Vol. 13, No. 6

As a benefit of your ASSE membership, Society Update highlights the latest Society news, activities, upcoming events and notable member achievements. Members are encouraged to submit news, announcements, questions or comments to Cathy Wegener.

Upcoming Events
June 3
Webinar: Benchmark Your Leading Indicators to Manage Jobsite Risk
June 22
Math Review
June 23-25
ASP Workshop
June 25
Math Review
June 26-28
ASP Workshop
June 26-28
CSP Workshop
June 26-28
Safety Management I
June 26-28
Corporate Safety Management
June 25-26
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
June 27-28
Reducing Losses from Occupational Health Risk and Environmental Exposures
June 28-July 1
Safety 2009
July 1-2
Safety Management II

Pandemic Preparedness

Ensure that your workplace is safe during a pandemic by developing a plan and implementing public health programs. ASSE offers many tips for pandemic preparation, including participating in influenza vaccination programs annually; practicing good health habits; adopting business practices that encourage sick employees to stay home; staying informed about pandemic influenza and be prepared to respond. Many other tips are offered by CDC, World Health Organization, your state or local health department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Top Stories

ASSE Revises Z490.1 Standard

ASSE recently announced the approval of the newly revised ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2009 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training standard, which establishes criteria and provides accepted practices for SH&E training programs. It applies to a broad range of training programs and specifies how to adequately design, develop, deliver and evaluate training.

Z490 Committee Vice-Chair Frank Perry, P.E., CSP, says, “The Z490 is the perfect guide to develop, present and evaluate each training event. If one is using a third-party trainer, Z490 can be used as a yardstick to ensure that you are truly getting what your organization requires and what you are paying for.” To obtain a print or electronic copy, contact ASSE’s Customer Service Department.

ASSE Names Chapters of the Year

ASSE’s chapter of the year awards recognize the best among those that earned Chapter Star status. This year, ASSE recognized:

  • Hawaii Chapter (small). Among its many activities, the chapter sponsored the 10th Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference, collaborated with the Pacific Resource Partnership to promote the safety profession to teachers and counselors of Department of Education Construction Academy Schools, and participated in the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division’s Outreach Program to mentor small businesses. The chapter also contributed to the ASSE Orange County Chapter California Wildfires fund.

  • Kuwait Chapter (medium). The first international chapter to win this award, the Kuwait Chapter actively fostered intersociety relationships. Representatives met with the Euro Arab Environmental Society and the Kuwait Society of Occupational Medicine. The chapter also sponsored hundreds of children in ASSE’s annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest.

  • Arizona Chapter (large). The chapter helped to form the nonprofit Arizona Safety Education Center. In addition, the chapter sponsored a 2-day conference and exposition, and awarded scholarships.

The chapters and their presidents will be recognized during a special luncheon at Safety 2009. In addition, each chapter received $1,000, a $500 stipend to send a chapter representative to the annual conference to accept the award, a recognition plaque at ASSE headquarters and an award for the chapter president.

NOVA Chapter Receives First Rookie Chapter of the Year Award

The NOVA Chapter has been named Rookie Chapter of the Year. Part of the Chapter Stars program, this award was developed by the Council on Member and Region Affairs as a new category in the chapter recognition program. The award recognizes a chapter during its first 3 years of operation, and it is designed to allow new chapters to gain recognition for exemplary performance. The NOVA Chapter received a financial award of $1,200, which includes travel expenses for a representative to receive the award during Safety 2009.


More News

Nexsteps Goes to Safety 2009

ASSE’s Nexsteps Career Center will be available at the upcoming Safety 2009 to help employers and job seekers expand their searches. Employers may post job opportunities and reserve a table at the career center to advertise available positions and meet with potential candidates. Job seekers may also submit resumes to be included in the resume book on site at the conference, to be held June 28 to July 1 in San Antonio, TX. Employers and job seekers must send their respective information to Geri Golonka by June 17, 2009.

Safety 2010 Call for Presenters

Contribute to the SH&E profession’s body of knowledge—present at Safety 2010. The Society’s annual professional development conference will be held June 13-16 in Baltimore, MD. The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that address key issues and emerging trends in the profession, and help attendees build technical, managerial and business skills. Proposals are due by July 31, 2009.

Webinar to Discuss Leading Indicators of Worksite Risk

In ASSE’s upcoming webinar, Benchmark Your Leading Indicators to Manage Jobsite Risk, scheduled for June 3 at 11:00 a.m., participants can learn how organizations are successfully benchmarking the safety observations they collect to effectively reduce—and prevent—hazardous conditions and behavior on worksites. Instructor Cary Usrey, implementation manager at DBO2, will demonstrate the impact that tying observations to loss can have in measuring and managing worksite safety.

ASSEF Presents Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowships

Carisa Harris Adamson

This year’s Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowships, available through the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF), were given to Carisa Harris Adamson of University of California (UC) Berkeley, and Adam Strang, of Miami University in Oxford, OH. The fellowship is conducted at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA; it aims to encourage research activity in the safety field, expand and stimulate safety research understanding, and lay the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue applied research projects of their choice.

