Vol. 14, No. 4

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.

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April 11
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April 12-14
ASP Workshop
April 12-14
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April 15-16
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April 15-17
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April 25
Math Review
April 26-28
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April 29 - May 1
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April 26-28
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April 29-30
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April 7
Leading Measures for Improving Safety Performance
April 28
Green and Safe: A Look at LEED and Safety

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SH&E Generations: The Robins Family

My father, W.E. (Red) Robins, worked for DuPont for more than 30 years. He started a career with DuPont in operations at the Bell Plant in West Virginia and subsequently was transferred to the Sabine River Works Plant in Orange, TX. Around 1950, he moved to Victoria, TX, to help start the DuPont Plant near Victoria. My dad was an operations foreman and then a shift superintendent for many years. For the last 10 years of his career, he was in the safety department, although I remember him saying, “Every DuPont employee was in the safety department.”

My dad and I periodically talked about safety while I was in high school and college, and he encouraged me to pursue an industrial engineering degree so that I could work in a safety capacity. Like many young people, I thought I had a better plan than what he had suggested and majored in business administration. I graduated from college in 1965, and after teaching school and working for three other companies, my life and direction was changed for good as I went to work as an entry-level safety representative for an insurance company in May 1972.

My dad had told me I would be fortunate if I ever had a job that 1) didn’t seem like a job, and 2) I wanted to do the reading and to be involved in whatever else was necessary to stay current and updated in the profession. I have been fortunate, as this year I will have been in the safety and health profession for 38 years. During those years, my safety and health activities have almost never been a job, but rather an opportunity to influence the safety and health of the many people with whom I have met and worked.

My safety and health career has predominantly been in the energy sector, and I was fortunate to have been the manager, safety and health, for Panhandle Energy (natural gas transmission) for 27 years.  I retired from Panhandle Energy 4 years ago on a Friday and went to work as the director of safety and health for Cheniere Energy (LNG) that following Monday. (I didn’t want to be out of the safety profession too long!) 

In retrospect, I have truly enjoyed my career as it has been interesting and satisfying. I met and was influenced by thousands of employees, friends and safety professionals. The great majority of those people were committed and involved in improving the safety and health of themselves, other employees, friends, family members, contractors and the general public. I know I am a better man because of my involvement and contact with those people. I have readily attempted to share my safety and health expertise and resources during my career, and hopefully, I have been successful.

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.