April 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 - January 2006

PS has lived up to the expectations established some 50 years ago. We can all be proud of the accomplishments and forward strides the journal has given our Society and our profession.

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

A Critical Venue for Knowledge

Happy New Year to all. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and my personal best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe 2006. As we start a new calendar year, we also celebrate the half-century anniversary of our monthly journal, Professional Safety.

Begun in 1956 as a section of the National Safety News, the publication grew into a full-fledged publication in October 1961. Then-ASSE President Edward B. Landry, in Volume 1, Number 1, February 1956 of the Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers, stated, "Through the publication of this journal, we can give safety engineers and others information that will help them do a better job in the prevention of accidents, inspire others to enter the profession, interest management officials to apply safety engineering more effectively in their business operations, and better enable safety engineers and management to cope with the ever-increasing technical complexity of hazards in the industrial community." Ed also said, "Later, as we look back over the total material presented through the years, we expect to see that in all these areas our journal is making a substantial contribution."

Let's do what he suggests. Let's consider how the journal has met-and continues to meet-those expectations expressed by our leaders and members in 1956.

  • Provide information to safety engineers and others to help them do a better job. Throughout the last 50 years, ASSE's journal has performed this service in an exemplary manner. The quality and diversity of information presented in PS is unequaled in our profession. The in-depth technical articles and thought-provoking management pieces continue to challenge us all to learn something new each time we open an issue. And thanks to PS Online, ASSE members now have free online access to more than 300 articles published in the journal since 2000. It's a great resource when you're doing research or searching for new ideas.

  • Inspire others to enter the profession. Through the myriad of technical articles, regulatory information, resource data and networking opportunities, PS "shines the spotlight" on our profession for all to see. It is one of our best recruiting tools.

  • Interest management officials to apply safety engineering more effectively. As the publication evolved into Professional Safety, more and more tools that can be used by management have been brought forward in print. PS continues to serve as a clearinghouse for leading-edge knowledge in the areas of safety, health and the environment.

  • Cope with the ever-increasing technical complexity of hazards. As PS has matured over the years, it, like our Society, has become more nimble, responding to emerging issues and immediate concerns. Sound editorial management and the hard work of staff and the Editorial Review Board have combined to ensure that the most up-to-date, relevant information is available to our members and the community.

Professional Safety has truly lived up to the expectations established by the Society and its leaders some 50 years ago. As I've mentioned in previous messages, SH&E professionals can never stop learning, and the journal is one means by which we can continue to advance our knowledge. We can all be proud of the accomplishments and forward strides the journal has given our Society and our profession. It is another one of the many great benefits we enjoy as members of ASSE, the premier organization for SH&E professionals. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of the many benefits delievered by Professional Safety, Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Until next month-stay safe.

Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP