06/14/2011 9:28 PM

ASSE's Jitendra (Jitu) C. Patel of Glendale, AZ, Receives Fellow Award

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named Professional Member Emeritus Jitendra (Jitu) C. Patel, CPEA a Society Fellow. Patel received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in health & safety and community service globally. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Patel is a Professional Member Emeritus and Senior Board Advisor of the Arizona Chapter of ASSE. A dedicated safety and health professional, Patel has been extremely active in support of ASSE’s global growth and development. Patel founded ASSE’s first foreign chapter in 1982 in Saudi Arabia, building strong relationships with government and industry officials and communities. He was instrumental in the creation of ASSE’s newest chapter in the Philippines, the first ASSE Asian Chapter. At the regional level, Patel has been very active with ASSE’s Region II activities. He has participated as a Steering and organizing Committee member, and has served as chairman for several ASSE Middle East...

 
06/14/2011 9:24 PM

ASSE Past-President Samuel J. Gualardo Honored With Prestigious Society Fellow Award

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member and Society past-president (2000-2001) Samuel J. Gualardo, CSP, of Salix, PA, a Society Fellow. Gualardo received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Gualardo is a leading authority in safety management and a nationally recognized expert in occupational safety and health management. He currently serves on the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, as Director for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Consultation Program for the state of Pennsylvania. Gualardo has lectured and consulted extensively throughout his career both nationally and internationally and has authored many books and articles on safety management. His management-based safety system is used by numerous organizations internationally, assisting them in radically improving their safety culture and drastically improving...

 
06/14/2011 9:20 PM

ASSE Past-President Warren K. Brown Receives Fellow Award for Excellence in the Safety Profession

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member and Society past-president (2008-2009) Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, of Fairborn, OH, a Society Fellow. Brown received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Brown has been an ASSE member for more than 30 years, exemplifying the mission of ASSE through his dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Brown has been active in ASSE at the Chapter, Society and international levels, working to raise awareness about the importance of occupational safety and health, and help the Society grow globally. Brown is a co-founder of the Kitty Hawk Chapter and served as president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, assembly delegate and long-range planner at the chapter level. He also served as Region VII vice president for four, two-year terms, as the Society Vice President of Professional Development for two, two-year terms and...​

 
06/14/2011 3:21 PM

ASSE's Michael W. Hayslip Recognized as 2011 Council on Practices and Standards Safety Professional of the Year

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member Michael W. Hayslip, P.E., CSP, as the 2011 Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). Hayslip received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2011, in Chicago, IL, as part of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. The CoPS SPY award is the highest honor granted by the ASSE Practice Specialty groups and is awarded in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the practice specialties. Hayslip is president and CEO of NESTI, a construction training and litigation support firm founded in 1996, located in Dayton, OH. An attorney and Professional Civil Engineer, Hayslip has nearly 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Hayslip has been an active professional member of ASSE and currently serves as administrator of the Construction Practice Specialty, a group with more than 4,000 members. This is Hayslip’s fourth year as administrator for the Construction Practice Specialty. During his tenure he managed the formation of the group’s new Utility Branch, which currently has 500 members and is thriving. Hayslip has served as a key representative of ASSE for organizations including the Occupational Safety and Health...

 
06/14/2011 1:38 AM

Eggs vs. Work Safety, OSHA/NIOSH Heads Update ASSE Chicago Audience on Work Safety Concerns

EGGS VERSUS WORKER SAFETY, OSHA & NIOSH ADMINISTRATORS DISCUSS WORK SAFETY AT AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ CHICAGO CONFERENCE TODAY CHICAGO, IL (June 13, 2011) — “Recently there was a major recall of tainted eggs due to a salmonella outbreak, about 300 million,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) David Michaels, Ph.D., told 4,000 safety and health professionals at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Chicago conference and exposition today. “What bothered me was, yes there was uproar over the tainted eggs, which was not good, but there was no discussion on the working conditions on egg farms. We need to convince Americans to care as much about workers as they do chickens." " The public seems to care more about the chickens than the workers and the work environment producing chickens and eggs,” Michaels continued. “That needs to change. I mean people are calling for safer cages for chickens more so than worker conditions. It’s like when Upton Sinclair was upset when his book ‘The Jungle’ led to increased food safety instead of improved working conditions, which was his focus. Food safety is important, but again work safety falls by the wayside.” Michaels noted that Sinclair wrote it to show the working conditions for stockyard workers. The author later stated, 'I aimed for their hearts and hit their stomachs.' OSHA, NIOSH leaders discuss work issues at ASSE's June 2011 Chicago record-breaking...

 
06/13/2011 4:59 PM

ASSE Chicago Expo Breaks Record

American Society of Safety Engineers News For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-909-4548 American Society of Safety Engineers’ Chicago June 12-15 Exposition Breaks Record, Showcases Cutting Edge Technology and Products CHICAGO, IL (June 13, 2011) — Officials of the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 2011 Exposition announced that the Chicago exposition, opened Sunday, is a record breaker. Held in conjunction with ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) b​

 
06/13/2011 4:37 PM

ASSE Announces J. Nigel Ellis of Wilmington, DE, as Recipient of Prestigious Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Nigel Ellis, P.E., CSP, CPE, of Wilmington, DE, was presented with the Thomas F. Bresnahan Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) Standards Medal for his outstanding contributions to ASSE standards projects. He received the award today at an awards luncheon held at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) “Safety 2011” in Chicago, IL. The award is named in honor of Thomas Bresnahan, a highly regarded and respected retired ASSE staff member and ASSE Society Fellow. According to the Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS), Bresnahan is recognized as the key individual that reinvigorated the ASSE standards development program and helped position ASSE for future growth. Ellis is the President of Ellis Fall Safety Solutions, LLC, Division of DSC. His company provides fall protection assessment, engineering, installation and workplace training on effective use of fall protection systems. With over 39 years of experience in safety engineering, Ellis has spoken at leading industry association and society meetings, including ASSE conferences. He has developed coursework and materials for safety training courses, such as Competent and Qualified Persons for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute. Ellis has performed fall hazard assessments at hundreds of facilities and construction sites worldwide and has been retained as a fall safety expert in...

 
06/13/2011 3:22 PM

ASSE Announces Sponsorship by SafeStart

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce sponsorship by SafeStart®, a company that provides valuable safety awareness and safety skills training programs. SafeStart 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 partnership between SafeStart and ASSE represents a joint commitment to supporting the safety and health professional, as well as reducing risks in the workplace and outside of the workplace. SafeStart is a division of Electrolab, a Belleville, Ontario–based company that has been serving the educational and industrial markets for more than 35 years. The SafeStart Advanced Safety Awareness and Safety Skills Training programs are applicable to every individual and are designed to help employees teach the SafeStart concepts to others in their family. SafeStart is applicable to all work environments. There are also versions of its programs specifically for the construction industry and contractors, and for the healthcare industry. For more information about SafeStart, its products and services, please visit www.safestart.com . SafeStart is striving to be one of the world’s leading producers of safety awareness and skills training programs. They are well on their way: SafeStart is now available in 25+ languages, and has been implemented at 7,000+ sites in over 40...

 
06/13/2011 3:20 PM

ASSE Announces Sponsorship by PureSafety

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce sponsorship by PureSafety, a leading safety and health company that provides comprehensive safety software solutions to businesses. PureSafety 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 partnership between PureSafety and ASSE represents a joint commitment to supporting the safety and health professional, as well as reducing risks in the workplace. Headquartered in Franklin, TN, PureSafety provides innovative software and information solutions to empower and unite professionals to improve workforce health, safety and overall business performance. PureSafety facilitates best practices such as application of quality principles, use of leading indicators and better collaboration across departments and functions to help professionals manage safety and health risks more efficiently and effectively through its many products and services. The company offers more than 650 online environmental health and safety (EHS) and human resources (HR) courses, provides industry-leading safety tracking tools, tools for medical surveillance, health and wellness promotion, and powerful, easy to use tools for medical case management. For more information about PureSafety, its products and services, please visit www.puresafety.com . Founded in 1911...​

 
06/12/2011 3:15 PM

ASSE's Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, Receives Diversity Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, is the recipient of the Society’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession award. The Diversity award, voted on by peers, is given annually to an individual for outstanding accomplishments, leadership and service in support of diversity enhancement in the safety, health and environmental profession and the Society. Zipeto has more than 17 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. She began her career as a consultant and in her current position as Senior Safety and Health Manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Zipeto is helping to reduce on the job injuries and illnesses each day. At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Zipeto works with a team of 40 safety and health professionals who oversee the safety and health of more than 60,000 Walt Disney World cast members who work on more than 47 square miles of property. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Zipeto has gone above and beyond in her work with ASSE at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. She is currently a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter and has served as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee, a member of the Membership and Training/Professional Development Committee, a member of the 2009 Chapter PDC Planning Committee, a member of the 2011 Region IV PDC Planning and Speaker Selection Committees. Zipeto has been...

 
06/10/2011 6:48 PM

ASSE to Unveil Fed Bill Aimed at Improving Work Safety & Health at 100th Anniversary Chicago Conference June 12-15

American Society of Safety Engineers News, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-909-4548, 312-791-7017 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ UNVEIL DRAFT LEGISLATION AIMED AT CHANGING FEDERAL LAW TO IMPROVE WORKPLACE SAFETY & HEALTH AT 100TH ANNIVERSARY JUNE 12-15 CHICAGO CONFERENCE & EXP0 CHICAGO, IL (June 10, 2011) -- The 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today sent key U.S. Senate and House of Representative leaders draft legislation to address needed changes in the federal law to help improve U.S. oversight of workplace safety and health. The bill ASSE submitted is titled Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health Protections in the 100 th Year Act of 2011 and is a bill to improve compliance with occupational safety and health laws and better encourage employer responsibility for worker safety and health. “While the direct responsibility for saving lives and preventing injuries and illnesses in this nation’s workplaces rests with employers, we can all do a better job of helping them and encouraging them to meet that responsibility,” said ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, PhD, CSP, in letters to Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and House Committee on Education and Workforce. “For the past 100 years ASSE’s occupational safety, health and environmental members have worked day and night in all industries to prevent workplace...

 
06/09/2011 3:14 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Group Salutes Sponsors at June's Conference

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) common interest group will be host to a networking lounge at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and exposition to be held June 12-15 in Chicago, IL. Businesses sponsoring WISE activities at the PDC include Platinum Sponsor Travelers Insurance and Gold Sponsors PK Safety Services, Spectra Energy, the ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter, the ASSE Central Florida Chapter, the Law Office of Adele Abrams, Mon​

 
06/06/2011 8:15 PM

ASSE Michigan Members Note Businesses Can Save Significantly Through Effective Ergo Programs

American Society of Safety Engineers News, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413 DETROIT, MI (June 6, 2011) – Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most significant occupational safety and health problems in the U.S., according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). To assist businesses and workers in Michigan address this issue and help prevent injuries and illnesses,​

 
06/06/2011 6:51 PM

ASSE Announces More Virtual Classroom Webinars for 2011 Key Topics

With new technology and advances in real-time educational tools available for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, ASSE continues to provide innovative ways to earn continuing education units and engage members. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host several technical webinars on a variety of different SH&E topics. The current schedule for 2011 webinars can be found at http://www.asse.org/education/virtualclassroom.php . July 2011 webinars include a 90-minute, July 14, session titled, “Occupational Risk Assessment Strategies.” This webinar will focus on the background for and methodology of occupational risk assessments. In addition, the seminar will present concepts for risk management and risk minimization, along with how to apply leading metrics to the overall risk management process. The featured speaker for this presentation will be Paul Esposito from ESIS. A webinar titled, “Managing Your Ergonomics Program: Best Practices that Make it All Work,” will be held on July 20 and will focus on key elements of world class ergonomics programs and the activities and steps businesses need to take to manage and sustain their own successful programs. Featured speakers include Walt Rostykus, Vice President and Management Consultant for Humantech, and Winnie Ip, Director of Consulting and Ergonomics for Humantech. Rostykus has more than 30 years of experience delivering and managing ergonomic, occupational safety, industrial hygiene and...

 
06/06/2011 6:44 PM

ASSE's 100th Anniversary Conference in Chicago to be Largest Ever

June 6, 2011, Des Plaines, Illinois AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ 100 TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO TO BE LARGEST EVER WHAT: The Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual professional development conference (PDC) and exposition, Safety 2011, is already breaking records. ASSE has more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide with 38 countries to be represented at the June PDC. The expo has exceeded square feet sold and will be ASSE’s largest to date. Safety 2011 will feature: · 246 concurrent educational sessions -- featuring safety leadership and management topics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability as well as a variety of technical topics on fall protection, safety through design, construction safety, health and industrial hygiene, risk management and loss control; and, an especially moving session on the devastating March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire will be conducted; · a record-breaking ASSE exposition showcasing newest products and services to increase work safety; · more than 500 PDC-related events held throughout the city ; · technical tours where attendees can observe different workplaces and gain new ideas to apply to safety management challenges, to be held at Juno Lighting Group, Morton Arboretum, U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox, Willis Tower, Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry,...​

 
06/06/2011 2:22 PM

ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Group to Honor 100 Women Making a Difference in Work Safety

American Society of Safety Engineers Media Advisory, For Immediate Release June 6, 2011 WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) common interest group will honor 100 women in safety from around the globe on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at the WISE reception during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2011, in Chicago. These women will be honored for making a difference in the field of occupational safety, health​

 
06/01/2011 9:21 PM

ASSE Foundation Announces Stephanie James of Western Carolina University as 2011 SiteHawk Scholarship Recipient

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation is pleased to announce that Stephanie James of Western Carolina University has been awarded the 2011 SiteHawk Safety Scholarship. This scholarship was one of more than 90 scholarships awarded by the ASSE Foundation to students studying occupational safety and health. Kim Stier, President of SiteHawk, said, “ We would like to congratulate Ms. James for earning this distinction. We wish her and all other students in the environmental health and safety fields the best of luck in their future endeavors.” SiteHawk offers a complete approach to MSDS and chemical data management via web-based, user-friendly software and managed services. Organizations in virtually every industry utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet regulatory and environmental compliance initiatives, manage chemical inventories and chemical data, publish material safety data sheets, and keep workers safe throughout the organization. With customers spanning the globe, SiteHawk continues to lead the environmental health and safety industry in customer satisfaction with a greater than 98% customer retention rate. For more information about SiteHawk, its products and services, please visit www.sitehawk.com . The ASSE Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related...​

 
06/01/2011 3:14 PM

ASSE to Launch New Center for Safety & Health Sustainability at its 100th Anniversary Conference & Expo in Chicago

WHAT: A new Center for Safety and Health in Sustainability (CSHS) will be launched at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, Safety 2011, in Chicago. The Center, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization, will aim to provide a voice for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals in the shaping of sustainability policies. It will provide new insights into the measurement, management, and impact of safety and health sus​

 
05/31/2011 9:48 PM

ASSE Expands Professional Membership to Those With OHST, CHST Credentials

American Society of Safety Engineers News, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Des Plaines, IL (May 31, 2011) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently voted to accept two new credentials for professional membership, the top membership category in ASSE. Recently approved credentials by the ASSE Board of Directors for ASSE professional membership are the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST). Professional membership is the highest membership category in ASSE. Other membership categories include: member, international member, associate, student, honorary and emeritus. In addition, ASSE professional members can be or have a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Health Physicist (CHP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH), Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) credentials, Certified Occupational Health Nurse – Specialist (COHN-S) and Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN). Along with these, one must have five years of safety experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college...​

 
05/27/2011 6:30 PM

250 Ed. Sessions, Top Speakers, Tech Tours, 100th Gala, Record Expo, All Part of ASSE's June 12-15 Chicago Conference

American Society of Safety Engineers Media Advisory, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 May 27, 2011, Des Plaines, Illinois Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org Chicago May Become the Safest City in the World this June as ASSE is host to Thousands of Safety Professionals at its 100 TH Anniversary Conference, Gala & Expo in Chicago WHAT: The Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual professional development conference (P​

 
05/27/2011 5:10 PM

Chicago May Become Safest City in the World this June as ASSE Welcomes Safety Pros From Around the World to its Conference

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (May 27, 2011) – Chicago may become the safest city in the world this June 12-15. Thousands of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals from around the world will not only be in town for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual conference, but also for its big 100 th anniversary celebration. The ASSE professional development conference (PDC) and exposition, Safety 2011, will take place this June 12-15 at McCormick Place Convention Center and the 100 th anniversary celebrations will take place throughout the city including the ASSE Navy Pier gala and at the Art Institute of Chicago. If one has questions on such topics as crane safety, nanotechnology, risk management standards, ergonomics, designing risk out of the workplace, workplace regulations and legislation, public school safety, agriculture safety, safe patient handling, working within foreign cultures, the aging workforce, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and its legacy, bio safety, combustible dust, mining safety, safety practices that take the luck out of safety and more, then McCormick Place West is the place to be June 12-15. The City of Chicago is a key part of the conference as local ASSE members put out the welcoming mat and provide technical tours to famous city spots and workplaces including the Juno Lighting Group, the Morton Arboretum, U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox, the Willis...​

 
05/26/2011 7:19 PM

ASSE Offers Community, Business Resumption Safety Tips for Those Affected by the Recent Disasters, Urges All to Prepare for More

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS OFFER COMMUNITY, BUSINESS RESUMPTION SAFETY TIPS TO THOSE AFFECTED BY STORMS, FLOODS DES PLAINES, IL (May 26, 2011 ) — To help families, communities and businesses affected by the recent storms begin to clean up and to resume operations safely, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, offer the following business resumption safety tips. ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, stated, “The inclement weather and devastation caused is the most severe in over half a century. Furthermore, it is projected that we can expect more serious storms and tornadoes during the summer. Thus, it is imperative we plan accordingly.” Hill also noted that although there is no one-size-fits-all solution for business resumption following a disaster, businesses should do a hazard evaluation and assessment performed by a safety and health professional and consider following these suggested tips: EMERGENCY PLANNING & PROCEDURES: Ensure that there is a clear path of egress for the evacuation of employees, fire extinguishers are operable and that checks for damage and serviceability are made to see if any fire extinguishers were used during the disaster. If damage is found, they should be replaced immediately. Following a disaster a company should review and update its emergency plan. Review and distribute...​

 
05/23/2011 7:22 PM

ASSE Honors Members Who Reach Thousands Through Safety and Health Outreach Efforts

With 4,340 workers dying from work-related injuries in 2009 and millions more sustaining on-the-job injuries and illnesses, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members work not only at their job protecting people, property and the environment, but after work as well. Six ASSE members and one international organization, recognized by their peers for going above and beyond to raise awareness about occupational safety and health, will be awarded the ASSE North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 1-7, 2011) Week Champion award at the annual professional development conference (PDC) and exposition taking place this June 12-15 in Chicago, IL. The NAOSH 2011 champions are Luke Betts, Portland, OR; Heather Earl, CSP, of Lake Buena Vista, FL; Philip E. Goldsmith, CSP, ARM, Washington, D.C.; Mohammad K.S. Mohiuddeen, Kuwait Chapter President, Kuwait; Mike Neason, Louisville Chapter president, Louisville, KY; Jennifer S. Zipeto, CSP, Lake Buena Vista, FL; and the Clorox Company. These individuals and the Clorox Company, along with their teams of dedicated professionals reached thousands through their work this NAOSH Week. Luke Betts is the Western Canada and U.S. Northwest Regions Safety and Health Coordinator for Cintas Corporation and is a member of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Portland, OR. On his own, Luke developed and distributed a special program to promote the annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest in the Northwest. His program...

 
05/23/2011 1:38 PM

ASSE Foundation Announces Frank Tiralla's Paper on Dangerous Fungus, Histoplasma Capsulatum, as Winner of Student Paper Competition

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Student Paper Competition award is Frank Tiralla, a sophomore studying occupational safety and health at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). He has ten years of experience as a Structural CADD drafter for Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, a civil engineering firm headquartered in Sparks, Maryland. Tiralla’s paper, titled “ Histoplasma capsulatum : An Examination of Histoplasma capsulatum Fungus, Associated Health Hazards, Occupational Safety Procedures and Sampling Methods,” examines the dangers of Histoplasma capsulatum through exploring its biology, where it occurs, exposure risks, medical implications, and how to obtain samples for industrial hygiene testing. Areas of concern for exposure to this fungus include poultry houses, caves, and areas where bats or birds congregate. This is because of high levels of bird and bat droppings, which provide an excellent environment for growth of the spores. With respect to workplace safety, workers should be careful when working in conditions where risk is high for exposure to this fungus. The article explores the hazards associated with Histoplasma capsulatum , provides valuable information for workers regarding proper PPE and offers tips for staying safe on the job where exposure is possible. The ASSE Foundation Student Paper Competition is sponsored in conjunction with ASSE’ Editorial Review Board. The...

 
05/23/2011 1:04 PM

ASSE's Central Florida Chapter to Host Free Ergonomics Workshop

WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Central Florida Chapter will host a free ergonomics workshop on June 6, 2011 in support of the Central Florida Chapter’s ergonomics alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2011 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WHERE: Valencia Community College Criminal Justice Institute Criminal Justice Auditorium 8600 Valencia College Lane Orlando, FL 32825 WHY: In an effort to provide continuing education opportunities and information about the latest trends in the occupational safety, health and environmental field, the ASSE Central Florida Chapter is providing a free ergonomics workshop in support of the chapter’s ergonomics alliance with OSHA. The free, four-hour workshop will explore the growing field of interest surrounding ergonomics and will allow attendees to earn 0.3 continuing education units (CEU) for attendance and 0.5 ABIH CM points. Speakers include Joan Spencer, an OSHA Compliance Assistant Specialist for the Tampa area office; Ron Porter, Director of the Back School of Atlanta; and Dr. Jon French, Professor and Director of Research for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. All are welcome to register for the free workshop, co-sponsored by Alpha-Omega Training and Compliance. CONTACT: For more information and to register for the ergonomics workshop, please email Jami Phillips at jami.phillips@mybrighthouse.com and include your name, company, phone number and mailing address....

 
05/19/2011 9:17 PM

ASSE Supports Federal Legislation Making OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program Law

DES PLAINES, IL (May 19, 2011) -- The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) stated its support for bipartisan federal legislation, the ‘Voluntary Protection Program Act’ (S. 807, HB 1511), to place the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) into law. In letters sent to the Senate and House sponsors of the bill, ASSE officials noted, “VPP is unique in encouraging employers not simply to meet regulatory standards but to take active responsibility for safety and to seek results beyond the minimum.” ASSE also supports provisions requiring a monitoring system with specific performance goals for VPP and prohibiting payment from an employer to participate. According to OSHA, VPP recognizes employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on : hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and, management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo onsite evaluations by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the program. VPP participants are...

 
05/16/2011 7:00 PM

ASSE Offers Clean-Up Tips for Flood-Related Mold

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (May 16, 2011) -- Mold grows easily in flood-related conditions, which include standing water, humid air and wet surfaces according to American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) members. The longer these conditions remain, as in the current flooding in the South and the Midwest, the more the mold growth can spread. To address this, ASSE offers the following tips for people to consider when looking at how to clean up mo​

 
05/13/2011 7:56 PM

Lamar Donates Billboard Space Featuring Am. Society of Safety Engineers' Winning Kids' Posters Countrywide

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (May 13, 2011) --–In honor of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 9th annual kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest and ASSE’s 100th anniversary, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, in conjunction with CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor, generously donated 15 large billboards featuring 11 winning posters in the hometowns of the young artists, some towns with multiple billboards of one winner. This was also in support of the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week that took place May 1-7, aimed at increasing awareness of how to stay safe on the job. This is the third year in a row Lamar has supported NAOSH Week efforts, the poster contest and in bringing pride to the communities, as the billboards are located countrywide. “This is going above and beyond and takes the contest to another level. The children, the families and their communities are thrilled to see the art work of one of their own featured so prominently in their community,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said. “When people see the billboards they not only join in celebrating the child’s win, but think about the message the children are sending with their posters about how to be safe at work. “With the help of Chuck Wigger, the Lamar Outdoor Advertising safety director and ASSE member, and the safety directors at CBS and Clear Channel, we can help save lives and prevent injuries....​

 
05/10/2011 2:08 PM

ASSE, Abu Dhabi EHS Center Join Forces to Increase Work Safety

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org American Society of Safety Engineers, Abu Dhabi Environment, Health & Safety center join forces to increase work safety DES PLAINES, IL, & ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (May 10, 2011) – On Monday, May 9, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) signed a letter of agreement with the Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Center (AD EHS Center) aimed at continuing efforts to increase occupational safety and health worldwide. The agreement provides that both organizations will exchange information on issues related to enhancing work safety and increasing occupational safety, health and environmental professionals’ knowledge. “ASSE is a global society,” Dr. Darryl C. Hill, CSP, said today at the signing in Abu Dhabi. “Our members work in all industries around the world. This is an important agreement as it helps us continue to teach others our knowledge of what works when it comes to protecting people, property and the environment. This is good for employees and employers as well as helping increase quality of life for all.” H.E Majid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the EHS Higher Committee, commented, "Through this agreement, the AD EHS Center will be benefitting from the expertise of the world's oldest and one of the largest professional safety organizations." Areas of cooperation between ASSE and the AD EHS Center include the organization of seminars, workshops and conferences, the development of...

