Vol. 10, No. 9

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2007 Safety Research Fellowship Available

The ASSE Foundation recently announced that its 2007 Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program is available. The program provides funding for two individuals to conduct applied safety research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. The filing deadline is Feb. 1, 2007.

5th Annual "Safety on the Job" Kids' Poster Contest

In an ongoing effort to educate children on how workplace safety affects them and their families, ASSE has launched its 5th Annual "Safety on the Job" Kids' Poster Contest as part of the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

The contest runs through Feb. 14, 2007, and is divided into five age categories: ages 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; and 13-14. The poster in each age group that best illustrates workplace safety will be featured on the annual NAOSH Week poster distributed worldwide. NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007, is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and preventing injuries.

Chapter Meeting Idea: Invite the Candidates

Election season is here. While the Society is not a political or partisan organization, ASSE chapters can use the election process to help raise the visibility of ASSE's members and spread the message that candidates take occupational safety and health issues seriously.

ASSE's Government Affairs Committee is encouraging chapters to invite candidates for state and federal legislative offices to speak at chapter meetings. It's also a great opportunity to share ASSE's legislative and regulatory commitments with the candidates. The hope is that candidates who participate will come away with a better idea of what ASSE is and what SH&E professionals do. The only requirement: Chapters should extend the same invitation to all candidates running. This way, chapters help maintain ASSE's commitment not to be partisan or political.

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SeminarFest 2007: Network with Experts & Peers

With 45 seminars ranging from 1 to 3 days in length, SeminarFest 2007—Jan. 21-27 in Las Vegas, NV—offers essential technical, management and skill development topics for the SH&E professional. Depending on the number of courses selected, attendees can earn up to 5.0 CEUs/CoCs or 7.0 CM points. Each seminar is individually priced, and discounts increase the more seminars you attend.

Tools of the Trade Publication Available for Download

Tools of the Trade, a special publication developed by ASSE’s Professional Safety journal for attendees at Safety 2006 in Seattle, WA, is now available as a free download. In addition to two case studies, the publication features 14 brief articles offering practical guidance and advice on topics such as atmospheric testing, hand tool selection, emergency eyewash stations, hearing protection and training.

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Member & Chapter News

Michael E. Neason Named NSSGA Safety & Health Professional

Michael E. Neason, CMSP, safety manager for the mideast region of Hanson Aggregates, Louisville, KY, has been named the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional. The award was presented on Sept. 13 in conjunction with NSSGA's Environment, Safety and Health Regulatory Summit in Denver, CO. The award provides national recognition to an individual in the aggregates industry who has made superior and substantial contributions to his/her company's—and the industry's—efforts to promote safe operating practices.

Neason was the president of the first Kentucky (metal and nonmetal) Council, and is currently Administrator of ASSE’s Mining Practice Specialty. Neason is cochair of both the safety committee and underground committee for the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association and an active member of NSSGA. In addition to his active roles in these organizations, Neason presents frequently at local, state and national functions on behalf of Hanson and the aggregates industry.

Northwest Tennessee Chapter Participates in Career Fair

ASSE’s Northwest Tennessee Chapter participated in the Tennessee Four County Career Fair on Sept. 19-20, 2006. The event provided information about occupational safety, health and the environment, and helped generate interest in the SH&E profession, according to Hal Williams, M.S., CSP, OHST. During the fair, a safety professional was available at all times to answer questions and speak about the profession.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.