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Houston-Based American Society Of Safety Engineers' Member Contribution Helps Safety Professionals Enhance Their Careers
Des Plaines, IL (December 18, 2006) — As the demand for occupational safety, health and environmental professionals continues to grow Houston-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) member Rixio Medina, CSP, and his wife Alejandra recently donated $10,000 to the ASSE Foundation for the Medina Professional Development Grant, a grant Medina established earlier this year.
The Medina Professional Development Grant provides financial assistance to ASSE members seeking to enhance their education through ASSE certification preparation workshops, seminars, symposia and ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference. Various grants are awarded each year up to $2,000, and the amount varies based upon the individual’s professional development needs.
The Medinas also fund the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety, a scholarship for bilingual safety and health graduates and undergraduates, which addresses the needs of a growing Hispanic workforce.
A certified safety professional (CSP) and Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environmental Protection and Shared Services of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Medina is a former member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and has more than 28 years of safety and health experience in the petrochemical industry. He served two terms as Safety Representative on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) and also served as the ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs.
Chartered in 1990, the ASSE Foundation is committed to ensuring the future of the occupational safety and health profession by providing financial resources to individuals and organizations. Funding for the Foundation comes from corporations and voluntary donations from ASSE members for applied safety research, scholarships, fellowships, internships and professional development. For more information on the ASSE Foundation programs visit
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 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. For more information check ASSE’s website at
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