Vol. 14, No. 12

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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December 1-3
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December 5
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December 6-8
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December 9-11
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December 8
Out of the Box: More Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path
December 15
The Zero-Harm Organization: Shifting the Focus From Injuries to Exposures

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In This Issue

Top Stories

SH&E Professionals Travel to China for Global SH&E Initiative

Several SH&E professionals, many of whom are ASSE members, traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to meet with Chinese officials to discuss best practices, concepts and ideas within the occupational safety and health industry. The Chinese officials included members from the State Administration of Work Safety and the China Occupational Safety and Health Association.

Organized by a citizen ambassador program, the recent trip was led by ASSE Past President Christopher Patton, CSP, and ASSE member Pamela Ferrante, CSP, CHMM. Members of ASSE's International Practice Specialty group also attended.

Topics of interest included:

  • expanding educational, training and networking opportunities to improve professional proficiencies of those engaged in protecting workers;
  • providing information resources to support the knowledge and professional efforts of those engaged in incident prevention;
  • discussing current occupational safety and health trends that impact both countries;
  • identifying emerging business and industry trends that impact workplace injuries;
  • recommending areas for ongoing mutual collaboration.

Look for more on the delegation in future ASSE publications.

Safety 2011 Update

Reserve your spot for Safety 2011 in Chicago on June 12-15, 2011. Registration opens Dec. 15, 2010. Safety 2011 will bring thousands of SH&E professionals together to network, learn and earn CEUs. Attendees can also celebrate ASSE’s history and future, as the Society will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary during the conference. To help commemorate the historic milestone, two programs—the Chapter Pavilion program and Safety Through the Ages History Hall—will be featured at the event.

The Chapter Pavilion program is an opportunity for ASSE chapters to showcase accomplishments, service projects and provide an overview of future events. All chapters are encouraged to participate and order a complimentary kiosk or booth. Acceptance forms must be sent to ASSE by Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Contact ASSE’s Cindy Milner-Kornfeld at (847) 768-3448 for additional information.

The Safety Through the Ages History Hall exhibit will showcase safety memorabilia, artifacts, pictures and stories about safety throughout the years. All ASSE members, nonmembers and exhibitors are encouraged to submit an item that represents the history of the safety profession. To loan an item, complete the form and submit it by Feb. 11, 2011. Contact ASSE’s Bonnie Lipinski at (847) 768-3467 for additional information.

Get Ready for an All-New Professional Safety

Reimagined. Reinvented. Refreshed. That’s what you’ll see when you receive the January 2011 issue of Professional Safety. You’ll see a new nameplate, new color palette, new departments and columns, and new page layouts, all designed to provide you with the latest information in an inviting, fresh format. We also hope readers will enjoy the issue’s 100th anniversary foldout cover, celebrating all things ASSE. When your January 2011 issue arrives, be sure to let us know what you think at professionalsafety@asse.org.

More News

COHNs Now Eligible for Professional Member Status

At is October meeting, ASSE’s Board of Directors approved the COHN certification as one that qualifies an individual for professional member status in the Society. Other designations that, along with a bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ SH&E experience, qualify an individual for professional member status are certified health physicist (CHP); certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM); Canadian registered safety professional (CRSP); certified professional environmental auditor (CPEA); chartered member-IOSH (CMIOSH); chartered fellow-IOSH (CFIOSH); certified fire protection specialist (CFPS); and certified occupational health nurse, specialist (COHN-S).

SH&E professionals who hold the CSP and/or CIH designation qualify for professional member status by virtue of holding those designations.

Don't Miss Out on ASSE's Virtual Classroom Webinars

Take time this winter to partake in ASSE’s virtual classroom where participants have an opportunity to network, and expand their knowledge and skills.

Out of the Box: More Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path
Live broadcast: Dec. 8, 2010, 12 pm (EST)
Join speaker Mark Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPE, CPEA, as he provides insight on how to recognize and create opportunities that lead to personal and professional satisfaction. Using advice from his book and personal experiences, Hansen will also discuss how SH&E professionals can affect their companies. If you’re looking for an SH&E position, feeling insecure about your job or want to ignite your career, this webinar is for you. In addition, attendees will receive a free e-Book version of Hansen’s book, Out of the Box: More Skills for Developing Your Own Career Path.

The Zero-Harm Organization: Shifting the Focus From Injuries to Exposures
Live broadcast: Dec. 15, 2010, 12 pm (EST)
Focusing on exposure management, rather than injury prevention, is a way to stop injuries before they occur. Speaker Jim Spigener, BST Inc. vice president and executive consultant, will discuss what an exposure focus means in terms of process, culture and results. Using real-life examples from companies that are shifting from injury prevention to exposure management, Spigener will demonstrate the benefits and rewards of this method.

Chapter & Member News

New York City Chapter Hosts Chinese Delegation

ASSE’s New York City Chapter recently hosted members of a Chinese work safety group that was organized by China’s Hangzhou Municipal Safety Production Supervision Administration. The group contacted ASSE chapter members because delegates wanted a better understanding of work safety in the U.S. Chapter members organized a tour of the Wall Street “Bull,” the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hill, Ground Zero and the new World Trade Center construction site. Chapter members also shared ideas and discussed workplace safety efforts in the U.S., and the key role SH&E professionals have in enhancing workplace safety.

Schulze Commissioned as Naval Campus Liaison Officer

Schulze is commissioned as regional Naval Campus Liaison Officer. Photo by Thomas Shea.
Schulze is commissioned as regional Naval Campus Liaison Officer. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Lawrence J.H. Schulze, Ph.D., P.E., CPE, a professional member of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter, was recently commissioned in the Naval active reserve as a campus liaison officer (CLO). Schulze is an associate professor of industrial engineering at University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

“This opportunity is very close to my heart,” says Schulze. “My grandfather, father and two uncles fought for our country, and I always wanted to serve in our military in some capacity. This responsibility is one I take very seriously.”

Schulze serves on the Society’s Committee on Practices and Standards (COPS), and is Gulf Coast Chapter COPS Chair. He is also a member of the Academics, Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics practice specialties, the Military Branch and the SPALW common interest group.

Central Florida Chapter Scholarship Deadline: Jan. 31

ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter is proud to announce its 2010-11 student member scholarship.  Applicants must be active members of a student section in the State of Florida; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and must be pursuing a degree in environmental health, occupational safety or risk management. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15, 2011. One $500 scholarship will be awarded.

Proulz Earns CSP

Christopher Proulx
Christopher Proulx

Christopher Proulx, corporate safety director for Cardno TBE and a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter, recently earned his CSP designation. At Cardno TBE, Proulx works with risk management personnel to develop and implement injury prevention strategies; he also ensures corporate compliance with safety regulations, and helps the firm set and enforce standards for on-the-job safety practices. Proulx holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida and a B.S. in Earth Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Cardno TBE offers a full range of consulting, design, engineering and construction services. The firm employs more than 3,360 employees in more than 104 permanent offices worldwide.