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ASSE's 100th Anniversary

The American Society of Safety Engineers will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2011. Founded in 1911 as the United Association of Casualty Inspectors, the Society was formed in the wake of tragic events such as the March 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City where 146 young girls and women lost their lives in a workplace tragedy that drew the attention to the need for workplace safeguards and regulations.  As its 100th anniversary nears the 30,000 plus members of ASSE, the world’s oldest and largest professional safety organization, look forward to commemorating 100 years of dedicated service to workplace safety and health.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Society, we look forward to:

  • Celebrating the accomplishments and professionalism of its members
  • Building on its leadership in protecting people property and the environment and
  • Launching its vision for the future of the safety profession

The Society ’s 100th year theme is:

Your Safety is our Business. Your Future is our Mission.

To help you plan, ASSE has developed the following Century of Safety- 100th Anniversary Historical Information/Tool Kit for Chapters. Enclosed you will find (if you’d like a hard copy please contact

  1. Safety Through the Ages: A Walk Through Time

  2. Letter from ASSE President Dr. Darryl C. Hill, CSP (docx)

  3. ASSE Fact Sheet (pdf)

  4. American Society of Safety Engineers Brief History (docx)

  5. Safety Through the Decades – 1911-2011 Timeline (pdf)

  6. 100 Years – Then & Now (xls)

  7. ASSE Chapter Charter Dates (docx)

  8. ASSE 100th Anniversary Chapter Activities Suggestion Guide (docx)

  9. 100th Anniversary Celebration Ideas for Chapters
    1. Chapter Volunteer Guidelines/Assistance

  10. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Informational Brochure (pdf)

  11. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire March 25, 1911, -- ASSE Remembers News Release (docx)

  12. “100 Women – Making a Difference” Project Overview from the ASSE Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Group (docx)

  13. North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2011 flyer (pdf)

  14. What are Standards? (docx)

  15. Standards Development Timeline (docx)

  16. History of ASSE Standards Activities (docx)

  17. ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition (PDC) Historical Dates (docx)

  18. List of ASSE Books/Technical Publications (docx)

  19. ASSE List of Society Fellows (docx)

  20. ASSE List of Past Presidents (docx)

  21. “The Impact of Safety Professionals and Safety Culture in Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs and Workplace Injuries” Article (docx)

  22. Don’t be a Zombie at Work ASSE On-Line Video Game Flyer (pdf) ( )

  23. 100th Chicago PDC Safety 2011 ‘Safety Through the Ages’ Exhibit Application for Chapters (pdf) / (doc)

  24. 100th Chicago PDC Safety 2011 Chapter Pavilion Program Information (pdf)

  25. Chapter Pavilion Program (ppt)

  26. NIOSH Presents 100 Years (1910-2010) of U.S. Mining & Health Research