 
05/09/2011 2:07 PM

ASSE's Hawkeye Chapter Receives Small Chapter of the Year Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that the Hawkeye Chapter has been awarded the Small Chapter of the Year Award. The Hawkeye Chapter will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12 – June 15, 2011. The Hawkeye Chapter of ASSE has grown to nearly 200 members. With meetings held in Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding locations, the Region V chapter has membership from across central Iowa and supervises the Iowa State University student section of ASSE in Ames, IA. The chapter holds regular meetings, participates in local trade shows and events to spread the word about ASSE and make a difference in its surrounding communities. With dedication to growing chapter membership and raising awareness about the occupational safety and health profession, the Hawkeye Chapter has gone above and beyond to reach its membership and provide professional development opportunities. The chapter regularly provides employment information to its membership, has participated in career day presentations at local universities and supports students pursuing careers in the safety, health and environmental field through its scholarship program. The chapter also supports the ASSE Foundation and hosts its own annual professional development conference (PDC) for local and regional attendees. All chapters who wish to be considered for the chapter of the year awards must be nominated by their ASSE Regional Vice...​

 
05/09/2011 1:59 PM

ASSE's Greater Chicago Chapter Receives Medium Chapter of the Year Award

American Society of Safety Engineers News Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that the Greater Chicago Chapter has been awarded the Medium Chapter of the Year Award. The Greater Chicago Chapter is a chapter of the year award winner for the third year in a row and was named the small chapter of the year in 2007 and medium chapter of the year in 2009. The Greater Chicago Chapter will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12 – June 15, 2011. Since its inception in 1950, the Greater Chicago Chapter has significantly contributed to the mission of ASSE and has grown its membership during the last 61 years. With over 300 members and a commitment to protecting people, property and the environment, the Greater Chicago Chapter is continuously contributing to the field. The chapter is working locally to develop greening industry safety standards, a “Breakfast with OSHA” series geared toward small businesses in struggling neighborhoods and a graduate student mentoring program with the chapter’s University of Illinois at Chicago student section. The chapter also organizes community events such as food drives and continues to be an active force in the Northern Illinois area. At ‘Safety 2010,’ in Baltimore, MD, the chapter manned ASSE’s 100 th Anniversary booth at its record-breaking exposition, working tirelessly to help spread...​

 
05/09/2011 1:53 PM

ASSE's Northwest Chapter Receives Large Chapter of the Year Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that the Northwest Chapter has been awarded the Large Chapter of the Year Award. The Northwest Chapter will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12 – June 15, 2011. The Northwest Chapter of ASSE was chartered in August of 1943 and has grown to more than 700 members. Based in St. Paul, MN, the Region V chapter’s geographical area includes North Dakota, most of South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as 22 counties in Wisconsin. Also supported by the Northwest Chapter are student sections at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The chapter holds regular meetings, participates in local trade shows and events to spread the word about ASSE and make a difference in its surrounding communities. With dedication to growing chapter membership and raising awareness about the occupational safety and health profession, the Northwest Chapter has gone to great lengths to ensure all of its members have access to materials and participation, even if they live too far to attend chapter meetings in person. Leading the way when it comes to technology, the Northwest Chapter has grown considerably in its ability to reach its members. In the past year, the chapter was able to develop video and audio recordings of chapter meetings with the assistance of CLMI Safety Training, so that members who are unable to attend meeting...

 
05/09/2011 1:50 PM

ASSE's Western Carolina University Student Section Wins Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that the Western Carolina Student Section has been awarded the Outstanding Student Section of the Year award, selected from 17 student section applicants. The section will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12 – June 15, 2011. The Western Carolina Student Section of ASSE has 27 student section members and is advised by Dr. Tracy Zontek of Western Carolina ​

 
05/06/2011 9:49 PM

ASSE Pleased With New Study Showing Increase in Commercial Vehicle Driver Safety Belt Use

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (May 6, 2011) – As the 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) fanned out around the world this North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 1-7) Week to reach millions on the importance of work safety, they were pleased to hear that safety belt usage for drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses ro​

 
05/05/2011 2:30 PM

Companies Worldwide Highlight Their Safety Efforts/Personnel For New ASSE Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day Program

The response to the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) new ‘Salute Your Safety Professional’ program launched today for the annual Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) day has been overwhelming. Hundreds of companies have taken the time to salute their safety professionals and teams highlighting their commitment to workplace safety for this May 4 OSHP day. Groups such as the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the ITT Corporation, Dow Chemical, Kuwait Oil Company, ConocoPhil​

 
05/04/2011 4:16 PM

ASSE's Hawkeye Chapter To Host Local Professional Development Conference

WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Hawkeye Chapter will host its annual local professional development conference (PDC) on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The conference will feature sessions on the latest topics in the safety, health and environmental field and will provide attendees with valuable information and networking opportunities. WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Pioneer Hi-Bred- Carver Center 7000 NW 62 nd Ave Johnston, IA WHY: In an effort to provide continuing education opportunities and information about the latest trends in the occupational safety, health and environmental field, the ASSE Hawkeye Chapter will host their annual PDC for local safety and health professionals. With multiple sessions to choose from, attendees can choose those that best meet their interests and can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their attendance. There will be a vendor show during conference breaks and opportunities for networking with other professional colleagues. Attendees will choose from a variety of session topics, including communicating body language, fall protection, a 2011 transportation update, fundamentals of safety leadership, a 2011 OSHA update, contractor safety, spill control and containment, and the safety coach approach at the end of the day. ASSE members who register before May 8 th will receive an early registration fee price of $75 and non-members who register by the 8 th will receive an early registration fee of...​

 
04/27/2011 4:09 PM

For Workers Memorial Day, ASSE Notes Effective Work Safety Systems Save Lives

American Society of Safety Engineers say effective work safety programs & systems save lives, prevent injuries Remembering Lost Workers This International Workers Memorial Day DES PLAINES, IL (April 28, 2011) – For International Workers Memorial Day, the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers ((ASSE) representing more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members extends their sympathies to the families, friends and co-workers of those workers who lost their lives this past year due to on-the-job injuries and urges companies and workers to develop and implement effective workplace safety programs now. In 2009, 4,340 workers died from on-the-job injuries and another 55,000 died of occupational diseases. Also more than 4.1 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in local workplaces in the U.S. alone. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), worldwide each year, more than two million people die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases. The ILO states that workers suffer approximately 270 million occupational incidents causing injury each year, and some 160 million people suffer from work-related illnesses; hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives; and, the ILO notes, one worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. Workers' Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor those workers killed, disabled, or injured, was started by the Canadian Union of...

 
04/21/2011 3:02 PM

ASSE Offers Key Campus Fire Prevention Tips in Light of Major IL Fraternity House Fire

Des Plaines, IL (April 21, 2011) — In light of the fraternity house fire at Illinois State University April 20, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the ASSE Fire Protection Practice Specialty (PS) are urging students, campus officials and parents to be aware of important fire prevention safety tips. They have also made available free fire prevention and safety tip sheets for both on and off college campuses at http://www.asse.org/newsroom/safetytips/campusfiretips . According to ​

 
04/20/2011 6:32 PM

ASSE Opposes Parts of Proposed MSHA Mining Rule

Des Plaines, Il (April 20, 2011) – In a comment filed this week on the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) Proposed Rule Pattern of Violation (PoV) intended to strengthen MSHA's ability to find a recurring pattern of violations in a mine and requiring heightened oversight, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said ASSE is opposed to including enforcement actions that have not reached final action and any requirement that MSHA approve a mine's safety and health program. In a letter sent to Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA Joseph A. Main, Hill said ASSE members agree that some provisions in the proposed rule concerning POV are important in allowing MSHA the flexibility to identify mines with a recurring pattern of violations and justify a higher degree of oversight. ASSE believes the direction MSHA proposes to to strengthen transparency and open access to POV information is positive in allowing operators, miners, families and interested groups access to a mine’s performance. ASSE also supports expanding the adjudicated actions to be included in determining POV status. However, ASSE does not support including enforcement actions that have not reached final action in order to determine POV status and opposes eliminating the existing requirement that only citations and orders that have become final are to be used to identify mines with a potential POV. “Our members are fundamentally opposed to the idea that a mine...​

 
04/19/2011 9:17 PM

NAOSH D.C. Kick-Off Event Listing

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Cordially invites you to celebrate the kick-off of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week www.asse.org/naosh11 , May 1- 7, 2011 & Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) May 4, 2011 ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ NAOSH Events * Please join us: Monday, May 2, 2011 NAOSH 2011 Kick-off with OSHA, CSSE, ASSE Officials and Partner Organizations U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building Auditorium 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. www.osha.gov 10:30 a.m. and The ASSE Reception/The Road Ahead for Safety Recognizing the Ninth Annual NAOSH Week Poster Contest Winners, Entrants Noon The U.S. Capitol Entrance, First Street NE at East Capitol Street, Rooms 200 and 201 http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/ Light lunch and Art education program (one-of-a-kind program provided for poster contest entrants and families by an ASSE member) and brief behind-the-scenes tour 2:00 p.m. The National Gallery of Art Fourth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue NW Entrance, Washington D. C. www.nga.gov and Sunday, May 1, 2011 The ASSE Region III NAOSH Kick-off Brunch at the U. S. National Zoo 3001 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Picnic Pavilion between the Kids’ Farm & Mane Grill, Washington, D.C. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP by April 25, 2011 to all events (Only if you will be attending ) to ASSE's Pam Glinka at pglinka@asse.org ASSE is also providing tickets for: Saturday, April...

 
04/19/2011 1:33 PM

The ASSE Foundation Awards 102 Scholarships and Grants Totaling $172k

In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the growing international field of occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E), the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced 71 recipients of the 2011 annual SH&E scholarships funded by the continued support of corporations, ASSE Regions and Chapters, members and individuals. The students represent 34 different universities and are all studying a field related to safety, health and the environment. The ASSEF also announced the 31 recipients of the Professional Development Grant Program, given annually to established occupational safety and health practitioners to help them advance in their careers. The grants are supported by the contributions from organizations, ASSE Chapters, members and individuals who recognize the value occupational safety and health professionals bring to the workplace. The following students are undergraduate and graduate student recipients of ASSE Foundation Scholarships for 2011: America Responds Memorial Scholarship Wade Baily $1,000 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Applications International Corporation Scholarship Jonathan Risley $2,500 Millersville University Curtis Lusk $2,500 Southeastern Oklahoma State University ASSE Construction Safety Scholarship Joshua Besnoff $1,500 Keene State College ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship Sara Hand $1,000 Slippery Rock University BCSP-Bradley D. Giles Technician/Technologist, Supervisory...

 
04/18/2011 10:11 PM

ASSE Announces Society Board Election Results, Note High Turnout

Des Plaines, IL (April 18, 2011) – In what was described as the second highest member turnout in the past 10 years, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) elected new members to its board of directors for the 2011-2012 year during the annual elections which concluded the end of March. Celebrating its 100 th year, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society with close to 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide​

 
04/18/2011 1:41 PM

ASSE's Colorado Chapter to Participate in 100 Mile Bike Ride to Raise Money for Safety and Health Scholarship

WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Colorado Chapter has created a team (Team ASSE) to participate in a 100 mile bike ride in honor of ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration to support the ASSE Foundation’s Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship for students studying the safety, health and environmental field. The chapter has organized a team of cyclists who will ride 100 miles as part of the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride on June 5, 2011, in Castle Rock, CO, to help raise money for the scholarship, which is significantly short of it’s funding goal for 2012 awards. WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2011 WHERE: Douglas County Fair Grounds 500 Fairgrounds Drive Castle Rock, CO WHY: ASSE is a Society comprised of safety professionals who work diligently each day to make sure millions of workers go to, and and leave work injury and illness free. The Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship is $13,000 away from reaching its target to fund students pursuing degrees in the safety, health and environmental field. Scholarships such as this provide much needed funding for the education of a new generation of safety professionals that will continue keeping the world’s workplaces safe for all. By sponsoring Team ASSE or participating as a part of the team for the Elephant Rock Ride on June 5, the scholarship will be closer to meeting its funding goals and enabling students to pursue their education. And as the demand for safety professionals continues to increase the need is there. For every rider...​

 
04/15/2011 4:32 PM

ASSE's Frank Cruice Honored as Region VI Safety Professional of the Year

Outstanding safety and health professionals are the driving force behind the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition to working to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses, members volunteer their time and resources throughout the year to protect people, property and the environment. ASSE is proud to announce that the Delmarva Chapter’s Frank Cruice, CSP, CRSP, CHCM, has received ASSE’s Region VI Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award. Cruice is a past-president of ASSE’s Delmarva Chapter and has been an ASSE professional member since 1987. He received the Delmarva Chapter SPY award in 2008 and has made many contributions to the development of the chapter, as well as to ASSE through assisting the annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) planning committee in 2010. With more than 25 years of experience in workplace safety and health across a range of industries, Cruice exemplifies the values of ASSE and his contributions help protect people, property and the environment. In addition to his many achievements with ASSE, Cruice has excelled in the professional world. An employee at Perdue Farms Inc., since 2000, he has helped improve safety conditions and reinforce the fundamentals of a safe workplace. His achievements include creating a “Road Map to Zero,” a weighted score card to measure progress toward yearly goals and implemented safety business plans company-wide, helping significantly reduce the number of lost-time work...

 
04/15/2011 4:21 PM

Salem, OR Joins ASSE to Prevent Work Injuries, Illnesses

As North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week approaches, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals around the world are actively seeking support for NAOSH in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job, not only for this week in May, but throughout the year. ASSE members are pleased that Salem, OR, Mayor Anna M. Peterson recently signed a proclamation from the city, proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and May 4, 2011, to be Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, encouraging the citizens of Salem to join the cause and raise awareness about the importance of work safety and health. ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter NAOSH Chair Dave Parsons said, “As a safety professional, I work day and night to make sure that all workers leave their job injury and illness free to return home safely to their families. We are pleased to see Oregonians are aware of the importance of developing and implementing effective workplace safety and health programs.” From planning safety activities, to recruiting participants, planning for NAOSH Week is in full swing. In addition to activities ASSE members are planning nationwide, Parsons has helped support NAOSH Week through garnering this year’s first proclamations from several Oregon cities, leading the way in raising awareness about safety on the job. In the past, Parsons distributed more than 15,000 NAOSH...​

 
04/15/2011 4:19 PM

ISSA Joins With OSHA, Others to Promote NAOSH Week

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced it will join the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Alliance Program participants in raising awareness of workplace safety during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1-7, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, May 4. Currently, 12 people die per day from on-the-job injuries in North America. This is in addition to the many injuries and illnesses reported as work-related as well as those that go unreported. ISSA leverages its formal alliance with OSHA to help its members prevent injuries and illnesses as part of this worldwide effort to reduce workplace risk in all industries. NAOSH Week is one avenue used to educate members on workplace best practices in an effort to save lives and prevent work injuries and illnesses. “NAOSH week is another tool we use to educate people on the positive benefits of protecting people, property, and the environment and sharing best practices among our members and their employees all in an effort to continue to enhance workplace safety worldwide,” says ISSA Facility Service Programs Director Dan Wagner, who also is head of ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard program. “It not only helps us keep our workers safe and contributes positively to a business’ bottom line, but also makes sure there...​

 
04/15/2011 3:10 PM

Safety Engineers Launch New 'Salute Your Safety Professional' Initiative

ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, this week kicked off ASSE's new 'Salute Your Safety Professional' initiative by sending letters to top corporations  giving them an opportunity to recognize their occupational safety, health and environmental professionals or teams for the good job that they do  preventing injuries, illnesses and  protecting and contributing positively to the bottom line. To do so, a company or organization can simply go to Read More

 
04/13/2011 3:49 PM

ASSE Standards Play Critical Role in Hazard Reduction for Construction Workers

During the last 100 years, the construction industry has seen considerable changes and advancements in technology designed to protect workers on the job. From the nonexistent fall protection measures used in the 1930’s during the construction of the Empire State Building, to the complex harness systems in place today for protecting workers, the constant evolution and innovation to protect industry workers is critical to saving lives. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry stands out from others as having one of the highest worker injury and fatality rates. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members work each day to identify hazards in all industries, including construction, and create critical systems to reduce risk and keep workers safe. Several ASSE American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards projects and the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty focus on the construction industry and best practices to significantly reduce risk, helping thousands of employees to return home safely from work each day. ASSE serves as secretariat for several ANSI national standards projects that focus directly on construction-related topics and providing best practices for contractors, site managers and employees to create safer work environments at construction sites. Standards like the A10.28 standard, titled Safety Requirements for Work Platforms Suspended from Cranes or Derricks , provide best practices for operating in this type of...​

 
04/06/2011 7:40 PM

Eugene, OR Joins ASSE to Prevent Work Injuries, Illnesses

As North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week approaches, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals around the world are actively seeking support for NAOSH in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job, not only for this week in May, but throughout the year. ASSE members are pleased that Eugene, OR, Mayor Kitty Piercy recently signed a proclamation from the city, proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and May 4, 2011, to be Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, and to “call upon the community to recognize that occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work every day so that millions of people go to work and leave injury and illness free.” ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter NAOSH Chair Dave Parsons said, “As a safety professional, I work day and night to make sure that all workers leave their job injury and illness free to return home safely to their families. We are pleased to see Oregonians are aware of the importance of developing and implementing effective workplace safety and health programs.” From planning safety activities, to recruiting participants, planning for NAOSH Week is in full swing. In addition to activities ASSE members are planning nationwide, Parsons has helped support NAOSH Week through garnering this year’s first proclamations from several Oregon cities, leading the way in raising awareness about...​

 
04/06/2011 5:12 PM

The ASSE Foundation Announces Rand Corporation as Recipient of Research Grant

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation is pleased to announce that Rand Corporation has been awarded a $96,500 research grant for its Risk Assessment study, entitled, “The Impact of Governmentally Mandated Employer Risk Assessments on Occupational Safety and Health Outcomes.” Rand Corporation’s study aims to provide a better understanding of the various legislative approaches to employer-mandated occupational safety and health risk assessment regulations, a comprehensive analysis of their impact and an identification of key language requirements, tools and techniques found in successful regulations. Dr. John Mendeloff will serve as Principal Investigator and Dr. Emmanuel Hassan will serve as Co-Principal Investigator for this project. The study will place a renewed focus on the importance of safety professionals to the risk assessment process and will provide valuable information for the safety community. The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit www.asse.org/foundation . Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,...​

 
04/06/2011 5:11 PM

The ASSE Foundation Announces Eastern Carolina University's Michael Behm as Recipient of $20,000 Research Grant

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation is pleased to announce that Michael Behm, PhD, CSP, has been awarded a $20,000 research grant for his project entitled, ‘Analyzing Trends in Occupational Safety Problem Solving.’ Behm’s project will address criteria to measure risk control effectiveness and will include a proactive incorporation of risk-control principals in early design of facilities, processes and management systems. Behm is an Associate Professor of Occupational Safety at Eastern Carolina University and has been an active participant in research to further knowledge in the occupational safety, health and environmental field. The objectives of Behm’s study are to evaluate whether recent national focuses on prevention through design and the use of the hierarchy of controls have caused a change in the way organizations are problem solving during incident investigation and analysis. Overall, this study will contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and will provide insight into accident investigation and prevention through design. The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its...

 
04/05/2011 7:59 PM

ASSE Opposes Administration's Proposal to Cut Effective NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Programs, Ed. Research Centers

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (April 5, 2011) – In a letter to Senator Thomas Harkin (IA), chairman of the subcommittee on labor, health & human services, education and related agencies, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) expressed strong opposition to the proposed elimination of support for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) programs and Educational Research Centers (ERCs) in the administration’s proposed budget for FY 2012. ASSE said these NIOSH programs directly help the U.S. confront the unacceptable costs of lost lives from work-related injuries, both in lives and dollars that come from deaths, injuries and illnesses in U.S. workplaces. ASSE noted that a recent landmark NIOSH study found that between 1992 and 2002, the deaths of 64,333 workers in the U. S. resulted in $53 billion in societal costs. “This nation continues to struggle economically,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said. “But this proposal to eliminate two programs that directly help save lives and reduce costs is unacceptable. These programs are a vitally important investment in continuing to help employers and our members, safety, health and environmental professionals be competitive in an increasingly challenging difficult world marketplace.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics of fatalities and injuries consistently show that the agriculture, forestry...​

 
04/05/2011 3:51 PM

ASSE Author Mark Hansen Releases New Book, 'Climbing the Corporate Ladder Safely!'

