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|2009-2010 ASSE President Chris Patton, CSP|
Each year, North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day provide great opportunities to tell the world about the benefits of workplace safety and the key role we as SH&E professionals play in everyone’s lives. Not everyone knows that we work tirelessly across all industries and around the world to prevent harm to people, protect property and help our employers be good environmental stewards. We must continue to educate the public and our communities about occupational safety and our great profession. This year, NAOSH Week is May 2-8 and OSHP Day is May 5.
Through ASSE’s work with OSHA’s Alliance program, more than 50 Alliance program participants and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, NAOSH Week continues to grow and reach more people each year. In 2009, nearly $4 million in services were donated and ASSE members and OSHA Alliance partners volunteered almost 2 million hours. What a tremendous way to show your passion for occupational safety. Consider just a few highlights from 2009:
A record number of participants attended the 2009 NAOSH Week kickoff events in Washington, DC. Many families of poster contest winners paid their own way, while others were supported by ASSE chapters and their employers. It’s an experience those children and their families will long remember. Take a few moments to view photos from the event at www.asse.org/naosh09.
ASSE members also helped gather 37 state and city proclamations in support of NAOSH Week and OSHP Day—a new record. In addition, the annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest continues to grow, with more than 850 entries received this year. Be sure to check out the 2010 winners at www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh10/poster-contest-winners.php.
To help you support NAOSH?Week and plan activities, ASSE offers several tools, from draft proclamations and fact sheets to brochures, technical articles, presentations and much more, all available for free at www.asse.org/naosh10. No activity is too big or too small. For more information and assistance, contact ASSE’s Diane Hurns at (847) 768-3413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also invite you to join me and other ASSE members, government leaders, Alliance partners and poster contest winners May 2-3 in Washington, DC. Our slate of activities will include events at the National Zoo, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Department of Labor. (Rumor even has it that Iron Man will be on hand to discuss superhero workplace safety tips.) Then, on May 5, ASSE Region I will present a major roadway safety event in Portland, OR, with several partners. And those are just a few of the many activities on tap.
By supporting NAOSH Week and OSHP Day you contribute to our profession, and advance our professionals and ASSE. You also make a major difference by providing your friends, colleagues and communities with important information that can help save lives and prevent injuries. Each year, we reach more and more people with the message to work safely. Let’s keep the momentum going in 2010!
Chris Patton, CSP
2009-2010 ASSE President