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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We recently asked ASSE members to share their stories of following a parent into the SH&E profession or of having a son or daughter follow them into the safety profession.
Here’s the story of Raymond Heyse and his daughter, Linda Heyse-Highland.
ASSE’s new LinkedIn group ANSI/ASSE SH&E Standards Information Center, discusses the technical and professional issues related to ASSE’s ANSI accredited standards development committees.
In addition, nearly 5,000 members have already joined the Society’s other practice specialty, common interest group (CIG) or branch groups on LinkedIn. Get involved and participate in discussions, search jobs, contribute articles, find resources and network with other SH&E professionals. Search for the practice specialties, branches and CIGs under LinkedIn’s Groups tab.
Nine training modules are available online for both chapter and student section officers. Three new modules include training for faculty advisors, student section officers and chapter program chairs. Questions about ASSE’s online training modules may be directed to Chapter Services.
Job seekers can visit the NexSteps Career Center at Safety 2010 to post resumes and view postings by companies seeking to hire an SH&E professional. Employers can post positions and browse through resumes. During the week of Safety 2010, ASSE allows jobs to be posted at no charge.
During Safety 2010 in Baltimore, be sure to schedule time to participate in the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) golf outing and silent auction. The golf outing is Sunday, June 13, at Waverly Woods Golf Club in Marriottsville, MD. It will begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. with golfers playing in a 4-person scramble. Contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929 for registration or sponsorship opportunities.
The silent auction will run from June 13-15. Proceeds from the auction and golf outing will help fund ASSEF’s scholarship and research programs.
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.
When you purchase items from the ASSE store, you support the SH&E profession. This ASSE teddy bear is a great gift for children or rewarding staff for their contributions to safety. Visit the store for a variety of insignia items from shirts to stuffed animals.
ASSE will honor Kelly Bernish with the Diversity in the SH&E Profession Award. Voted on by peers, the award recognizes outstanding accomplishments, leadership and service in support of diversity enhancement in the profession and the Society. Bernish is manager of safety and health operations for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, U.S., is a professional member of the Central Florida Chapter, and a founding member and current chair of ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering common interest group.
The Thomas F. Bresnahan Safety, Health and Environment Standards Medal is presented each year to an ASSE member who is active in the development of voluntary national consensus standards. This year’s recipient is Edward V. Grund Jr., P.E., CSP, president of Grund Consulting Inc. in Parrish, FL, and a professional member of the Florida Suncoast Chapter.
David G. Kraemer, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University (MSU) in Murray, KY, is the recipient of this year’s ASSE Foundation Distinguished Service Award. His leadership, dedication and commitment to students and the safety profession has been a winning combination for the students at MSU as well as for the ASSE Foundation.
In addition to the educational sessions, speakers and expo, Safety 2010 will host many other activities. Be sure to plan ahead to make the most of your conference experience.
Chapter Nights Out
Join Safety 2010 attendees as the Chesapeake Chapter hosts two chapter night out events. Saturday, June 12, the Baltimore Orioles will play the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. Monday, June 14, is a night at the National Aquarium, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for both events.
Safety 2010 Events
Limited tickets are still available for Safety 2010’s day and evening events. Participants may choose from a variety of guest-only activities and technical tours. Some options include day trips to Annapolis and Washington, DC, a visit to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and a tour of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
Geoff Colvin, Fortune’s senior editor at-large and keynote speaker at Safety 2010’s general session on Tuesday, June 15, will be signing copies of The Upside of the Downturn immediately following the session. According to Colvin, even the worst recession has an upside. Top managers go beyond the conventional and see a recession as an opportunity to reinvent their organizations and lay the groundwork for future growth. In today’s turbulent times, his book is a must-read.
Are you already registered for Safety 2010? If so, log on to SafetyNet 2010 to network and communicate with other registered attendees before the conference.
The site features a video tour that demonstrates how SafetyNet works, and a chat room where you can talk to others currently online. Use the attendee map to mark your location, or view where other attendees are located. In the Q&A area, you can ask a question or help out with an answer. Attendees can search for colleagues and associates, and use the “Comment Wall” to leave a message on the person’s profile.
Make the most of this networking tool and register for the conference today.
Travis M. Kruse is the first recipient of the Ph.D. Fellowship for Future Safety Educators. Kruse has a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health and an M.S. in Accounting, Finance and Economics, both from Murray State University. He is currently a consultant with BMK & Associates Compliance Assurance where he is a partner. He will pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Environment Safety & Health at Oregon State University beginning this fall.
“I accept this fellowship opportunity with great pride and responsibility, and offer my sincere appreciation to both the faculty at Oregon State University and the ASSE Foundation,” says Kruse. “The fellowship will allow me to obtain the level and quality of education necessary to fulfill my personal career objective of becoming a future educator in the field of environmental, health and safety.”