Adam Strang

Harris Adamson has a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, an M.A. in Kinesiology, Applied Physiology Concentration from San Francisco State University, an M.S. in Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco/San Francisco State, an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences, Ergonomics Concentration at Berkeley. Her research will examine typical pallet jack operations, comparing a traditional handheld interface with an alternative handle design. The comparison will allow researchers to understand the physical exposures associated with pallet truck operations, and assess a way to reduce such exposures through engineering design.

Strang has a B.S. in Athletic Training from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Exercise Science from Miami University, where he also serves as a graduate/teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology. His research will focus on identifying patterns of variability typically not detectable with traditional statistics that can identify motor system anomalies which potentially influence worker stability.

Oakland University Student Section Named Outstanding Student Section

The Oakland University (OU) Student Section, part of the Greater Detroit Chapter, was named ASSE’s Outstanding Student Section of the Year for 2008-09. Part of the award will help OU fund scholarships for two section members selected by the university within the following academic year. In addition, faculty advisor Aaron Bird will receive funds for equipment to be used by students in a research project. Bird, along with OU Student Section President Sarah Reynolds, will receive the award at Safety 2009 in San Antonio, TX, later this month. The award and plaque will be presented by Mine Safety Appliances Co. and ASSE.

Student sections that met the annual minimum criteria for the award, but did not win, each receive a $500 award from ASSE to help fund their budget for the next school year. Student sections at the following universities are recognized for their good work:

  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Iowa State University
  • Millersville University
  • Murray State University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Southeast Oklahoma State University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • West Virginia University


Chapter News

ASSE Welcomes New Student Section

On April 14, 2009, ASSE signed the charter to its new University of Illinois-Chicago Student Section, part of the Greater Chicago Chapter. Anders Abelmann, section president, says that although “summer is a dry season for us with not all the students around” the section still plans to host social events. Abelmann also reported that the section’s first official meeting had a training theme. “The college has several free online training modules, as FEMA and other federal agencies do, so the group discussed the importance and usefulness of taking advantage of these opportunities,” Abelmann says. Two section members will also be attending Safety 2009.

New Mexico Chapter Volunteers for Community Outreach

New Mexico Chapter President Mike Kemp presents Andrew Sisneros with the junior science fair winner award for his project on fire extinguishers.

For many years, ASSE’s New Mexico Chapter has played a part in the regional science fair held in Albuquerque. The 49th Annual Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Challenge hosted some 600 participating exhibitors, and members of the New Mexico Chapter were on hand, as in years past, to provide assistance. According to Robert Dunnington, the chapter’s membership chair, the chapter supports the event each year with volunteers who assist in the display and safety inspections that are part of the project set-up phase of the fair; the volunteers also help review the projects. In addition, the chapter sponsors two awards for safety-related research projects. “It is a great opportunity to outreach to the community and we see these students as possibly our next generation of safety professionals,” Dunnington says.  


Member News

Brock Receives ASSEF's Distinguished Service Award

Kennith Brock

Former ASSEF chair Kennith Brock, CSP, of Laconia, NH, has been selected to receive the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for his leadership, strategic thinking and commitment to the SH&E profession. In addition to serving as ASSEF chair from 2004 to 2007, Brock has been a professional member of ASSE for more than 30 years. He is currently a member of the Granite State Chapter, Consultants and Risk Management/Insurance practice specialties, and also is senior partner for Strategic Safety Solutions LLC.

During his tenure as chair, Brock helped create a scholarship endowment program that has grown to more than $1.7 million. He was also instrumental in negotiating large contributions from corporate donors and successfully implemented a model for the Foundation’s annual golf outing.

OU's Reynolds Named Student Organization President of the Year

Oakland University (OU) ASSE Student Section President Sarah Reynolds recently received the university’s prestigious Student Organization President of the Year Award. Reynolds was honored for her commitment to the student section and to OU’s Occupational Safety and Health Program. Reynolds, who will graduate in December, is a member of ASSE’s Management Practice Specialty.

“Sarah is a very determined and dedicated individual,” says Monica Frechen, section vice president. “Once she has an idea or a task, she doesn’t stop until it has been accomplished. This year we reached every short-term goal that we set out to accomplish. Though the credit goes out to the entire student section executive board for the hard work they put into achieving each of these goals, had it not been for Sarah’s determination and dedication for improvement, we probably would not have reached all of them.”

According to Frechen, as section president Reynolds sought to increase section membership, bring in new activities and events as well as make it possible for section members to attend more conferences for professional development.

“Sarah wanted everyone to work more as a team,” adds Frechen. “Throughout the past year it has been really wonderful to see all of her ideas come to life while serving as president.”

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You Might Want to Know . . .

  • Last minute questions about Safety 2009? Send an e-mail to Customer Service or call (847) 699-2929.

  • Did you miss ASSE’s webinar on evaluating safety programs? The recording of Leading Performance Measures is now available.

  • Have something to say? Start or join a discussion in the ASSE Forums.