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Take This Month's Poll

Various safety aspects may be handled differently depending on where you work. Society Update wants to know how your company handles disciplinary actions when it comes to safety violations. Take this month's poll (located in the right margin) and let us know.

In April, we asked if green or lean programs in your workplace interfered with worker safety:
Yes: 44% (33 votes)
No: 56% (42 votes)

Safety 2011 Registration Deadline Approaching

Haven't signed up for Safety 2011 yet? What are you waiting for? Register today for what's sure to be a can't-miss event for SH&E professionals as ASSE celebrates 100 years of safety and launches its vision for the next 100 years. Registration at the regular rate remains open through May 20. While on the website, be sure to check out the conference and expo at-a-glance-schedule. It's a one-stop listing of events, registration hours and session times to help you get the most out of the conference.

Daniel Pink Book Signing at Safety 2011

Keynote speaker Dan Pink will sign copies of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, on Monday, June 13, following the opening general session. Be sure to read reviews of Pink's best-sellers Drive and A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future in the May 2011 issue of Professional Safety.

ASSE Comments on MSHA’s Pattern of Violations Proposal

ASSE submitted comments on MSHA's proposed pattern of violations (POV) rule. According to the agency, the rule would strengthen its ability to find that a mine has a recurring POV requiring heightened oversight by MSHA. ASSE supports the development of POV criteria, adding transparency to the process and expanding adjudicated enforcement actions that can be used in a POV determination. However, the Society opposes including enforcement actions that have not reached final action and any requirement that MSHA approve a mine's safety and health program. The proposed rule and other information can be found at MSHA's POV Single Source Page.

NAOSH Week Helps Salute Safety Professionals

During NAOSH Week, safety professionals begins today, and during this week safety professionals will be participating in events across the U.S. to raise awareness of occupational SH&E. On Wednesday, May 4, Occupational Safety and Health Professionals (OSHP) Day is dedicated to those who work every day to protect people, property and the environment. In conjunction with OSHP Day, the Salute Your Safety & Health Professional initiative is an added way to show thanks to the many people who work in the SH&E field. Nominate a person or team for the good job that they do. Nominees will be recognized during OSHP Day and Safety 2011.

New Risk Management Standards Available

The national adoption of the ISO Risk Management Standards is complete, and these standards are now available as American National Standards. The ANSI/ASSE Z690 series of standards on risk management is available as a package, either electronically or print. The package includes:

  • ANSI/ASSE Z690.1-2011, Vocabulary for Risk Management (identical national adoption of ISO Guide 73:2009). This standard provides the definitions of generic terms related to risk management.
  • ANSI/ASSE Z690.2-2011, Risk Management—Principles and Guidelines (identical national adoption of ISO 31000:2009). This standard provides principles and generic guidelines on risk management.
  • ANSI/ASSE Z690.3-2011 Risk Assessment Techniques (identical national adoption of ISO/IEC 31010:2009). This standard is a supporting standard for ANSI/ASSE Z690.1, Vocabulary for Risk Management (ISO Guide 73:2009), and provides guidance on selection and application of systematic techniques for risk assessment.

More News

Nexsteps at Safety 2011

Nexsteps Career Center will be available in Chicago at Safety 2011, June 12-15, 2011. The career room will feature job postings, internship postings, resume postings, career literature and resources, as well as the opportunity for on-site interviewing. Employers may post an open position for free. 

  • Submit your career opening in advance for on-site viewing by attendees in hard copy to Geri Golonka by Tuesday, June 7.
  • Job seekers may post their resumes on site by sending an e-mail to Geri Golonka by Tuesday, June 7. Job seekers do not need to attend Safety 2011 for their resume to be displayed.
  • In addition, ASSE members can receive a $30 online job posting discount by using code memval30

For further assistance contact Geri Golonka at (847) 768-3424.

Foundation Awards 2011 Scholarships & Grants

The ASSE Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2011 scholarships and grants funded by the continued support of corporations, ASSE regions, chapters and members, and individuals. This year, scholarships and grants totaling $172,000 were awarded to 102 students in SH&E-related fields of study and SH&E professionals seeking to advance their careers. These awards are made possible each year by those who recognize the value that occupational safety and health professionals bring to the workplace.

Triangle Fire Remembered

Linda Rhodes speaks during the Triangle Shirtwaist fire panel discussion in Chicago.

ASSE members have been busy commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In New York City, ASSE members attended an event dedicated to the fire victims and the founding members of the modern safety movement. The event, held at the New York City Fire Museum, hosted descendents of fire victims; ASSE members including 2010-11 President Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, and 2010-11 President-Elect Terri Norris, CSP, ARM; officials from the NY Governor’s office; members of the New York Fire Department and other community leaders. “We are here for 146 reasons. The 146 women and men who lost their lives in a preventable fire 100 years ago,” Norris said during her speech. After the event at the museum, ASSE members participated in the “Out of the Smoke and Flame” program held at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. This event featured a panel discussion titled “Could Triangle Happen Today?”