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) past-president and author Mark D. Hansen, CSP, PE, CPEA, CPE, provides valuable personal assessment tools and best practice guidance to improve management performance in Climbing the Corporate Ladder—Safely! His first book Out of the Box—Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path focused on steps to building visibility early in one’s career, tools for assessing business performance, and leadership as a key function of management. Hansen’s new book is written for mid-level managers who want to advance by improving their performance. In Climbing the Corporate Ladder—Safely! Hansen not only provides readers with excellent tips for advancement, but also provides personality and management self-assessments to help readers improve interpersonal and leadership skills. Mark Hansen takes a strategic view of office politics in stressing the importance of building alliances to achieve goals. He also numbers sixteen ways to damage or destroy working relationships. Hiring the right employees and having a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the business of safety are key to long-term success and Hansen’s personal experience in the field of occupational safety and health, as well as his knowledge of the business world serve as an excellent foundation for the focus of this book. Hansen answers the tough questions such as the pros and cons of hiring a friend, how to spot deceitful people, and how to motivate beyond the numbers. Hansen has...​

 
04/04/2011 7:55 PM

ASSE CA Official Applauds Local Crackdown on Driving While Texting

LONG BEACH, CA (April 4, 2011) — American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President-Elect Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of Long Beach, CA, today applauded law enforcement efforts to crack down on California’s cell phone use while driving laws. As part of efforts by local police departments statewide to support Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, police officers will be allowing “zero tolerance” to motorists who send text messages or operate handheld cell phones. Police officials have said that drivers who break that law, thereby putting others in danger, will be cited a minimum of $159 for the first offense and at least $279 for subsequent tickets. “Transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S. alone,” Norris said today. “Stir in people driving while texting and using a cell phone and you have a recipe for more fatalities and injuries on the roads. Who do you think pays for that? First, the people that lose loved ones will always have a hole in their hearts. But we all pay. For instance, motor vehicle crashes cost employers 60 billion dollars every year in medical care, legal expenses, property damages, lost productivity and much more. Overall, transportation crashes cost us $170 billion a year. “ Norris noted that in the coming months roadway construction will be up and the summer travel season is just around the corner, thereby motorists must remember to obey traffic safety laws. Distracted driving is a serious...​

 
04/04/2011 5:01 PM

ASSE NY City Chapter Triangle Commemoration Event One to Remember

ASSE President-Elect Terrie Norris receives standing ovation. ASSE NY City Chapter’s Events Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial & the ASSE Legacy of 100 Years of Service Truly Memorable Put together a historical museum dedicated to the sacrifices of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY); a standing-room only crowd made up of American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) members from the greater New York City/Long Island/Mid-Hudson/New Jersey area, descendants of the victims of the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, officials from the NY Governor’s office, the NY Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives, OSHA, the FDNY; the World Trade Center Rescuers Foundation; Bagpipes; ASSE President-Elect Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM; and, a ‘100 Years After the Fire’ presentation by ASSE NY City Chapter member, retired FDNY Fire Marshall Christopher Connor, now at Urban Engineers, and, you have a significant event that celebrated the legacy of the 146 victims of the Triangle Fire. The event was held March 24, 2011, in New York City. The opening began with the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence, and "Amazing Grace" performed by Piper John Manning of the NYC EMS Pipes and Drums. NY City Chapter President receives NY proclamation recoginizing ASSE's 100 years of service. Due to the efforts of many, especially the ASSE NY City Chapter, ASSE's centennial has been part of the New York Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 100 th anniversary stories...​

 
03/26/2011 11:44 PM

ASSE President-Elect Norris' NY Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial Event Address

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER T RIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE VIGIL AND COMMEMORATIVE DINNER RECEPTION NEW YORK FIRE MUSEUM March 24, 2011, 6:00 p.m. To 10:00 p.m. Keynote Speech by: TERRIE S. NORRIS, CSP, ARM PRESIDENT-ELECT AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS We are here tonight for 146 reasons -- the 146 women and men that died horrifically in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 100 years ago. A fire that could have been prevented. They have left a powerful legacy and part of that legacy is the formation of the American Society of Safety Engineers born out of that fire. I salute the victims of this fire… Sarah… Teddy…. Jennie… Annie… Bernice…. Lucy… Violet…. Jacob…. Julia…Rose… Isabella….just to name a few .. We will never forget. The victims of the Triangle fire -- young and middle-aged-- who on that Saturday just about 100 years ago were finishing up their work day, when tragedy struck. A fire occurred. As the fire rapidly began to consume the top floors of the factory the workers tried desperately to escape. However, workplace and fire safety measures were non-existent. Doors were either locked…or opened inward. Fire escapes collapsed, melted. Fire ladders were unable to reach the upper floors. Those entrapped had no choice but to be consumed by the fire or try to escape. Many jumped to their deaths, their clothes on fire, with thousands watching in horror helplessly from the street below. Those onlookers watched above as the workers...​

 
03/23/2011 12:13 PM

ASSE's NY City Chapter Looks Back at 100 Years of Safety, Triangle Tragedy

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org , Mike Voudouris, 718-896-1145 ASSE's NY City Chapter Looks Back at 100 Years of Safety, Triangle Tragedy NEW YORK CITY, NY (March 23, 2011) – Seven months after the horrific March 25, 1911, New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was founded in New York City by a group of concerned safety and insurance professionals. Today, the now Illinois-based ASSE has more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Some say ASSE is one of the legacies left by the 146 women and men who died in the Triangle workplace fire that Saturday in March. This week the NY City chapter will be host to a commemorative dinner March 24 in memory of the victims as part of the 100 th anniversary of the fire as well as participating in an ‘After the Fire’ conference at the City University of New York Murphy Institute and the Friday, March 25, events at the site of the fire on the NY University campus. The March 24 ASSE event will be held at the NY City Fire Museum. On a Saturday afternoon, March 25, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the Asch Building took the lives of 146 women and men unable to escape due to inadequate safety protections. Doors were locked, the fire escape had melted. Many desperate to escape jumped out the windows with their clothes on fire to their...​

 
03/21/2011 6:05 PM

ASSE's June Chicago 100th Anniversary Conference Breaking Records, Illustrates Importance of Work Safety

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (March 21, 2011) – For the first time in its 100 year history the Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual professional development conference (PDC) and exposition, Safety 2011, will be held in Chicago June 12-15 at McCormick Place and is already breaking records. Last year’s ASSE PDC in Baltimore, Maryland, set a record 61,500 exhibitor square foot space sold with more than 400 exhibitors. This was the largest number of exhibitors and square feet sold since the first ASSE PDC held in 1968. This year, three months before the conference ASSE has already sold 62,000 square feet and are already planning to expand. The international conference which draws attendees from around the world also draws international exhibitors and to date companies from China, U.K., Taiwan, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Korea, India, Japan and Canada will be exhibiting their products and services. ASSE officials also announced that Jim Cornelison, the famed Blackhawks national anthem singer, will open the conference’s June 13 general session which will also feature the Lake Zurich High School marching band. Cornelison is an opera singer trained at Indiana University and the Chicago Lyric and has performed the classics around the world. As part of Safety 2011 and ASSE’s yearlong celebration of a century of safety, the Society will also be host to a special 100 th Anniversary...​

 
03/21/2011 3:24 PM

CNA Foundation Donates $10K To Support American Society of Safety Engineers' Foundation Scholarships

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation is pleased to announce that the CNA Foundation recently donated $10,000 to support Foundation scholarships. CNA funds two $4650 awards annually. Undergraduate and graduate students attending Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA, Keene State College in Keene, NH, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, have priority for these awards. Students applying for the CNA scholarships must be enrolled full-time in an occupational safety and health or related program. Please visit www.asse.org/ foundation/scholarships for more information. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, CNA is the seventh largest U.S. commercial insurer and the 13 th largest U.S. property and casualty insurer. CNA provides insurance protection to more than one million businesses and professionals in the U.S. and internationally and has offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, please visit www.asse.org/foundation . Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to...

 
03/18/2011 5:50 PM

ASSE Unveils New Tool For 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 historical society 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 has created a new, virtual tool, called ‘This Month in Safety,’ designed to help illustrate 100 years of safety milestones across the globe. The ‘This Month in Safety’ virtual tool, found at http://www.asse.org/newsroom/monthinsafety.php , provides a detailed look at safety milestones for certain days of the year in a month-to-month timeline of events from 1911 to the present. The safety milestones presented represent a legacy of advancement in safety and health for the protection of all workers. Through tragedies, technological advancements and changes in the evolution of business, this virtual tool provides a comprehensive view of events that impacted the development of the safety, health and environmental field. The ‘This Month in Safety’ tool can be used alone as a teaching tool, providing students with excellent information about workplace safety and health, as well as insight into how workplace safety has developed into what it is today. It can also be used in conjunction with ASSE’s popular ‘Safety Suitcase’ presentation, which provides students with an overview of what it is to be a safety...

 
03/18/2011 5:48 PM

ASSE Announces Approval of Groundbreaking Risk Management Standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today its groundbreaking new risk management American National Standards. The new set of standards is intended to enhance best practices for safety, health and environmental professionals working in the risk management and insurance industries. These standards provide the first set of uniform guidelines as American National Standards for the risk management and insurance sectors of the occupational safety, health and environmental field. The standards have also set the stage for further exploration and development of practices and procedures aimed to further enhance work safety. ASSE is the secretariat of the risk management standards, listed under the titles Z690.1-Z690.3, which cover vocabulary for risk management, principles and guidelines, as well as risk assessment techniques. Z690.1 defines terms related to risk management and encourages mutual and consistent understanding of risk management activities and the use of uniform risk management terminology. ASSE notes that this standard could be used by all professionals engaging in managing risks and developers of national or sector-specific standards, guides, procedures and codes of practice relating to risk management. Z690.2 provides guidelines for design and implementation of risk management plans, so the guidelines can be adjusted based on industry. They provide a guide for the design and implementation of risk management programs. Z690.3 supports Z690.1,...

 
03/18/2011 3:00 PM

ASSE's Central Illinois Chapter Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Central Illinois Chapter of the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is currently celebrating its 60 th anniversary of protecting people, property and the environment in the Central Illinois area. Since its official charter in 1951, the Central Illinois Chapter and its members have witnessed six decades of drastic change to the occupational safety and health profession and advancements in the safety, health and environmental field. The rise of technology and changes in the way business is done on a global scale has influenced the Society as a whole and its individual chapters. In honor of this milestone event, the Chapter celebrated formally with an anniversary dinner on February 8, 2011, attended by more than 60 ASSE members, Chapter past presidents and student section members. During the celebratory meeting, Region V Vice President Maribeth Anderson, of Chicago, IL, was present and congratulated the Chapter leaders and members for their hard work and dedication to the safety, health and environmental profession through work with the Central Illinois Chapter. Student members from the Illinois State University student section participated in the festivities and noted their anticipation for involvement with ASSE as future safety leaders. Chapter past presidents were also invited to partake in the festivities and past president Mac Fuller (2003-2005) journeyed from Florida to be a part of the milestone event. When asked about his experiences with ASSE,...​

 
03/18/2011 2:58 PM

ASSE Announces New Northern Delaware Section

The 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce the formation of a new section under its current Region VI Delmarva Chapter, based out of Salisbury, MD. This milestone event is the result of hard work and dedication of ASSE members, as well as significant growth in membership in the Delmarva Chapter area. The Northern Delaware Section was officially chartered on January 17, 2011, during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration, and currently has 76 members. Region VI Vice President Vince Miller and Delmarva Chapter president Brian Hughes presented the official charter on March 1, 2011. This is a wonderful milestone for Region VI, the Delmarva Chapter and the new Northern Delaware Section. As ASSE embarks on another century of protecting people, property and the environment, growth of new sections marks an increase in membership and shows the dedication of Society members to the occupational safety, health and environmental field. For more information about the Delmarva Chapter, sections, current events and future meetings, please visit http://delmarva.asse.org . 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 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in...​

 
03/18/2011 2:55 PM

ASSE's New Virtual Law Symposium to Provide Legal Work Safety & Health Updates

In an effort to provide continuous opportunities for professional development and education, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) virtual classroom is pleased to present a virtual law symposium for safety professionals March 29-30, 2011, titled ‘Watch Out! For Your Organization”. The virtual law symposium is comprised of eight ninety-minute webcast sessions and is designed to help participants become familiar with legal principles and use the knowledge gained in conjunction with safe​

 
03/17/2011 8:05 PM

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Information Resources

March 17, 2011 For information on the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis from the U.S. State Department, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Red Cross please view their web pages below and click on their web links: U.S. State Department Home » Under Secretary for Political Affairs » Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs » Regional Topics » Japan's Earthquake and Tsunamis Japan's Earthquake and Tsunamis Under Secretary Kennedy (Mar. 16): "The United States con​

 
03/17/2011 2:46 PM

How Can It Happen? ASSE Member Sam Cahan Responds To Fatal Amish Country Fire

Albany, N.Y. Times Union       Letter to the Editor

   

Detectors, plan critical to safety

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2011
 The fire that killed seven young children is a tragedy ("Amish country blaze claims seven young lives," March 10). We do not know the specific conditions that led to the disaster, but it begs the question: Can such an event happen here? The response is, yes, if basic domestic fire safety measures are ignored, especially the role of home smoke detectors. When unchecked, fires double in size every minute. Our chances for survival may depend upon properly installed and maintained smoke detectors. The companion element for survival is establishing a family action plan in the event of fire. Each family member must learn his role when the alarm sounds. Periodic practice drills are essential. In fires, minutes count. When family members are trained, they will react properly as trained. SAMUEL CAHAN Saratoga Springs The writer is a retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief and long-time member of ASSE

 
03/16/2011 9:20 PM

ASSE Opposes OSHA Funding Cuts, Cites Negative Impact on Safety

For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (March 16, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) letter to Rep. Dennis R. Rehberg, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies’, outlined its reasons for opposing the cutbacks to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) funding proposed in House Resolution (HR) 1 as a continuing resolution. ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, PhD, CSP, noted in his letter that a proposed 17.7 percent decrease in OSHA’s funding that pushes the agency back to Fiscal Year 2004 funding levels is far too much and too fast a reduction to allow OSHA to continue the most basic work every Administration and Congress has expected from the agency. ASSE urged Chairman Rehberg not to adopt HR 1 as the proposed cuts could weaken OSHA and many of its programs. “A less effective OSHA will not promote more jobs,” Hill stated. “And a three million dollar reduction in OSHA’s standard-setting resources will only delay the need to bring this nation’s hazard communications in line with the rest of the world, allowing our companies to better meet one set of global standards, helping them be more competitive in the world marketplace. “Reducing by $41.3 million OSHA’s enforcement capability will have little effect on most of this nation’s employers already committed to safety and health without having to be told by OSHA to do so because they know...​

 
03/15/2011 10:18 PM

Am. Society of Safety Engineers NY City Chapter Fire Museum Event to Honor The 146 Triangle Fire Victims

American Society of Safety Engineers New York Chapter Media Advisory, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org , Mike Voudouris, 718-896-1145 WHAT : On Saturday, March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 women and men unable to escape due to inadequate safety protections. Doors were locked, the fire escape had melted. Many desperate to escape jumped out the windows with their clothes on fire to their deaths to the pavement below while thousands of New Yorkers unable to help watched in horror. Public outrage and grief at this horrific tragedy led to new work and safety legislation, rules and regulations countrywide. Months later in New York City the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), now based in Des Plaines, Illinois, was formed as a result of the fire and the modern work safety movement began. Today, workplaces are safer but more needs to be done. Join the occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of ASSE’s New York City chapter and their special guests, which include city and state officials, members of the Remember the Triangle coalition and more as they review the tragedy, what has transpired and look at what needs to be done to ensure workplace safety now and in the future. Workplace tragedies continue to occur such as in Hamlet, North Carolina, in 1991, yet every day millions of people go...​

 
03/14/2011 10:07 PM

ASSE, Chicago Groups to Hold Free "The Fire That Changed America" Event April 7 at Roosevelt's Gage Gallery

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413 March 14, 2011 The Fire That Changed America: The triangle tragedy at 100 & the importance of Workers, Workplace Safety In commemoration of the 100 th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a free public program will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The program will feature a presentation by Jo Ann Argersinger, Professor of History at Southern Illinois University and author of The Triangle Fire, A Brief History with Documents and will include a talk by historian Rima Lunin Schultz on “The View From Chicago”; a poetry reading from Walking Through a River of Fire; a panel discussion with workers currently on the job and an occupational safety, health and environmental professional from Chicago; followed by a question and answer period. A book signing by Prof Argersinger and a screening of the American Experience documentary “Triangle Fire” will follow the program. WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 3:00—5:00 p.m. WHERE: Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. Directions WHY: On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 people unable to escape due to inadequate safety protections. Many jumped to their deaths to the pavement below. Public outrage and grief at this horrific tragedy led to new work and safety legislation, rules and regulations countrywide. Months later in New York City the American Society of...​

 
03/11/2011 11:14 PM

ASSE, Partners, To Focus on Past, Future of Work Safety During May 1-7 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

DES PLAINES, IL (March 11, 2011) – Each year, thousands of businesses and people worldwide join with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members to raise awareness about the importance of preventing work injuries and illnesses during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. This year’s NAOSH Week, May 1-7, is themed ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ in honor of ASSE’s 100 th Anniversary. Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day will be celebrated on May 4. Joined by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Alliance Program participants and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, ASSE and its members will sponsor events large and small aimed at spreading the word about being safe at work. The NAOSH 2011 theme is ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’. This is not only the 100 th anniversary of ASSE, which sponsors NAOSH annually, but also the 100 th anniversary of one of the most horrific workplace disasters in U.S. history. On March 25, 1911, 146 women and men died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in the Asch building in New York City. That Saturday, when a fire started on one of the top floors of the Asch building, workers rushed to escape. However, the doors were locked. There were no fire sprinklers...​

 
03/11/2011 5:34 PM

Strasburg, Virginia's Heishman Wins Top Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Tiffany Heishman, 10, of Strasburg, VA, recently won first place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 9-10 age category. The winning posters were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. Winning posters were selected from five age groups and are featu​

 
03/11/2011 5:33 PM

ASSE Reflects on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Society Beginnings

Late in the afternoon on March 25, 1911, it was almost closing time for garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, NY. After a long day of cutting and sewing ladies’ shirtwaists, workers were ready to return home to their families and leave the work day behind. Suddenly, the 8 th , 9 th and 10 th floors of the Asch building were engulfed in flames. America was forever changed, and 146 garment workers lost their lives. This was one of the deadliest workplace disasters in​

 
03/11/2011 3:01 PM

Madison, Alabama's Newman Wins Top Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Robin Newman, 14, of Madison, AL, recently won first place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 13-14 age category. The winning posters were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. Winning posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Robin’s poster, titled ‘Don’t be the Sender to Cause a Fender Bender,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Robin enjoys playing guitar, making art and playing the piano. She attends Discovery Middle School and was sponsored by ASSE member Steve Newman. Robin is a third-time poster contest winner, placing fourth in 2009 for her poster titled, ‘Life Isn’t Rewindable! So, Be Mindful, go Fast Forward Safely,’ and first in 2008 in the 11-12 age group. In addition to winning the grand prize $5,000 savings bond and having her illustration featured on the NAOSH 2011 poster, Robin and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the...

 
03/11/2011 2:56 PM

The ASSE Foundation Announces Connecticut's Bruno and Wisconsin's Roberts as the 2011 Recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Jennifer Bruno of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, and Shannon Roberts of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Bruno’s research project will examine forearm muscle changes and adaptation during a fatiguing repetitive wrist flexion task and the resulting low frequency fatigue (LFF). Roberts’ project will seek to develop and employ a common measurement system in the assessment of driver calibration. Jennifer Bruno has a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of ergonomics and safety at the Harvard School of Public Health. Bruno’s proposal focuses on the effects of repeated sub-maximal voluntary contractions and LFF. Bruno will investigate the muscle activity produced by the flexor carpi radialis (FCR) during a period when the muscle is becoming fatigued and during periods when the muscle continues working while maintaining a constant level of fatigue. The study will contribute to the question of how musculoskeletal disorders occur, the main goal being to gain a deeper understanding musculoskeletal disorder development. The findings will provide valuable information that will help prevent such occupational injuries....​

 
03/11/2011 1:58 PM

ASSE Offers Emergency Preparedness, Business Resumption Tips

In light of today's massive earthquake in Japan and resulting Tsunami waves hitting the U.S., the American Society of Safety Engineers offers these suggested tips and links to more information for businesses, communities and families. Please go to http://www.asse.org/newsroom/safetytips/hurricane-safety-tips.php to find links to  the following information:

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    03/11/2011 12:00 AM

    Effort, Pennsylvania's Getz Wins Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Olivia Getz, 9, of Effort, PA, recently won third place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 9-10 age category. The top four posters in each age category were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. First place posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Olivia’s poster, titled ‘Safety, It’s Not a Game,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Olivia enjoys reading, playing soccer, writing stories and drawing. She attends Pleasant Valley Elementary school. In addition to winning a $200 savings bond, Olivia and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the last century. ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Canadian Society of Safety...

     
    03/10/2011 11:57 PM

    Louisville, Kentucky's Travis Wins Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Da’moreon Travis, 10, of Louisville, KY, recently won second place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 9-10 age category. The top four posters in each age category were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. First place posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Da’moreon’s poster, titled ‘Make Safety First or You Won’t Last,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Da’moreon enjoys playing with his dog and attends Whitney Young Elementary school. He was sponsored by ASSE member Michael Neason. In addition to winning a $500 savings bond, Da’moreon and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the last century. ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration...​

     
    03/10/2011 7:17 PM

    Trafford, Pennsylvania's Brobst Wins Top Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Noah Brobst, 5, of Trafford, PA, recently won first place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 5-6 age category. The winning posters were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. Winning posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Noah’s poster, titled ‘Follow the Rules to be Safety Cool,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Noah enjoys playing baseball, swimming and spending time with his family. He attends Level Green Elementary School and was sponsored by his mother, ASSE member Kristine Brobst. In addition to winning the grand prize $5,000 savings bond and having his illustration featured on the NAOSH 2011 poster, Noah and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the...​

     
    03/10/2011 3:10 PM

    Students from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Win Top Prizes in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait recently won first place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) global kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14. Anjela G. Sevilla, 12, from Jubail, Saudi Arabia placed first in the 11-12 age category, Sai Pravallika Velicheti, 12, from Kuwait placed third in the 11-12 age category and Taiyeba Alamgir, 13, from Kuwait placed fourth in the 13-14 age category. The winning posters were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. Winning posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Anjela’s poster, titled ‘Safety Matters,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Anjela enjoys drawing, reading and working on the computer. She attends International School Group (ISG) Dammam-KSA and was sponsored by ASSE member Bernardo Sevilla. Anjela’s poster is featured on the NAOSH 2011 poster, depicting winning posters from all five age categories. Sai’s poster, titled ‘Confined Spaces Can Kill,’ illustrates the importance of safety around confined spaces and hazards surrounding such work. Sai attends Abhrak Khaitan school in Kuwait...​

     
    03/10/2011 3:06 PM

    Millersville, Pennsylvania's Sugra Wins Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Lily Sugra, 7, of Millersville, PA, recently won third place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 7-8 age category. The top four posters in each age category were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. First place posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Lily’s poster, title ‘Safety Comes First! Protect Your Peeps,’ won for best illustrating “Safety on the Job.” Lily enjoys playing soccer, swimming and playing outside. She attends Letort Elementary School and was sponsored b y ASSE member Daniel H. Anna. In addition to winning a $200 savings bond, Lily and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the last century. ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration...​

     
    03/10/2011 3:03 PM

    Conyers, Georgia's Holmes Wins Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Laurel Holmes, 12, of Conyers, GA, recently won fourth place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 11-12 age category. The top four posters in each age category were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. First place posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Laurel’s poster, titled ‘Slow Down in Work Zones, You May Hurt More Than Cones,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” Laurel enjoys music, reading, making art, pottery and horses. She attends General Ray Davis Middle School and was sponsored by ASSE member Brian Ripple. In addition to winning a $200 savings bond, Laurel and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the last century. ASSE, the U.S. Occupational...

     
    03/10/2011 3:02 PM

    Winchester, Virginia's Crosen Wins Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest for Third Year in a Row

    Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Taylin Crosen, 10, of Winchester, VA, recently won fourth place in the 9 th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 9-10 age category. The top four posters in each age category were selected from a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100 th anniversary celebration. First place posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations. Taylin’s poster, titled ‘Safety Starts with ‘S’ but Begins with You,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” This is the third win in a row for Taylin. Last year, Taylin received a first place prize for her posted titled ‘B Safe Daddy, C U Tonight,’ and was featured on the 2010 NAOSH Week poster. In 2009, Taylin won fourth place in the 7-8 division. Taylin attends Apple Pie Ridge Elementary school and was sponsored by ASSE member Charles Capitano. In addition to winning a $200 savings bond, Taylin and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. The kick-off events will...

     
    03/09/2011 2:55 PM

    Link to Huffington Post story on the Triangle Fire, ASSE Triangle Brochure Available

    Go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-kelly/the-triangle-factory-fire_b_832843.html to view the Huffington Post article "The Triangle Factory Fire Centennial and Why It Matters Today" noting American Society of Safety Engineers' founding in 1911. Available for free from ASSE is the brochure "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire/ASSE History" also available at www.asse.org/newsroom under Press Kit or contact customerservice@asse.org to request a copy.

     
    03/04/2011 4:24 PM

    Fire Continues to be a Major Threat to all Businesses, ASSE FP Administrator Notes

    American Society of Safety Engineers, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 FIRE IS A ROUND-THE-CLOCK THREAT TO BUSINESSES, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS NOTE DES PLAINES, IL (March 4, 2011) -- Things have changed for the better over the past 100 years when it comes to work safety, but businesses should know they are at risk from fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Fire Protection Practice Specialty Administrator Walter S. Beattie, CSP, CFPS, CSHM. If they are not prepared, they could lose their business. “A large percentage of companies suffering a catastrophic fire either do not reopen, or fail within the next few years,” Beattie said. “There are a number of things business owners can do to protect their employees and businesses. Fire protection systems, such as fire sprinklers, and alarms to a constantly attended location, should be provided in business properties. “Businesses should implement written and tested human element and emergency action plans,” Beattie continues. “A written business continuity plan should be developed and kept up to date so business owners and managers can react quickly and effectively after a loss. Perform and periodically update hazard analysis studies to verify that protection features are still adequate. And, regularly inspect, test, and maintain your fire protection systems to ensure they are in top condition, and ready to control a fire when it does...​

     
    03/03/2011 8:14 PM

    Louisville Chapter Honors Young Student Who Won ASSE's International Art Contest

    Travis' Winning Poster For Immediate Release LOUISVILLE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ CHAPTER SURPRISE YOUNG STUDENT WITH AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT, NOTE CITY SUPPORT FOR NAOSH WEEK LOUISVILLE, KY (March 3, 2011) – This week American Society of Safety Engineers’ Louisville Chapter President Mike Neason not only surprised one 10-year-old Whitney Young Elementary School student with news that he topped thousands of entries to win an international poster contest, but also announced that the City of Louisville will be supporting efforts to promote workplace safety. Neason, joined with teacher Kristine Larson, surprised young Da’moreon Travis, of Louisville with the news that his poster titled “Make Safety First or You Won’t Last” bested close to 2,000 other posters received from across the U.S., Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Indonesia and Australia, to win second place in the 9-10 age group in the 9 th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest. He will receive a $500 savings bond and his poster will be featured at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in May and at the annual ASSE professional development conference in June in Chicago. In accepting his award Da’moreon said to his classmates, "I'd like to thank my teachers for teaching me and believing in my art. This is my best year ever!" Whitney Young teacher Kristine Larson, who worked with the local ASSE chapter and her class to enter the...

