Vol. 10, No. 5

Top Stories

ASSEF to Hold 12th Annual Silent Auction at Safety 2006

One way the ASSE Foundation raises funds for its scholarship and research programs is by hosting a silent auction in conjunction with ASSE’s annual PDC. Last year’s event raised more than $12,000.

The silent auction will be held June 11-14 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. Hours are:

  • Monday, June 12: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13: 7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14: 7:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Bids close on Wednesday, June 14, at 10:45 a.m.

This year’s auction includes many products and experiences donated by companies, chapters and members. Items up for auction include:

  • an iPod shuffle;
  • Omaha steaks;
  • Chicago Cubs tickets;
  • two nights at the Westin Seattle;
  • portable DVD/CD/MP3 player;
  • Houston Astros tickets;
  • Sea World tickets;
  • winery tour for six;
  • Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes;
  • a professionally guided fishing trip to the Everglades.

Be sure to stop by the ASSE Foundation booth to place your bid.

Write for Professional Safety

We know you have some great ideas to share. Writing an article for Professional Safety is a great way to do just that. To learn more about the submission and evaluation process, and meet members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board, be sure to attend “Writing for Professional Safety” during Safety 2006 in Seattle. The session will be held Monday, June 12, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in Room 616. For those who can’t attend, submission guidelines and writing tips are available at www.professionalsafety.org.

ASSE Offers Technology Symposium in November

This fall, ASSE will host a symposium on technology. Solutions in Safety through Technology Symposium, slated for Nov. 16-17, 2006, in Scottsdale, AZ, will help participants solve the most difficult problems in SH&E. In addition, attendees will learn how to implement technological solutions to improve safety in their workplace, and to identify successful uses of technology in other disciplines that can be applied to safety.

ASSE Urges Teens to Be Aware of Work Hazards this Summer

In the coming months, as many teens consider summer employment, ASSE and OSHA are encouraging young workers to be aware of workplace hazards. To spread the word, an ASSE Career World insert titled “Teens at Work: Safety First” was distributed to students at 95,000 U.S. high schools as part of NAOSH Week 2006.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2004, more than 38,000 teen workers were injured on the job, and another 134 were fatally injured. Common injuries sustained among teens include sprains, strains, contusions, lacerations and fractures.  

To avoid being injured or falling ill, teen workers and their parents should ask the employer safety-related questions, follow basic safety guidelines at work and know their rights and responsibilities. ASSE and OSHA encourage teens to consider the following important safety questions:

  • What are the physical demands of my job?
  • What are my hours? Will I be working alone or with others?
  • What safety gear will I need to wear?
  • What workplace hazards should I be aware of (e.g., noise, chemicals)?
  • What safety training will I receive and when will I receive it?
  • Where are the first-aid supplies and fire extinguishers located?
  • Does my employer have a worker safety policy and an emergency action plan?
  • Is there an occupational safety and health professional on staff?

For a full copy of the “ASSE Teens at Work: Safety First” insert or the “ASSE Workplace Safety Guide for Young Workers” brochure contact ASSE’s Customer Service Department at (847) 699-2929.

Chapter News

(Left to right) Steve Horne, ASSE New Jersey Chapter member; Bob Sagendorf, President-Elect, New Jersey Chapter; Michael Moloney, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” interior designer; Joe Marino, president, Century 21 Construction Corp.; and Jack Morris, president and CEO, Edgewood Properties.

ASSE Members Join “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Members of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter volunteered their time to oversee construction safety for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The 2-hour show, which aired May 21, featured the rebuild of a home in Irvingon, NJ. Nearly 30 members volunteered their time, and as a result of their contributions, they have been invited to assist on two additional projects for the show.

Nashville Safety Professionals Donate Child Car Seats

Developed in memory of an avid roadway safety supporter, ASSE’s Middle Tennessee Chapter has formed the “Dr. Robert Sanders Child Safety Seat Program,” which is providing 100 child safety seats to local organizations in Nashville and surrounding counties.

Sanders, a pediatrician and past director of the Rutherford County Health Department, lobbied for the creation of Tennessee’s 1978 child safety seat law. Tennessee was the first state to adopt a law requiring child safety restraint system in vehicles.

“Our chapter is proud to establish this child safety seat program in honor of Dr. Sanders and his wife,” says ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter President Ron A. Kirsch, Ph.D. “This program will help continue their mission of protecting young children from roadway injuries.”