The fellowship was developed by ASSE Foundation and Oregon State University to cultivate future educators of occupational safety and health and is also intended to produce evidence-based research in the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.
From kids’ poster contest winners and their families to ASSE members, OSHA Alliance partners and a host of others, everyone had a great time during the kickoff events for NAOSH Week 2010 on May 2-3 in Washington, DC. Highlights included a Sunday brunch at the National Zoo, and visits from Iron Man and Spiderman during activities at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Capitol. Be sure to check out the full photo gallery.
The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) also hosted a launch event in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Government dignitaries on hand included Len Hong, president and CEO, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety; Nancy Guptill, chair, Workers’ Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island and Minister of Labor Lisa Raitt. Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, ASSE’s 2010-11 President-Elect, also attended, as did CSSE President Art Nordholm.
In another highlight, ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter hosted an event at the Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, OR, on Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day. Chapter President Lee Briney, CSP, met with several trucking, state and federal officials to discuss the cost of car crashes. Joining her were ASSE’s David Parsons, May Trucking Co. Senior Vice President David Jostad (view his talking points here), David McKane of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Jubitz Travel Center COO Mark Gram and Sgt. John Naccarato of the Clackamus, OR, police department.
As part of ASSE’s new career resources website, the Networking Partners Program pairs members who are currently seeking employment with an employed member in their area who has volunteered to help them network and search for job leads. The Society is looking for employed ASSE members to volunteer as networking partners. Networking partners will be asked to communicate with their job seeker on a regular basis, review resumes and provide constructive feedback, provide opportunities for their job seeker to network and help facilitate informational meetings.
The Society’s Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominations of qualified professional members for the offices of Senior Vice President; Vice President, Council on Professional Affairs; and Vice President, Professional Development. Completed nomination packages must be submitted by Aug. 15 for these positions. These three board positions will take office on July 1, 2011. Additional information and packets can be downloaded from the elections web page.
Region nominations committees will be seeking candidates for the offices of vice president in regions 1, 3, 5 and 7 and area directors as follows: Region 2, Area B; Region 4, Louisiana Area and South Florida Area; and Region 8, Keystone Area and Metropolitan Area. Region nominations committees must submit their final selections to Society headquarters by Nov. 1. Contact Dolores Kopp for more information.
Last month, ASSE hosted a free hour-long webcast featuring Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSH David Michaels on safety incentives. That conversation is now available online. During the webcast, Michaels answered questions and responded to comments on how to address inappropriate incentives. Michaels expressed an interest in talking with the SH&E profession about the challenging issues OSHA and the profession are facing. He said he looks forward to talking with ASSE members at Safety 2010 in Baltimore, where he will be the plenary session speaker.
Be part of ASSE’s 100-year anniversary celebration. Submit your proposal to speak at SAFETY 2011, which will be held June 12-15 in Chicago. SAFETY 2011 promises to deliver a comprehensive technical program. The event will also showcase the profession and serve as the stage from which ASSE will launch its vision for the future of the safety profession.
ASSE past-president and author Mark D. Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPE, provides readers with career guidance and tips for success in the update of his 2002 book, Out of the Box: Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path. Hansen shares his experiences and lessons learned in new areas of responsibility, and he provides career guidance for SH&E managers. Hansen’s personal experiences through company mergers, acquisitions and promotions, and his observation of others contributed to the information presented. In addition to covering negotiating salary, building visibility and making the most of a performance review, the book provides tips for improving your likability quotient and developing into an executive manager.
The book is available in print, as well as electronically in Mobipocket eBook and Adobe Digital Editions. In addition, Hansen will be signing the book on June 14 at Safety 2010 in Baltimore.
Following a successful chapter PDC, ASSE’s Southwest Chapter provided a donation to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where the conference was held. The PDC featured various SH&E discussion topics, a heartfelt presentation from Whitney Short, who lost her husband in a workplace electrocution, and a luncheon presentation given by former ASSE president Skipper Kendrick.
In addition, the chapter made a donation to the Southwest Chapter Scholarship Fund.
The Maryland 4-H Engineering Camp, sponsored by ASSE’s Chesapeake Chapter, introduces high-school students to the SH&E profession and provides them with hands-on projects that teach lawn tractor safety, welding, large tractor operation, robotics demonstrations and public speaking. The chapter donated ASSE logo items and a backpack to each participating student.
Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, ASSE’s 2009-10 President-Elect, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “An Analysis of Perceptions of Learning Outcome Competencies of College Graduates in ABET- and Non-ABET-Accredited Occupational Safety and Health Programs,” and now holds a Ph.D. in Education (with a major in Educational Leadership) from Oakland University. Hill is vice president, safety and health, North America, for ABB Inc. He will become ASSE president on July 1.