     
    03/01/2011 11:16 PM

    ASSE Rolls Out Its New Target Teen Work Safety Tools Aimed at Preventing Work Injuries, Illnesses

    For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org american society of safety engineers roll out new target teen safety kit aimed at preventing youth work injuries, illnesses Des Plaines, IL (March 2, 2011) — Slippery floors, hot cooking equipment, heavy lifting, loud noises and working alone are some of the dangers teens face as they experience a first job or seasonal employment. If not aware of the risk and properly trained and protected, these dangers can lead to serious injuries or ​

     
    03/01/2011 11:06 PM

    ASSE Kicks Off Annual Board Elections

    American Society of Safety Engineers, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 F or Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS KICK OFF ANNUAL BOARD ELECTIONS DES PLAINES, IL (March 1, 2011) – The 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual board of director’s election began today and runs through the end of March. Members can vote online at http://www.asse.org/elections/ for several slots. The new officers will be announced this April and will take their new positions July 1, 2011. ASSE President FOR 2010-2011 Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, of Michigan, noted that Society Bylaws call for automatic succession of the current President-Elect to President, and the current Senior Vice President to President-Elect July 1, unless they are unable to serve. Succeeding to the office of President and President-Elect are Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of California, and Richard A. Pollock, CSP, of Minnesota, respectively. The ASSE Board of Directors represents ASSE’s more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members and is responsible for leading and overseeing the Society’s activities. Candidate bios for Society and region officers appeared in the February issue of ASSE’s PS, and bios and platform statements are posted online. More details were included with each member’s ballot, which was sent electronically or mailed to all voting members. Ballots...​

     
    03/01/2011 8:44 PM

    The ASSE Heart of America Chapter Focuses on Key Safety Topics at Annual Meeting

    WHAT: To provide professional development opportunities for safety, health and environmental professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Heart of America Chapter, in conjunction with the Mid-America Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Safety Sciences Department of the university of Central Missouri, will host a Professional Development Conference (PDC) for safety, health and environmental professionals in April, 2011. WHEN: Friday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Metropolitan Community College of Business and Technology 1775 Universal Avenue Kansas City, MO 64120 WHY: The Heart of America Chapter values continuing education opportunities for safety professionals. The April 1, 2011 PDC will feature general sessions and subject tracks for attendees, including general industry, construction, transportation and industrial hygiene specialized sessions. Attendees will also engage with 50+ exhibitors who will be demonstrating the latest in services, equipment, technology and supplies relevant to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. In addition to excellent presentations, attendees will receive breakfast, breaks and a buffet lunch included in the registration fee, CEU’s for CSP’s and CM’s. The program’s closing presentation will include an electrical safety demonstration, presented by Glen Maughmer, KCP&L, and Shawn Spiwak, KCP&L. After 7 years of experience as a Journeyman Lineman, Spiwak came in...​

     
    03/01/2011 8:41 PM

    The ASSE Florida Suncoast Chapter to Host Presentation by Former OSHA Official

    WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Florida Suncoast Chapter will be host to a presentation by John L. Henshaw, MPH, CIH, titled “Transformational Leadership to World Class Safety.” The presentation will provide valuable information for safety professionals, business owners and managers from all industries. WHEN: Thursday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Tri County Apprenticeship Academy 13830 Jetport Commerce Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33913-7726 WHY: The Florida Suncoast Chapter is dedicated to providing local businesses and safety professionals with opportunities for continuing education and development. John L. Henshaw, MPH, CIH, is the Senior Vice President, Managing Principal IH and Safety of ChemRisk Inc., a scientific consulting firm. Henshaw also served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2001-2004 and has held several environmental safety and health positions during his career. Henshaw will discuss differences between transactional and transformational leadership styles and will present specific cases to demonstrate how transformational leadership is gaining favor in today’s business world. Overall, the presentation will provide attendees with information about key safety best practices in today’s business world. Registration for this luncheon presentation is $15.00. Guests should pre-register and can submit their payment on the Florida Suncoast Chapter’s web site at...

     
    02/28/2011 5:56 PM

    ASSE Art Contest Winners Focus on Today's Job Safety, Reflect on Yesterday's Child Labor

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org DES PLAINES, IL (February 28, 2011) – In 1911, one hundred years ago, more than two million American children under the age of 16 were working - many of them 12 hours or more, six days a week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL notes that they often worked in unhealthy and hazardous conditions for minuscule wages. Today, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) continue to work to enhance work safety for all, including teen workers. The record-breaking number of entrants in this year’s 9 th annual ASSE kids ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest not only illustrate work safety today, but reflect on a century of changes made in safety as ASSE celebrates its 100 th anniversary. Contest winner posters featured in international NAOSH 2011 Poster. Out of the hundreds of posters received from the U.S. and nine other countries, the 20 winners of the kids’ “safety-on-the-job” poster contest for children aged 5-14 showed they understand the importance of being safe at work today and are aware of the strides made in safety this century. The grand prize winners, who receive a $5,000 savings bond, are: Noah Brobst, 5, of Trafford, PA, in the 5-6 age group; Tamaya Olivia Bush, 8, of Fort Mill, SC (whose brother won last year) in the 7-8 age group; Tiffany Jade Heishman, 10, of Strasburg, VA (another winner from Shockey Companies) in the 9-10 age group; Angela G. Sevilla, 12, of...​

     
    02/25/2011 7:43 PM

    ASSE Opposes Maryland Bill Regulating Industrial Hygienists

    For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, dhurns@asse.org , 847-768-3413 ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 23, 2011) — Maryland members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) oppose new Maryland bill SB 268 which would regulate the use of the terms “qualified industrial hygienist” and “industrial hygiene technologist”. ASSE said the bill would outlaw some existing professional designations; that the definitions are vague; and, that it could cause employer confusion. In a letter sent this week to Senator Barry Glassman, ASSE Region Vice President Vincent R. Miller Jr., CSP, said ASSE opposes SB 268 because it would introduce into Maryland law two occupational safety and health designations that are not generally recognized by industry. “As a result, your bill would effectively outlaw in Maryland the use of the Certified Industrial Hygienist, Industrial Hygienist and Industrial Hygiene Technician designations, which are widely known and accepted in every other state and even globally,” Miller wrote. “It would exacerbate the confusion many employers already face in determining quality, recognized professional designations in the occupational safety and health field. When an estimated 350 designations already exist in occupational safety and health, many of which have not been accredited or meet any standard of excellence, two more designations are not needed.” Miller went on to say that the definition for industrial hygiene contained in SB 268 is vague and would unfairly...

     
    02/16/2011 8:57 PM

    Portland Teams Up With ASSE Oregon Members to Prevent Work Injuries, Illnesses

    PORTLAND, OR (February 16, 2011) – As North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week approaches, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals around the world are actively seeking support for the event in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job. ASSE members are pleased that Portland Mayor Sam Adams recently signed a proclamation from the “City of Roses” proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, North American Occupational Safety and He​

     
    02/10/2011 9:59 PM

    ASSE Fire Safety Symposium To Look at 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Tragedy & Present Best Practices

    American Society of Safety Engineers, Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org ? DES PLAINES, IL - (February 10, 2011) – As many ask if their business, school and home are safe from fire today, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) March 1-2, 2011, ‘Best Practices in Fire Safety’ virtual symposium will answer those questions and more and at the same time step back in time. One hundred years ago​

     
    02/09/2011 4:40 PM

    ASSE Looks at 100 Years of Roadway Safety

    DES PLAINES, IL (February 9, 2011) – When cars first hit the streets there were no drivers’ licenses, stop signs or traffic rules. But there were crashes, injuries and fatalities. Soon laws were enacted and vehicles began to get safer, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) note. However, today transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job fatalities and the members of the ASSE, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals located worldwide, continue to evaluate the risks and develop and implement driver safety programs where they work for their fleet of vehicles and to protect their drivers. Historically, the first car with a working internal-combustion engine was developed during the late 19 th century, paving the way for a future where automobiles would be the primary mode of transportation for many across the globe. For the next few decades, automobile technology became increasingly more complex and cars became an affordable means of transportation for many Americans. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the momentous Federal Highway Act into law, a law that led to the construction of thousands of miles of cross-country highways linking the U.S. together. The 100-year-old ASSE has consistently provided its members, businesses and the general public with valuable information on reducing the risk of injury or death while operating motor vehicles, not only for general use, but also for those who’s primary work revolves...

     
    02/07/2011 10:10 PM

    ASSE Shares View, Support, For OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program Standard

    For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org ? DES PLAINES, IL (February 7, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers sent a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Representative Darrell Issa reiterating the Society’s support for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) development of an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard, and sharing the principles the Society will use in responding to that rulemaking. The I2P2 rule would require employers to implement a program tailored to the hazards in their workplaces and require employers to “find and fix” hazards without waiting for a workplace incident, an issue-specific OSHA standard, or an OSHA inspection. If leadership in the House of Representatives decides that oversight of OSHA’s I2P2 rulemaking is needed, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform could hold hearings to provide that oversight. “To be clear, ASSE, like everyone else, waits to see what OSHA proposes for its I2P2 standard,” wrote ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. “If the Committee determines that its oversight of OSHA’s activities with regard to the I2P2 is needed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to listen to our member safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals’ view of such a standard.” With the letter to Rep. Issa, ASSE shared the ASSE December 2010 letter sent to Assistant Secretary for OSHA David Michaels stating...

     
    02/05/2011 4:23 PM

    ASSE's Chesapeake Chapter to Review Current Safety, Health & Environmental Issues

    WHAT: To provide professional development opportunities for safety, health and environmental professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Chesapeake Chapter, in conjunction with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s (AIHA) Chesapeake Section and the Johns Hopkins University Education and Research Center, will be host to the 2011 Chesapeake Chapter Professional Development Conference (PDC) titled “Current topics in Safety, Health & Environmental Issues.” WHEN: Thursday,​

     
    02/04/2011 11:08 PM

    ASSE Offers Motorists/Employers Safe Driving Tips for Bad Weather/Driving Around Snow Plows

    For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org American Society of Safety Engineers Offer Motorists/Employers Safe Driving Tips for Bad Weather & Driving Around Snow Plows Des Plaines, IL (February 1, 2011) — With a massive storm preparing to be unleashed in the U.S. and as transportation incidents continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S., the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is offering driving tips to help motorists navigate safely on roads, especially during severe weather conditions. “During inclement weather we are urging drivers to be even more cautious when driving, not only for their passengers and themselves, but for fellow travelers and the thousands of workers whose vehicles are their office -- such as law enforcement personnel, snow removal and salt trucks, firefighters, emergency responders, truck drivers, utility workers and more,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, of Michigan, said today. “Treacherous weather and the conditions it brings cannot be controlled by motorists. However, if motorists drive cautiously they are more likely to make it to their destination safely and without incident.” According to the National Academy of Sciences, adverse weather conditions reduce roadway safety, capacity and efficiency, and are often the catalyst for triggering congestion. In the U.S. each year, approximately 7,000 roadway deaths and 450,000 injuries are associated with poor weather-related...

     
    02/04/2011 10:55 PM

    Increase Tractor Safety Now, ASSE's Ag Branch Says

    For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413 INCREASE TRACTOR SAFETY NOW, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ AG BRANCH SAYS DES PLAINES, IL (January 31, 2011) – There is a way to prevent injuries and fatalities on the farm and save millions of dollars notes the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Agricultural Branch Administrator Michael Wolf. Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of injury incident on farms and it is reported that of the 4.7 million tractors in the U.​

     
    02/03/2011 7:34 PM

    ASSE's Granite State Chapter Signs Two-Year Alliance with Key Safety and Health Officials

    The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Granite State Chapter recently signed a two-year Alliance with key safety and health officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and the OSHA Training Institute. Granite State Chapter President Chuck Badeau and the Granite State Chapter leadership team were instrumental in securing this All​

     
    01/12/2011 4:43 PM

    The American Society of Safety Engineers Reflect on 100 Years of Protecting People, Property and the Environment

    Des Plaines, IL (January 12, 2011) — In 1911, coffee prices were at 18.75 cents per pound, a first class U.S. stamp was $.02, and “ready-to-wear” trousers were the newest development on the men’s fashion scene. It was also the year the first airplane was landed on the USS Pennsylvania, stationed in San Francisco, CA, and the year the first Monte Carlo races were held. 1911 was also the year of one of the most recognized tragedies in the history of workplace safety and the beginning of a movement​

     
    01/11/2011 4:42 PM

    ASSE Announces 2011 Virtual Classroom Schedule

    Des Plaines, IL (January 11, 2011) — With new technology and advances in real-time educational tools available for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, ASSE continues to provide innovative ways to earn continuing education units and engage members. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host several technical webinars in 2011 on a variety of different SH&E topics. The current schedule for 2011 webinars has been released and can be found at www.asse.org/education/virtualclassroom.php. January webinars for 2011 include a January 12 webinar titled, “Responding to Safety & Environmental Incidents: Is Your Company Prepared to Handle a Catastrophe or Disaster?” This webinar will feature Ellen Clas, CBCP, CEM, CIH, CSP, and will focus on significant incidents of the past decade, including tips to help your company effectively handle major safety and environmental incidents. A webinar titled, “Engaging Executive Ergonomic Leadership,” will take place on January 19 and features speaker Robert Pater. Pater will discuss the importance of ergonomic leadership to prevent injuries by elevating ergonomic judgment, decision-making and generating individual commitment and cultural improvements. Webinars taking place in February include a “Z-10 Management Leadership and Employee Participation,” webinar on February 9 that will focus on an overview of the Z-10, its advantages and approach to implementation, presented by Dr. Mark Friend, Ed.D., CSP. The February...​

     
    01/10/2011 4:41 PM

    Ergonomic Issues Top ASSE Region 4′s Feb. Conference In Orlando

    Orlando, FL (January 10, 2011) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, PR and VI) will be host to its annual Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, this Feb. 3-4. Also, on February 2, a daylong pre-conference workshop titled “Investigative Photography for Safety and Health Professionals” will be held. Despite the economy, the demand for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals is increasing worldwide. The profession was recently listed as one of the “50 Best Jobs in America” by Money magazine (go to www.asse.org/newsroom for more info). As the value of the safety professional increases, there is a need to advance the level of knowledge within the profession to meet rising expectations of performance and to continue to prevent injuries and illnesses in all workplaces. This conference is designed to provide new knowledge to meet those needs. WHEN: February 3-4, 2011 (Thursday and Friday) 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast (Feb. 3 & 4) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Conference --Opening Session, Keynote Presentation, Sessions (Feb. 3 & 4) 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. – Chapter Night Out-Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat (Feb. 3) February 2, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. – “Investigative Photography for Safety & Health Professionals” WHERE: Embassy Suites Orlando -- Downtown 191 East Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801 1.407.841.1000 WHY: Sessions will be on several key topics including...

     
    01/05/2011 4:41 PM

    ASSE Captures A Century of Safety In New Film

    Des Plaines, IL (January 5, 2011) — As many people begin their work day -- some putting on their fall protection gear, saddling up to the computer and putting the monitor at eye level, clicking on that safety belt, and taking a drink of purified water -- most will be oblivious to their workplace safety systems put in place to prevent injuries and illness. Many may not be aware of the many decades of work that went into developing and improving safety systems to prevent on-the-job injuries and helping businesses. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) released its film titled “American Society of Safety Engineers – Celebrating 100 Years of Safety” ( www.asse.org/ASSECenturyofSafety ) that tells the story of work safety and tragedy through the decades and why we are safer today. This film not only tells the story of how and why we are safer at work today, but the genesis of safety in the workplace and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession. It is also part of ASSE’s 100th anniversary. ASSE was founded in 1911 in New York City and now has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Narrated by Chicago-based actor Alan Wilder, the film walks the audience through tragedies and triumphs in the history of work safety. It spans several years and topics, from the horrific March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York...

     
    01/04/2011 4:40 PM

    The UPS Foundation Donates $35K to the ASSE Foundation Scholarship Program

    Des Plaines, IL (January 4, 2011) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently received a $35,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The donation will fund six $5,250 scholarships, along with an opportunity for recipients to attend ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Safety 2011, to be held June 12-15, 2011, in Chicago, IL, at McCormick Place for ASSE’s 100th Anniversary celebration. Three of the six scholarships will be awarded under the new Gerry Eaker Memorial Scholarship fund, sponsored by UPS. The fund honors the memory of Gerry Eaker, a long-time UPS manager. These three scholarships will be awarded to junior or senior year students working toward a degree in safety, health and the environment (SH&E). The remaining three scholarships will be awarded through the UPS diversity scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to junior or senior year students from a minority background pursuing an undergraduate degree in SH&E. Scholarship applicants must be full-time students pursuing a B.S. in occupational safety and health or a related field. Applicants must be student members of ASSE, have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing and be recommended by a safety faculty member. Students are invited to apply annually for scholarships through the ASSE Foundation and can apply from September through December 1 of each year. Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta,...​

     
    12/21/2010 4:39 PM

    American Society of Safety Engineers Gear Up To Celebrate Its 100th Birthday In 2011

    Des Plaines, IL (December 21, 2010) — In the wake of one of the worst workplace tragedies in recent history, the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was formed in October of 1911 to enhance safety with the mission “to promote harmonious action in safety work and to educate members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention.” In 2011 ASSE, with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. “The year ahead is a special one. Celebrating 100 years is a major achievement,” ASSE President Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said today. “A hundred years of protecting people, property and the environment. If you look back at the workplace before 1911 the statistics are harrowing when it comes to protecting workers from injury and illness. Over the decades we have worked together, with employers, employees, regulators, legislators, inventors and more to develop programs and systems that prevent work injuries and illnesses. We are celebrating the positive strides made over the decades and looking to the future. Unlike in 1911, I am pleased that today the safety and health profession has become a major part of the fabric of business in our economy.” Today, occupational safety and health is a key component to a successful company’s business plan; the occupational safety, health and environmental...​

     
    12/20/2010 4:38 PM

    Hill,ASSE Applaud Fed Move to Develop Workplace Injury & Illness Prevention Standard

    Des Plaines, IL (December 20, 2010) — In a letter sent December 17 to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Assistant Secretary David Michaels, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, applauded him for beginning the task of promulgating an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard, a standard ASSE has supported pursuing for a long while. Hill included 10 principles from ASSE members to assist with the I2P2 rulemaking and urged OSHA to consider them as a basis for its standard. According to Hill, “An I2P2 standard must encourage a movement in this nation toward risk-based management of workplace hazards.” Hill also addresses employee and employer involvement, continual improvement and periodic review, professional qualifications, flexibility for small employers, existing state I2P2 standards, harmonization with voluntary standards, OSHA personnel training, and utilizing the experience of Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) participants. Hill noted an appropriate I2P2 standard that causes employers to make systematic risk-based assessments of occupational safety and health hazards workers face in workplaces and establish a meaningful plan to address those risks reflects the way the best employers already manage risks. Employers should and can approach safety and health management in the same way the best companies do, Hill noted. If they do, ASSE believes a significant and positive shift in the way...

     
    12/17/2010 4:35 PM

    ASSE Announces Sponsorship by CLMI Safety Training

    Des Plaines, IL (December 17, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce the sponsorship by CLMI Safety Training (CLMI). Sponsorship by CLMI will provide support for the Society and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession as ASSE begins the next 100 years of protecting people, property and the environment. Founded in 1984, CLMI has been a long-time ASSE sponsor and this centennial sponsorship is a generous demonstration of the company’s commitment to safety and the SH&E profession. The award-winning CLMI is based in Minneapolis, MN, and is the nation’s leading source for innovative, high-quality safety training DVDs, online training services and technology, and custom developed programs. CLMI is a thought leader, serving a client base that includes many Fortune 1000 companies and provides clients with top quality training systems and services. On-staff Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) consult with customers to provide the most practical and relevant solutions for individual safety training needs. CLMI president Richard Pollock, CSP, is a long-time ASSE member and currently serves as Society senior vice-president. According to Mr. Pollock, “To CLMI, this Centennial Sponsorship is significant. It honors the heritage of ASSE, demonstrates our support for the members and aligns CLMI with the recognized voice of the SH&E profession.” For more information about CLMI and the products and services the company offers, please...

     
    12/17/2010 4:34 PM

    ASSE Announces Sponsorship by Complete Equity Markets, Inc.

    Des Plaines, IL (December 17, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce a new sponsorship by Complete Equity Markets, Inc. (CEM). Sponsorship by CEM 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. This formalization of a relationship that goes back to 1991 represents a deepening of CEM’s commitment to safety engineers and their industry. CEM was founded in 1967 and its original focus was the design and placement of professional liability and unusual casualty and fire coverage. Since that time, CEM has met the needs of clients and has identified new opportunities in the insurance industry. CEM works with many of the strongest companies in the U.S. and worldwide, serving professionals in specific fields to provide the best products and services possible. CEM also offers standard property and casualty insurance and group life and health insurance. CEM responds to changes in society and delivers the most relevant coverage options through design and administration. For more information about CEM and the products and services offered, please visit www.cemins.com. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the 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,...​

     
    12/13/2010 4:31 PM

    ASSE President Participates in International Meeting on Work Safety

    Des Plaines, IL (December 13, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, participated in an international meeting of occupational safety and health professionals in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia yesterday and today. He presented a program on contractor safety management. He also met with several ASSE members including Peter Q. Panganiban. Click here to see the photo: http://twitpic.com/show/thumb/3fo0hu.jpg Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental members committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Go to www.asse.org for more information.

     
    12/09/2010 4:30 PM

    ASSE Comments on Revised Miner Safety & Health Act, Seek Expansion

    Des Plaines, IL (December 9, 2010) — In a letter to Representative George Miller, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) commented on the Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 (HR 6495), which was introduced on December 3 and defeated in a suspension vote in the House on December 8. ASSE supported many of Mine Act reform provisions of the bill, opposed others but also raised concerns that Congress was also not addressing occupational safety and health reform for all workers. “We are deeply concerned that Congress has not also addressed reforms of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act),” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, wrote. “We understand the difficulty mine operators have had in making mines as safe as we all want them to be. However, the highly visible loss of miners’ lives in mine accidents should not be allowed to cloud the daily death toll of workers in every other kind of workplace across this nation.” Hill noted that too little is being done about the loss of about 14 workers every day who die from on-the-job injuries in all industries and that more than eight million Americans -- public sector workers employed by many states, counties and municipalities -- do not have the same workplace safety and health protections other workers have come to assume. He also notes that more must be done to make people aware of these fatalities and injuries and to prevent them. “You and your...​

     
    12/08/2010 9:02 PM

    ASSE Honor Members Who Helped Reach Millions on Being Safe at Work

    Des Plaines, IL (June 19, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized members for their help as volunteers in reaching millions of people and thousands of businesses on the importance of being safe at work during the May North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day last week. ASSE members from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio and Washington, D.C., received the ASSE NAOSH Champion Award for going above and beyond. Four relatives of members were awarded the new “junior” NAOSH Champion award for their ongoing volunteer support. The awards were announced at the annual ASSE House of Delegates meeting held Monday, June 9, in Las Vegas as part of Safety 2008. Due to ASSE member efforts and the NAOSH Champion award winners, the sixth annual ASSE “Safety-on-the-Job” poster contest drew a 310 percent increase in poster participants from the year before for children aged 5 – 14. ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, aunts and uncles can enter the annual contest as well as children sponsored by ASSE members or chapters. Through this contest, which awards those that best illustrate being safe on the job, ASSE and its members seek to educate children on the importance of safety and what occupational safety, health and environmental professionals do to protect the people they work with and to keep their community safe. The NAOSH Champions also sponsored events at work as well...​

     
    12/08/2010 4:29 PM

    ASSE Announces Sponsorship by ABB Inc. In Honor of 100th Anniversary

    Des Plaines, IL (December 8, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce sponsorship by ABB Inc. ABB Inc.’s generous support of ASSE and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession will carry the Society into the next 100 years and will provide support for ASSE’s many programs, services and products. ABB Inc. is a global leader in the power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance and lower environmental impact. Sustainability is a key focus of the company’s work and technology plays a key role in its goals of minimizing environmental impact through sustainable practices. ABB strives to balance economic, environmental and social objectives, integrating these factors into daily business. Currently, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and provides valuable products and services to customers worldwide. Current ASSE Society president Darryl C. Hill, PhD, CSP, serves as the Vice President of Safety and Health for ABB and has been a long-time ASSE member. Hill stated, “I am pleased that ABB has an opportunity to support ASSE programs and initiatives as we celebrate the Society’s 100 anniversary.” For more information about ABB Inc. and the products and services offered, please visit www.abb.com. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000...

