Dr. John J. Howard, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., LL.M., director of NIOSH, received ASSE's President's Award from Gene Barfield, 2004-05 Society President, for his outstanding service to the Society and its mission. The award is presented for a singular achievement, but can recognize dedication to a series of issues that bring national exposure to ASSE and its mission. Howard’s efforts at NIOSH and continued commitment to the field of safety and health have helped ASSE continue its leadership role in the profession.
Each year, each of ASSE's regions and practice specialties honor an individual for his/her professional competence and dedication. The Society is proud to announce the 2004-05 Region and Practice Specialty Safety Professionals of the Year (SPY).
Each year, ASSE’s Editorial Review Board selects the best original member-written articles published in Professional Safety, ASSE’s monthly journal. This year’s first-place recipient, Christopher A. Janicak, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, wrote “Preventing HAVS in the Workplace: Identifying Risk of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome” (January 2004). Second-place recipient, David W. Moore, P.E., CSP, authored “SARS: Preventive Plans Key to Managing Health Risk in a Construction Environment in China” (March 2004). Third-place recipient, Jack B. ReVelle, Ph.D., wrote “Six Sigma: Problem-Solving Techniques Create Safer, Healthier Worksites” (October 2004). Each author received a commemorative plaque and honorarium. All ASSE-member-authored articles published in Professional Safety are eligible to receive a Professional Paper Award. Learn more about writing for the journal.
For the second straight year, the ASSE Student Section at Murray (KY) State University (MSU) has received the 2005 Outstanding Student Section Award. The award, cosponsored by ASSE and Mine Safety Appliances Co., recognizes the student section that develops community, campus and research activities which promote safety and health. Among its varied activities, the MSU Student Section sponsored seatbelt and crosswalk surveys at MSU, and presented the findings to the university public safety and facilities engineering departments. The university’s newspaper, Murray State News, featured an article summarizing the section’s research results, which inspired an editorial on the lack of seatbelt use among students and faculty.
The Society presented the ASSE Chapter of the Year award to one chapter representing each of three categories: small, medium and large. The 2003-04 recipients are Bakersfield Chapter (small); Orange County Chapter (medium); and Arizona Chapter (large). The annual award recognizes the chapter’s efforts to promote a safe workplace and environment for its members and community.
In 2003, ASSE hosted a technical conference call on ANSI/ASSE Z117.1, Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces. Based on feedback from participants, ASSE has updated the program and will host a follow-up call on July 27 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT. “Return of Z117” will provide ample time for Q&A and will discuss how the standard is practically implemented in the workplace. The new 90-minute presentation will include copies of the new Z117.1-2003 standard as well as the 1995 standard for historical purposes, a website of technical materials and a CD recording of the call.
Time is running out for those interested in presenting at ASSE's Safety 2006 Professional Development Conference, June 11-14, in Seattle. Proposals must be postmarked by July 15, 2005, in order to qualify for review by the Conference Planning Committee.
With summer in full swing, neighborhood playgrounds are a popular place for many children. That said, more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 are treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms for playground-related injuries, with children ages five to nine suffering the most injuries. ASSE's Orange County Chapter professional member Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, incoming ASSE Region I Vice President and director of safety services for Poms & Associates, offers tips for keeping kids safe at the playground.
Safety 2005 in New Orleans was a huge success for the ASSE Foundation: The group raised more than $113,000 in gifts-a Foundation record. Funds included $10,300 from the annual silent auction-$2,300 more than last year’s auction-as well as $830 in member donations at the booth. The majority of the gifts-more than $102,000 total-were presented at the House of Delegates meeting and included funds earmarked for several Foundation scholarships. Click here to donate to the Foundation.
At the 56th Annual Massachusetts State Science Fair, ASSE's Greater Boston Chapter presented five participants with a $100 award for addressing safety issues within the scope of their science projects. More than 350 students displayed their projects at the event held at MIT campus. More than $350,000 in prizes and scholarships were awarded to the student participants.
Harry Taback, P.E., was a dedicated SH&E professional from New York and an active ASSE member who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. To honor his memory and commitment to preventing workplace injuries and illnesses, Taback’s daughters, Tracy, Cheryl and Lori of Staten Island, NY, donated $23,000 to the ASSE Foundation to establish the Harry Taback 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“Through the support of Taback’s daughters, the [scholarship] will provide a lasting memory of their father’s dedication to the safety profession and the ASSE Foundation,” says ASSE Foundation Chair Kennith D. Brock, CSP. “This scholarship will provide aid to students pursuing a career in occupational safety and health, and allow them to carry on Harry’s mission of protecting others.”
A professional member of the Society’s Metropolitan Chapter and resident of Staten Island, NY, Taback was executive vice president in risk control strategy and consulting, and a managing regional director for Marsh and McLennan in New York City. Taback worked in risk management for much of his career, serving clients throughout the world. A long-time ASSE Foundation supporter, Taback was integral in helping establish one of the ASSE Foundation’s first corporate scholarships through Marsh.
The Society remembers the following members who passed away in recent months. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues.
Kenneth A. Hansen, Jasper, GA; 37 years of service
Wesley P. Holbrook, East Weymouth, MA; 25 years of service
Douglass J. Kuhns, Idaho Falls, ID; 15 years of service
George E. Marley, Houston; 5 years of service
Robert J. Plonka, Fairfax, VA; 27 years of service
Gary M. Seale, Las Vegas, NV; 22 years of service
Members recognized for 25, 40 and 50 years of service to ASSE.
The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.