September 2014

As chief elected officer of the Society, ASSE's president promotes the advancement of the Society and the safety profession, and represents ASSE before members, other relevant professional societies and various governmental agencies. Professional Safety shares his latest thoughts on the Society, the profession and its practice.

Read past messages in the President's Message Archive.

President's Message - July 2005

This is an exciting time for ASSE. Excitement is in the air. We're on the move. Communication, commitment and accountability help make this happen.

2005-2006 ASSE President Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP

Continuing the March

Welcome to a new Society year. As we transition to our new leadership team, you can expect the progress our Society is making to continue. We'll see no major changes in our strategic plan as we continue to focus on being the premier advocate for the SH&E profession. And, we'll continue to provide continuity throughout ASSE's operations.

That said, several areas need our continuous attention. During my service as a region vice president, I identified three areas on which I believe all members should remain focused-whether at the student section, section, chapter, region or national level-communication, commitment and accountability.

Communication is vital in everything we do. At every level of the Society, it is important for communication to be open, honest and free-flowing. ASSE's Board of Directors has made a concerted effort to improve communications with our membership, and we continue to seek new avenues to ensure that information flows freely in both directions. Today's technology has made it much easier to achieve this objective. Whether it's through e-mails, web conferences, audioconferences, Professional Safety, technical publications or any of the many other options available, we can easily share information with you about professional development opportunities, government affairs and standards development activities, and help keep you up to date on the latest developments in the profession. We also must continue our efforts to increase awareness of the SH&E profession among the public, corporate leadership and elected officials.

Commitment is another key element of our success. We must be committed to our work-both as SH&E professionals and as ASSE members. Honoring commitments is critical in a volunteer organization. ASSE's grassroots efforts rely on you, the members, and the good work of our sections, chapters and regions. Being committed to our work means integrity, honesty, dependability and cooperation. The work we do is truly a team effort.

Accountability ensures that things get done. In our jobs, we are held accountable for those tasks assigned to us. However, some would suggest that we cannot require the same level of accountability from those who perform volunteer service. I would ask, "Why not?" If we do not establish levels of accountability for the jobs we assume on a volunteer basis, those jobs may not be completed, leaving someone else to fill the gaps. We must set levels of accountability for ourselves and those who will contribute to the functions of our volunteer operations, particularly at the section and chapter levels.

This is an exciting time for ASSE. Our strategic plan is directly linked to the budget so we can react quickly as new opportunities arise. A terrific staff is in place to maintain everyday operations. Our membership is growing. Our annual conference and education events continue to improve and expand, as do our publications and public relations efforts. Excitement is in the air. We're on the move. Communication, commitment and accountability help make this happen.

As we move through this next year together, we will explore issues such as networking, positive involvement and collaboration/cooperation with similar associations. Our opportunities are boundless. We must think, react and function with a global perspective.

My sincere thanks for all you do for the Society and the profession. Have a great and a safe month.

Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP