Vol. 14, No. 3

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
March 3
Webinar: Ten Characteristics That Distinguish Great Safety Organizations: What Leaders Do to Make Them Real
March 7
Math Review
March 8-10
Corporate Safety Management
March 11-12
Delivering Safety Results in Changing Times Symposium
March 14
Math Review
March 15-17
ASP Workshop
March 16-18
Virtual Symposium: Construction Safety: Best Practices and Standards
March 18-20
CSP Workshop
March 24
Webinar: The Aging Workforce: Secondary Ergonomics Risk Factors & Solutions

Construction Safety: Best Practices & Standards

Join industry experts at ASSE’s Construction Safety: Best Practices and Standards virtual symposium on March 16-18. Build a network of like-minded construction professionals as you learn about political and regulatory issues, and safety strategies related to technical construction topics, and strategies for reducing risk, tying safety metrics to insurance costs and better managing the bottom line. In addition to earning 1.0 CEUs, participants will receive eight free ANSI/ASSE A10 standards, an online compendium of relevant articles and proceedings, recordings of all live webinar sessions and slides from each session.

Vote Today!

Voting for the 2010 Society officers starts March 1, 2010. Check out ASSE’s website for the slate, biographies and platform statements to help make your decision. Voting ends March 31.

Register for ASSEís Spring Symposium

Learn how to leverage changes that affect occupational safety at ASSE’s Delivering Safety Results in Changing Times symposium is set for March 11-12 in Scottsdale, AZ. You can learn more about the topics to be presented and read interviews with keynote speaker Mary O’Hara-Devereaux and session speakers Bill Barbarow and Jim Spigener.

Recruit New Members, Win Prizes

ASSE’s 2010 Member-Get-A-Member campaign is underway. The steps are easy: 1) Forward an ASSE application to someone you know using the refer-a-friend tool. 2) Ask your friend to enter your name in the sponsor section of the membership application. 3) Tell as many people as you want.

You will receive a gift when your first referral joins, as well as other gifts for additional referrals. Also, for every new full member you recruit, you will be entered to win a free trip to Safety 2011 in Chicago. The trip includes a full Safety 2011 package, 3 nights’ hotel accommodations and a $250 AMEX card to use for expenses.

Safety Updates Online

ASSE’s online video safety updates  are posted weekly and discuss current issues and questions within the safety industry. Presented by Tim Fisher, director, practices and standards, the videos include links to additional resources. Check back frequently to view new videos and stay in tune with current SH&E topics.

CoPS Article of the Month

The Council on Practices and Standards’ featured article of the month is taken from the Vol. 9 No. 2 issue of RM/Insight, the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty’s newsletter. The article, “Near Misses: Organizational Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Cards,” is written by Cameron Clark, MA.

In This Issue


Top Stories

ASSE Urges Congress to Include Safety in Jobs Bill

ASSE, along with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and AIHA, have called on policymakers to ensure that safe work is a focus in the current jobs bill (HR 2847). In a letter to Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), ASSE urged the senator to help ensure that the jobs to be created through HR 2847 are safe jobs, with protection against possible on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

In their comments, the safety organizations noted the critical need to protect those who find jobs through opportunities the bill would create and called on legislators to ensure that companies which receive federal funds have management commitment to safety and exemplary safety records, and that those who obtain stimulus-funded jobs receive the appropriate protective equipment and training. The groups also urged that the bill include language which would ensure that “each contract awarded to create jobs from this funding include the hiring of a qualified occupational safety and health professional.”

March Madness: ASSE Members Start Shopping

Get FREE standard shipping on all books, standards and insignia items shipped in the U.S. throughout the month of March. International orders receive 50% off UPS Air shipping. This includes regular priced and sale items. Offer good through March 31, 2010, while supplies last. For more information on ASSE's March Madness, call ASSE Customer Service at (847)699-2929.

ASSE Becomes Secretariat of INSHPO

ASSE recently became the secretariat for the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO), a not-for-profit group devoted to advancing occupational safety and health around the world. “Occupational safety and health issues and concerns are not limited by country borders,” says ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP. “Worldwide provision of services, migration of workers and the conduct of international corporate activities lead to the reality that almost all occupational safety and health professionals’ efforts are international in scope.” INSHPO also works to gather and distribute data on competence standards for occupational safety and health practitioners.