     
    12/08/2010 4:23 PM

    ASSE, Vision Council Put Spotlight on Preventing Job-Related Eye Injuries

    Des Plaines, IL (December 8, 2010) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day approximately 2,000 U.S. workers experience a job-related eye injury. One third of these injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms and more than 100 of these workplace eye injuries result in lost work time. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and The Vision Council have released information on the importance of enhancing eye safety and health in the workplace. Eye injuries are most common in the manufacturing, construction and trade industries, with threats of projectiles and chemical exposures. Workers in the health care industry at hospitals, labs and health clinics are also at risk of contracting infectious diseases through the eye’s mucous membranes as a result of direct exposure. Ensuring that employees have the proper eye protection for the job they are performing is key to helping reduce the risk of injury in hazardous situations. In a 2009 ASSE Professional Safety Journal article, titled, ‘Safety eyewear: How much coverage does it provide?” ASSE experts James R. Harris, Richard Whisler, Douglas E. Ammons, Jim Spahr and Larry L. Jackson note that not only is eye protection important, but ensuring that eye protection is the correct type for the job being performed and fits properly is critical to preventing all injuries. Eye protection should fit properly and be appropriate for the job at hand; otherwise there is still a risk of eye...

     
    12/08/2010 3:32 PM

    ASSE, Vision Council Put Spotlight on Preventing Job-Related Eye Injuries

    Des Plaines, IL (December 8, 2010) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day approximately 2,000 U.S. workers experience a job-related eye injury. One third of these injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms and more than 100 of these workplace eye injuries result in lost work time. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and The Vision Council have released information on the importance of enhancing eye safety and health in the workplace. Eye i​

     
    12/01/2010 8:56 PM

    Letter to the Editor on ASSE Opportunities to Maintain Skills While Looking for a Job

    AARP 601 E. Street NW Washington, D.C. 20049 Letter to the Editor: During these trying economic times, it is important to remember the importance of building and maintaining skill sets while searching for new employment. In the October, 2010 AARP bulletin, a reader posed the question, “I’ve been out of work for more than a year. How can I keep my skills sharp while I continue to look for a job?” In your answer, you mention the importance of professional associations and the benefits they can pro​

     
    12/01/2010 8:54 PM

    Letter to the Editor on ASSE Opportunities to Maintain Skills While Looking for a Job

    Des Plaines, IL (December 1, 2010) — AARP 601 E. Street NW Washington, D.C. 20049 Letter to the Editor: During these trying economic times, it is important to remember the importance of building and maintaining skill sets while searching for new employment. In the October, 2010 AARP bulletin, a reader posed the question, “I’ve been out of work for more than a year. How can I keep my skills sharp while I continue to look for a job?” In your answer, you mention the importance of professional associations and the benefits they can provide for those in similar situations. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers many valuable programs and services designed to help members and those in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field maintain and develop new skills, even while looking for a job. ASSE events like the upcoming SeminarFest in January, 2011, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, NV, provides occupational safety and health professionals with an opportunity to earn up to 5.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during the week-long event. More than 50 seminars include topics such as management, hazard recognition, occupational risk assessment, auditing, measurement and workshops on becoming an effective consultant. ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC), held each June, offers the best and most-up-to-date SH&E informative sessions, as well as an exposition that displays and demonstrates cutting-edge occupational safety and health technology, products and...​

     
    11/22/2010 11:16 PM

    Animal Escapes Raise Awareness About the Importance of Zoo Safety

    With nearly 300 zoos in the US and more than 1,000 worldwide, zoos represent a form of entertainment and educational activity that has been around for centuries. Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) work to ensure safety for zoo workers, the animals and visitors. ASSE members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work in all industries protecting people, property and the environment, including zoos. ASSE members who work at zoos, including those in Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C., aim to protect not only the staff who work directly with animals each day, but also guests who visit the facilities. From the design of animal habitats, to the procedures in place to ensure the safety of all, a zoo safety professional’s work is critical to the success of the park. During the past decade, multiple animal escapes have been featured in the news, ranging from seemingly harmless small animals, to much larger and more dangerous animals such as tigers. To prevent animal escapes, there are several important elements of zoo construction and procedures in place to help keep these events from occurring, ASSE members note. One of the primary ways in which animal escapes are prevented is through habitat design. U.S. zoos are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act and nonprofit organizations such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strive to provide support and guidance for successfully managing zoos to ensure the safety and health of...​

     
    11/22/2010 3:32 PM

    Animal Escapes Raise Awareness About the Importance of Zoo Safety

    Des Plaines, IL (November 22, 2010) — With nearly 300 zoos in the US and more than 1,000 worldwide, zoos represent a form of entertainment and educational activity that has been around for centuries. Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) work to ensure safety for zoo workers, the animals and visitors. ASSE members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work in all industries protecting people, property and the environment, including zoos. ASSE members who work at zoos, including those in Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C., aim to protect not only the staff who work directly with animals each day, but also guests who visit the facilities. From the design of animal habitats, to the procedures in place to ensure the safety of all, a zoo safety professional’s work is critical to the success of the park. During the past decade, multiple animal escapes have been featured in the news, ranging from seemingly harmless small animals, to much larger and more dangerous animals such as tigers. To prevent animal escapes, there are several important elements of zoo construction and procedures in place to help keep these events from occurring, ASSE members note. One of the primary ways in which animal escapes are prevented is through habitat design. U.S. zoos are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act and nonprofit organizations such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strive to provide support and guidance for successfully managing...

     
    11/16/2010 3:33 PM

    ASSE Members Address Bed Bug Issue, Offer Safety Tips

    Des Plaines, IL (November 16, 2010) — Experts say that in the past two to three years, bedbug infestations have increased around the world. In an effort to educate its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental members about the threat of bedbugs, especially during the holiday travel season, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is distributing information aimed at reducing the threat of bedbugs at work and at home. “Experts are saying that bedbug infestations are occurring a​

     
    11/15/2010 7:14 PM

    ASSE Members Travel to China, Meet With Chinese Officials on Workplace Safety & Health

    Des Plaines, IL (November 15, 2010) — Several American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, met in Beijing and Shanghai with Chinese officials this week to exchange ideas, best practices, and concepts related to occupational safety and health management. The group aims to contribute to the improvement of workplace processes and help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in China. The group met with Chinese officials from the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) and the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA). The trip, organized by a citizen ambassador program, is being led by C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of Knoxville, TN, and Pamela Ferrante, CSP, CHMM, of Pittsburgh, PA. Both are ASSE members, Patton is a past president. Also participating are members of the ASSE International Practice Specialty group. Meeting topics while in China will include: expanding educational, training, and networking opportunities to improve the professional proficiency of those engaged in protecting people, property and the environment; providing information resources to support the knowledge and professional efforts of those engaged in incident prevention; demonstrating new and improved products and services meeting the needs of professionals managing occupational safety and health programs; discussing current occupational safety and health trends impacting both countries; identifying emerging business...​

     
    11/10/2010 6:17 PM

    ASSE Announces Reaffirmation of Personnel and Debris Net Standard for Construction and Demolition

    Des Plaines, IL (November 10, 2010) — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) just approved, the A10.11 standard, “Safety Requirements for Personnel and Debris Nets,” which was revised by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) A10 Committee. The A10.11 standard provides minimum design, testing and use requirements for personnel and debris nets, and establishes safety requirements for the selection, installation and use of personnel and debris nets during construction, repair an​

     
    11/10/2010 4:00 PM

    Economy's Impact on Safety Profession Topic of ASSE President's Talk to OK Students

    Des Plaines, IL (November 10, 2008) — American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, told occupational safety and health students from Oklahoma State University and the surrounding area today that the economy may be down, but it is an opportune time to reiterate the fact that investing in safety pays and contributes positively not only to a great working environment, but to a business’ bottom line. “It is a new day. Today we are faced with a worldwide financial crisis, a new administration, a 24/7 news delivery system, an always changing global marketplace—one where we need to stay abreast of all workplace safety issues and standards worldwide,” Brown said. “And last week’s government report on the economy showed a 240,000 decline in nonfarm payroll employment and a U.S. unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. Although we are seeing major employment declines in most industries, the health care and mining industry are actually adding jobs. “How does all of this affect you?” Brown asked. “As safety and health professionals it is not only our job to protect people, property and the environment, but we need to actively convince corporate that investing in safety is always good business. I’ll outline some supporting information and at the same time urge you, as part of your curriculum, to take business and financial courses to help you work within the parameters of corporate governance and understand the positive impact effective workplace...

     
    11/05/2010 1:10 PM

    Photos from Nov. 4-5 Rethink Safety Symposium

    Go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=126759285483 to view photos from the ASSE Nov. 4-5, 2010, Rethink Safety Symposium in San Antonio, TX

     
    11/04/2010 4:06 PM

    Liberty Mutual Group Supports Safety Research and Education Through the ASSE Foundation

    Des Plaines, IL (November 4, 2010) — The Liberty Mutual Group continues to support research and education in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession through the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) and has made a generous $30,000 contribution for 2011. The Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program is funded by this donation and encourages research activities in occupational safety and health, and provides a forum for safety professionals to guide resear​

     
    11/04/2010 1:11 PM

    Attendees Pack ASSE Symposium to Dig Deeper Into Why Workplace Error Occurs

    Des Plaines, IL (November 4, 2010) — A standing room only crowd of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals from around the U.S. were on hand today in San Antonio to hear Dr. Todd Conklin, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, discuss new thinking on why error happens in the workplace. He discussed studies that have found 70 percent of companies’ systems have errors; that 90 percent of operating equipment errors are human; that 10 percent of error is due to equipment malfunction; and, much more at the opening of the two-day American Society of Safety Engineer’s Rethink Safety symposium at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. From looking at why a crocodile would clamp down on the head of the trainer after many years of working together; what caused a high explosive bomb to be dropped, but not go off; to ‘texting’ and the recent horrific train crash in California, Conklin asked the audience to dig deeper. “Was it the texting that caused the accident,” Conklin asked the audience. “No, you can replace ‘texting’ with ‘distracted’ with ‘the wasp’ with many more factors, but it’s the system. Workers don’t cause accidents; they trigger latent conditions that exist in the systems’ process that lie dormant on the job site. Conditions that allow error or failure to happen. That’s what you need to find.” The ASSE symposium will address this and other issues involving error and workplace safety this Nov. 4-5 at its “Rethink Safety” symposium including looking into the root...​

     
    11/02/2010 1:12 PM

    ASSE Student Conference Provides Guidance and Opportunities for Next Generation of Safety Professionals

    Des Plaines, IL (November 2, 2010) — With 120 students in attendance from 24 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student sections, the upcoming ASSE Future Safety Leaders Conference will be an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of communication and leadership in the occupational safety and health profession. The conference will be held November 4-5, at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL, and will feature breakout sessions, round table discussions and a keyn​

     
    10/27/2010 7:55 PM

    ASSE Notes Safety Profession Growing, Ranked as One of Top 50 Jobs in America

    Des Plaines, IL (October 27, 2010) — The occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession is growing, according to the 99-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Not only did November Money magazine’s feature ‘The 50 Best Jobs in America’ list the “environmental, health and safety specialist” job as number 22, the “environmental engineer” job as number five, and, the “risk-management manager” job as number 14; but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of SH&E practitioners is expected to increase nine percent during the 2006 – 2016 decade. Additionally, the University of California San Diego Extension listed the SH&E profession among a “dozen hot careers for college graduates”. ASSE, with more than 32,000 SH&E professional members located worldwide, has also seen a growth in membership and participation. “As ASSE turns 100 years old in 2011 it is clear that the profession continues to grow and show meaningful results that lead to increasing quality of life for everyone,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said today. “Safety is good business and through developing and implementing effective workplace safety and health programs at companies worldwide, ASSE members have proven through the past 99 years that they can and do make a difference. The difference is that more people than ever are going to work and leaving work injury and illness free. “ The Money magazine ranking of the Top 50 Jobs in America was developed,...​

     
    10/26/2010 2:42 PM

    TX Safety Engineers Host to Symposium Taking a Fresh Look at Safety, Recent Statistics

    Des Plaines, IL (October 26, 2010) — Although workplace fatalities nationwide dropped by 17 percent in 2009, on-the-job deaths rose in Texas by four percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many were puzzled by the increase due to the ongoing push by all to enhance workplace safety in Texas. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will address this and other issues involving error and workplace safety this Nov. 4-5 at its “Rethink Safety” symposium in San Antonio, including looking into the root causes of catastrophic events such as the Texas City BP disaster, the NASA Challenger and Columbia tragedies as well as the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe. Texans Bernie Price, of Houston, and Patrick Browne, of Friendswood, will be key presenters at the symposium. Price will present “The error pyramid: a low-cost proofing methodology” and Browne will discuss “Lessons from the flight deck”. Richard R. Bourlon, P.E., CSP, ALCM, of Irving, TX, is on the symposium task force, the group that developed the two-day program. The symposium will consist of 14 concurrent and roundtable sessions designed to provide organizations with new tools to improve safety. Following the symposium, attendees should be able to identify circumstances that produce an environment at risk for losses and address those risks; recognize causal relationships between the system and the occurrence of accidents; implement practical approaches and tools to reduce error; and,...

     
    10/25/2010 1:58 PM

    Guardian Fall Protection Partners with OSRAM to Provide 16 Hour Competent Person Training

    Des Plaines, IL (October 25, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) members, in conjunction with Guardian Fall Protection & Safety Today and OSRAM Sylvania, will provide a 16 hour Competent Person Training course November 9-November 10, in Hillsboro, NH. Supported by ASSE’s Granite State Chapter, this training course will provide valuable information and is designed specifically for superintendents, and managers of authorized persons or individuals working at height. This competent person fall protection training course will focus on fall protection system analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z359.2 standard regulations, fall hazard elimination, equipment inspection and passive fall protection systems. It will also include information about fall restraint systems, varieties of fall arrest systems, fall protection rescue procedures, selection and use of non-certified anchorages, as well as competent person role and duties. The course will take place at OSRAM, located at 275 W. Main Street in Hillsboro, NH. The registration fee is $500.00 per person and includes all portions of the two-day course. For more information and to register, please contact Sue Roy of Safety Today at sroy@safetytoday.com or by phone at 203-676-2594. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its...​

     
    10/22/2010 1:59 PM

    North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Discusses Possible Cuts, Maintaining Focus on Safety During American Society of Safety Engineers' E. Carolina Meeting

    Des Plaines, IL (October 22, 2010) — At the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Eastern Carolina Chapter and East Carolina University (ECU) student section’s virtual meeting featuring North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry Thursday, the issues of budget cuts, keeping focus on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses and more were discussed. A long-time distinguished safety professional and leader, Commissioner Berry provided valuable information about occupational safety a​

     
    10/21/2010 1:59 PM

    NY City Chapter Discusses Work Safety With Chinese Delegation

    Des Plaines, IL (October 21, 2010) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) New York City Chapter members will be host to several members of a Chinese Work Safety group organized by China’s Hangzhou Municipal Safety Production Supervision Administration. The Chinese delegation contacted the chapter as New York City is where ASSE was founded in 1911. The Chinese group is touring the U.S. to gain a better understanding about work safety in the U.S. They are interested in the 99-year history of ASSE and the role the NY City chapter and its members play in keeping workplaces safe; and, how the ASSE NY City Chapter occupational safety, health and environmental members work with government and regulatory agencies. WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2010, all day, times listed with event WHERE: ASSE NYC Chapter Technical Meeting with OSHA and updates 8:00-11:00 a.m. UFT HQ 52 Broadway New York, NY 10004 [lower Manhattan Island/ Bowling Green area] Group tour of the Wall Street “Bull”, the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hill and Ground Zero 11:00 a.m. to noon Tour of the new World Trade Center Construction Site ASSE member will provide the tour Noon – 1:00 p.m. Proper PPE: hardhats, safety glasses, and reflective vests will be provided by the ASSE NYC Chapter Following the tours the Chapter will discuss with the delegation workplace safety efforts in the U.S. and the key work of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals in enhancing work safety worldwide....​

     
    10/18/2010 7:56 PM

    ASSE Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebrations, Approve New Programs

    Des Plaines, IL (October 18, 2010) — In addition to kicking off the yearlong 100th anniversary celebrations of the October 14, 1911, founding of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) at its annual Leadership Conference here last week, the ASSE Board of Directors approved several new programs. The ASSE Board approved the establishment of an Ergonomics Practice Specialty (PS); approved the Philippines Chapter charter; approved the Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) designation be recognized as an eligible accredited certification for ASSE’s professional membership category; and, approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP) and ASSE to be signed in the near future. “I remember a few years ago when I was the administrator of the construction practice specialty there were only about seven practice specialties or divisions as they were called,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said during the board meeting after the new ergonomics practice specialty was approved. “Now we have 17. This is truly a testament that the profession and ASSE is growing. It also shows that our ASSE members are very much committed to learning more and sharing information about their profession.” Since the Ergonomics PS began three years ago as a PS Branch, it has grown immensely and has sponsored six concurrent sessions at the ASSE annual professional development conference and publishes ergonomic tips and newsletters...​

     
    10/18/2010 2:00 PM

    ASSE's Central Florida Chapter Recognizes Jennifer Zipeto as the 2010-2011 Safety Professional of the Year

    Des Plaines, IL (October 18, 2010) — Outstanding occupational safety and health professionals are the driving force behind the almost 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition to working daily to prevent injuries and illnesses at work; members volunteer their time and resources to protect people, property and the environment. The Central Florida Chapter of ASSE is proud to announce that Jennifer Zipeto, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), has received the 2010-2011 C​

     
    10/18/2010 1:13 PM

    ASSE's Middle East Chapter Presents 6th Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Symposium on Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals

    Des Plaines, IL (October 18, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Middle East Chapter is a featured sponsor of the 6th annual Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Symposium on Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals on October 25-27, 2010, in Doha, Qatar. This forum is also endorsed by the Supreme Council of Health of Qatar, the Hamad Medical Corporation of Qatar, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), the Board of Environmental Health and Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC) and the Institute of Professional Environment Practise (IPEP) and will feature many speakers from locations worldwide. The symposium will feature more than 30 sessions designed to help professionals learn valuable skills associated with topics such as HSE from an executive’s point of view, HSE management strategies during a recession, successful HSE management and occupational health and wellness. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Salih Ali Al Marri, the Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs for the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar. Among the featured speakers is ASSE past-president and 2010 ASSE Safety Professional of the Year (SPY), Mike W. Thompson, CSP. Thompson has over 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental field and is currently the Information Technology and Service Global HSE Advisor for BP Exploration and Production in Houston, TX. He will be presenting a session titled, “Business Continuity Planning: Anticipate, Evaluate and...

     
    10/07/2010 2:00 PM

    Granite State ASSE Chapter To Help Students Get Hands On Job Experience

    Des Plaines, IL (October 7, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Granite State Chapter has stepped up its efforts to not only increase awareness of workplace safety in New Hampshire communities and businesses, but to also develop a new program aimed at pairing ASSE Keene State College section students with businesses. The ASSE Keene State College student section is one of the most active of the ASSE student sections in the U.S. Several of the current chapter leaders are also graduates of the Keene State Safety Studies program and work in a variety of industries in the area of occupational safety, health and environmental throughout the state. “With the start of the school year we look forward to again meeting with our student section, mainly students from Keene State College, to share ideas and get a dialog going. We did just that this week,” Chuck Badeau, CSP, manager of loss prevention for Peerless Insurance™, of Keene, said today. “Even though it was a heavy exam week for them, about 25 students from the college along with both executive boards were on hand to talk about the field of safety, careers, and how we can better help them prepare for the job market. “A couple of the items discussed included mentoring and job shadowing programs,” Badeau said. “The students were interested in both with a particular interest in job shadowing since the field of safety is so vast. It’s one thing to hear about careers in certain fields, but another to actually live...​

     
    10/05/2010 2:01 PM

    ASSE's Acadiana Chapter Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

    Des Plaines, IL (October 5, 2010) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Acadiana Chapter in Lafayette, LA, representing local occupational safety, health and environmental professionals from all industries will celebrate its 30th anniversary on October 19, 2010. The chapter was chartered on October 24, 1980, and is comprised of 178 members. The event will take place at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette in Lafayette, LA. WHEN: October 19, 2010 6:00-8:00 p.m. WHERE: Petroleum Club​

     
    10/05/2010 1:13 PM

    ASSE Announces Remaining Continuing Education Opportunities for 2010

    Des Plaines, IL (October 5, 2010) — In an effort to provide safety, health and environmental professionals (SH&E) with the opportunity to earn professional certifications and continued education in the SH&E field, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will offer math reviews for certification exams, several examination preparation workshops and a selection of continuing education seminars this October 10 – 15 in Reno, NV; October 31-November 5 in San Antonio, TX; and December 1-11 at ASSE headquarters in Des Plaines, IL. According to a study by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), SH&E professionals with certifications such as the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) can earn up to $30K more per year than persons without certifications. The October certification preparation workshops will be located at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, and will include a math review for certification exams on October 10, the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Certification Preparation Workshop October 11-13, and the CSP Certification Preparation Workshop October 14-16. Continuing education seminars for the Certificate in Safety Management include a Corporate Safety Management course October 11-13, Safety Management I October 11-13, Safety Management II October 14-15. The two sessions offered for the Executive Program in Safety Management will be Managing the Business Aspects of Safety October 11-13 and Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management...

     
    10/04/2010 3:39 PM

    ASSE Ergonomics Branch Addresses Growing Problem, Provides Tips to Prevent MSD Injuries

    Des Plaines, IL (October 4, 2010) — Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most significant occupational safety and health problems in the U.S., according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Ergonomics Branch is providing tips to help reduce MSDs at work and at home as part of October’s National Ergonomics Month. While a common cause of work MSDs is long or frequent exposure to awkward posture and forces to joints of the body when performing work tasks, the control is good ergonomic design of the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describe occupational ergonomics as the science of designing workplace conditions and job demands to fit the capabilities of the working population. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2005 sprain and strain injuries accounted for more than three-fourths of the MSD cases that resulted in days away from work. “I do not expect to see much change in that number when data for 2006 and later are released. MSDs are a growing concern in all industries from office work to shipyards; from restaurants to hospitals; and are increasingly on OSHA’s radar scope,” said ASSE Ergonomics Branch Chair Jeremy Chingo-Harris, CSP, of Racine, WI. “OSHA has recently brought added attention to occupational ergonomics by proposing the addition of a new column on the OSHA 300 log for tracking work-related MSDs. Current...​

     
    09/29/2010 3:41 PM

    ASSE Supports NY U.S. Senator's Bill to Fund NIOSH, World Trade Center Health Program

    Des Plaines, IL (September 29, 2010) — In a letter to Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY), American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said ASSE agrees with the support the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is provided by Senate Bill 1334 – the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009” to help ensure that those who were directly impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, receive the health care services they need. The bill would fund the NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program. “While we support in general whatever provision Congress decides is appropriate to care for those who responded through this legislation, ASSE is particularly concerned with helping ensure that Congress gives the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) the necessary funding and tools to fulfill the mission NIOSH is already undertaking to meet the health needs of these individuals,” Hill continued. “NIOSH is the only resource the safety and health community has for occupational safety and health research and education funding. “If your bill is passed into law,” Hill said. “NIOSH will no longer have to rely on appropriations bills each year to fund the NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program. Your bill will also ensure that specific Congressional instructions on how the program should be operated will be in place. NIOSH’s overall mission needs the kind of certainty your bill would bring.”...​

     
    09/29/2010 2:25 PM

    ASSE Urges Members, Employers To Address Distracted Driving

    Des Plaines, IL (September 29, 2009) — As transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S., causing 2,053 workplace fatalities in 2007, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) notes in its revised “Distracted Driving in Motor Vehicles” position statement that ‘ the issue is worthy of public debate since the inappropriate use of an electronic device while operating a vehicle can have catastrophic consequences for individuals, families and employers’ and lays out a series of recommendations to address the issue. As this week’s U.S. Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Summit in D.C. begins, ASSE notes in its position statement, ‘ASSE’s view is that focusing attention simply on electronic devices in the public debate on distracted driving, though purposeful and well meaning, can also be unfortunate since the same safety risks posed by cellular phones also holds true for a vehicle operator who drives in an unsafe manner while eating, drinking, reading, operating any other electronic device, or some other type of distracting activity where the driver’s mind, eyes, and hands are engaged elsewhere than the road ahead and the steering wheel.’ “Government officials, the public and employers need more guidance as to what constitutes a hazardous act created by inappropriate actions, which may include but is not limited to the use of electronic devices,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said today. “While the...

