DES PLAINES, IL (May 3, 2007) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) will kick off the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2007 (NAOSH, May 6-12) with ceremonies Monday, May 7, 2007 at 10 a.m. and noon. This year’s theme is “All Modes of Transportation.” Global representatives from ASSE, 35 industries representing hundreds of businesses, federal agencies and winners of the 5th annual ASSE kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest, the future of safety, will be in attendance.
The morning event will feature presentations by all three organizations; distribution of outreach materials focusing on motor vehicle safety; recognition by OSHA of the kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest winners; and highlights of OSHA, ASSE and CSSE NAOSH Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (May 9) activities in the U.S. and Canada. More than 30 children and their families are traveling from across the U.S. and the world to attend the event. Attendees and presenters will discuss their common goal, saving lives and preventing injuries and illnesses on the job.
|Event 1:||2007 NAOSH Week kick-off ceremony|
|Participants:||Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, ASSE President
Andrew E. Cooper, CSSE Secretary
|When:||Monday, May 7, 2007, National Kick-Off- 10:00 – 11:00 am|
|Where:||U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.|
|Event 2:||2007 NAOSH Week Kick Off Reception/Awards/Transportation Safety Update
ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, to host
|When:||Monday, May 7, Noon – 2:00 pm|
|Where:||U.S. Capitol, Mansfield Room (S-207)|
|Participants:||Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, ASSE President
William Quade, Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Chris Jahrling, Turner Corporation's General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Business Unit
J. Dwain Friesen, Chair - Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, ACTAR
|ASSE President Jones will present the poster contest entrants, future safety leaders, with awards. Officials from OSHA, DOT, business, FedNet, the FMCSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, Canada and more will briefly discuss efforts aimed at improving safety in our nation's transportation systems.|
The latest edition of Large Truck Crash Facts (including calendar year 2005 crash data) is now available and has been uploaded to the FMCSA website. The annual 56-page report contains 57 tables and 8 figures presenting large truck crash data from 2005 - the latest year for which complete data are available - and year-to-year data extending back to 1975. Data are presented in sections on trends, crashes, vehicles, and people, and includes five tables breaking down fatal crashes by State. Trends in passenger vehicle crashes over the same period are included for comparison purposes. You may obtain the electronic version of this report here.
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week—which will be observed May 6-12—is a powerful tool we can use to educate others on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace. Last year, we partnered with many affiliated organizations—such as American Apparel and Footwear Association, Shipbuilders Council of America, NFPA, National Chicken Council, National Federation of Independent Businesses, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association—to share this important message with more than 30 million people and nearly 150,000 businesses worldwide—including those in countries such as Italy, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
Des Plaines, IL (March 12, 2007) — Last year the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Board of Directors approved the creation of an “Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day” (OSHP) to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. This year OSHP Day will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. It falls every year on the Wednesday of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which runs from May 6- 12, 2007.
“They are the ones that make sure you go to and come home from work safely and without injury every day,” ASSE President Donald S. Jones Sr., P.E., CSP, said.
Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the occupational safety, health and environmental profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience, who identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. Safety and health professionals follow a Code of Professional Conduct and bring to bear technical knowledge, skill and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what is one of the most challenging, growing and rewarding career fields.
Occupational safety and health practitioners have existed for a long time, but formed ASSE in 1911 following the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City on March 21, 1911. On that date nearly 150 women and young girls died in the factory fire because of locked fire exits and inadequate fire extinguishing systems. This was a major turning point in worker safety history as the tragedy led to changed government regulations and new worker protection laws.
Today millions of people go to and return home safely from work every day due, in part, to the work of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals.
"We still have a long way to go in increasing workplace safety for all," ASSE Past President Eddie Greer, CSP, of Texas, said. "Many women perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911, yet even 80 years later we had 25 workers die and 49 more injured when a fire broke out at a chicken processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina. The plant doors were padlocked trapping the workers inside. We are making a difference and workplace fatalities have gone down over the years, but we need to reach the businesses who don't have or ignore workplace safety and health processes."