Tarheel Chapter Donates PPE to Habitat for Humanity

Back row (standing), left to right: Michael Kincaid, Old Republic Insurance; Bill Langton, Safety Director, Habitat; Bert Gren, Executive Director, Habitat; Blair Sissons, Cummins Atlantic; Pam Isacks, Travelers-St. Paul Insurance. Front row (seated), left to right: Tarheel Chapter Past President Fred Freiberger, Shield Engineering; Tarheel Chapter President Shanna Caviness, Marsh Risk Consulting.

The Tarheel Chapter participated in NAOSH Week 2006 by giving back to the community. The chapter partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (NC) by donating safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves and hardhats to be used by volunteers and Habitat staff in building homes for families in need. In addition, the chapter provided five families with gift baskets filled with safety devices for child-proofing their homes.

Greater Detroit Chapter Turns 50

Guest speakers at the Greater Detroit Chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration. Left to right: Dr. Greg Stone, director of occupational health and safety, Ford Motor Co.; Mike White, director of global and North American safety, General Motors Corp.; Daryl N. James, senior manager corporate safety, DaimlerChrysler Corp.; and Terry Wilkinson, ASSE director of member/region affairs.

The Greater Detroit Chapter recently celebrated its 50 th anniversary. Several top automotive officials were guest speakers at the event, which featured a pictorial history of the chapter.

Guest speakers were Mike White, director of global and North American safety, General Motors Corp.; Daryl N. James, CSP, CIH, senior manager corporate safety, DaimlerChrysler Corp.; Dr. Greg Stone, director of occupational health and safety, Ford Motor Co.; Michigan OSHA Director Doug Kalinowski; and Terry Wilkinson, ASSE director of member/region affairs. Speakers were introduced by C hapter President Charlie McGlothlin, Ph.D., P.E., and 2006-08 ASSE Vice President of Finance Darryl C. Hill, CSP, a past president of the chapter.

Over the past 5 decades, the chapter has helped improve workplace safety and health and served the community. One of the chapter’s many activities was hosting a “Give ‘em a Brake” coalition reception in 2004, honoring Michigan road workers killed on the job. This event featured the traveling National Work Zone Memorial, which lists the names of those who have lost their lives in America’s work zones.

The Greater Detroit Chapter is also a strong supporter of future safety professionals. In 2002, the chapter teamed with Oakland University to host the Student Leaders Conference in Rochester, MI, attended by more than 200 students from around the country. In addition, the chapter supports the ASSE Foundation, which helps advance education, research and professional development.

In 2003, the chapter was part of the Greenfield Village Infrastructure Restoration Project, an 8-month project to refurbish an 81-acre national historic landmark in Michigan. The project involved 14 construction companies and hundreds of workers, engineers and suppliers, and was completed without any lost worker time.

Greater Boston Chapter Recognizes Legislator for Supporting Safety

ASSE’s Margarita Lobaton and Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce.

A few years ago, several SH&E professionals contacted Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce, seeking his support for a bill proposed shortly after the Station nightclub fire in Warwick, RI. Those initial phone calls marked the beginning of a solid working relationship with the legislator, which led ASSE’s Greater Boston Chapter to present the senator with its President’s Cup Award this year.

The award is presented each year by the chapter president and this marks the first time a non-ASSE member has received it. “Senator Joyce has had a strong track record as an advocate of safety,” says Chapter President Margie Lobaton. David Crowley, a past chapter president adds, “Brian Joyce is serving his fifth term as a state senator and in his short tenure on Beacon Hill, he has waged support for safety many times.”

In 2004, Joyce cosponsored legislation to limit cell phone use in cars. That year, he also worked to present new fire safety recommendations as a result of the investigation into the Station nightclub fire. Joyce also supported a measure to implement traffic-calming measures around schools and institute safety education programs throughout the state, as well as a bill to require all Massachusetts banks to implement simple safety precautions for ATMs. Joyce also actively supports the annual NAOSH Week observation cosponsored by ASSE.

Upon receiving the award, Joyce said, “This is a great honor. In light of last month’s devastating crane accident in downtown Boston, it is incredibly important and poignant to identify, review and communicate solutions aimed at creating a safer workplace.”

ASSE Adds New Chapter

The Big Sky Chapter has joined the ASSE family of chapters. The new chapter is located in Montana and currently has 94 members. ASSE now has 150 chapters and 62 student sections.

Member News

Recent Recipients of the Executive Program Certificate

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.

  • Cathy A. Hansell J.D., LL.B., corporate director of safety and occupational health, American Standard, Piscataway, NJ
  • Gonzalo C. Sapiz, risk control manager, Majestic Insurance Co., San Francisco

Recent Recipients of the Certificate in Safety Management

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 5-year period. Earning ASSE's Certificate in Safety Management is an excellent way to advance your career. ASSE congratulates recent recipients of the certificate.

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