     
    09/17/2010 7:18 PM

    Hoping to Prevent Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Through Education, ASSE Kicks off its 9th Annual Kids' Safety-on-the-Job Poster Contest

    Des Plaines, IL (September 17, 2010) — Today, 12 people a day die from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. The number should be zero according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of the ASSE work day in and day out to prevent work injuries and illnesses for the more than 300 million people that go to work each day. The 9th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest for kids aged 5-14 is one way ASSE and its members work to educate the public on how to be safe at work and why. The contest kicks off Sunday, September 19, and runs through Valentine’s Day, 2011, February 14. The contest is open not only to ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children of ASSE member co-workers and schools sponsored by ASSE members. To enter, a child must be sponsored by an ASSE member. To find a local chapter go to www.asse.org. Top prizes, savings bonds, will be awarded to those in each of the five age groups that best illustrate being safe on the job. In each age group there are first, second, third and fourth place winners. The first place winners will be featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed to hundreds of thousands of businesses and people worldwide all aimed at raising awareness on how to be safe at work. Not only do all poster contestants receive a prize, but they and their family along with all ASSE...​

     
    09/17/2010 4:22 PM

    In Support of Safety and Health Education, SiteHawk Makes Donation to American Society of Safety Engineers' Foundation

    Des Plaines, IL (September 17, 2010) — To support safety, health and environmental education and research, SiteHawk, a leader in the chemical information management field, has agreed to sponsor the SiteHawk Safety Scholarship through the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF). The first scholarship will be awarded in Spring of 2011. The SiteHawk Safety Scholarship will be available annually after 2011. The SiteHawk Safety Scholarship is intended for full-time undergraduate safety, health and environmental (SH&E) students. Since 1993, SiteHawk has combined industry and regulatory expertise with technology best practices to deliver innovative, web-based chemical management solutions. Organizations in virtually every industry utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet regulatory and environmental compliance initiatives, manage chemical inventories and chemical data, publish material safety data sheets, and keep workers safe throughout the organization. The complete SiteHawk solution portfolio includes software and services for MSDS management, MSDS authoring, chemical inventory management, and environmental regulatory compliance. For more information about SiteHawk and the products and services offered by the company, please visit www.sitehawk.com. The ASSEF, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research,...

     
    09/16/2010 2:43 PM

    ASSE to Address Safety Dangers in Healthcare Industry

    Des Plaines, IL (September 16, 2010) — As reports of health care workers being attacked by patients continue to grow, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a virtual symposium October 19-21 on how to address the risk and hazards healthcare workers deal with every day, as do their employers. The ASSE ‘Occupational Safety in the Healthcare Industry’ virtual symposium will feature the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Administrator Dr. John ​

     
    09/16/2010 2:42 PM

    ASSE President Hill Addresses Impact of the Economy on Work Safety at Canadian Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (September 16, 2010) — In his Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) conference address in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, of Southfield, MI, discussed the impact of the economic downturn on worker safety, the safety profession and why occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals are so committed to preventing injuries and illnesses at work, especially for the past 100 years. ASSE celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2011. “Recently released U.S. fatal workplace statistics show that in 2009 workplace fatality rates went down in the U.S. from 2008 by about 17 percent -- from 5,214 people dying from on-the-job injuries to 4,340 people,” Hill said at the CSSE annual professional development conference. “Many say it is partly because of the economic downturn. I’m sure the economy has had an impact on these numbers; in the U.S. we have about a 9.6 percent unemployment rate with thousands of others out of work for more than 10 months not even being counted. Some say that would put the unemployment rate at around 18 percent. But still, 12 people a day are dying from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. That is not good. We must continue to work to bring that number down to zero.” Hill noted that now is not time for businesses to cut back on occupational safety and health systems for if they do it will come back to severely haunt them and the economy in the...

     
    09/08/2010 2:44 PM

    ASSE Offers Valuable Tips for Students to Prevent On and Off Campus Fires

    Des Plaines, IL (September 8, 2010) — In an effort to prevent injuries and illnesses in fires that occur in college residence halls, off-campus housing or fraternity/sorority houses and to raise awareness of life-saving fire prevention knowledge as students return to school, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the ASSE Fire Protection Practice Specialty (PS) are providing free fire prevention and safety tip sheets. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 3,570 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks in 2003-2006. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian deaths, 54 civilian fire injuries and $29.4 million in property damage. In August, 2010, a fire at a sorority house at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, caused more than 70 occupants to evacuate, injured one woman and caused over $50,000 in damage to the building. Though a number of student-related fire tragedies occur both on and off-campus, the majority of fatal fires occur off-campus. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), out of the 139 campus-related fire fatalities that occurred from January 2000 to the present, 84 percent occurred off-campus. Thus far in 2010, five students have died in off-campus fires. In January, off campus fires took the lives of a University of North Carolina student in Wilmington, NC; a Wheaton College graduate student in Wheaton, IL; and the lives...​

     
    09/02/2010 2:15 PM

    ASSE Urges Motorists to Drive Smart This Holiday-Notes Cost of Crashes, Delays High

    Des Plaines, IL (September 2, 2010) — As millions take to the roads this weekend for the Labor Day holiday, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges motorists and businesses to make sure drivers are not driving drunk, distracted or speeding. Transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths. ASSE reminds motorists that many of the vehicles on the road are there as part of the job such as utility workers, emergency responders, law enforcement officials, truckers, postal workers, construction workers, farmers, and millions are traveling to and from their job. Since 1992, transportation incidents have continued to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths – in 2009, 40 percent of all U.S. workplace fatalities were transportation related. “These crashes are preventable,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said. “We must all do our part to prevent roadway crashes. Pay attention, don’t text and drive, don’t use the phone and drive, don’t speed, and obey all traffic laws. “If you get into a crash,” Hill said. “Everyone pays. In addition to losing a loved one, a loss which cannot be measured, we all pay. The overall price tag for transportation crashes in the U.S. each year is $170 billion – for repairing the road, fences, lights and other infrastructure; emergency assistance; health care; rehabilitation; loss of production if it involves a worker; workers compensation; insurance costs; vehicle repair; court costs; lost time for...​

     
    09/01/2010 4:23 PM

    The American Society of Safety Engineers' Foundation Announces Nearly $170,000 in Scholarships and Grants for the 2011 Academic Year

    Des Plaines, IL (September 1, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) has announced the availability of nearly $170,000 in scholarships and professional development grants for the 2011 academic year, including seven new scholarships and three new grants. The deadline for all applications is December 1, 2010. All available scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, safety, safety engineering, safety management, occupational medicine, risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, fire safety, environmental safety, environmental health or other safety-related fields. Scholarships all require different criteria, such as region, diversity and specific areas of study within the safety field. Grants are available for safety professionals working to advance their education or obtain professional credentials in safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professions. There are seven new scholarships for the 2011 academic year. The $1,000 ASSE Foundation Military Scholarship will give priority to students that have served in the military. The Central Indiana ASSE Jim Kriner Memorial Scholarship will provide one $3,000 award and two $1,000 awards for Indiana residents attending school anywhere in the U.S. or to non-residents attending an Indiana university. Students who attend Indiana University and Indiana State University will receive priority for the two $1,000 scholarships. The Linda and Brad Giles Scholarship will...​

     
    09/01/2010 3:16 PM

    ASSE Urges Businesses, Communities to be Prepared Before a Contingency Situation Occurs

    Des Plaines, IL (September 1, 2010) — As we have seen in the aftermath of recent disasters, it is important to not only have an emergency plan in place should a contingency situation happen at work, at home or in the community, but that plan should be communicated and updated consistently, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). During September’s National Preparedness Month ASSE and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members join thousands in raising awareness on the importance of being prepared in an ongoing effort to prevent injuries and illnesses ASSE notes there are three critical phases of crisis management: vulnerability assessment, response management, and, business continuity. As for being prepared now, hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1 and ends November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15th and also ends November 30. “Safety and health professionals know the benefit of being prepared for contingency situations. We look for all risks and develop programs to address those risks to prevent any injuries and illnesses while utilizing the newest technology in the process,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP said. “All organizations should be doing this. For instance, we have learned from the recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita the importance of knowing how and where to contact your employees and their families, in the advent of a major disaster and have used emerging technology...​

     
    08/26/2010 5:21 PM

    ASSE Urges OSHA To Utilize Consensus Standards In Developing Fed Rule Aimed At Reducing Workplace Slips & Falls

    Des Plaines, IL (August 26, 2010) — In a recent letter to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the proposed ‘Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment’ rule (29 CFR, Part 1910), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urged OSHA to utilize existing fall standards and the voluntary consensus standards process widely used in industry as it develops the new rule. ASSE believes the process and the end users would be better served if standards such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Arrest Code as well as the ANSI/ASSE A1264.1-2007 Safety Requirements for Workplace Walking/Working Surfaces and Their Access; Workplace Floor, Wall and Roof Openings; Stairs and Guardrails Systems standards were utilized in developing the OSHA rule. A voluntary consensus standard is a documented agreement, established by a consensus of subject matter experts and approved by a recognized body that provides rules, guidelines or characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. Voluntary consensus standards developed by industry in accordance with ANSI’s procedures for due process, openness and consensus are often subsequently adopted by the government as part of the regulatory framework. Currently, ASSE is secretariat for 11 standards projects overseeing several committees made up of subject matter experts. In his August 19 letter to Assistant Secretary of Labor...​

     
    08/20/2010 2:56 PM

    ASSE Comments on New U.S. Fatal Occupational Injuries Report

    Des Plaines, IL (August 20, 2009) — In light of today's release of the preliminary annual fatal occupational figures for 2008 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of St. Louis, MO, offered his condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the 5,071 people who died from job-related injuries. Patton also urged businesses, despite the economic downturn, to continue to invest in workplace safety programs now to reduce the number of these tragic losses. “Our members – occupational safety, health and environmental professionals in all industries – work day in and day out to ensure that the millions of people who go to work every day leave work injury and illness free and return home safely," Patton said. "We urge all businesses to join us as we continue to identify risks at all workplaces, and develop and implement safety systems aimed at preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. It also pays to invest in workplace safety when it comes to health costs. The safer a workplace is the less chance a worker will be injured or suffer an illness. “We are also very saddened by the alarming number of workplace suicides which were up by 28 percent,” Patton said. “Although overall the rate of fatal workplace injuries is down, still 5,071 people lost their lives from on-the-job injuries, and this is a major loss. “Many already know that it is good...

     
    08/20/2010 2:45 PM

    ASSE's Hill Comments on Reduction in Workplace Fatalities, Notes There is Much More to be Done

    Des Plaines, IL (August 20, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) passes along its condolences to the families of the 4,340 people who lost their lives last year due to on-the-job injuries, according to statistics just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, yet note there is much more to do. Since 1911, members of ASSE, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals have been working day in and day out to protect people, property and the environment in all industries and environments. From working at zoos protecting attendees, workers and animals to designing risk out of new buildings, safety professionals are committed to making sure that the millions of people who go to work every day leave work injury and illness free to return home safely to their families and friends. “Although the workplace fatality rates have dropped, there is still much work to do. Those 4,340 people never made it home to their family,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said today. “On the other hand, we applaud those safety professionals, smart companies and organizations that continually develop and implement workplace safety systems and processes that prevent injuries and illnesses. They make a difference every day. However, our members and ASSE know that every day there is a new risk and a new way to protect workers and the environment and because of this they continue to adapt and build new protections and systems aimed at protecting workers...

     
    08/20/2010 2:44 PM

    ASSE Opposes Michigan Bill That Threatens Workplace Safety & Health Efforts

    Des Plaines, IL (August 20, 2010) — Southfield, Michigan, resident and president of the oldest safety society, the American Society of Safety Engineers, Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, stated today that ASSE opposes Michigan House Bill 6205 as it is currently written because of its unwarranted intrusion into ASSE members’ ability to practice their profession of protecting people, property and the environment. The bill aims to amend the public health code. In his letter sent to Michigan Representative Woodrow Stanley, Hill noted that he and the other 700 ASSE members from Detroit, Lansing, Michiana and Western Michigan work every day as safety and health professionals to make sure the hundreds of thousands of workers in Michigan leave work injury and illness free and return home safely to their families. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. “We have spoken with the Michigan sanitarians who are working to advance this bill and understand their intent may not be what this bill does to our members. Nevertheless, this bill would exclude our members and many other respected safety professionals from all work related or even vaguely related to the indefinable term ‘environmental health’,” Hill noted. “Our members already succeed at accomplishing much of the safety,...

     
    08/16/2010 7:57 PM

    Celebrated Behavioral Science Specialist to Host ASSE's Psychology of Self-Motivation Webinar August 25

    Des Plaines, IL (August 16, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) webinar ‘When No One’s Watching: The Psychology of Self-Motivation’ to be held Wednesday, August 25, will be led by Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech University and ASSE member E. Scott Geller, PhD. Geller has authored 31 books, 38 training manuals, 203 magazine articles, and over 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. “At times, most people need an external accountability intervention to keep them motivated. In the work world, these include time sheets, overtime compensation records, peer-to-peer behavioral observations, public posting of performance indicators, group and individual feedback meetings, and performance appraisals. Psychologists call these ‘extrinsic motivators’. Managers use them to keep employees on track,” Geller noted in his presentation at the 2010 ASSE Professional Development Conference last June. “However, sometimes people develop self-motivation within the context of an extrinsic motivation system. “In other words,” Geller notes. “An injury-free culture requires people to do the right things for safety when no one is watching to hold them accountable. Such self-accountability requires self-motivation.” In 2008, 5,214 people died from on-the-job injuries and millions more suffered workplace injuries and illnesses....​

     
    08/12/2010 2:46 PM

    Petroleum Industry Safety Is Topic of ASSE's September Virtual Symposium

    Des Plaines, IL (August 12, 2010) — The ‘Safety in the Petroleum Industry’ virtual interactive symposium to be held by the American Society of Safety Engineers this September 21-23 will provide presentations developed from combining lessons learned from the current oil discharge disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with best practices gleaned from decades of collective industry experience. The symposium webcasts will be delivered live online and be available for on-demand viewing by attendees. It will​

     
    08/05/2010 7:58 PM

    ASSE's Philadelphia Chapter Celebrates 75 Years

    Des Plaines, IL (August 5, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Philadelphia Chapter is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Chartered on July 1, 1935, the Philadelphia Chapter is one of the almost 100 year old Society’s oldest chapters. ASSE, founded in NY City in 1911, is now based in Des Plaines, IL, and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. Today, the Philadelphia chapter has over 550 members and actively works to promote being safe at work and the safety, health and environmental profession while in the greater Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Chapter has hosted professional development seminars and has had numerous members participate in national presentations and conferences. In 2007, the chapter was host to an emergency management conference in conjunction with the Penn-Jersey Chapter to explore lessons in emergency response learned from the 9/11 tragedy. The chapter was also very involved with ASSE relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina and made donations to the Red Cross Disaster Fund, while promoting the cause and encouraging its members to do the same. Members have presented at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) and have contributed to various standards projects at the national level. In addition, many of the Philadelphia Chapter’s members have been recognized for their service and involvement with ASSE. This year, Philadelphia Chapter member...​

     
    08/05/2010 4:24 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Announces New Military Service Scholarship, New Criteria for the America Responds Memorial Scholarship

    Des Plaines, IL (August 5, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF)recently announced the addition of a new, $1000, Military Service Scholarship and the establishment of new criteria for the America Responds Memorial Scholarship. Both awards will be offered during the 2011 application season and students will be able to apply after September 1, 2010. The new, $1000, Military Service Scholarship has been established by the ASSEF Trustees to provide support for students​

     
    08/02/2010 1:14 PM

    ASSE Presents a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Webinar August 18

    Des Plaines, IL (August 2, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers will offer an interactive live webinar titled, “Understanding a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program and Personnel Key to Its Development and Implementation,” on August 18 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. The webinar will feature speakers Randall Wingfield, chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z359 Accredited Standards Committee and chairman of the International Society for Fall Protection, as well as Thomas Kramer, chairman of the ANSI Z359.6 subcommittee on the design of active fall protection systems and the ANSI Z359.17 subcommittee on horizontal lifelines. Key issues addressed during this webinar will be developing and implementing a comprehensive managed fall protection program as the most effective method to identify, evaluate and eliminate fall hazards. The ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, titled “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program,” will be a key component of the presentation and will aim to help attendees better understand key terms related to the success of a fall protection program, specifically terms such as authorized person, competent person, qualified person and program administrator. Understanding the responsibilities of each aforementioned team members, limitations and training required is necessary for better formulating successful fall protection programs as addressed in this webinar. Webinar attendees will receive a free electronic...​

     
    07/26/2010 1:14 PM

    ASSE's SeminarFest in Las Vegas to Focus on Work Safety Issues, Best Practices

    Des Plaines, IL (July 26, 2010) — Aimed at providing fundamental continuing education and training for safety professionals on a variety of key topics and emerging issues, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will hold its annual SeminarFest in Las Vegas, NV, January 23-29, 2011. An intensive week-long event with over 50 educational sessions, SeminarFest 2011 will provide valuable safety, health and environmental information for the occupational safety and health professional. SeminarFest 2011 offers a wide-variety of safety management seminars. Attendees can register for seminars as needed to complete training and earn up to 5.0 CEUs/COCs. Safety, health and environmental professionals will be able to attend seminars on a broad range of topics, including techniques for hazard recognition, occupational risk assessment, auditing, measurement and metrics workshops, becoming an effective consultant, using near-miss data for successful loss control and advanced fire prevention. ASSE’s SeminarFest will also feature certificate in safety management seminars and certification preparation workshops including a math review and exam preparation workshops for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST) and the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) exams. ASSE also offers an executive program in safety management during this educational event. SeminarFest 2011 will be held at the...​

     
    07/22/2010 2:47 PM

    ASSE Offers Heat-Related Illness Prevention Safety Tips

    Des Plaines, IL (July 22, 2010) — As heat stress can cause workplace injuries and illness it is important for workers to be protected against the heat, sun exposure and other hazards that could result in severe injury. The American Society of Safety Engineers, the 99-year-old safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, suggests employers and employees be aware of the factors that can lead to heat stress, the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, preventing heat stress and what can be done for heat-related illnesses. First, when one’s body is unable to cool itself by sweating, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur, and can result in death. Factors leading to these conditions include high temperatures; being in direct sun or heat; limited air movement; physical exertion; poor physical condition; some medicines; and, inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces. “Heat and humidity can be a serious safety threat to all workers during the summer – from lifeguards; to agriculture, construction and roadway workers,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, PhD, CSP, said today. “People should think twice if they begin to feel these symptoms and act quickly.” Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting; weakness and moist skin; mood changes such as irritability or confusion and...

     
    07/20/2010 2:02 PM

    Alaskan ASSE Members Join Coast Guard in Reaching Rural Communities With Key Safety Information

    Fairbanks, AK (July 20, 2010) — In an effort to increase safety in rural Alaskan communities, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Midnight Sun Chapter, out of Fairbanks, joined with the Alaskan Coast Guard Auxiliary recently to visit and educate, for the first time, rural residents in villages located along the Yukon River. Titled the ‘Yukon Coastie 2010’ project, Midnight Sun Chapter member, former chapter president, and student section faculty advisor Marie M. Scholle, CSP, joined with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in providing safety and health education to the residents as well as demonstrating safety with ‘Coastie – the Safety Boat’. Coastie is a remote controlled robot boat used for youth education and boating safety programs. “The people we met were amazing. They are very friendly and eager to listen. This was the first time in the country that the Coast Guard Auxiliary developed and implemented a program like this. We were able to reach hundreds of rural residents and provide information on how to stay safe on the water, at work and at home, in person. The ASSE Midnight Sun Chapter was very pleased to be a part of this historical two-week event,” Scholle, both a member of ASSE and the Auxiliary, said. “It was such a success plans are already being made for future trips.” These efforts by members of ASSE, occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, helps the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 17, in their ongoing efforts to...

     
    07/19/2010 7:18 PM

    ASSE Members' Receive NAOSH Champion Award For Making a Difference

    Des Plaines, IL (July 19, 2010) — With 5,214 people dying from work-related injuries in 2008 and millions more sustaining on-the-job injuries and illnesses, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members work not only at their job protecting people and property, but in their spare time as well. Seven ASSE members recognized by their peers for doing just this were awarded the ASSE North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Champion award at its annual meeting in June in Baltimore for going above and beyond. The NAOSH 2010 champions are Heather J. Earl, CSP, of Lake Buena Vista, FL; Mary E. Winkler, CSP, of LaPlata, MD; Christopher Helser, CSP, of Onancock, VA; Michael A. Wolf, of Chesapeake, MD; D. Kevin Earp, of Charlotte, NC; Laura A. Comstock, CSP, of Lexington, SC; and F. Robb Altenburg, of Washington, D.C. Despite the economy, these ASSE members made it possible for families to travel to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Department of Labor, for providing access to behind the scenes operations at the Smithsonian, reaching hundreds of communities in FL, MD and VA, with best practices and much more. F. Robb Altenburg, of Washington, DC, a safety specialist for the Smithsonian Institution, worked with Mary Winkler, CSP, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Associate Director for Fire Protection and Safety J. Andrew Wilson to organize a ‘behind the scenes at the museums’ event for poster contest entrants, their families and...​

     
    07/13/2010 8:46 PM

    ASSE Comments on New Congressional Mine Act

    Des Plaines, IL (July 13, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today said it does not support the effort to link together key provisions of the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAW Act, HR 2067), introduced last year, to mining safety and health provisions of the Mine Safety and Health Act of 2010 bill, HR 5663, for which the Congressional Committee is holding hearings on this week. ASSE officials note that because the bill is so wide-sweeping in an attempt to move forward reforms to both the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (Mine Act) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), that ASSE fears the short time set aside to consider the bill does not serve the purpose of advancing occupational safety and health in the most thoughtful way possible. In a letter sent today to Representative George Miller, chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, PhD, CSP, raised concerns and noted, “ASSE is particularly concerned that this rush to markup does not address a glaring failure of the OSH Act to provide more than eight million public sector workers with the same minimal federal occupational safety and health protections that all other workers enjoy. “To propose toughening the safety and health protections most workers already have while so many other Americans – all public servants, many of who serve to protect our welfare – are not protected at even current levels of protection is unfair to those public...

