The national kick-off for the ASSE/CSSE/OSHA North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2006 at the Department of Labor's (DOL) auditorium in Washington, DC. The event will promote safe and healthy workplaces for young workers with k eynote presentations to be given by Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP, President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). In addition, the winners of ASSE's 4 th annual "Be Safe at Work" Kids' Poster Safety Contest will be announced and OSHA will distribute young worker safety and health materials to the event’s attendees.
ASSE will then be host to a reception in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room (S-211) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol just after the DOL event. ASSE President Dobson 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. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development Rose McMurray will join ASSE President Dobson to discuss briefly efforts to improve motor vehicle safety.
The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership will hold a meeting Monday, May 1 on the Be Ready. Be Buckled. Program. A program aimed to increase safety belt use among truck drivers. 67% of truck drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2004, not wearing a safety belt, were involved in single vehicle crashes.
The CSSE national launch will take place in Vancouver, B.C. with a breakfast and a variety of programs illustrating the importance of workplace safety. Go to www.csse.org for more information.
AMEC Americas (AMEC) – has distributed more than 500 posters to their employees and in their communities in the U.S. and Canada and posted NAOSH information on their web sites as well as distributed ASSE safety brochures.
Local media features Decatur’s Daniel Hales, runner-up in the 7-8 age group for the 4 th annual ASSE Kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest.
Tyson foods put a NAOSH 06 message and information on paycheck stubs.
ASSE members hosted Australian Safety & Health professionals at meetings and events, including getting a behind-the-scenes walk through of Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, with the Disneyland Resort Safety Team.
ASSE member and FAA Safety Manager is setting up a lobby display for NAOSH week and part of the display is for the daycare kids and parents. They will utilize the winning ASSE posters -- Safety Awareness Keeps you on Target; Be a Stranger to Danger; and, Safety is as Simple as ABC. The posters were displayed and free ASSE NAOSH bookmarks, safety key-chain whistles and brochures were distributed.
The City of Boca Raton will be host to several safety training sessions on catastrophe preparedness for employees during NAOSH Week.
The Hawaii Chapter will be host to the Pacific-Rim occupational safety, health and environmental conference highlighting workplace safety and health solutions implemented by many businesses and featuring local and national officials.
The ASSE Snake River Chapter held a celebration in honor of Abigail Chiles, 8, of Eagle, who won first place in the 4 th annual ASSE Kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for the 7-8 age group.
The Des Plaines Mayor proclaimed April 30 – May 6, 2006 NAOSH Week. The Des Plaines library is displaying the NAOSH 06 poster and distributing key ASSE safety & health information and brochures.
ASSE member and Verizon employee posted a link to ASSE roadway safety materials for all Verizon employees. The link will communicate ASSE roadway/work zone safety in April and NAOSH materials, including the ASSE roadway safety and NAOSH power points, in May to more than 150,000 employees and also utility fleets. They have also distributed the NAOSH posters.
Daughter of ASSE member from Canton, MA will be doing a community service project centered on NAOSH Week and getting the word out on the importance of occupational safety, health and the environment. She will be providing 20 schools in the Boston area (high school and elementary) with information on NAOSH Week by distributing pamphlets and posters, including information on teen worker safety.
The Ascension Health loss prevention and safety department out of St. Louis, MO, will be utilizing NAOSH pamphlets and posters at their May national conference in Baltimore. This company provides acute care hospitals in 26 states (over 100,000 employees).
The Tabitha Health Care Services’, based in Lincoln, monthly newsletter for employees on health and safety issues included information on ASSE’s NAOSH Week, teen worker safety and roadway safety.
The New Jersey Chapter will be serving as safety experts/inspectors for the ABC Extreme Makeover show while the show builds a home in NJ the last week of April 30.
250 NAOSH 06 posters along with ASSE safety brochures were distributed at Forest Oil, Hobbs, and posted throughout the community by ASSE members and non-members alike.
Pfizer Global Manufacturing is distributing NAOSH 06 posters and ASSE brochures and occupational safety, health and environmental information through their web site fornearly 900 colleagues. Pfizer says workplace safety and health are always at the top of “our” priority list, according to the Pfizer Global Manufacturing Medical Director.
The Tarheel Chapter will be donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte including safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves and hard hats to be used by the volunteers and Habitat staff in building homes for those in need.
The Mayor of Pataskala, Ohio proclaimed April 30 – May 6, 2006 NAOSH Week and had the NAOSH 06 posters distributed throughout the city and businesses. With the help of an ASSE member, the Mayor also asked the Pataskala Chamber of Commerce to assist in supporting NAOSH Week and to issue NAOSH proclamations as well.
The Oklahoma City Chapter is co-sponsoring a Family Safety Day to be held at the Oklahoma State OKC Campus on Saturday, May 20 and are also actively pursuing the involvement of the growing Hispanic community in the OKC area, therefore, the original date on Cinco de Mayo was moved to May 20. Several groups including fire departments, police, the Safe Kids Coalition, the OSU-OKC Precision Driving School, the local electric utility, Bridgestone-Firestone, Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, etc. will participate in a wide variety of interactive booths and presentations. The ASSE OKC Chapter will be involved with teen safety in the workplace, some of the company displays, and a Kids Safety Poster Contest. The poster contest has been initiated at area schools and libraries and will award prizes in four age categories through Middle School. The winning posters and honorable mentions will be on display in the Atrium of the new downtown library during the month of June.
ASSE members distributed more than 1000 NAOSH 06 posters to schools and businesses along with holding safety and health classes in the elementary schools and will be providing a teen driving safety presentation in the local high schools in Salem and Portland .
The PHR Construction Company, based in Hollsapple, PA, distributed NAOSH posters throughout their facilities and held safety training classes on a variety of topics utilizing the poster messages.
South Carolina Chapter representatives will join the Governor Tuesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Governor’s office for the signing of the Governor’s proclamation declaring April 30 – May 6, 2006 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week in South Carolina. The ASSE South Carolina Chapter photo op with the Governor at the State House in Columbia will include eight ASSE members.
Houston – BP, utilizing ASSE NAOSH poster contest entries from the year before, developed four topic- specific posters for NAOSH 06 and are on display at BP plants and offices. The posters will also be on display at the DOL and at the Capitol Hill reception in D.C. during NAOSH Week.
The ASSE chapters in the Mid-Atlantic states will be host to the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Conference in the three state area of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware featuring experts and officials on all construction safety topics. More information can be found at www.asse.org/newsroom.
The Fluor Government Group of the Fluor Aluminum Alliances of
Richland, WA, distributed 250 NAOSH 06 posters throughout the state along with ASSE brochures and information on the benefits to businesses of investing in occupational safety and health.
The ASSE Northern West Virginia Chapter in conjunction with their Student ASSE Chapter is presenting a program on the Municipal Growth Relative to Fire Service Growth for the City of Morgantown, W.V. This will be covered with Chief Dave Fetty of the Morgantown Fire Department. The reason for this topic is that the county has 12 volunteer fire departments and there has been a great deal of concern over fire fees and people living in the county.