NAOSH Stories: Safety Stand Down in Texas

pkTexas is known for thinking big. And, ASSE member Patricia Kagerer has a big idea she likes to share during NAOSH Week. Lets just say she would like to make a statement. For the past four years, she has been instrumental in the Dallas-Fort Worth "Construction Industry Stand Down" and on May 7, 2008 she will be at it again.

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. During a stand-down projects are shut down so that employers can provide additional education on workplace safety and health –related issues all aimed at preventing on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Many will focus on training workers to understand safety and unsafe conditions and behaviors, to eliminate hazards, incidents and sometimes near misses as well as reviewing key information on personal protection equipment (PPE). Advance training will be provided to employers and supervistors before the stand-down to ensure maximum success.

"By standing down it will make a statement that safety is important," Dallas, TX-ASSE member Patricia Kagerer, CSP, ARM, CRIS, VP-Risk Management CF Jordan, said. Patricia has been doing this each year for several years because of the importance of making sure those workers that go to work in the morning to their construction site get home safely every night. For more information please contact CF Jordan will participate in the stand down throughout the state of Texas at approximately 30 jobsites.

NAOSH Stories: Massachusetts Teenager Promotes NAOSH Week

naoshSharing Safety and Health Tips with Local Businesses and Schools

Chelsea Crowley is on a mission. This year, the Canton, Massachusetts teenager will distribute NAOSH week materials on how to be safe at work and at school. Her diligent efforts will help promote safety awareness at local schools in her hometown as part of NAOSH week 2008. She is a junior at Canton High School and has been promoting NAOSH Week each year for the past three years. Chelsea and her father, David Crowley, CSP, CET, CHMM, former Chapter President of ASSE’s Greater Boston Chapter, (still a very active member of ASSE), are both committed to getting the word out for NAOSH week because they believe that the more people know about being safe at work - - the less people will be injured or killed on the job…and as a result, less hardship for family members of hard working Americans.

As part of her efforts she will hand out NAOSH posters and safety awareness information at local schools. As a gesture of community involvement, she will also provide a large donation of toiletry supplies and health supplies at the local food pantry - - most of which have been collected from hotels in her area. She'll also hand out a “Construction Safety Checklist” to construction companies in her hometown from the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty newsletter titled Blueprints. In addition, she’ll provide OSHA tip sheets on tree trimming and chain saw safety to local landscaping firms in her hometown.

Chelsea's dad, will also participate in the planning efforts for a ceremony to be held at the State House in downtown Boston again with the Massachusetts legislator’s during the week of May 4 –10, 2008 to help celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week as he did for NAOSH 07. It is expected that the local ASSE chapter will bring together representatives from AIHA, ACHMM, AAOHN, OSHA, the Massachusetts Department of Labor and the Construction Safety Institute to join in on this commemorative event.

Many Thanks to Chelsea and David Crowley as they support NAOSH Week, and help others to realize the importance of their contributions!