The national kick-off for the ASSE/CSSE/OSHA North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week will be held Monday, May 7 at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. with an ASSE awards ceremony to follow on Capitol Hill. The event will promote safe and healthy workplaces involving all modes of transportation with keynote presentations to be given by Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and Donald S. Jones Sr., CSP, PE, President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition, the winners of ASSE's 5 th annual "Safety-on-the-Job" Kids' Poster Contest will be announced and OSHA will distribute safety and health materials to the event’s attendees.
ASSE will then be host to a reception in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol. ASSE President Jones will present the poster contest entrants with their awards. The poster contest winners and their families, members of ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, OSHA, the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet), Alliance Program participants and others will attend the reception. ASSE President Jones will discuss briefly efforts to improve motor vehicle safety.
ASSE’s Region III will host a Welcome Brunch for the “Safety-on-the-Job” Kids’ Poster Contest winners and their families on Sunday, May 6th from 10 am to 12 noon at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill in the Thornton Room. For more information please contact Cindy Lewis at (713) 397-2030.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin will introduce a resolution designating May 6-12 as NAOSH Week and May 9, 2007 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) distributed NAOSH Week posters to all of their manufacturing members (approximately 550 companies) at the end of March. PMA also promoted NAOSH Week in their monthly Update newsletter (circulation: 1800) and MetalForming magazine (circulation: 60,000). Below is the editorial:
“During May 6-12, PMA encourages members to recognize the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in their facilities. PMA supports this annual event, which is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).
NAOSH Week strives to increase the understanding of the benefits of investing in occupational safety and health, raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety and health practitioners, and reduce workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new workplace safety and health initiatives.
Companies can recognize NAOSH Week at their facilities by hosting a safety picnic for employees and their families, launching a recognition program for safety suggestions that are put into use or enhancing ongoing safety and health practices, conducting an open house that focuses on safety and health, or setting up safety demonstrations focused on safe work habits.
PMA also encourages its manufacturing members to display the NAOSH Week poster that was mailed to them in late safety and health, raise awareness of the role and contribution of March and to recognize their safety, health and environmental professionals on May 9, which marks Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day. Additional information about NAOSH Week may be found at www.naosh.org or www.asse.org/naosh07”.
The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) mailed NAOSH Week posters to their most recent “Top 10” lists of users of Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) among schools. Posters were mailed to:
St. Charles, MO
Fergus Falls, MN
Bel Air, MD
Prince Frederick, MD
Las Vegas, NV
El Cajon, CA
University Center, MI
Farmers Branch, TX
Hollywood- Universal Studios Hollywood will host an USH EHS Awareness Event on May 3 – 5, 2007. This is a employee awareness event featuring shoes for crews safety shoes and emergency preparedness suppliers to promote health & safety awareness related to walking working surfaces and emergency preparedness in earthquake country. For more information please contact Amy Kool.
Union City- ASSE members will host Kerry Safety & Health Day on May 10, 2007. At this event employees will be given two hours of motivational safety training and family health information. The event will take place at 33063 Western Ave in Union City, CA. For more information please contact Matthew Gogna.
A Colorado member sponsored one of the winners of the ASSE kid's "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest and will be in D.C. to join the winners for the NAOSH national kick off events Monday, May 7
Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters – Vick Hershiser is having safety displays at the FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. and distributing information, NAOSH posters, etc.
The National Capitol Chapter is supporting and attending the kids' poster contest Sunday brunch along with the NAOSH event kick off events Monday, May 7 at the DOL and at the U.S. Capitol
Lake Buena Vista- “Safety-on-the-Job” poster will be displayed at Walt Disney World Resorts. The posters will be displayed backstage so cast members can see them.
Disney also sent out a special NAOSH safety and health bulletin to all of its employees:
Safety & Health Team:
Wednesday, May 9 is Occupational Safety and Health Professionals day. The purpose of this day is to recognize occupational safety and health professionals and their ingoing efforts to protect people, property and the environment.
In recognition of your expertise and the important work each one of you do to keep our Guest and Cast safe, the Safety & Health Leadership team would like to invite you to join us for snacks and a moment of recognition on Thursday morning (May 10) at 8:15 a.m. in the Happy conference room right before the Safety & Health Technical Managers meeting (Food Safety & Health Team, you all are invited too).
Thanks again for all that you do. It remains an honor for me to work with such a professional, specialized, and dedicated team.
Members distributed "preventing roadway crashes" brochures at local schools
Mayors of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Illinois signed proclamations for NAOSH Week and OSHP Day
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin introduced a Resolution in Congress designating May 6-12 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 9, 2007 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on Monday, May 7. Senator Durbin, a long-time supporter of NAOSH Week, and his staff again helped arranged the Capitol Hill event for the national NAOSH kick off
Chicago - The 2007 Lifesavers Conference (March 25-27) gathers over 2,000 highway safety professionals from all over the U.S. to share the latest information on advances in highway safety, highlight successful programs and draw attention to emerging safety issues. The conference held in Chicago, Illinois this year, presented over 85 workshops - addressing a wide range of safety topics, from child passenger safety and occupant protection to roadway and vehicle safety and technology. Janet Kumer, represented FMCSA and the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership as the moderator of two workshops: Buckling Up Commercial Drivers and An Important Link to Highway Safety: Commercial Vehicles.