More News

ASSEFís Newest Donor: ISNetworld

ISNetworld, headquartered in Dallas, TX, has established a new ASSE Foundation scholarship, the ISNetworld Scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health. The scholarship will be awarded this spring to a student attending a school in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana or Arkansas.

ISNetworld provides an online vendor management database designed to meet internal and governmental recordkeeping and compliance requirements. The firm collects safety and health, procurement, quality and regulatory information from vendors, verifies its accuracy and reports the results.

“We thank ISNetworld for its generous donation and commitment to the occupational safety and health profession,” says Mary Goranson, ASSEF manager. “While many companies and organizations are cutting costs in this economy, we are pleased to see companies like ISNetworld place value on the education of future safety professionals, especially in light of the growing demand for this profession, and provide the necessary funding to make needed scholarships available to students.”

Safety 2010 & Safety 2011 Updates

Call for Safety 2010 Poster Session
ASSE will hold a poster session program during Safety 2010. SH&E educators, students, professionals, researchers and others are encouraged to submit original contributions related to the SH&E field that can be displayed in an educational poster format. Poster proposal forms are due Friday, March 12, 2010. There are three categories: undergraduate student, graduate student and other (including faculty and government). Selected proposals will be notified no later than April 1, 2010.  Posters selected to be displayed at PDC will be judged by panels made up of ASSE and Academics Practice Specialty members, and a winner from each category will be announced during the conference.

Early Registration Ends April 9
Safety 2010, ASSE’s premiere SH&E event in Baltimore, June 13-16, will be here before you know it. Early registration ends April 9, 2010. Reserve your spot today to save up to $150.

International Fall Protection Symposium
In conjunction with SAFETY 2010, the International Fall Protection Symposium will be held June 16-17. The symposium will focus on fall accidents, and expert presentations and panel discussions will address fall protection topics such as engineered system design, models for fall arrest testing and industrial rope access techniques.  

Safety 2011 Call for Presenters
ASSE is accepting presenter proposals for Safety 2011, which will also celebrate ASSE’s 100th anniversary. With the theme “Your Safety Is Our Business,” the conference will focus on identifying key SH&E issues, preparing for challenges in the SH&E fields, and engaging and expanding professional knowledge. Submissions must be postmarked by July 16, 2010, and acceptance notification will be mailed by Nov. 12.


Chapter News

ECU Student Section Hosts James P. Kohn Memorial Golf Tournament

James P. Kohn was a professional member of ASSE, and in 1994, cofounded the Master of Science in Occupational Safety (MSOS) program at East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, NC. He passed away in 1999, leaving a legacy of leadership and service for future generations of SH&E students, educators and professionals.

Kohn's ASSE Service
  • Member Education Committee (1988-94)
  • Chair of Member Education Committee (1989-94)
  • Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (1992)
  • VP of Professional Development (1994-96)
  • Region VI VP (1997-98)
  • Author of many Professional Safety articles

To honor Dr. Kohn’s memory and continue his passion for teaching, research and service, the ECU Student Section, part of the Eastern Carolina Chapter, is hosting its second James P. Kohn Memorial Golf Tournament on April 23, 2010, at the Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, NC. The section has earmarked 40% of the proceeds to fund the ASSE Foundation James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship, and 60% to fund the James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship at ECU. The 2008 tournament raised $5,450.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to help with the organization and planning for the James P. Kohn Memorial Golf tournament," says Connor Duke, President of the ASSE ECU Student Section. "I attended this event 2 years ago as an undergraduate student. It was a great experience and I could see the passion that everyone had for safety and Dr. Kohn."

The group is seeking hole sponsorships; interested businesses, organizations or individuals may sponsor a hole for a minimum contribution of $100. The group’s goal is to grow the event by having more alumni, and regional and national members attend. “In 2008, the ASSE Foundation James P. Kohn scholarship was endowed at the $1,000 level from our contribution, so now we set our sights at the $1,500 level,” says Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, ECU Student Section Faculty Advisor. “I hope the event is just as successful as it was in 2008,” says Behm. “We are very happy to contribute to scholarships so that the legacy of Dr. Kohn is remembered."


