In order to qualify for the Fellow honor, a nominee must:
- Be a Professional Member or Emeritus Professional Member in good standing.
- Have made significant contributions to the American Society of Safety Engineers over a minimum period of twenty years. A significant contribution could be defined as number of ASSE positions held, length of service within various positions, and level of service (chapter, region, Society).
- Have dedicated 100% of the last 20 years in a variety of safety positions such as: systems safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, fire protection, environmental practice, and hazardous materials management, with at least fifty percent of the time devoted to safety engineering or management, and the remaining fifty percent in other sub-disciplines of the broad practice of safety.
- Have been or still be employed in the safety profession or one of its specialties, performing the following functions as a safety professional:
- anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices;
- develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures, and programs;
- implement, administer, and advise others on hazard controls and hazard control programs; or
- measure, audit, and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard controls and hazard control programs.
- Adhere to the Society’s professional code of conduct.
A petition coordinator is an individual who applies for the Fellow honor on behalf of a nominee. Petition coordinators are a fundamental component of the application process, as they are responsible for all of the materials that are submitted to the Technical and Professional Recognition Committee for consideration. He or she must compile all written materials and submit them to ASSE in a timely manner. The process requires the gathering, organizing, and presenting of information that describes a lifetime of activities and achievements in the safety profession.
If you are a Professional Member of ASSE and you are familiar with the nominee as a coworker, supervisor, subordinate, or ASSE associate, you are qualified to nominate someone for the Fellow honor.
A petition sponsor is one of at least six individuals responsible for preparing a nominee’s reference form, which will be a key component of the Fellow petition. Fellow references illustrate the depth and breadth of the nominee’s career and articulate the significance of his or her contributions to both the occupational safety and health profession and the Society. Petition sponsors must submit all relevant materials to the petition coordinator for compilation.
If you are a professional member of ASSE and you have detailed knowledge of the nominee’s contributions and accomplishments, especially (but not solely) in the mandatory criteria, then you are qualified to be a petition sponsor.