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Become an ASSEF Sustaining Donor

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ASSE Foundation’s (ASSEF) Sustainable Donor Program recognizes those who contribute to the Foundation on an annual basis. Once a lifetime giving record of $2,500 is reached, participants must give at least $100 each fiscal year to qualify as a sustaining donor. Matching gifts will be included as part of the individual giving total. The list of sustaining donors will be published on ASSEF’s website at the end of every fiscal year and in the spring editions of The Advocate. The list is also publicized at ASSE’s annual conference.

New SafetyFlix Program for Chapters

ASSE’s new SafetyFlix Program provides chapters with a selection of archived webinars that can be viewed during chapter meetings. Chapter leaders can browse through a catalog of webinars that are posted on the Program Chair section of the Officer Central page. All orders should be sent to Julie Neuleib at least 3 weeks prior to the meeting. The webinars are available online or in a CD format. CEUs for SafetyFlix programs can only be issued when the webinars are viewed as part of a chapter meeting.

OSHA Seeks Input on Challenges & New Directions

OSHA Administrator David Michaels is seeking input from ASSE members on the challenges facing the agency and new directions it should consider. In a 12-page letter titled “OSHA at Forty: New Challenges and New Directions,” Michaels addresses issues such as stronger enforcement, compliance assistance programs, workplace culture, interagency collaboration, accurate recordkeeping and state OSHA plans. Contact Michaels with comments or questions.

Chapter Student Recruitment Challenge Begins August 1

ASSE’s Chapter Student Recruitment Challenge is an easy way to help your chapter grow, earn more Chapter Star points and possibly win money for your chapter. New student members do not need to be a part of a student section to be included. Use promo code 1008CSC on new student member applications for a free practice specialty and a 1-year student membership for $15.

The chapters with the highest percentage of student member growth for their respective chapter size (small, medium or large) will receive $75. The challenge is tied to the current Member-Get-A-Member program, so the chapter will receive credit as will the individual sponsor. For more information, send an e-mail to ASSE’s Chapter Services.


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SH&E Standards Digest Now Available

The latest issue of SH&E Standards Digest is available. This issue includes updates on A10.16, A10.42 and A10.47 as well as a complete listing of all ANSI/ASSE standards. Future issues of SH&E Standards Digest will be announced exclusively through the ANSI/ASSE SH&E Standards Information Center on LinkedIn.

ASSEF Receives $150,000 in Contributions for 2011 Scholarships & Grants

At Safety 2010 in Baltimore, ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) received nearly $150,000 in donations to fund its 2011 scholarships and professional development grants. Nearly $130,000 was donated by ASSE chapters,

ASSE Board Member Wives
ASSE Board membersí wives donated more
than $4,000. Left to right: Judy Thompson;
ASSEF Chair Eddie Greer; Laura Smith; Joan
Van Riper; Sharyl Dobson; Joann McClay;
Archana Patton; and Kimberly Hill.
members and corporations supporting ASSEF’s mission to provide assistance for students and professionals pursuing education in the SH&E field.

This year’s top donors were:

  • • Texas Safety Foundation ($25,000);
  • • Hawaii Chapter ($23,500);
  • • ASSE Region VIII New England Area Chapters ($18,000);
  • • Central Indiana Chapter ($17,541).

ASSEF thanks these contributors for supporting its ongoing efforts to help students entering the SH&E field and advance the careers of current SH&E practitioners.

ASSE Symposium to Examine Human Error

Box full of questions

Much of the loss associated with occupational accidents is attributed to human error. What is known about human error? Would a better understanding of error change current thinking about safety management? ASSE’s newest symposium, “Rethink Safety: A New View of Human Error and Workplace Safety,” slated to run Nov. 4-5 in San Antonio, TX, will take a fresh look at the causes of errors and offer new strategies to improve safety.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Todd Conklin, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory; two general sessions presented by Corrie Pitzer, M.B.A., chief executive officer SAFEmap International, and Marilyn Sue Bogner, Ph.D., president and chief scientist, Institute for the Study of Human Error; and a selection of concurrent session featuring speakers such as Fred Manuele, Jay Harf, Bill Taylor and Joseph Cohen. Over the two days, attendees will learn about the physiology and psychology of human error; causes of errors and incidents; clues to identify circumstances with an increased chance of human error; approaches and tools to reduce errors; and prevention through design. Early bird registration continues through Oct. 2.

ASSE Announces Student-Get-A-Student Winners

The top three ASSE student members who recruited the most new student members are: Kellie Hicks, Montana Tech, sponsoring 15 new student members; Amber Truitt, University of Alaska at Anchorage, sponsoring 8 new student members; and Matthew Kennedy, Northern Illinois University, sponsoring 4 new student members. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card to

ASSE also awarded $100 Amazon gift cards to the top two student advisors who recruited the most overall ASSE student members. Those winners are Jimmie Hinze, P.E., University of Florida; and Leigh Blunt, ASP, University of Central Missouri.


Chapter News

Midnight Sun Chapter Teams With Coast Guard
to Provide Safety Education to Rural Residents

The Midnight Sun Chapter joined with the Alaskan Coast Guard Auxiliary to visit and educate rural residents in villages along the Yukon River in its Yukon Coastie 2010 project. Chapter members and USCG personnel provided safety and health education to residents and demonstrated safety with “Coastie the Safety Boat,” a remote-controlled robot boat used for youth education and boating safety programs. The project was the first of its kind for the USCG, the Auxiliary and the chapter.

Residents of the Yukon villages rely heavily on the river for transportation, using outboard-powered boats to travel, hunt, fish and gather firewood. USCG and Auxiliary members traveled 920 miles for this outreach project, visiting eight villages in 10 days.

“The people we met were amazing. They are very friendly and eager to listen,” says Marie Scholle, CSP, District Commodore of the USCG Auxiliary in Alaska. “We were able to reach hundreds of rural residents and provide information on how to stay safe on the water, at work and at home, in person.”

According to the chapter, the project was such a success that plans are already being made for future trips.

Meet the Presidents Event a Success

ASSE Past Presidents

ASSE Hawaii Chapter’s 11th Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference hosted a Meet the Presidents event that allowed attendees to interact with presidents from ASSE and other safety organizations. During the meeting, each president shared a story about why they are dedicated to the SH&E profession and what they hope to see in the profession’s future.

Presidents in attendance included (left to right in photo) 2007-08 ASSE president Mike Thompson, CSP; 2001-02 ASSE president Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST; Institution of Occupational Safety and Health past president Lawrence Bamber, CFIOSH; ASSE Senior Vice President Rick Pollock, CSP; 2003-04 ASSE president James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP; and 2009-10 ASSE president Chris Patton, CSP.

Hawaii Chapter member Neil Yamamoto recalls, “For many, including myself, it was inspiring to see these leaders take the time from their schedules and fly all the way to Hawaii to share their knowledge with us. They’re a really neat group of down-to-earth guys.”


Member News

Kramer Named ISFP President

Thom Kramer
Thom Kramer

Thom Kramer, P.E., CSP, professional member of the Southwestern Ohio Chapter and LJB Inc. principal, was named president of the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP). The nonprofit ISFP works with safety professionals, manufacturers and government officials worldwide to create and improve access to a range of fall protection information.

Kramer has been involved with ISFP for more than 6 years, and has committed his career to improving safety and reducing risk for workers at heights. During his presidency, he plans to focus on expanding ISFP’s international presence and increasing member collaboration through regular webinars and an online symposium.

Kramer is a safety consultant and structural engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in the fall protection industry. During his career, he has consulted on facility investigation and renovation, which often requires extensive and creative structural and safety modifications. He specializes in assessment and design of fall protection systems. Kramer is a member of the Senior Executive Committee for ANSI Z359 Accredited Standards Committee and chairs two subcommittees that develop standards for the design of active fall protection systems and horizontal lifelines (ANSI Z359.6 and Z359.17). He holds an M.B.A, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. Kramer is also a member of ASSE’s Construction, Engineering and Oil & Gas practice specialties.

Grizard & McCombe Appointed to Transit Rail Committee

ASSE members William Grizard and Pamela McCombe are two of 20 individuals who have been appointed to serve on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). Grizard, a professional member of the National Capital Chapter, is staff auditor for American Public Transportation Association in Washington, DC. McCombe, a professional member of ASSE’s Northern Ohio Chapter, is director of safety for Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

TRACS will guide the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) safety rulemaking agenda and will help develop better ways to keep transit riders safe. FTA’s Peter Rogoff says, “This advisory committee of industry experts will lay the foundation for the implementation of national safety standards once Congress passes President Obama’s safety legislation.”

Bravo Receives Bechtelís ES&H Award

ASSE International member Dan Bravo, of Santiago Providencia, Chile, received Bechtel’s ES&H Professional of the Year Award for his team-oriented approach, safety leadership and focus on people-based safety. Bravo works on the Los Pelambres Repower II project in Chile. Under his leadership, the copper concentrator expansion project completed 5.6 million job hours without a lost-time incident.