Overland Lakes- CCAR will distribute posters to the “Top 10” users of S/P2 among schools in two national automotive educational initiatives: the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) and General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP). Each program encompasses 80 colleges and university in North America. CCAR works closely with hundreds of career/technical schools around the country that utilize free access to our Safety and Pollution Prevention) (S/P2) e-learning program.
Murray- The student section of ASSE at Murray State University held a Workplace Safety Camp on April 23, 2007 sponsored by Pemiscot County Schools in Missouri. 400 5th graders attended a variety of stations regarding traffic safety, infection control, fire protection and drug prevention. The students also held a Safety Fashion Show. For more information please contact David L. Fender at email@example.com.
Auburn- In recognition of National Community College Month, students from the Occupational Health and Safety Program at Central Maine Community College (CM) in Auburn presented a Safety Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 11, 2007. Students who are members of the Student Section of ASSE made a variety of safety information and advice available.
Greenbelt- The 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2007. The conference is a regionally coordinated educational and networking conference for owners, managers, supervisors and safety professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge of construction safety. Seven chapters of national and regional associations have combined their resources in an effort to address the needs of those with a vested interest in construction safety. The location will be Martins Cross Winds, Greenbelt, MD. For more information visit www.macsc.net or www.nova.asse.org.
• Governor Dick Cody issued a statewide Proclamation declaring May 6 – 12 as NAOSH Week.
• The New Jersey chapter sent out and had published a letter to the editor on the importance of driving smart and safe in New Jersey
• The New Jersey chapter also distributed information to the media regarding traffic safety and developing state-specific traffic stats that will be posted on their website to provide state traffic safety resources. They developed a press release that received coverage in several different media outlets.
• The members are also distributing the teen safe driving disc to schools in New Jersey to promote safety to teens.
• On Wednesday, May 9, the chapter jointly sponsored a half-day seminar with the NNJNECA-IBEW-OSHA Construction Industry Safety Partnership. The seminar focused on discovering the best and latest techniques for saving lives and money.
• The chapter hosted a ten hour Construction Safety class for the New Providence Department of Public Works.
• On May 5, 2007 a chapter member sponsored a community-wide bicycle safety rodeo.
Cannon AFB - NAOSH Week information will be distributed by email, the base cable channel and newspaper to increase safety awareness throughout the base community.
New York – The ASSE Metropolitan Chapter will host a networking event and election on Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHAP) Day, May 9, 2007 at 5 PM at “The Playwrights” in New York City as part of NAOSH Week.
Marengo- Central Ohio Chapter gathered donations from all of the ASSE Chapters in the State of Ohio to supported Joel Adkins' travel with his family to Washington, DC to receive his "Be Safe at Work" poster contest award that will occur on May 7th, 2007. The presentation will be at Highland West Elementary School 19 West Street, Marengo, OH 43334.
The state of Oregon has declared May 9th, 2007 the Fifth-annual Safety Break for Oregon day. This is a time for Oregon employers to talk to workers about workplace motor vehicle safety.
Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski issued a proclamation designating May 9, 2007 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
Indiana - The student chapter of ASSE at Indiana University PA will participate in Earth Fest on April 19, 2007. There will be a table set up with information on disposal of household hazardous waste and recycling information. For more information please contact, Tracy Cekada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia - The South Carolina Chapter of ASSE will host “Live with Lucas”. “Live with Lucas” is a morning segment of the local NBC affiliate. ASSE will join NSC in covering safety for young people and teens. The coverage will focus on NAOSH. For more information please contact Colleen Eubanks at email@example.com.
Florence-There will be a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Fair on May 9, 2007. During this event GE Healthcare will present on what would happen if GE Healthcare, Florence shut down for a day. Along with the presentation, 21 EHS Framework Element Owners will present their Safety Element to employees. This event will provide a learning experience as well as an opportunity to for leadership. For more information contact Nick Gutermuth, EHS Manager.
Members joined the South Carolina Governor as he signed the NAOSH proclamation in his office
Dallas-Fort Worth - There will be a Construction Industry Stand Down on May 16, 2007. OSHA and other associations invite construction companies across Texas to stand-down projects for 1-1/2 hours at the same time on the same day. By standing down it will make a statement that safety is important. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin- Construction Safety & Health, Inc. (CSHI), a non-profit organization, donated $500 to the Region III Brunch on May 6, 2007 held in Washington D.C. for NAOSH Week.
Members joined with the Mayor of Austin, TX and the Governor of Texas as they signed NAOSH proclamations
ASSE member's child and family won the ASSE poster contest and joined other winners and officials in D.C. for the national NAOSH kick off events and awards ceremony on Monday, May 7
Norfolk- VIRTEXCO will give payroll inserts as well as sponsor a “Safety-on-the-Job” Kids Poster Contest for children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees to recognize North American Occupational Safety and Health week (NAOSH) and as a tribute to the importance of Safety + Health & the Environment to VIRTEXCO employees. NAOSH week is May 6 thru May 12. All posters must be in the hands of the VIRTEXCO Safety Office in Norfolk by 5 pm Monday, May 1. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Corbett in the Norfolk Safety Office at email@example.com. VIRTEXCO Corporation is a full service organization providing expertise in delivery systems and related construction services, such as Pre-Construction Services, Design/Build, Construction Management, General and Mechanical Contracting.
Arab Times featured “Safety-on-the-Job” Kids Poster winners, Sravya Khasnavees and V.V. Praveen. Sravya Khasnavees won second place in the 13 – 14 age category and V.V. Praveen won fourth place in the 11-12 age category.