About Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is May 7, 2008.

Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work day in and day out to make sure millions of people worldwide continue to go to and return home from work every day.

To recognize and celebrate their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment the American Society of Safety Engineers' board approved the creation of Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) in March of 2006 to be held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) on that Wednesday. This year NAOSH Week runs from May 4-10 and OSHP Day is on May 7, 2008.

The purpose of this day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. “They are the ones that make sure you go to and come home from work safely and without injury every day,” ASSE 2005-06 President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP, said as the motion was passed unanimously.

National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the 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. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings 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 has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.

“We take time this May 7th to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” ASSE President Michael W. Thompson, CSP, notes. “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. Let’s continue to work with occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never receives that call.

“If you know one, thank your occupational safety and health professional on this day,” Thompson said. “It will mean more than you know.”

 

OSHP Day Public Service Announcements

30 second PSA:

Take time today to thank the people who keep you and your family members safe at work by celebrating Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on Wednesday, May 7, which recognizes the ongoing efforts of safety and health professionals to protect people, property and the environment. Thanks to them, millions of workers return home safely from work each day. Brought to you by the American Society of Safety Engineers.

60 second PSA:

Take time today to thank the people who keep you and your family members safe at work by celebrating Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day Wednesday, May 7. This day recognizes the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. in what has become one of the most challenging, rewarding and growing career fields. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of these professionals, millions of workers return home from work safely each day. Brought to you by the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Occupational Safety & Health Professional Highlights

Joseph M. Kaplan

Joseph M. Kaplan has been a committed safety leader for more than 68 years and a dedicated member of the American Society of Safety Engineers for more than 60 years. Currently an ASSE Emeritus Member, in 1946, Kaplan was a charter member and one of the founders of the ASSE Los Angeles Chapter and continues to be actively involved with the chapter which recently honored Kaplan for his years of service with a dedication of the chapter’s premiere safety award, the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award, in his name.

Kaplan has a degree in political science and public speaking from UCLA; and in the early 1950s, he served as a member of the White House Conference of Traffic Safety. He helped get the word our about safety to his community through projects such as “Buckle Up for Life Challenge,” which focused on seat belt safety, the first community seat belt awareness initiative in southern California. He was also a pioneer in making safety education films widely available to the public and worked with the media to advocate safety issues both in front of and behind the camera.

Kaplan is a past president of the chapter and recently served as its public relations chair. Among his many achievements, Kaplan received the ASSE J. Wesley Gebb Memorial Award in 2005. He was recently recognized for his more than 60 years of work in the safety profession as he was made a fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering in Los Angeles. Kaplan is a past CEO of the Greater Los Angeles National Safety Council (NSC) and has held leadership positions in other organizations. He also served one term as president of Veterans of Safety International.

 

ASSE Los Angeles Chapter Annual Awards Banquet Honors Dedicated Safety Professionals for Ongoing Service & Committment

ASSE Los Angeles Chapter Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Presidents and Past Presidents pictured from left: Ed Becker (07-08), Sautter (98-99), Taylor (01-02), Joe Kaplan (Chapter Charter Member, Founder), Kramer (03-04) Therrien (06-07), Preston (82-83), and Williams (04-05. Ray Chase (76-77) attended but is not pictured.

As a Testament to the History and Value of the Occupational Safety and Health Professional, ASSE Los Angeles Chapter Annual Awards Banquet Honors Dedicated Safety Professionals for Ongoing Service and Commitment to Safety, Health and the Environment.

In order to pay tribute to the exceptional volunteerism and dedication of their members to the Society, chapter and the SH&E profession, the ASSE Los Angeles Chapter honored their longtime service members as well as their chapter past chapter presidents and professional safety award winners.

Founding member and current ASSE Emeritus Member Joseph M. Kaplan of Los Angeles, CA was honored with a dedication of the chapter’s premiere safety award, the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award, in his name. Kaplan then presented the first-ever “Joseph M. Kaplan SPY Award” to Donald L. Kramer, ARM of Glendora, CA in recognition of his significant contributions to the safety profession, ASSE and the chapter this year.

“Don Kramer has held every leadership position in this chapter and continues to ensure that the Los Angeles membership and profession is served,” said Kaplan. “He is a testament to the dedication of our members to the society and to protecting people, property and the environment.”

ASSE Region I Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI was also in attendance, recognizing members for 25 and 40 years of service and volunteerism with ASSE and their longtime dedication to the safety profession. Los Angeles members celebrating 25 years included Kenneth S. Taff, CSP of Chatsworth, CA; Michael Nicholas of Upland, CA; John Livie of North Hills, CA; Hugh H. Hurt Jr., P.E. of West Covina, CA; Danilo F. Gutierrez, CSP of Corona, CA; David R. Dutton, CSP of Thousand Oaks, CA; and Leonard H. Kushner, P.E. of Burbank, CA. Eugene Myers, P.E., CSP of Costa Mesa, CA was honored for his 40th year of service with ASSE.

“It is wonderful to see the commitment of our members to ASSE and to recognize them for their hard work and determination to keep workers safe,” said Norris. “These dedicated individuals are a testament to the value and the history of the occupational safety and health professional.”

Another notable service award recipient, Bill Taylor, CSP, of Burbank, CA, was honored with the J. Wesley Gebb Award for consistent and significant contributions to the safety profession and/or the ASSE and the ASSE Los Angeles Chapter throughout his career. The J. Wesley Gebb memorial award, established in July 1948, is awarded annually by the Awards and Honors Committee for “Distinguished Achievement in Safety.” J. Wesley Gebb provided early leadership in the California safety movement through his influence as chief of the Southern California Headquarters of the California State Industrial Commission (renamed the Division of Industrial Safety and now CAL/OSHA).