Vol. 10, No. 8

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Drug Abuse Audioconference: Sept. 20

Impairment caused by drug and alcohol use can be particularly dangerous in certain occupations, such as those involving operating machinery. These hazards are avoidable and drug-free workplace programs can help improve employee safety and health. ASSE's technical audioconference, Issues and Implications of Drug Abuse, and Examining the Need for Drug Testing, will discuss these and related issues facing SH&E professionals.

The audioconference, slated to run Sept. 20, 2006, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT, features presenter Peter Cholakis, who, in 25 years' as a senior manager, has deployed enterprisewide safety and business solutions across multiple sectors, including education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, construction and business services. Cholakis will discuss:

  • Implications of drug abuse and the need for drug testing;
  • Current testing methods, their benefits and drawbacks;
  • How to select and implement a testing program;
  • Legal and economic considerations, and employee relations;
  • Examples of successful drug policy implementations in a case study format;

Construction Standards Spectacular

Many members in the construction, demolition and mining industries have inquired about the newest approved standards. To fill this need, ASSE is offering its 2006 Construction Standards Spectacular-three series of the latest approved standards available as one package. Also included are the older versions of the standards, which can be used for comparison purposes. The package includes:

ANSI/ASSE A10.3-2006, Safety Requirements for Powder-Actuated Fastening Systems
A10.3 series includes:

  • ANSI/ASSE A10.3-2006
  • ANSI A10.3-1995
  • ANSI A10.3-1985
  • ANSI A10.3-1977
  • USAS A10.3-1966

ANSI/ASSE A10.31-2006, Safety Requirements, Definitions and Specifications for Digger Derricks
A10.31 series includes:

  • ANSI/ASSE A10.31-2006
  • ANSI A10.31-1995
  • ANSI A10.31-1987

ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006, Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Programs
Z390 series includes:

  • ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-1995 (R2001)
  • ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006

Foundation Donations Reach All-Time High

2005-06 was a year of robust growth for the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF). Donations-including a record total of $115,340 from ASSE regions and chapters-reached $416,259, making this the best year in the Foundation's history, according to ASSEF's annual report. The scholarship program also continued to expand, as ASSEF offered six new scholarships, five chapters established new scholarship funds, and ASSE member Rixio Medina and his wife Alejandra established a professional development grant program. "All of this is possible thanks to the generous support of our donors who had the vision to invest in the safety profession," says ASSEF Chair Kennith Brock, CSP.

Scholarships & Grants to Top $105,000 in 2007

In 2007, the ASSE Foundation will offer more than $105,000 in scholarships and professional development grants. New opportunities will include the CNA Foundation Scholarship, the George Gustafson HSE Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation and the Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship. In addition, nearly $8,500 will be available to ASSE members and SH&E professionals through the Foundation's three grant programs. Information on all of the awards and their criteria, along with applications and program rules, are now available. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2006; awards will be announced in April 2007.

More News

Eddie Greer Named ASSEF Trustee

Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST, a past president of ASSE, was recently appointed to the ASSE Foundation Board of Trustees. Greer is president of Eddie Greer & Associates, a firm that helps companies develop, implement and enhance a safe work environment. Previously he served as senior corporate health, safety and environment manager for Kellogg, Brown & Root, where he worked for more than 30 years.

"Eddie is an asset to the ASSE Foundation Board, as he has continuously supported programs that provide assistance to new SH&E professionals and students through mentoring, encouraging educational programs-in Texas and nationally-and developing new scholarship programs," says ASSEF Chair Kennith Brock, CSP.

Greer helped the Gulf Coast Past President's Foundation establish a scholarship through ASSEF. In addition, he serves as a director on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is a trustee for the Texas Safety Foundation, which recently established a scholarship and grant program with ASSEF.

Special Newsletters Cover Katrina Response, Motor Vehicle Safety & International Issues

Three of ASSE's practice specialties recently published special issues of their respective newsletters to provide in-depth coverage of current hot topics.

Articles in the special Katrina issue of the EnviroMentor, from the Environmental Practice Specialty, share lessons learned as a result of the response to the destruction along the U.S. Gulf Coast. You'll also find a firsthand account of a visit in early 2006 to the hurricane-ravaged areas.

The special Z15 edition of Transactions, from the Transportation Practice Specialty, examines the key requirements and potential impact of the new ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2006 standard, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations.

The special issue of the International Practice Specialty's World Focus presents perspectives from ASSE members in Nigeria and Kuwait, as well as from the chair of Taiwan's Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Member News

Left to right: Peggy Moore (mother), Patsy Melton (aunt), Patricia Brown (wife), G. Alan Brown, CSP.

Membership Recruitment Campaign Winner

ASSE recently heard from G. Alan Brown, CSP, professional member of the Sabine Neches Chapter, winner of the grand prize of $2,000 from the 2005-06 Member-Get-a-Member campaign. Brown used his winnings for a family trip to Mount Rushmore, where his mother has always wanted to visit.

Meanwhile, this year's Member-Get-a-Member campaign, "Spill the Beans," has reached the halfway point. Sponsor as many new, full ASSE members as you can before March 31, 2007, and you could win a trip for two to Hawaii valued at $5,000. For each member sponsored, you will be entered into a drawing to win. For every five members you sponsor, you'll earn a $25 American Express Gift Cheque (up to $100). Plus, the three members with the most recruits wins $1,000, $500 and $250 cash.

Recent Recipients of the Executive Program

ASSE's Executive Program in Safety Management 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.

Recent Recipients of 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 five-year period. ASSE congratulates recent recipients of the certificate.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.

Correction -- Society Update Vol. 10, No. 7

In the news item "ASSE Regions & Practice Specialties Name SPYs," the Transportation Practice Specialty SPY was inadvertently omitted. The Transportation Practice Specialty SPY was Douglas R. Cook, Chattanooga Area Chapter, vice president of safety, Covenant Transportation, Chattanooga, TN. Society Update regrets the error.