Scholarships, research and professional development continue to be the hallmarks of the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF). The Foundation awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships, issued more than $22,000 to support safety research, and awarded $4,100 to support continuing education in FY05. According to ASSEF's annual report, contributions for the fiscal year approached $400,000, and included support from corporations such as the Bechtel Foundation; DaimlerChrysler Corp. Fund; Ford Motor Co. Fund; Liberty Mutual Group; UPS Foundation; and Washington Group International. Support from ASSE regions and chapters continued to grow as well, with donations nearing $60,000 thanks to an emphasis on a new named chapter scholarship program. In addition, member support continued at a steady pace, with more than 20 percent of ASSE members making contributions on the membership renewal form. "2004-05 was a year of program expansion thanks to the generous support of our donors who had the vision to invest in the safety profession," says ASSEF Chair Kennith D. Brock, CSP.
One of the greatest challenges faced by SH&E professionals today is managing safety at multilanguage worksites and effectively communicating safety to a non-English-speaking workforce. In fact, the Spanish-speaking workforce in the U.S. suffers some of the highest injury and fatality rates in the nation.
In an effort to provide guidance in this area, ASSE is offering a technical audioconference, How to Empower and Communicate with Your Spanish-Speaking Workforce, on Dec. 14 from 11 am to 12:30 pm CST. Hector M. Escarcega, CSP, ARM, MSIH, chair of ASSE's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce common-interest group, will address the challenges of communicating safety to a non-English-speaking workforce in order to help reduce injuries and fatalities, and discuss best practices for dealing with multilanguage worksites. He will also address ways to overcome language barriers, understand cultural differences and strengthen safety training for multilanguage worksites.
Registration includes the 60-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session, access to a website of technical materials, the opportunity to submit questions via e-mail to the speaker and moderator, and a CD recording following the audioconference.
The ASSE Foundation recently announced its 2006 Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program, which provides funding for two individuals to conduct applied safety research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.
This year, the Foundation has increased the stipend-fellows will receive $2,000 for the first week and $1,500 for each week thereafter to cover expenses. The filing deadline is March 1, 2006.
To help reduce injuries and illnesses, ASSE is providing workplace safety tips for women in the construction industry. Although all construction workers face hazards related to sanitation, muscle strains and lifting, these issues are not solved the same way for women.
For example, consider PPE. According to Carol Schmeidler, CSP, contributing author to the ASSE publication Construction Safety Management and Engineering, "PPE and clothing are often designed for average-sized men, so equipment and clothing that does not properly fit could reduce its effectiveness in providing protection. So for women, make sure the PPE fits and protects.
"As for heavy loads, women construction workers may want to use alternate means such as dragging the load instead of lifting it or using a wheelbarrow or cart to move the load," Schmeidler suggests. "The average construction worker can lift 30 to 50 pounds, but the actual load capacity can vary from person to person, regardless of gender."
In November, ASSE held the 2005 National Future Safety Leaders Conference in Cleveland. More than 100 students from across the country were invited to attend the conference, which was sponsored by the ASSE Foundation with support from Liberty Mutual Group. The conference offered classes, breakout sessions and keynote speakers that focused on learning essential leadership and career development skills.
"You hold the key to your future," ASSE President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP, told the students. "SH&E professionals are needed now more than ever."
Looking for more bang for your educational buck? Look no further than ASSE's Safety 2006, slated to run June 11-14 in Seattle. Online registration for the annual professional development conference and exposition opens December 15. In addition to 200 concurrent education sessions, the Executive Summit, technical tours, roundtable discussions, and a selection of pre- and post-conference seminars, this year's conference will also feature the 2006 International Fall Protection Symposium, sponsored by the In ternational Society for Fall Protection. Look for your advance brochure in the mail this month.
As the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) ages, so too does the U.S. workforce. Meanwhile, the labor pool is decreasing.
"Businesses must act now to accommodate and provide a safer work environment for the aging worker, a valuable and experienced group, or their bottom line will be impacted negatively," says ASSE President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP. "There are easy and economical ways to do this that in the long run will save time, increase output and contribute positively to the business."
Dept. of Labor (DOL) workplace statistics for 2004 show that those 64 and older had the lowest number of workplace injuries, but the fatality rate for those 55 and older rose by 10 percent. In 2003, workers 65 and older "continued to record the highest fatality rate of any other age group, more than three times the rate of fatalities for those aged 25 to 34," according to DOL. Most of these fatalities were transportation-related, from falls, from being struck by an object and from homicides.
As baby boomers begin to retire, DOL notes that the workforce will shrink as those born from 1965 to 1985, a time with a declining birthrate, enter the workforce. According to American Demographics magazine, currently there are 76.9 million baby boomers in the U.S.
Southwestern Ohio Chapter professional member Dennis R. Cloutier, CSP, has received the 2005 Distinguished Service to Safety Award from National Safety Council (NSC). Cloutier is president of Cloutier Consulting Services in Cincinnati.
"Some of the most innovative advances in safety and health today are the result of individual ingenuity and initiative in various fields of safety," says NSC's Alan McMillan. "Dennis Cloutier is one of these individuals who understands this new safety paradigm and has made tremendous contributions to the field of safety."
With more than 30 years of technical and professional service experience, Cloutier is coauthor of Risk Assessment for Maintenance Workers, serves as chair of the ANSI B11-TR3 Technical Report on Risk Assessment and chair of the new ANSI B11-TR5 Technical Report on the Measurement of Industrial Noise. Cloutier was selected to lead the U.S. delegation on the ISO/TC199 Working Group 5 for the revision of ISO 14121, Risk Assessment. He is also an OSHA authorized general industry 10-hour and 30-hour course instructor and has extensive teaching and technical presentation experience. An ASSE member since 1987, Cloutier served on the Society's Standards Development Committee from 1999 to 2002 and is a member of the Consultants Practice Specialty.
E. Joseph Bocci, an ASSE member since 1976 and health and safety programs management officer with Dept. of the Treasury, is retiring. During his 30-year membership, Bocci has been active with the Society on the national, regional and chapter levels.
Over the years, Bocci has served the National Capital Chapter as president, vice president, secretary, newsletter editor, delegate and chapter representative to the regional operating committee. On the national level, Bocci has served on various committees, including the Nominating and Elections Committee, Admissions Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He was cofounder of the Environmental Practice Specialty (formerly Division) and served as its administrator in 1993-94.
Bocci has garnered many awards, including two Safety Professional of the Year awards from the Management (1991) and Environmental (1995) practice specialties. In 2001, Bocci received the Federal Council on Skin Cancer Prevention's Annual Achievement Award for getting skin cancer prevention messages included on the paychecks of all Treasury employees.
The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.