     
    07/13/2010 4:25 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Receives Nearly $150,000 for Award Funding at Annual Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (July 13, 2010) — In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the safety, health and the environmental (SH&E) field, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) funds annual scholarships and professional development grants. At this year’s ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC), Safety 2010, the Foundation received nearly $150,000 in donations to fund awards for 2011. The majority of this year’s donations were received at the ASSE Hou​

     
    07/12/2010 7:19 PM

    HP Hood ASSE Safety Professionals Share Expertise With Communities, Schools Aimed at Preventing Work Injuries, Illnesses

    Des Plaines, IL (July 12, 2010) — Recently, safety professionals at HP Hood LLC that are members of the American Society of Safety Engineers led a multi-state safety effort by reaching out into their communities and schools with key information and best practices on how to be safe on the job. Led by HP Hood’s Senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Director David T. Crowley, of Canton and the greater ASSE Boston Chapter, HP Hood, HP Hood Crowley Foods Division and HP Hood Rosenberger’s Dairies’ Division safety professionals John Timmerman, Tom Wertman, Peter Van Derlyke, and Marty Hinkle, provided key safety tips to hundreds of children, employees and town residents aimed at keeping them safe. This was done during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week held in May where safety professionals mobilize worldwide to extend their safety and health knowledge and expertise. While millions of people go to work and return home injury and illness free every day, about 14 people a day are dying from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. alone and millions more are suffering from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. In Massachusetts in 2008 a total of 61 people died as a result of on-the-job injuries – 18 people in transportation related incidents, eight as a result of assaults/violent acts, eight from being hit by objects and/or equipment, 15 from falls and 10 from exposure to harmful substances or environments, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor...

     
    07/12/2010 1:15 PM

    ASSE Presents November Symposium Addressing Innovative Human Error View of Safety

    Des Plaines, IL (July 12, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Symposium titled “Rethink Safety: A New View of Human Error and Workplace Safety,” will take place in San Antonio, TX, November 4-5. The symposium will provide attendees with an innovative view of safety and accident prevention through assessing the element of human error. Though human behavior has previously been explored, understanding human error as it relates to workplace safety is a new way of exploring where errors occur, how to implement new interventions and prevention by design. The symposium will consist of 14 concurrent and roundtable sessions designed to provide organizations with new tools to improve safety. Attendees will earn 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) as electives for ASSE’s certificate programs and for certification maintenance. After attending the symposium, attendees should be able to discuss reasons for human error, identify circumstances that produce an environment at risk for losses, recognize causal relationships between systems and accidents and implement practical approaches and tools to reduce errors. Keynote speaker Dr. Todd Conklin, a renowned authority on organizational behavior, will provide attendees with a look at human performance and why changing perceptions of human error is key to changing safety. In addition, general session presenter Corrie Pitzer, a specialist in strategic safety management, will discuss recent disasters, the human element and...​

     
    07/08/2010 1:15 PM

    Retooling for the New Economy is Topic of ASSE's S. California Chapters and the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Symposium

    Des Plaines, IL (July 8, 2010) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County chapters will host a Joint Technical Symposium in conjunction with the Southern California and Orange County American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, titled “Retooling for the New Economy: Emerging Solutions in Environmental Health and Safety.” The event is open to professionals, students, retirees and vendor exhibitors. WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. WHERE: The Grand, Long Beach Center 4104 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815 WHY: This event will provide attendees with opportunities to share knowledge and expertise and will serve as a forum for discussion, learning and innovation. The symposium will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by nine breakout sessions and two keynote presentations by experts in the safety, health and environmental field. Keynote speakers include Aaron K. Trippler, AIHA director of government and John Howard, M.D., director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Breakout sessions include a wide range of topics such as hazard communication, ergonomics in an aging workforce, green building mandates and safety leadership. CONTACT: Early bird registration is $125.00 until August 15 and $150.00 after the early registration deadline. Full time students and those who wish to...

     
    07/07/2010 5:09 PM

    ASSE Presents Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Professionals from CA, CO, MO, NY, TX and the Netherlands

    Des Plaines, IL (July 7, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently presented the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award to recipients Christopher M. Gates, ARM, from San Bernardino, CA; Richard F. King, CSP, from Centennial, CO; James L. Weaver, CSP, from Kansas City, MO; Diana Cortez from Millwood, NY; Gregory L. Smith, CSP, from Austin, TX; and Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands for their ongoing volunteer work and commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. The awards were presented at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC), June 13-16, in Baltimore, MD. The Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award is named after ASSE’s late vice president of communications. This award recognizes select members of the executive board, national committee members and practice specialty officers who have helped advance the occupational, safety, health and environmental profession through exemplary volunteer service to the Society during the past year. Christopher M. Gates of San Bernardino, CA, has been a professional member of ASSE for nearly 25 years and serves as the Military Branch Chair. He has been involved in the Management Practice Specialty since 2006 and is also a member of the Business Safety Committee. Gates was recognized for his commitment to practice specialty recruitment efforts, outreach to potential members in all practice specialties. Richard F. King of...

     
    07/01/2010 2:48 PM

    Preventing Occupational Dog Bites Addressed at Live Demonstration at ASSE's Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (July 1, 2010) — Not only did the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) held in Baltimore, MD, June 13-16 provide more than 200 educational sessions, but also featured a live occupational dog bite safety demonstration. This session was designed to help employees avoid being bitten while on the job. With an interactive dog bite demonstration that required volunteers from the audience, ASSE member, Owner and President of Bulli Ray Occupational Dog Bite Safety Mitzi Robinson provided session attendees with valuable information and a great show. Robinson and her husband, Bulli Ray Vice President Anthony Robinson, started Bulli Ray Occupational Dog Bite Safety in 1993, after observing significant cultural changes in California. At a time when crime rates were rising, aggressive dog breeds became more popular household pets to protect homes and families. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and Argentine Dogos became choice breeds for protection. Robinson noticed that with such aggressive dogs found more commonly in households, it was more dangerous for field employees such as postal workers, meter readers and utility workers to make routine calls. After two United States Postal Service workers died from on-the-job injuries due to dog attacks, Robinson approached the postal service and offered a safety training program, at her own expense, to help provide employees with the tools they needed to successfully and safely...

     
    07/01/2010 2:47 PM

    Safety Engineers Note Planning Key to a Safe Holiday Parade

    Des Plaines, IL (July 1, 2010) — Midsummer parades, especially the Fourth of July parade, have grown in size and popularity in towns and communities countrywide. In an effort to help communities prepare for and hold a parade without any harmful incidents the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals located worldwide, is offering parade safety tips/suggestions. In a recent article for ASSE’s Council on Practices and Standards’ Public Sector Practice Specialty newsletter titled “Parade Safety”, ASSE Minnesota-based member Greg Langan, CSP, ARM, CPCU, Loss Control Director, Public Entity and Scholastic Division, Managing Director, Loss Control Practice Group for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., outlined key suggestions aimed at enhancing parade safety. He said when addressing safety you must take into account the fact that on the day of the parade the streets are lined with people two or three deep with children ready to dash out and collect candy as floats pass, and there are a number of parade participants such as bands, animals, etc. and floats. These pose several risks to be addressed in the planning stages to ensure the parade will be a fun and enjoyable experience. ASSE also suggests city and town officials turn to their staff occupational safety and health professional for additional guidance. To ensure the parade is a fun event, Langan suggests a Parade Safety Manual...​

     
    06/29/2010 5:25 PM

    ASSE's Middle Tennessee Chapter Announces Eight Local Scholarship Winners

    Des Plaines, IL (June 29, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Middle Tennessee Chapter members are proud to announce their 2010 scholarship recipients. In addition to two $2,000 awards distributed to students in conjunction with the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF), the Middle Tennessee Chapter Scholarship Committee has awarded six additional $1,000 scholarships, bringing the chapter award total to $10,000 for 2010. The $2,000 Harold F. Polston ASSEF Middle Tennessee Chapter scholarship went to Lauren Hobbs of Murray State University in Murray, KY, and the $2,000 Keith Bain scholarship went to Jenna Lake, also of Murray State. The six $1,000 chapter scholarship recipients are Martika Shanel Clark, Michael Jerry Franklin, Jacob Hagan, Zhichao Emma Jiang and Joe Eugene Tarry IV of Murray State University, as well as Yunhee Julie Im of Middle Tennessee State University. When asked about her accomplishment, Yunhee Julie Im, a master’s degree student studying engineering technology in occupational safety and health, commented, “Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices that are made to pursue a higher degree. The safety, health and environmental profession is more important now than ever. We need to be prepared to protect and provide safety for our environment and in our workplaces for the benefit of employees and the public.” The six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress on Monday, August 2, at the...​

     
    06/25/2010 2:28 PM

    Wisconsin ASSE Members Call for Legislators To Strengthen Drunk Driving Laws

    Des Plaines, IL (June 25, 2008) — Wisconsin members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today called for Wisconsin legislators to strengthen the state’s drunk driving laws noting that not only are the state’s roadways unsafe but the current law’s leniency plays a major part in the tragic fact that transportation accidents are the top cause of on-the-job deaths. “Wisconsin’s current drunk driving laws are contributing to cultural attitudes that do not embrace safety on the road. Impaired driving laws have long been so lax in Wisconsin that they have done little to prevent the actions of repeat offenders or discourage their behavior. This must change,” ASSE Wisconsin Chapter President Brian Well said today in a letter to state legislators. “It is time to put teeth in the impaired driving laws and make them a true deterrent to help change the cultural acceptance of impaired driving, and, to save lives. ASSE members work on a daily basis to help create positive safety cultures in organizations and manage behavioral change necessary to achieve those cultures,” Well continued. “Building a safety-minded culture involves clear understanding of problem behaviors, organized educational efforts and stiff consequences for non-compliance. It also requires strong leadership to positively engage those who do not know the rules or think that rules should not apply to them. This kind of leadership is needed in Wisconsin now.” Well noted how the recent tragic incident in...

     
     
    06/16/2010 2:48 PM

    Corporate Executives Address Competitive Advantage of Effective Safety Programs at ASSE's Baltimore Conference

    Baltimore, MD (June 16, 2010) — Five top executives from different industries discussed the business of safety, making sure employees leave work injury and illness free every day and how safety professionals can move up the corporate ladder during the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Executive Summit at its annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Baltimore today. “We start at the top. Safety is a key core value,” Bryan O’Connor, chief of safety and mission assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “We have 40,000 employees and we reach them through our leadership, which is very easy and doable. Safety is built into all performance contracts,” said Bill Ermatinger, vice president of human resources and administration at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, a company with more than 100 years of designing, building, overhauling and repairing ships for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and world navies. “And you also need to look at what your customers need. Our customers are the taxpayers and we need to make sure we produce quality products with little costs and safety is key.” “Safety to us is a competitive advantage,” said Kathleen Shanahan, CEO and Chair of the Board for WRScompass, a company with a technical workforce of over 600 employees dedicated to assisting businesses with the challenges of ‘going green’. “Safety impacts every part of business and businesses need to keep proactively challenging themselves when...​

     
    06/15/2010 5:29 PM

    ASSE Past-President Michael W. Thompson of Houston, TX, Named Safety Professional of the Year

    Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — In recognition of his continued efforts to enhance workplace safety and health, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named Society past-president Michael W. Thompson, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), of Houston, TX, as the recipient of the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award. Thompson received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition, ‘Safety 2010,’ in Baltimore, MD. Thompson was sponsored by Society past president and Fellow Frank Perry. The annual Safety Professional of the Year award is given to an outstanding ASSE member for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational safety, health and environmental field (SH&E). Sponsored by the Monsanto Corporation, the award was created in honor of its third president and son of the founder, Edgar Monsanto Queeny for his personal commitment to protect workers from industrial accidents and health hazards. With over 25 years of experience in the SH&E profession, Thompson began his career in 1980 with Chevron Corporation, where he served as a safety engineer at the company’s San Francisco, Richmond, and Denver locations. Later he served as Operations Manager for an electronics manufacturing firm before joining Amoco Corporation in their Rocky Mountain operations and later in their world-wide exploration activities. Thompson has continued to work in the oil and gas industry and has been...

     
    06/15/2010 5:28 PM

    Delaware's Dr. J. Nigel Ellis Receives ASSE's Highest Honor

    Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member Dr. J. Nigel Ellis of Wilmington, DE, as Society Fellow. Ellis received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2010, in Baltimore, MD. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Ellis is the President of Ellis Fall Safety Solutions, LLC, Division of DSC. His company provides fall protection assessment, engineering, installation and workplace training on effective use of fall safety products. With over 39 years of experience in safety engineering, Ellis has spoken at leading industry association and society meetings, including ASSE conferences. He has developed coursework and materials for safety training courses, such as Competent and Qualified Persons for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute. Ellis has performed fall hazard assessments at hundreds of facilities and construction sites worldwide and has been retained as a fall safety expert in approximately 1,000 fall-related cases...​

     
    06/15/2010 5:27 PM

    Idaho's Bradley D. Giles Receives the ASSE Fellow Award for Excellence in the Safety Profession

    Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member Bradley D. Giles of Boise, ID, a Society Fellow. Giles received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Giles also received the prestigious President’s Award on Sunday, June 13, during the House of Delegates Meeting. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Giles is the Vice President of Environmental Safety, Health and Security at URS Corporation, is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). With over 33 years of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) management and engineering experience, Giles has been an influential member of ASSE and has made many contributions to the profession. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for 2004 through 2010 and President during 2009. He is also a past chairman and member of the National Construction Safety Executives. Giles earned BS...

     
    06/15/2010 5:26 PM

    Louisiana's C. David Langlois Receives Top Award at ASSE's Professional Development Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the safety profession, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently named member C. David Langlois of Baton Rouge, LA, as Society Fellow. Langlois received the award today during ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition – Safety 2010, in Baltimore, MD. The Society Fellow is the highest honor granted by ASSE, recognizing professional members who have displayed life-long excellence in safety and service. Nominated by their peers, region or chapter, candidates for the Society Fellow honor are selected based upon their work, involvement in ASSE and long-term contributions in advancing the safety profession. Langlois is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is the President of Langlois, Weigand & Associates, Inc., a training consulting firm that specializes in courses to prepare safety professionals for certification exams. He has helped thousands of people achieve their goals regarding professional safety certification. Before entering the consulting field, Langlois was an instructor at Louisiana State University from 1981-1989, teaching course in occupational safety, supervision, training and maintenance management. With over 20 years of experience in the safety and training field, Langlois has taught professional development courses on a range of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) topics. Langlois has been a professional member of...

     
    06/15/2010 1:16 PM

    Largest Expo in History of ASSE's Annual Professional Development Conference Showcases Cutting Edge Technology and Products

    Des Plaines, IL (June 15, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 2010 Exposition, held in conjunction with ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) this June 13-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center, has been a record-breaking event for the nearly 100-year old organization. The 2010 Exposition had over 400 exhibitors who reserved 62,000 square feet in display space; the largest number of exhibitors and square feet sold since the inception of the PDC in 1968. Exhibitors range from large corporations to nonprofit organizations and colleges, showcasing cutting edge safety technology, information, safety and health products and available programs and classes for interested professionals. Many organizations featured interactive displays and encouraged visitors to stop and watch demonstrations of how the newest safety products work to protect people, property and the environment. Caterpillar Inc. included a back-loader simulator, giving exposition attendees the opportunity to experience operating a heavy machinery and provided information about safety features aimed at helping make the operation better for employees. The Occupational Performance Corporation (OPC) brought a machine called ‘The Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) Testing System’ and demonstrated how the machine tests an employee’s capability to perform certain physical tasks, such as the amount of weight one can push, pull and lift. OPC noted the testing machine allows employers and...

     
    06/14/2010 8:47 PM

    OSHA Administrator Responds to Safety Engineers Questions on Gulf Oil Spill Clean-Up, Workplace Fatality Penatlies, Top Priorities

    Baltimore, MD (June 14, 2010) — “Like Mother Jones used to say, ‘mourn for the dead, but fight like hell for the living,’ is what we are doing every day,” U.S. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Administrator Dr. David Michaels told the more than 3500 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals at the annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference today in Baltimore, MD, at the Convention Center. He addressed issues involving work safety in the Gulf involving the BP oil spill, ineffectiveness of incentive safety programs, criminal penalties for fatal worker injuries, chemical standards, distracted driving, high state and city worker injury rates, combustible dust, OSHA’s top priorities, resources and citations. When it comes to criminal penalties for the loss of workers, Dr. Michaels noted his concern. “Recently a worker died while cleaning a container,” Dr. Michaels said. “I believe the employer was slapped with a $175,000 fine. But what gets me is that the same company was fined $10 million dollars for the same incident for causing pollution and negatively hurting the fish and crabs. So how do we tell the family of this worker who died that fish and crabs are worth more than his life? “We need to fix this,” he told the audience who clapped. “Currently, I believe the maximum sentence for an employer who willfully ignores workplace safety rules and regs and prevention efforts and one of their employees dies on the...

     
    06/10/2010 1:17 PM

    ASSE Member Dustin Richartz Receives Master's in Public Health

    Des Plaines, IL (June 10, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that Dustin Richartz of Denver, CO, recently received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Occupational Health and Safety Management, from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Richartz is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has been an active member in the Colorado Chapter of ASSE, where he currently serves on the executive board. As a safety professional who experienced a lay-off due to the economic downturn, Richartz took action to differentiate himself as a leader in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. Receiving his MPH was an accomplishment that partially fulfilled his professional goal of continuing to learn and find ways to enhance his skills. Richartz stated, “My education at Tulane has allowed me to pull from a vast amount of resources to help develop new ways to add value to organizations in the area of SH&E. I experienced a diverse curriculum that included both public and occupational safety and health issues, which provided an excellent range of material to further enhance my professional work.” Richartz entered the SH&E profession after experiencing a preventable job injury that could have been fatal. With a passion for helping others, Richartz strives to work with employees and leadership teams to find ways of indentifying and correcting potential hazards before they cause harm. He has nearly 10...​

     
    06/02/2010 3:16 PM

    ASSE Urges Businesses, Communities to Prepare Now For Hurricane Season

    Des Plaines, IL (June 2, 2010) — With hurricane season beginning, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, urge companies and communities to take steps now to prepare to handle emergencies in an effort to minimize injury and disruption to operations. ASSE notes that there are three critical phases of crisis management: vulnerability assessment, response management, and, business continuity. Hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1 and ends November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15th and also ends November 30. “We’re expecting a worse than usual Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said today. “To prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace during this season of storm possibilities, ASSE and its members urge companies now to do what they can to be prepared and that means, among several things, reviewing and updating your emergency and communications plans as well as your business resumption plans should a catastrophe hit. Remember, you have little control over the weather, but you can protect your employees and your property with the correct planning and implementation of plans.” The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane outlook calls for an 85 percent chance of an above normal season and has...

     
    06/02/2010 1:17 PM

    Safety Professionals From All Industries and Over 36 Countries to Attend ASSE's Professional Development Conference and Exposition

    Des Plaines, IL (June 2, 2010) — WHAT: Safety, health and environmental professionals from all industries from more than 36 countries are expected to attend the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition , “Safety 2010” to be held this year June 13-16 in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Convention Center. WHEN: June 13-16, 2010 WHERE: Baltimore Convention Center 1 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21201 WHY: This event provides attendees w​

     
    05/28/2010 8:48 PM

    ASSE Urges Congress to Act on OSHA, MSHA Budgets

    Des Plaines, IL (May 28, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) generally supported the Administration’s FY 2011 budget for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), but urged Congressional leaders today to ensure the funds are used to fulfill OSHA’s mission by restoring funding for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and MSHA’s Educational Policy and Development. In his letter to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations’ Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairmen Senator Thomas Harkin and Representative David Obey, ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, outlined ASSE’s positions on the Administration’s budget, including opposition to the elimination of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) funding. “ASSE members are deeply concerned that the VPP has been eliminated from the proposed budget and request that full funding be restored to FY2010 levels,” Patton said. “We support Sen. Enzi’s amendment and Senate budget resolution to the budget to restore that funding. The VPP has made significant contributions to cooperative safety management in many workplaces.” Other areas of the OSHA budget Patton noted are enforcement, safety and health standards, state plans and training grants. ASSE is concerned that the increase for OSHA enforcement is coming at the cost of reducing educational efforts, training and consultation – the...​

     
    05/28/2010 7:58 PM

    ASSE June Exposition in Baltimore To Be Its Largest Ever

    Des Plaines, IL (May 28, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) 2010 Exposition to be held June 13-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland in conjunction with its annual Professional Development Conference (PDC, June 13-16) is the largest ever in the number of exhibitors and square feet sold since ASSE began holding the annual PDC in 1968. The ASSE Safety 2010 Exposition, which runs in conjunction with the PDC, will have 400 exhibitors who have reserved over 62,100 net square feet – an all-time record. At last year’s exposition, held in San Antonio, 56,150 square feet were used. The exposition is open to attendees of the PDC as part of their registration. Those in the industry not attending the PDC can visit the exposition for a one-day fee of $95.00 either Monday, June 14, or Tuesday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The ASSE exposition features Fortune 100 and 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, colleges and much more. Many are launching new products and providing interactive exhibits. The products and services on display will include respirators; hearing, head, eye and face protection; welding products; fall protection; air monitoring; sorbent materials; gas detection; gloves and shoes; lab safety products; electrical safety; safety training; technology communications; signage; driver safety systems; green products and services; arc flash protective clothing; dielectric footwear;...

     
    05/27/2010 7:59 PM

    ASSE's Women in Safety Group Salutes Sponsors of Networking Lounge at June's Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (May 27, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) common interest group will host a networking lounge at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and exposition to be held June 13-16 in Baltimore, MD. Businesses sponsoring WISE PDC activities include Diamond Sponsor PK Safety Services, Platinum Sponsors URS Corporation, the ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter, and Utility Contractors, Inc. and Gold Sponsors Spectra Energy and ​

     
    05/26/2010 5:31 PM

    ASSE Announces Kelly Bernish as 2010's Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award Recipient

    Des Plaines, IL (May 26, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently honored Kelly Bernish of Orlando, FL, with the Society’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession award. The Diversity award, voted on by peers, is given annually to an individual for outstanding accomplishments, leadership, and service in support of diversity enhancement in the safety, health, and environmental profession and the Society. Bernish is the Manager of Safety & Health Operations for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, US which includes both operations at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the occupational safety and health profession. Her previous work experience includes safety, health and environmental positions at Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld of Florida and SeaWorld Ohio. In addition to her many noteworthy professional accomplishments, Bernish has been an active participant in ASSE at both the chapter and national Society levels. Bernish was an original member of the ASSE Diversity Committee and served on the committee from 2005-2008. She has been an active advocate for highlighting diversity in safety and helped develop a poster that historically commemorates this important element of the profession. Bernish is also a founding member and current Chairperson for the ASSE Common Interest Group Women in Safety Engineering (WISE). She has helped oversee growth of the group, including a...

     
    05/20/2010 8:48 PM

    ASSE Supports Congressional Efforts to Protect OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program for Businesses From Being Cut

    Des Plaines, IL (May 20, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) support Congressional efforts to restore funding to the budget for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), a program the Administration proposed to cut. ASSE supports restoring VPP’s funding and, while urging amendments to assure appropriately competent persons are involved and third party safety and health audits are included, new legislation that would set VPP into law and expand the program to small businesses. In his letter to Senator Michael B. Enzi, ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, stated, “I commend you for the recent steps you have taken to support OSHA’s VPP. Many of our members are leaders and participants in their employers’ commitment to VPP. From that direct experience, they know the value VPP brings in helping them make sure their employers remain committed to safe and healthy workplaces at levels far above mere compliance with OSHA standards. “As the current Administration increases OSHA’s capacity in enforcement, the value that cooperative programs in reaching out to employers willingly committed to safety cannot be overlooked,” Patton continued. “Possible gains in convincing new employers about the value of safe and healthy workplaces cannot be undercut by allowing OSHA to end its commitment to programs that are already working for other...​

     
    05/20/2010 4:25 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Recognizes Travis M. Kruse as This Year's Doctoral Fellowship Recipient

    Des Plaines, IL (May 20, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF), in conjunction with Oregon State University, recently announced Travis M. Kruse, Master of Science (MS) and Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) , as the 2010 recipient of the PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators. Kruse has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety , both from Murray State University in Murray, KY. He is currently a partner in the consulting firm of BMK & Associates Compliance Assurance and will pursue his PhD in public health with a concentration in environment safety and health at Oregon State University, beginning in the fall of 2010. The PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators was developed by the ASSEF and Oregon State University to cultivate future educators of occupational safety and health. Additionally, the fellowship is intended to help produce evidence-based research about the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions. A candidate is eligible for the fellowship if he or she has completed a master’s degree and has an interest in pursuing a career in safety education. Individuals selected to receive this award must be accepted to and enroll in Oregon State University’s PhD in Public Health program, concentrating in environment, safety and health. The PhD Fellowship provides three years of funding for successful candidates....

