In This Issue
ASSE on Healthcare Ergonomics, Public-Sector Coverage
ASSE recently shared its comments on two hot-button occupational safety and health issues—ergonomics in healthcare and occupational safety coverage for public-sector employees.
The Society supported the general approach of a standard proposed in HR 2381, which would require lifting equipment to protect direct-care nurses and healthcare workers against ergonomic risks. However, ASSE recommended several changes designed to ensure the best patient care, including allowing manual lifting if needed, and calls for provisions that would ensure continuity of care when employees refuse assignment. ASSE also urged caution in including home healthcare without resolving issues of reimbursement and OSHA oversight of work in the home.
In its comments on the Protecting America’s Workers Act (HR 2067), a key OSHA reform bill in Congress, ASSE called for inclusion of provisions to provide coverage to the more than 8 million state and municipal workers now without federal-level safety and health protections. Such coverage is required only in states with federally approved state OSH plans.
Upcoming Virtual Symposia
ASSE’s virtual symposia offer a convenient alternative for professional development. Participants have access to session recordings for 30 days after the events are conducted, learn from experts, explore real-world solutions, network with SH&E professionals and participate in virtual expos. ASSE’s two upcoming virtual symposia offer advice on safety training and construction safety.
Solutions in Safety Training is scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2010. This event will discuss how to engage employees in training and how to sustain training with limited resources. Participants may earn 1.0 CEU, attend how-to sessions and receive free SH&E resources.
Construction Safety: Best Practices and Standards is scheduled for March 16-18, 2010. This symposium will cover techniques to implement job safety on construction sites. Sessions include information on crane safety, contractor and subcontractor management, scaffolding and demolition operations.
Deadline for ASSE’s Diversity Award Nominations is Jan. 15
Nominations for ASSE’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environment Profession Award are due Jan. 15, 2010. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Council on Member and Region Affairs, this award recognizes an individual ASSE member for his/her commitment to the SH&E profession as it relates to supporting diversity initiatives and Society membership. The award winner will be selected without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin or physical challenges.
Start the New Year Off With Safety Certification
The new year serves as an excellent time to work toward achieving a safety certification, Certificate in Safety Management or Executive Program in Safety Management. ASSE preparation workshops and seminars are taking place in St. Pete Beach, FL, Jan. 17-22, 2010. The early registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 5, 2010, saving you $50 per seminar or workshop. Register by calling (847) 699-2929. Upcoming workshops and courses include:
Jan. 17-22, 2010
Spreading the Safety Message Through Future Generations
Spreading the message about workplace safety and promoting the SH&E profession—these are among ASSE’s most important jobs. One way to accomplish these goals is by reaching out to future generations. ASSE’s Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest was designed to do just that.
Since its inception in 2002, the contest has grown exponentially and has captured the attention of not just those in the safety community, but those in other areas as well. The contest was the focus of the cover story of a publication serving association professionals. “Posters That Protect” appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of FORUM magazine, published by the Association Forum of Chicagoland. The article shares the thoughts of ASSE members, staff and volunteer leaders, including Jack Dobson Jr., CSP, ASSE past president and technical director of Liberty Mutual Group’s UPS Dedicated Loss Prevention Team. “Little kids are just brutally honest,” the article quotes Dobson. “They really open a lot of eyes because they’re not trying to analyze or be politically correct; they’re coming up with their honest feelings about how to get Mom and Dad home safe.”
The poster contest is just one of the ways ASSE is reaching out to future generations. ASSE has many resources designed to reach kids and students directly, such as the “Don’t Be a Zombie at Work” online safety game, as well as tools such as the Safety Suitcase, which members can use when visiting schools to talk about workplace safety and the SH&E profession. ASSE members and chapters are finding innovative ways to use these resources. For example, in Florida, several ASSE members participated in the Great American Teach-In held Nov. 18, 2009, where volunteers visit local schools and share their knowledge, experience and dedication to their careers with students from kindergarten through high school.
It’s never too late to get involved. There’s still time to enter the 2010 Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. Deadline for entries is Feb. 14, 2010. Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren, find out if your chapter is sponsoring a local school. It’s a great way to start—and a rewarding way to spread the safety message to future generations.
Earn CEUs at SeminarFest
Attend ASSE’s SeminarFest and earn up to 5.1 CEUs/COCs in 1 week. Scheduled for Feb. 14-20, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV, participants may choose from more than 50 seminars each ranging from 0.7 to 2.1 CEUs. Register now or on site in Las Vegas.
Safety 2010: Are You In?
Be part of the conference that brings together the best in the SH&E community. Register today for ASSE’s Safety 2010, June 13-16 in Baltimore. You’ll learn proven strategies and take away examples that work all while networking with today’s SH&E leaders and industry experts.
Advance the SH&E Profession: Become an ABET Program Evaluator
Interested in helping to improve the quality of technical education delivered by colleges and universities? Volunteer to become an ABET program evaluator. As an evaluator, you’ll learn new perspectives from academic and business professionals, hone your interviewing, reporting and writing skills, as well as your team-building and decision-making skills, strengthen your analytical abilities and expand your network. By helping to make a difference in higher education, you’re also helping to ensure the continued strength of the SH&E profession.
Alaska Chapter Members Reappointed to Alaska Safety Council
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell reappointed ASSE Alaska Chapter members Herb “Safety Herb” Everett and Michael Schowen, CSP, to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.
Everett, of Anchorage, AK, is director of safety and workers’ compensation for Westmark Hotels Inc. He has served on the advisory council since 1992, is the current chair and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.
Schowen, of Anchorage, AK, is senior safety advisor with BP Exploration and an adjunct professor of safety and health compliance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has served on the council since 2000 and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.
As council members, Everett and Schowen will help reduce the risks of accidental death and injury and work with private and public organizations to direct resources to improve safety. Council members also make recommendations to the governor and legislature on state safety policy. They represent industry, labor, and federal, state and local government.
The Society remembers those members who passed away in 2009. Our thoughts are with their friends and families.
During 2010, these members will reach significant years-of-service milestones—25, 40 and 50 years—with ASSE. We thank them for their continued support of the Society and the SH&E profession.
Top Recruiters: Honor Roll
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.
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