The Environmental Practice Specialty (EnvPS) focuses on issues such as environmental management, water and air quality, solid and hazardous waste, emergency planning and response practices, chemicals and toxicology, legislative and regulatory monitoring, and expert testimony and resources. EnvPS began as the Environmental Division in late October 1990 and published its first newsletter in January 1992.

From the start, EnvPS has always made an effort to provide its members with opportunities for professional development and recognition. For example, EnvPS partnered with the Public Sector Division (now Practice Specialty) in the early 1990s to hold sessions at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC), and it often sponsored technical presentations in conjunction with ASSE chapters. EnvPS also sponsored an environmental management mini-workshop at ASSE headquarters in April 2007. EnvPS also recognizes one of its members as EnvPS Safety Professional of the Year at each PDC.

In addition, EnvPS routinely surveys its members for their input on OSHA and EPA legislation and on hot topics, such as hydrogen as an alternative fuel source and green practices in the workplace.

Safety 2015

The Environmental Practice Specialty Board members, Jay, Herb, and I, are looking forward to meeting you at the ASSE PDC in Dallas. Please look us up at the Networking session (Monday, June8, 2015; 5:30-8:30; Omni Hotel, Dallas Ballroom A/B/C) or send us an email to let us know you will be attending. Check out our sessions:

Monday, June 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
534 | Fibrous Minerals: More Dangerous than Asbestos?
Jeffery C. Camplin, CSP, CPEA, CET, Camplin Environmental Services, Inc., Rosemont, IL

Monday, June 8, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
562 | Chemicals, Pesticides and Other Stuff – Oh My, Oh My, How to Comply?
Tabitha A. Laser, CSP, BP Alternative Energy, Katy, TX

Monday, June 8, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
589 | Win-Win - Academic, Lab and Research Safety at the Claremont University Consortium
Jay C. Brakensiek, CSP, MSIH, EMBA, Claremont University Consortium, Claremont, CA

Monday, June 8, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
598 | Key Issue Roundtable: Zero Waste Initiatives: Identifying Elements to Obtain Zero Waste
Herbert L.G. Bell, CSP, CHMM, REA, Invictus Environmental Safety Solutions, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
Kanwer A. Khan, QEP, CSP, P.E., United Water, Harrington Park, NJ

Tuesday, June 9, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
634 | Putting the 'E' in EHS - Environmental A-Z, from Permitting to Compliance
Caitlin E. Anderson, CSP, QEP, 3M, St. Paul, MN
Gabriela Zappia, 3M, St. Paul, MN

Wednesday, June 10, 7:45am - 9:00am
705 | Building Your Strengths to be an Environmental High Performing Company
Mary L. Prisby, CHMM, 3M Company, Boscobel, WI

Upcoming Elections

The Environmental Practice Specialty Board is preparing for the 2016-2018 election. Please consider volunteering for a position on the board. We are now required to hold elections for the Assistant Administrator and are looking for anyone with an interest to step up and help sustain the Environmental Practice Specialty. The Assistant Administrator will serve for two years, beginning July 1, 2016 and then step up for a two-year term as Administrator beginning July 1, 2018. The call for nominations will be open soon. Watch the ASSE website for more information.


Mary Prisby

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Member Benefits

  • Network with top environmental safety professionals via LinkedIn, Facebook, conference calls and annual face-to-face meetings.
  • FREE membership in the Agricultural Branch by request.
  • Triannual electronic technical publications via email.
  • Access to 150+ interviews with top industry professionals.
  • Publication opportunities.
  • Advisory committee guidance and advice.
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunities.
  • Discounts on group-sponsored webinars.
  • Group sponsorship on conference speaking proposals.
  • Mentoring services.

Volunteer Advisory Committee

Administrator: Mary Prisby
Assistant Administrator: Jay Brakensiek
Secretary: Ramakrishna Chary
Publication Coordinator: Herbert Bell
Membership Development Chair: Terra Wheeler & Jessica Jannaman
Conferences & Seminars Chair: Heather Ingraham
Awards & Honors Chair: Tom S. Butler
Body of Knowledge Chair: Caitlin Anderson
Web Chair: Herbert Bell
Nominations Chair: Tom S. Butler
Special Projects Chair: Kanwer Khan

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