A record number of submissions were received for the fourth annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Kids Safety-on-the-Job poster contest. The contest was open to ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews between age 5 and 14.
One winner was selected from each of five age groups: 1) 5-6; 2) 7-8; 3) 9-10; 4) 11-12; and 5) 13-14. An independent panel of judges selected the entries that best illustrate the theme "Safety on the Job." Each winner will receive a $1,000 savings bond and their entries will be featured on the annual NAOSH Week poster distributed worldwide.
In addition, poster contest entrants and their families will be recognized at the NAOSH Week 2006 national kick-off in Washington, DC, on May 1 at the U.S. Dept. of Labor. NAOSH Week, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and preventing injuries, runs April 30-May 6.
The winning entries are:
To help encourage members, chapters and regions to get involved in hosting events and activities during NAOSH Week, ASSE has included a video, "What in the World Is NAOSH Week?" on its website.
On March 15 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST, ASSE will host a technical audioconference called "Protecting the Public from Construction and Demolition Sites." The call will address the challenges, concerns, best practices and member insights about the protection of the public on or adjacent to construction and demolition sites. To register, call ASSE's Customer Service Dept. at (847) 699-2929.
ASSE has extended its call for poster session abstracts until March 15. The poster session program is designed to generate interest in SH&E research, and communicate information about best practices and new program initiatives. The selected posters will be displayed Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14, in conjunction with the Society's Safety 2006 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Seattle.
Election 2006 is upon us. Candidate bios and photos were included in the February issue of Professional Safety. Candidate information and platform statements are also available online. Votes for new officers must be cast between March 1 and March 31.
Recently, more than 100 Kentucky high-school students received workplace safety training from members of ASSE's Murray State University (MSU) Student Section. Students attending the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center learned about general workplace requirements and regulations; electrical safety; fire protection; emergency preparedness; machine guarding; use of PPE and walking/working surfaces.
Dr. David Fender, faculty advisor, and several MSU student members who are OSHA-authorized trainers, conducted the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Occupational Safety and Health training course for high-school students enrolled in the auto mechanics, machine tool and welding program. Carpentry students at the center also received training as part of the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Occupational Safety and Health course.
ASSE chapters looking for ways to increase attendance at their monthly meetings may want to look to ASSE's Southwest Chapter. Faced with declining attendance, Chapter Professional Development Chair Ron Newton suggested the chapter combine the meeting with a half-day PDC, work with another local group (the North Texas Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) and enable attendees to earn CEUs for the seminar. The chapter tried it in November-and had success. The meeting drew 54 attendees-36 of whom were members, reports Al Watters, the chapter's web editor. "It may not seem like much," he says, "but that's a 50-percent jump for the general meeting among chapter members and more than double for total attendance." He also notes that 42 people stayed to attend the PDC. The chapter is planning a similar session with the chapter's Construction Practice Specialty.
A certificate from ASSE's Executive Program in Safety Management illustrates a practitioner's commitment to professional development. The program is designed to help SH&E professionals demonstrate safety system success and gain a career advantage. Participants receive the certificate after earning a total of 7.5 CEUs for completing three required seminars (4.9 CEUs) and additional ASSE national seminars or symposia (at least 2.6 CEUs). ASSE congratulates those who recently completed the program.
ASSE's Certificate in Safety Management program consists of three required courses and various electives. To receive the certificate, participants must earn a total of 7.5 CEUs and all courses must be completed within a five-year period. Earning ASSE's Certificate in Safety Management is an excellent way to advance your career. ASSE congratulates recent recipients of the certificate.
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.