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 - April 2006

It’s no accident when tragedies don’t occur. Help us share that message by celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health Week April 30-May 6.

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

You Make a Difference

Can one person make a difference? You bet. suppose you show one of your fleet drivers how to wear his seatbelt more comfortably and he begins to wear it consistently. Soon after, he is involved in a highway crash. Thankfully, his seatbelt kept him safe in his cab. You saved a life. This happens every day, every hour, every minute worldwide.

During this year's North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, April 30- May 6, we will be working with our members, chapters, regions and industry partners to increase the public's awareness that SH&E professionals and the SH&E profession play an integral role in everyone's lives. We'll also be working to show key stakeholders that ongoing investment in SH&E reaps positive benefits—from improving the bottom line and reducing healthcare and workers' compensation costs, to sustaining a positive reputation and building business credibility, all of which are vital in today's global marketplace.

Just ask the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our members. The submissions received in this year's Kids' Safety-on-the-Job poster contest are telling—and they share some unique perspectives on SH&E in creative ways. Their pride in what you do each day shines through in these contributions. For example, Haley (age 6) sent a poster titled “Safety is as simple as ABC: Always Be careful.” Abigail (age 8) encourages us to “Be a Stranger to Danger! Be Alert. Be Careful. Be Safe!” Keaton (age 9) shows us that “Safety Awareness Keeps You on Target.” Kayla (age 12) shares “The 3 B's of Safety: 1) Be informed. 2) Be prepared. 3) Be safe.” And Taylor (age 13) tells us to “Stay Safe Everywhere!"

These five placed first in their respective age groups and their posters are featured on the NAOSH Week 2006 poster. Their messages echo our messages as a profession, and NAOSH Week helps them reach an ever-widening audience. This year, ASSE, along with Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and OSHA, are being joined by 30 industry groups to spread the messages even farther. These groups include American Heart Association; American Apparel and Footwear Association; American Council of Independent Laboratories; DOT's Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership; National Fire Protection Association; Precision Metalforming Association; Steel Group; and Shipbuilders Council of America; as well as the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, which represents 1,400 corporations such as 3M, Black and Veatch, Chevron, Boise Cascade, Batelle and Bechtel.

During NAOSH Week, these partners, along with our members, chapters and regions, will hold events and conduct activities to focus the attention of employers, employees and the public on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. As a first step, I urge you to visit our website ( to view the video, “What in the World Is NAOSH Week?” Then, visit to access free tools such as posters, factsheets, event ideas and brochures. You can also contact ASSE's Diane Hurns at or Mike Nowak at .

Join us in supporting NAOSH Week. It's a great opportunity to help others understand how our efforts to identify and anticipate risks, and prevent injuries and illnesses help people return home safely to their families each day. Thanks for your continued commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. And thanks to the poster contest entrants for showing us all how important SH&E is in everyone's lives.

Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP