In This Issue
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.
March Madness: ASSE Members Start Shopping
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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.
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
Early Registration Ends April 9
International Fall Protection Symposium
Safety 2011 Call for Presenters
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.
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."
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.
In 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
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"
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 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
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.
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
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.
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