In Chicago, a program called “The Fire That Changed America” was held at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery. ASSE member Linda Rhodes, CSP, was the master of ceremonies for the program, which featured poetry, a history of the events surrounding the fire, a history of Chicago labor groups and activists, and a panel discussion. Rhodes, representing ASSE, was also on the panel in which she discussed the importance of workplace safety saying, “No matter what you do, you have an impact on the safety of others.”

Continuing Education at Your Desk: ASSE Webinars in May


Photography for Safety Professionals
May 4, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
Learn basic camera operations and become more familiar with camera functions. Topics include auto focus versus manual focus and when to use each; aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual modes and when to use each; rules of composition; documentation for reports; depth of field; optimum distances; and flash output.

Geller.jpgSafety Incentives, Rewards & Positive Reinforcement: Applications to Enrich a Work Culture
May 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
Renowned author and presenter Scott Geller will explain why some applications of safety incentives/rewards can do more harm than good. He also will specify how to use incentives and rewards effectively to improve safety and enrich a work culture. 

A Framework of OSHA's Proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2): Learning From Cal/OSHA's Experience
May 25, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
OSHA has proposed an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard that has drawn mixed feedback from the SH&E community. This webinar will review California's I2P2 standard, discuss whether it is a good model, and explain the steps OSHA must take to withstand a legal challenge to the federal standard.

All webinars are viewable for 30 days following their completion. Participants receive 0.2 CEUs.

Chapter News

Colorado Chapter Participates in 100-Mile Ride to Fund ASSEF Scholarship

In honor of the Society's 100th anniversary, ASSE's Colorado Chapter has organized a team to participate in a 100-mile bike ride to support the ASSE Foundation's Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing SH&E degrees. Team ASSE will ride as part of the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride on June 5, 2011, in Castle Rock, CO, to help raise money for the scholarship, which is significantly short of its funding goal for 2012 awards.

The scholarship is $13,000 away from reaching its target. For every rider who registers under Team ASSE, Rocky Mountain Events will contribute $10 to the scholarship fund. Individual donations are also accepted for the event in support of Team ASSE.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the ASSE Colorado Chapter's website. Additional questions may be directed to Rick Zellen, (303) 532-6826.

Nigeria Chapter Recognizes Key Supporter

Dr. Emmanuel Odiri Ojameruaye (right) accepts an award from Nigeria Chapter President Felix E.K. Nakpodia.

ASSE’s Nigeria Chapter presented a Profound Service Award to Emmanuel Odiri Ojameruaye for his contributions to the chapter’s growth since its inception 5 years ago. Ojameruaye is vice president of research, program development, monitoring and evaluation for the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) in Scottsdale, AZ. “Without his support, the Nigeria Chapter would not have been able to record the impressive growth in the number of Nigerians who are now members of ASSE,” says Chapter President Felix E.K. Nakpodia.

Ojameruaye holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Prior to joining IFESH, he worked with Shell Petroleum Development Co. Nigeria Limited.

Member News

SH&E Generations: The Grego Family


We are always looking for ASSE members to share their stories of following a parent into the SH&E profession or having a son or daughter follow in their footsteps of spreading the safety message.
Here's the story of the Grego family.

Thornton Appointed to MACOSH

ASSE member James Thornton, CSP, CIH, was appointed to the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) as a representative for the occupational safety and health profession. Thornton and other committee members may provide advice to OSHA on updating regulatory requirements, developing guidance and outreach materials tailored to maritime sectors, and other activities to help reduce work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Each committee member serves a 2-year term. Thornton is a professional member of ASSE's Greater Tidewater Chapter and is Northrop Grumman's director of EHS in Newport News, VA.


Vol. 15, No. 5

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.

Upcoming Events

Seminars & Workshops

Hauppauge, NY
May 1
Math Review
May 2-4
ASP Workshop
May 5-7
CSP Workshop


May 4
Photography for Safety Professionals
May 11
Safety Incentives, Rewards and Positive Reinforcement: Applications to Enrich a Work Culture
May 25
A Framework of OSHA's Proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2): Learning From Cal/OSHA's Experience

2011-12 ASSE Board Members Announced

Election results are in. Learn more about your elected ASSE Board members. Your May 2011 issue of PS also highlights the members in the ASSE Connection section.

ASSE President Hill Attends IOSH Conference

ASSE President Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, attended the IOSH Conference, in London, England. With IOSH President Steve Granger and Canadian Society of Safety Engineers President Peter Sturm, Hill helped elect the recipient of the IOSH President's Alliance Award. Check out the YouTube interview featuring Hill, Granger, Sturm and the recipient.

Stay Connected

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address lately? Make sure you stay up to date on Society events and activities—update your e-mail and mailing address online.

Safety Promo Store

ASSE's official member award store, Safety Promo, helps enhance your company's safety awareness and recognition program. Focusing on behavior-based safety campaigns that are customized for each client's specific needs, the store has a wide variety of products ranging from clothing items to safety awareness products.

Social Media

Connect with fellow ASSE members on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. With more than 12,500 members, you can network and find educational opportunities through ASSE's Practice Specialties, Branches and Common Interest Groups pages.

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Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.