“It’s important to have sound processes and procedures on every jobsite, but they are only a good as the people implementing them,” says Bechtel’s ES&H manager and ASSE Chesapeake Chapter member Kevin Berg, CSP. “Bechtel’s ES&H award recipients inspire others to make Bechtel’s job sites safe environments.

Richartz Earns Masterís in Public Health

Dustin Richartz
Dustin Richartz

Dustin Richartz, CSP, a member of ASSE’s Colorado Chapter, recently earned a Master’s of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety Management from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While laid off as a result of the recent economic downturn, Richartz identified the degree as a way to differentiate himself. “My education at Tulane has allowed me to pull from a vast amount of resources to help develop new ways to add value to organizations in the area of SH&E,” Richartz says. He entered the SH&E profession after experiencing a preventable job injury that could have been fatal, and has nearly 10 years’ experience in the retail, textile, and oil and gas industries.

Richartz currently serves as the Vice President and Programs Chair for the Colorado Chapter. He also helped the chapter create the Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship in conjunction with the ASSE Foundation. Hall was one of Richartz’s mentors who stressed the importance of education and giving back to the SH&E profession.

Davis Appointed Vice-Chair of National AGC Safety Committee

Associated General Contractors (AGC) America recently appointed Ed Davis, CSP, ARM, as vice chair for the National AGC Safety and Heath Committee’s Chapter Leadership Subcommittee, and as a member of the National AGC Steering Committee for Safety and Health.

Davis is a professional member of the Colorado Chapter, and a member of ASSE’s Construction Practice Specialty. As an active member of the National AGC Safety and Health Committee since 2006, he has worked with publications and drug/alcohol task forces, and also served annually as a national preliminary judge for AGC’s Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

The Leadership Committee, made up of more than 90 AGC chapters serving more than 32,000 U.S. companies, is responsible for defining direction and support for AGC chapter safety and health services nationwide. The National AGC Safety and Health Steering Committee provides direction and support for all National AGC Safety and Health Committee and subcommittee efforts and activities.

Zellen Earns CSP

Richard Zellen Jr., CSP, ARM, senior risk control consultant with Willis North America, Denver, CO, recently completed all requirements for certification as a CSP. This certification is awarded to individuals who meet academic standards, satisfy professional safety experience requirements and have passed two rigorous exams. “Becoming a CSP elevates a safety professional to the top of his or her field,” says Steven Schoolcraft, BCSP examination director. Zellen is a professional member of the Colorado Chapter, and a member of the Construction, Management and RMI practice specialties.

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Upcoming Events
Seminars & Workshops
Cleveland, OH
August 1
Math Review
August 2-4
ASP Workshop
August 2-4
Safety Management I
August 3-5
Safety Management II
August 5-7
CSP Workshop
Des Plaines, IL
August 23-24
Reducing Losses From Occupational Health Risks and Environmental Exposures
August 25-27
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety
August 4
Reinforcing Excellent Safety Performance: Rewards, Recognition & Incentives
August 18
Understanding a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program & Personnel Key to Its Development & Implementation
August 25
When No One’s Watching: The Psychology of Self-Motivation

2011 Society Nominations Due August 15

The deadline for nominating society officers for the positions of senior vice president, vice president, Council on Professional Affairs and vice president, Council on Professional Development are due Aug. 15, 2010.

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Sponsors Still Needed for Future Safety Leaders Conference

Show support for your chapter’s student section by sponsoring the Future Safety Leaders Conference, scheduled for Nov. 4-5, 2010, in Schaumburg, IL. Contact Mary Goranson, ASSE Foundation manager, at (847) 768-3412 for more information.

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ASSE Social Media

Did you know ASSE has more than 38 social networking sites and groups? Take advantage of these resources and connect with fellow SH&E professionals.

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ASSEís Certificate Programs: Recent Recipients

ASSE’s Certificate in Safety Management program and the Executive Program in Safety Management are designed to help SH&E professionals gain critical knowledge, resources and skills to deliver quality safety programs in their organizations. Take a look at who has recently earned this important level of recognition in the field.

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We recently asked ASSE members to share their stories of following a relative into the SH&E profession or of having a son or daughter follow them into the safety profession. Here’s the story of Kelly Bernish and her grandfather, A.W. Kelly.

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Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSEís Honor Roll.

PS Article Archive & Index Available Online

Professional Safety articles published since 2000 are fully searchable by issue date, author and keyword on PS Online, where ASSE members can search and download articles for free. In addition, members can download full-issue PDFs (January 2005 to present) that contain interactive links to help navigate through the file and connect to highlighted websites and advertising information. Professional Safety’s article indexes are also available online to help you find articles published since 1995. A complete index of each year’s articles is available for download.