Member News

ASSE Mourns Loss of Member Chris Walters

V. Chris Walters, an active ASSE member since 1981, died Feb. 7, 2010, in an explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant being built in Middletown, CT. Mr. Walters was working at the site as safety supervisor for an electrical contractor. Widely remembered as a tireless advocate for workplace safety and an ambassador for ASSE, Mr. Walters was a member of ASSE’s St. Louis Chapter who became active in the Nutmeg Chapter when he relocated to Connecticut for work.

Walters_1.jpgIn 2006, Central Missouri State University’s alumni magazine featured Mr. Walters in a cover story for his work in the construction of the new Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. According to the article, Mr. Walters and his staff established one of the best safety programs in the industry. “The company’s lost-time injury rate building Busch Stadium was 82% below the national average. Their dedication to safety helped the $344 million-plus project stay on schedule and on budget with barely any loss due to incidents.”

A fund has been established for Mr. Walters’ wife and three children: V. Chris Walters Family Fund, c/o Parkside Financial Bank & Trust, 8112 Maryland Ave. Ste. 101, Clayton, MO 63105.

Three Rivers Chapter Members Are Honored For Long Service

From left: Three Rivers Chapter members Douglas Gladden, Harry Getzlaff, Donald Pocci, Tom Bresnahan and John Schnarr.

In lieu of their annual holiday social, ASSE’s Three Rivers Chapter members hosted a service award luncheon and honored some of their long-time members. Honorees included Douglas Gladden, CSP, 25 years of service; Harry Getzlaff, CSP, 40 years of service; Donald Pocci, 40 years of service; Tom Bresnahan, CSP, 40 years of service; and John Schnarr, CSP, 40 years of service.



Nobbe Recognized as CEO Who "Gets It"

Daniel Nobbe

Each year, National Safety Council acknowledges business leaders who demonstrate world-class safety at all levels of their organizations. This year, ASSE member Daniel Nobbe was named one of eight “CEOs Who ‘Get It.’” According to NSC, “Through active involvement to enhance the well-being of their employees, these CEOs extend safety from workplaces into their employees’ homes and communities.” Nobbe is plant leader at Fiberteq LLC, Danville, IL, and a member of the Society’s Central Illinois Chapter.

Nobbe’s profile was featured in the February 2010 issue of Safety+Health. In the article, Nobbe discusses the company’s concept of “Living Safely . . . A Personal Choice.” “This concept encompasses all facets of safety, including training, accountability and the empowerment of employees,” Nobbe explains. “It embraces safety at work as well as outside of work.”

Mike Taubitz Joins FDRsafety

Michael Taubitz

Michael Taubitz has accepted a new position as senior advisor for FDRsafety, a safety consulting services business. Taubitz will be working with the company’s clients in all areas of service and he will be posting comments pertaining to the relationship between lean practices and safety on FDRsafety’s blog. Taubitz is a professional member of ASSE’s Lansing Chapter.




SH&E Generations: The Hanson Family

Valerie and Jim Hanson

We recently asked ASSE members to share their stories of following a parent into the SH&E professionor of having a son or daughter follow them into the safety profession.

Here’s the story of Jim Hanson and daughter Valerie Hanson.

SH&E Generations

Many SH&E professionals have parents or children who are also in the profession. Did your son or daughter follow in your footsteps? Did a parentís involvement in the safety profession encourage you to follow in their footsteps? ASSE would like to hear from you.

Tell us your story of SH&E generations.



Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

Have you noticed a change in the Honor Roll? Member recruitment, retention and involvement are important to ASSE’s long-term growth and stability. Many members help promote the benefits of ASSE membership. To better reflect members’ recruitment efforts, ASSE recently changed the honor roll categories. 

President’s Court – 100+ members sponsored since 1981
President’s Council – 50 to99 members sponsored since 1981
President’s Cabinet – 25 to 49 members sponsored since 1981
President’s Crew – 11 to 24 members sponsored in current year
President’s Circle – 5 to 10 members sponsored in current year
President’s Club – 2 to 4 members sponsored in current year

As you sponsor new members throughout the year your category can change. At the beginning of each year this information is moved into the accumulative categories and the yearly ones start over.