     
    05/18/2010 6:14 PM

    ASSE Develops New Military Branch of the International Practice Specialty

    Des Plaines, IL (May 18, 2010) — As the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) continues to grow on a global scale, new opportunities for member networking are constantly emerging. In response to increasing demand from membership, ASSE has created a Military Branch under its International Practice Specialty (IPS). The new military branch of the IPS provides networking opportunities for active duty, reserve and National Guard members, as well as civil service counterparts, who work in the oc​

     
    05/17/2010 3:04 PM

    ASSE Author Mark Hansen Releases New Edition of His 2002 Book Out of the Box

    Des Plaines, IL (May 17, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) past-president and author Mark D. Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPE, provides readers with career guidance and tips for success in the update of his 2002 ASSE book titled Out of the Box-Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path. Hansen shares his experiences and lessons learned in new areas of responsibility, such as environmental, during the eight years since the book’s initial publication. In Out of the Box, Hansen provides ca​

     
    05/15/2010 2:26 PM

    Hawaii, Kuwait and Arizona Named American Society of Safety Engineers’ Chapters of the Year

    Des Plaines, IL (May 15, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the recipients of the ASSE Chapter of the Year Awards, identifying these chapters as leaders among ASSE’s 151 chapters. The small chapter category award goes to the ASSE Hawaii Chapter; the medium chapter category award goes to the ASSE Kuwait Chapter; and the large chapter category award goes to the ASSE Arizona Chapter. The chapters will be honored with the awards at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in San Antonio, TX, June 28 – July 1, 2009. The Hawaii Chapter received the Small Chapter of the Year Award for its many activities and continued contributions to the Society. One of the major events the chapter sponsored included a three-day professional development conference, the 10th Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference, held at the Hawaii Convention Center. The ASSE Hawaii Chapter also collaborated with the Pacific Resource Partnership (Carpenter’s Union marketing arm) to promote the safety profession to teachers and counselors of Department of Education Construction Academy Schools and participated in the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division’s Outreach Program to mentor small businesses in establishing their safety programs in a venture known as “Pathways to Success.” Finally, the chapter also raised funds during its Holiday Gathering, donating proceeds to the ASSE Orange County chapter California Wildfires fund....

     
    05/13/2010 8:49 PM

    ASSE Free Webcast With OSHA's Dr. Michaels On Safety Incentives Now Available

    Des Plaines, IL (May 13, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) free hour-long webinar held Wednesday, May 12 featuring Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, on the issue of safety incentives is available for all to listen at http://eventcenter.commpartners.com/se/Meetings/Playback.aspx?meeting.id=504812. The free webcast conversation with the new assistant secretary is titled “A Conversation with Assistant Secretary for OSHA Dr. David Michaels – What to Do About Safety Incentives?” About 1500 people registered for the event where Assistant Secretary Michaels answered questions and responded to comments from ASSE members and others on the topic of how to determine the difference between appropriate and inappropriate safety incentives in the workplace and how to address inappropriate incentives. Dr. Michaels expressed an interest in talking with the safety and health profession about the challenging issues OSHA and the occupational safety and health profession are facing. He said he looks forward to talking with ASSE members at the ASSE Safety 2010 Professional Development Conference to be held this June 13-16 in Baltimore. Dr. Michaels will be the plenary speaker on Monday, June 14. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the 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,...

     
    05/13/2010 2:16 PM

    ASSE Members Mourn the Tragic Loss of New Mexico Member Manuel Campos Jr. in a Car Crash

    Des Plaines, IL (May 13, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) is saddened by the loss of dedicated ASSE member, husband, father and grandfather Manuel Campos Jr., in a roadway crash on Friday, May 7, in Las Cruces, NM. According to reports, a westbound driver on U.S. 70, alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol, made an improper lane change and struck another westbound vehicle, causing both vehicles to move across the median into eastbound traffic where the vehicle operated by the suspected drunk driver collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer and then Campos’ vehicle. Campos was known and respected by thousands of ASSE’s occupational safety, health and environmental members who are saddened by the loss of a committed safety professional in the type of tragic accident Campos spent his career working to prevent. Campos, known by many as “Manny,” entered the field of occupational safety and health by chance after an auto accident over 20 years ago, when he left college and applied the technical knowledge from his education while working in safety for a construction contractor at White Sands. His most recent position was with the City of Las Cruces, NM, as a safety officer, leading the city’s efforts to create a safety culture through directly mentoring assigned departments, including city police, utility, legal and public works. During his ASSE membership, Campos was instrumental in the formation of the Zia Section in Las Cruces, NM, and in...

     
    05/10/2010 7:20 PM

    Thousands of Businesses Worldwide, Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, OSHA, FMCSA Officials and Over 60 Partner Organizations Join Safety Pros, Kids To Promote Work Safety

    Des Plaines, IL (May 10, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers Media Advisory NORTH AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH (NAOSH) WEEK Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 For Immediate Release—April 29, 2010 Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org Lindsay Stuart, 847-768-3404, lstuart@asse.org Thousands of Businesses Worldwide, Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, OSHA, FMCSA Officials and Over 60 Partner Organizations Join Safety Pros, Kids To Promote Work ​

     
    05/06/2010 2:17 PM

    ASSE, State, Trucking Officials Note 40% of All Workplace Fatalities Are Transportation Related, Urge Caution With Summer Travel Season

    Portland, OR (May 6, 2010) — Portland, Oregon’s Lee Briney, CSP, American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Columbia-Willamette Chapter President met with several trucking, state and federal officials to discuss the high tangible and intangible costs of car crashes this week at the Jubitz travel center. She joined several officials including ASSE’s David Parsons, Oregon’s May Trucking Company Senior Vice President David R. Jostad (view his talking points at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRJAvLW8GEU ), Oregon Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division’s Investigative/Safety/Federal Programs Department Head David McKane, Jubitz Travel Center COO Mark Gram and Sgt. John Naccarato of the Clackamus, Oregon, police department, to address this issue on Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day. Briney noted, “I have been in the safety business since 1985, serving in a variety of capacities, and I have been a member of ASSE for many years. Our chapter, the Columbia Willamette Chapter, is part of Region I which stretches from Alaska to Hawaii to Western Australia. We have been extremely active for years in the local community promoting and educating businesses, students, employers and employees on work safety ---and I thank our members for that service.” Briney went on to note that since 1992 transportation incidents have continued to be the number one cause of on-the job deaths – in 2008, 40% of all workplace fatalities were transportation related. “These crashes...​

     
    05/05/2010 7:22 PM

    Share the Road Celebrates Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

    Arlington, VA (May 5, 2010) — Share the Road is in Portland, Ore. today, speaking to the importance of highway safety during Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day. The Share the Road tractor-trailer served as a symbol of making safety a priority during a press conference with other highway safety partners, including the Oregon Department of Transportation, May Trucking Company and Jubitz Truck Stop. The North American Occupational Safety & Health Event was organized by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100129/ATALOGO ) As transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths, the safety partners highlighted what can and is being done to prevent them. Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion every year in medical care, legal expenses, property damages and lost productivity. The corporate, state, trucking and safety officials came together to discuss the numbers and lay out a plan on how to protect all drivers on our roads. "These crashes are preventable," American Society of Safety Engineers' Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Lee Briney said. "Roadway construction is up and the summer travel season is just around the corner. We must all do our part to prevent roadway crashes." Share the Road Professional Drivers Kurt Pederson, of Con-way Freight, and Ron VanBibber, of YRC, brought a combined 44 years and 3.15 million miles of accident-free driving experience to the...

     
    05/05/2010 7:21 PM

    ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter, OR MDOT, May Trucking, Jubitz Officials Address Transportation Best Practices, Distracted Driving Dangers

    Des Plaines, IL (May 5, 2010) — Click this link to view a clip of the event at Jubitz Travel Stop in Portland, OR and a discussion of roadway safety http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k56TuA5IF2s

     
    05/03/2010 7:24 PM

    Thousands of Businesses Worldwide, Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, OSHA Officials, FMCSA Officials and Over 60 Partner Organizations Join Safety Pros, Kids to Promote Work Safety

    Des Plaines, IL (May 3, 2010) — Each year, close to 6,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions suffer from on-the-job illnesses in the U.S. A recent mining explosion in West Virginia took the lives of 29 miners, which is yet another reminder of the importance of workplace safety. During the May 2-8 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and partners, including Iron Man, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and 60 corporate /association partners ( http://www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh10/OSHA-AlliancePartners.php ), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more will be holding events and providing information at work and in their communities on how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses throughout the year. As “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces” suggests, ASSE and its more than 32,000 members continue to lead efforts in work safety for businesses, workers and communities. ASSE aims to reach millions of people worldwide about the importance and long-term benefits of workplace safety and health. Events will be held countrywide, including special NAOSH kick-off events in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., NAOSH kick-off events will include: “Workplace Safety Concerns/Solutions for Super Heroes,” starring Iron Man, at the Smithsonian Institution, complete with ASSE members and Smithsonian safety...​

     
    04/28/2010 2:50 PM

    ASSE Urges Employers, Employees To Do More To Prevent Work Injuries On This International Workers Memorial Day

    Des Plaines, IL (April 28, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, noted today, "On the observance of today's International Workers Memorial Day we take this time to remember those who have lost their lives from on-the-job injuries and the millions more who have been injured or sustained illnesses on the job. We also reflect on how we, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, continue to work to make sure everyone who goes to work returns home injury and illness free to their families every night. Our members assess hazards and risk with employers and workers to assure everyone has the right to make a living without impacting their safety and health.” International Workers Memorial Day recognizes those workers who have died or sustained work-related injuries or illnesses during the previous year. According to the International Labour Organization, each year more than two million men and women die from work-related incidents and diseases worldwide, 270 million more are involved in work-related accidents, and another 160 million suffer from work-related illnesses. “Safety and health practitioners around the world have made great strides in efforts to protect workers, but we have more to do. We ask businesses, employers and employees around the world to adopt safety as part of their core company value,” Patton said. “Not only adopt it as a core value, but to develop and implement occupational safety programs and...

     
    04/27/2010 2:50 PM

    ASSE to Host International Fall Protection Symposium at June Professional Development Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (April 27, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), in partnership with the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP), will feature an International Fall Protection Symposium (IFPS) June 16-17, in conjunction with its professional development conference (PDC) in Baltimore, MD, June 13-16. Since its inception in 1988, the ISFP has been dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and fatalities by promoting research and facilitating communication among industry professionals. ASSE is proud to be working with the ISFP to promote awareness for fall safety and facilitate professional development. The IFPS will provide an international, multi-disciplinary platform for safety practitioners, regulators and scholars to network and exchange information regarding new and emerging fall protection issues. This year’s IFPS focuses on the theme, “Progress through Collaboration,” which will concentrate on fall accidents as a global concern. Presentation topics will cover a wide range of fall safety issues, such as engineered system design, models for fall arrest testing and industrial rope access techniques. Featured speakers include Karl-Heinz Noetel, Director of the Technical Department of Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (Bau-BG), an accident insurance and prevention institution in Germany, Andrew Sulowski, author and four-patent holder on fall protection equipment and Randall Wingfield, current president of ISFP. The ASSE PDC, June 13-16,...

     
    04/27/2010 2:18 PM

    OR Business, State, Safety Officials To Address Financial Impact of Roadway Crashes, Prevention on OSHP Day in Portland

    (April 27, 2010) — Media Advisory STATE, CORPORATE, SAFETY OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS HOW INVESTING IN SAFETY STRENGTHENS A COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE & PREVENTS ROADWAY CRASHES – URGE MOTORISTS TO DO THEIR PART WHAT: Local corporate, state, trucking and safety officials will discuss the numbers -- how motor vehicle crashes cost employers 60 billion dollars every year in medical care, legal expenses, property damages, lost productivity and much more. Overall, transportation crashes cost us $170 billion a year. As transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths, they will discuss the tangible and intangible costs resulting from crashes, and what can and is being done to prevent them. “These crashes are preventable,” American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Lee Briney notes. “Roadway construction is up and the summer travel season is just around the corner. We must all do our part to prevent roadway crashes. Focusing on the road, not being distracted, not driving while drowsy and wearing seatbelts are just some of the things motorists can do. Many companies have developed and implemented successful driver safety programs that not only protect their employees, but also help their bottom line. Remember, you, or your family do not want to get that call and we don’t want to have to make it.” May is Oregon’s Transportation Safety Month and May 5 is Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) day. Officials will...​

     
    04/26/2010 4:26 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Recognizes Dr. David G. Kraemer of Murray State University as This Year's Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award

    Des Plaines, IL (April 26, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced Dr. David G. Kraemer, Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University (MSU) in Murray, KY, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Kraemer’s leadership, dedication and commitment to students and the safety profession has been a winning combination for the students of Murray State, as well as the ASSE Foundation. With thirty-nine years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, Kraemer currently serves as Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at MSU, is the Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Training Center and is the Project Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) training project grant. Kraemer has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, IL. In addition to outstanding professional achievements, Kraemer received the 2008-2009 President’s Award from ASSE, was named Murray State’s 2008-2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year, received the 1995-1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Louisville Chapter of ASSE, was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Safety Education and received Murray State’s Board of Regents’ Award for Teaching Excellence. He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has provided workshops and seminars at the Technological Institute of...

     
    04/22/2010 8:00 PM

    ASSE Announces Election Results, Board to Lead ASSE into its Next 100 Years

    Des Plaines, IL (April 22, 2010) — Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently elected new members to its board of directors for the 2010-2011 year, including leaders from Minnesota and Virginia. Darryl C. Hill, CSP, of Michigan, president-elect, and Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, senior vice president, of California, will succeed to the offices of president and president-elect, respectively, July 1, 2010. ASSE, based in Des Plaines, IL, is the oldest safety society representing more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE was founded in 1911 in New York City just months after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that resulted in the deaths of 146 women and men factory workers. As for the ASSE Board, Hill will succeed C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of Missouri, as ASSE president. As president and chief elected officer, the ASSE president promotes occupational safety and health, the occupational safety health and environmental profession, and represents the members and the Society worldwide. Hill, an ASSE member for more than 20 years, is vice president for safety and health, ABB North America, in Auburn Hills, MI. At ABB his responsibilities include SH&E management for multi-plant, service and project locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He is on the ABB Group task force providing safety and health strategy for over...​

     
    04/21/2010 7:25 PM

    Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, Fed Officials, Child Artists Join Safety Pros To Promote Work Safety, Kick-Off NAOSH Week

    Des Plaines, IL (April 21, 2010) — IRON MAN, MUSEUM SAFETY EXPERTS, OSHA,FMCSA OFFICIALS JOIN SAFETY PROS, KIDS TO PROMOTE WORK SAFETY WHAT: Each year close to 6,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions suffer from on-the-job illnesses in the U.S. A recent mining explosion in West Virginia took the lives of 29 miners. During the May 2-8 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, www.asse.org/naosh10 ) Week members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and partners, including Iron Man, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and 60 corporate/association partners ( http://www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh10/OSHA-AlliancePartners.php ), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more will be holding events and providing information at work and in their communities on how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses throughout the year. ASSE members, occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, will share their expertise by showing how they help the millions of Americans who go to work each day stay safe and return home injury and illness free to their families and friends. As “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces” suggests, ASSE and its 32,000 occupational SH&E members continue to lead pioneering efforts in work safety for businesses, workers and communities. ASSE aims to reach millions of people worldwide on the importance and long-term benefits of workplace safety and health. Events will...​

     
    04/20/2010 2:02 PM

    ASSE's Hawaii Chapter to Host 11th Biennial Governor's Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference

    Des Plaines, IL (April 20, 2010) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Hawaii Chapter will be host to the 11th Biennial Governor’s Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference May 5-7, 2010. The nationally recognized conference is the premier safety and health conference in Hawaii, attracting attendees from all over the Pacific region. WHEN: May 5-7, 2010 WHERE: Hawaii Convention Center 1801 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 WHY: This event will provide attendees with professional networking and learning opportunities, as well as valuable information regarding occupational safety and health. In addition to speakers on topics such as ergonomics, green building, and electrical safety, highlights of the conference include keynote speaker Bernie Inman, a workplace injury survivor and motivational speaker focusing on the importance of safety on the job. Other noteworthy attendees include American Society of Safety Engineers’ President Chris Patton and Ken Nishiyama Atha of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Immediately following the conference on May 5th there will be a membership meeting and meet and greet with four past society presidents, including Mike Thompson, Eddie Greer, Jerry Ray and Skipper Kendrick, along with other ASSE leaders. Currently, there are approximately 400 attendees. To register for the conference online, visit www.assehawaii.org. The cost for registration is $400 before April 23, 2010, and will be $450 after the early...​

     
    04/14/2010 4:27 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Announces North Carolina's Uy and Michigan's Young as the 2010 Recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship

    Des Plaines, IL (April 14, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Chad Caesar Uy of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and Justin G. Young of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Uy’s research project will examine the effect of handle design on the kinetics and kinematics of a pouring task and Young’s research project will focus on an assessing hand-handle interface for pushing tasks. North Carolina State University’s Chad Caesar Uy has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and is currently working on his Master of Science degree in industrial engineering at North Carolina State University. Uy’s proposal focuses on loss of hand strength as a person ages. Specifically, he notes that the task of pouring liquid from a bottle is one that requires coordinated use of muscles in the arm, wrist and upper arm. His research aims to find a new design for a bottle, such as a detergent bottle, that would reduce the amount of physical stress on the user to promote safe and proper handling. This type of bottle design could alleviate awkward and extreme postures that create musculoskeletal disorders and cause injuries. Young currently attends the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and is working on his PhD in industrial...​

     
    04/13/2010 5:22 PM

    Letter to the Editor on Mine Safety, Workplace Fatalities

    Des Plaines, IL (April 13, 2010) — The Chicago Tribune 435 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 Letter to the Editor: The deadly explosion at the Massey Energy Company’s Upper Big Branch mine that took the lives of 29 people in West Virginia last week are stark reminders that, even in the 21st Century, underground mining in the U.S. can be dangerous. The 32,000 member safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) express their deepest sympathy to the families, friends and co-workers of these miners. Our members work hard every day to make sure workers are safe and healthy worldwide in every kind of workplace, including mines. They know first-hand what a death means to families when, for whatever reason, safety and health measures fail or are not appropriately implemented. It will take months, possibly years, to determine the root cause of the Massey tragedy. Following the Sago mine disaster in January 2006, ASSE supported the measures Congress took to improve mine safety, to provide better protections for underground miners and greater resources for Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for enforcing safety standards and for more research on how best to protect miners. As the Senate hearings begin, we ask that the clock not be turned backward. From 1906 through 1911, the year ASSE was established, an average of 2,645 coal miners died each...​

     
    04/13/2010 4:28 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Awards 60 Scholarships to Students in the Field of Occupational Safety and Health

    Des Plaines, IL (April 13, 2010) — In its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to students entering the growing international field of occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E), the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced 60 recipients of the 2010 annual SH&E scholarships funded by the continued support of corporations, ASSE Regions and Chapters, members and individuals. The students represent 29 different universities. This year the Foundation awarded 46 undergraduate students with scholarships. The $5,000 URS Safety Scholarship was awarded to Cody Brock, a safety management student at the University of Central Missouri. This year’s $4,500 Liberty Mutual Scholarship recipients are Luke Welch, an occupational safety and health student at Murray State University in Murray, KY, and Carlyn Tjalsma, an occupational safety and health student at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. The $4,650 CNA Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Veronica Taylor, an Occupational Safety and Environmental Health student at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. The recipients of the $4,000 Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship for Safety and Health are Brett Welter, an occupational safety and health student at Murray State University, Ryan Cruth, a safety and health management student at Central Washington University, and Jacob Hagan, an occupational safety and health student also from Murray State University. Recipients of the $5,250...​

     
    04/13/2010 4:27 PM

    The ASSE Foundation Awards 31 Professional Development Grants

    Des Plaines, IL (April 13, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers'Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced the 31 recipients of the Professional Development Grant Program, given annually to occupational safety and health practitioners to help them advance in their careers. The grants are supported by contributions from organizations, ASSE Chapters, members and individuals who recognize the value occupational safety and health professionals bring to the workplace. The grant program provides assistance to safety professionals as they advance their occupational safety, health and environmental careers through certification study courses, professional development seminars or symposiums, educational conferences and college coursework. The 11 recipients of the Delmar E. Tally Professional Development Grant, established by ASSE members Del and Betty Tally of Austin, TX, are Caitlin Anderson, Stephen Brown and Terri Sherrill, all awarded $755 for the ASSE Safety 2010 conference registration fee; Richard Bartlebaugh, awarded $675 for an Associated Safety Professional (ASP) preparatory course; John Nadzan, awarded $675 for a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preparatory course; Vicki Christy and Michelle Glover-Brown, both awarded $625 for the ASP/CSP Study Guide; Jeff Spackman, awarded $555 for the ASP/CSP study guides; Bobby Glass, awarded $455 for the ASP test and application fee; Shawn Lewis, awarded $455 for the ASSE Safety 2010 conference registration fee; and Patricia...​

     
    04/12/2010 8:02 PM

    ASSE Launches New Career Services Program To Assist Members

    Des Plaines, IL (April 12, 2010) — A new career services program aimed at helping its members through this economic downturn was launched today by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and includes training modules, key resources, a new career resource web site and an interactive network partner program. This is in addition to the ASSE Nexsteps job board for members at www.nexsteps.org . In announcing the program, ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, notes some ASSE members have been hit hard by the recession – through job loss, cutbacks, transitioning, a reduction in resources and more. The new ASSE career resource center not only provides many links and key information for those going through career changes and seeking employment, but also provides a peer-to-peer network globally and through chapters aimed at linking those in need of help with ASSE members that can provide direction, tips and suggestions. The new ASSE career resources website http://www.asse.org/professionalaffairs-new/career-res/index.php provides job hunting tools for ASSE members including job search training modules and articles organized by subject covering topics like interviewing, job boards, resumes, cover letters, and negotiation. As part of the new career resources program, ASSE also launched a new Networking Partners Program at http://www.asse.org/professionalaffairs-new/career-res/NetworkingPartners.php which pairs members currently seeking employment with an employed ASSE...

     
    04/12/2010 2:03 PM

    Region III ASSE Members Participate In Houston Hispanic Work Safety Summit

    Des Plaines, IL (April 12, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region III members from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas along with the ASSE Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) group are providing their expertise for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety to be held April 14-15 at the Hilton Americas Hotel and the “We Can Help Houston Safety Fair” to be held April 17 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A – all in Houston. The events help employers and workers by providing key workplace safety, health and environmental (SH&E) information and experience from SH&E professionals; state, city and federal regulators; consulate representatives; construction and contractor specialists; and more. The goal of the events, which may draw more than 800 people, are to continue to enhance workplace safety among Latino workers by providing key work safety resources and information from experts. “We look forward to continuing our efforts in increasing workplace safety for all. These events give us an opportunity to share our expertise with those that may not understand the issues or the hazards,” ASSE Region III ARVP of Finance Cindy Lewis, of Houston, noted. “ASSE provides many resources for Hispanics and those that work with a Latin workforce on how to communicate workplace risks and solutions all aimed at enhancing workplace safety for all. And smart employers know that investing,...​

     
    04/08/2010 2:19 PM

    With Road Construction Up, ASSE Offers Key Work Zone Safety Tips, Standards

    Des Plaines, IL (April 8, 2010) — AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORK ZONE SAFETY FACT SHEET FOR MOTORISTS, CONTRACTORS April 8, 2010 ‘Work Zone Safety Tips’ from the Des Plaines, IL- based American Society of Safety Engineers – Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest safety society and represents more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental safety professionals located worldwide. ASSE has teamed up with the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearing House to hold a free webinar on work zone safety April 21 at 1 p.m. EDT. To register for the free webinar one can go to http://www.workzonesafety.org/training/record/10234 . Work zone safety -- In 2007, 835 deaths resulted from motor vehicle crashes in road construction work zones in the U.S. Every year since 1992 transportation accidents have been the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S. Of the 5,703 workplace fatalities recorded in the U.S. for 2004, 43 percent were transportation related. For many people, such as police, utility workers, sales personnel, commercial vehicle drivers, construction workers, fire fighters, emergency personnel and many more, their vehicle is their office. Everyone plays a role in maintaining a safe work zone area during roadway construction. The American Society of Safet