“We take time this May 9 to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” Jones said. “It doesn’t happen often, but when a call is made to a family member that their loved one has been injured or killed on the job several lives change forever. Work with your occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never receives that call.
“Thank your occupational safety and health professional today,” Jones said. “It will mean more than you know.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org/newsroom or www.asse.org/naosh07.
Ron Sowder of Ohio Has Enough Accident-Free Miles For Six Round Trips to the Moon
WEST CARROLTON, Ohio, Jan. 25, 2007 – When UPS driver Ronald Sowder steps down from his tandem tractor-trailer rig tonight at the end of his 312-mile route from West Carrolton, Ohio, to Louisville and back, he’ll mark 45 years of accident-free driving.
It’s a remarkable milestone for the man fellow drivers affectionately call “Big Dog.” The 67-year-old Sowder is the most senior safe driver among UPS’s 102,000 drivers worldwide. He’s logged more than 3 million accident-free miles, enough to circle the equator 120 times or make six round trips to the moon and still have miles left over.
“Forty-five years of accident-free driving is a tremendous achievement,” said UPS Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew. “UPS drivers are among the safest and best-trained on the roads and Ron has set the bar extremely high for all of them. I’m very proud of him.”
Beyond the mileage, 45 years of accident-free driving is a very rare achievement even at UPS. During the company’s 100-year history, only one other driver has equaled the mark.
UPS has more than 4,200 active drivers who have achieved membership in the company’s Circle of Honor for steering clear of accidents for 25 years or more. Of those, 107 have gone 35 years or more without an accident and six – including Sowder – have gone 40 years or more. Collectively, UPS’s active Circle of Honor drivers have compiled nearly 117,000 years of accident-free driving.
Sowder was fresh out of the Navy when he started working for UPS in Dayton, Ohio. He spent his first 16 years making deliveries as the driver of one of UPS’s iconic brown package cars before switching over to “feeders,” which is the company’s term for tractor trailers.
The secret to his remarkable record?
“I think there are three keys,” Sowder says. “Stay alert, keep a positive attitude on the road and exercise your skills. And you have to be a defensive driver; you have to be able to compensate for other people’s mistakes and expect the unexpected. You can’t drive too close. I don’t like to be in a pack.”
Sowder also credits UPS’s driver training. All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods from their first day of classroom training, including the company’s comprehensive safety course, “Space and Visibility.” The training continues throughout their careers.
“The people who run the program really know what they’re talking about,” Sowder added. “I think that has to do with the promotion-from-within policy at UPS. The trainers know what they’re talking about because they’ve been on the road themselves. They really know what works and what doesn’t.”
Sowder also says he uses his safety training when he’s off the clock.
“I use the methods I have learned all the time, no matter what I’m driving,” he said. “The idea is to make safe driving a habit. ‘Get the big picture.’ ‘Space and Visibility.’ Those are all things that you use every day.”
Sowder has seen big changes during his career, including today’s emphasis on the consistent use of seatbelts. On the negative side, “there are just a lot more people on the road. A lot of times it seems like people aren’t as courteous as they used to be, which probably has something to do with everyone being in such a hurry these days.”
All in all, Sowder is proud of his career with UPS.
“I’m always proud that UPS trusts me with their equipment,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility.”
UPS’s 102,000 drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 2 billion miles a year while averaging less than one accident per million miles driven. More information on UPS and safety is available at http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.
UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
DES PLAINES, IL (December 5, 2006) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and its thousands of occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will work to raise the public's awareness of the importance of being safe at work during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week next May. Events for NAOSH Week, Sunday May 6 – Saturday May 12, 2007, will be held continent-wide along with Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day celebrations on Wednesday, May 9.
The national NAOSH Week kick off 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.
Each year more than 5,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions more suffer from on-the-job illnesses and injuries.
"At the same time, millions of people go to and return home from work every day safely due, in part, to the work of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals and the businesses committed to protecting their workers," ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, said today. "During NAOSH Week, ASSE, its members and its NAOSH partners representing thousands of businesses and workers will provide information to communities, businesses, and schools on ways people can stay safe at work."
As transportation-related accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths, NAOSH Week 2007 will focus on all modes of transportation safety. A tool aimed at preventing motor vehicle injuries is the American National Standard Institute's (ANSI)/ASSE Z15 "Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations" Standard. The standard provides safe motor vehicle operation guidelines including the operational environment; driver considerations; vehicle considerations; and incident reporting and analysis. The ANSI/ASSE Z15 standard committee represents 35 companies and organizations including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Con Agra Foods Inc., the American Public Transportation Association, the American Gas Association, the Motor Freight Carriers Association, the National Association of Fleet Administrators, and the American Automobile Association (AAA).
NAOSH partners, including the OSHA Alliance Program participants, will distribute materials including the free "Preventing Roadway Crashes" brochure and the NAOSH 2007 poster featuring the winners (age 5-14) of the fifth annual ASSE Kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest. These materials, along with information on how to participate in NAOSH Week, are available for downloading from the NAOSH web site at www.asse.org/naosh07 and by contacting ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publication, " Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes" developed by OSHA, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can be found on OSHA's web site at www.osha.gov.
HOUSTON, TX (December 4, 2006) – The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), NASA/Johnson Space Center, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) Houston Offices announced today a new video contest for Houston area teens aimed at increasing awareness of being safe on the job for all ages. The contest runs through March 1, 2007.
The 2007 Teen 'Safety-on-the-Job' Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest challenges high school students from across the greater Houston area to use their creativity in developing an original 30-second PSA illustrating to teens the need to recognize and follow safe work practices regardless of age and job. Entry is open to 9th through 12th grade students who attend school in any of the following counties in Texas: Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Houston, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Washington. Any group, class, club, or student organization is encouraged to enter a video PSA product depicting the contest theme: Teen Safety-on-the-Job. All students must work as a team to develop the PSA and teams must be no more than five students and be supervised by an adult.
"Teens are highly motivated and energetic employees," NASA/Johnson Space Center Chief, Safety & Test Operations David Loyd said in announcing the contest. "They contribute greatly to the businesses they work in and to the jobs they perform. However, teens have higher than average job-related injuries and deaths when compared to other age groups. Many times, the teen is unaware of safe work practices, personal protective equipment and that training is available when they take that first job. They need to be aware of this for their own safety."
"This contest," Chuck Williams, OSHA south Houston office area director, stated, "will help teens become familiar with workplace safety and health risks and help them understand what they can do to stay safe on the job. Often teens are unaware of their rights to a safe and healthy work environment as provided by law. This contest is intended to heighten the teen awareness of on-the-job safety concerns and call their peer group to action."
The Teen Safety-on-the-Job PSA should illustrate safe work practices. Examples of this would be showing job sites where teens are employed such as grocery stores, restaurants, life guarding at a pool, working at a store, in a band, a theme park or a hospital, etc. The PSA may use any permitted scenario as long as it depicts the contest theme of Teen Safety-on-the-Job. Creativity is highly encouraged.
Winning student groups will be invited to participate in the May 6-12 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) events in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor and on Capitol Hill. They will also be celebrated at an event at the NASA/Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, May 9 for Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
All entries must be submitted by March 1, 2007 to the Teen Safety-on-the-Job PSA Video Contest, c/o Mark Briggs, OSHA, 17625 El Camino Real, Suite 400, Houston, TX, 77058. Three PSAs will be selected as winners – Grand, First and Second place winners –based on their persuasiveness, logical organization, clarity, quality, creativity and how well the product illustrates the contest theme. Winning teams will be contacted Monday, April 9, 2007.
The Grand prize team will receive $2,000 and $1,000 for their school; the First place prize team will receive $1,000 along with $500 for their school and the Second place team will receive $500 and their school will receive $250. In addition the teams will be honored nationally at ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and at the NASA/Johnson Space Center.
"As we continue to reach teenagers on the need to be safe at work," ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter President Tara Falin said, "the numbers of those teens injured on the job will go down. Currently thousands are being injured and some killed from on-the-job injuries. These can be prevented."
For more information on this contest please go to www.asse-gulfcoast.org. For more information on NAOSH Week please go to www.asse.org/naosh07.
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It's more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.