Vol. 10 No. 11

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7-9 CSP Workshop
Jan. 21-27 SeminarFest
Jan. 21 Math Review
Jan. 22-24 ASP Workshop
Jan. 22-24 CSP Workshop
Jan. 25-27 CHST Workshop
Jan. 25-27 OHST Workshop
Jan. 21-23 Safety Management I
Jan. 24-25 Safety Management II
Jan. 21-23 Corporate Safety Management

Top Stories

Revised Demolition Safety Standard Available

The newly revised ANSI/ASSE A10.6-2006 standard, Safety and Health Program Requirements for Demolition Operations, is now available in both print and electronic versions. The standard provides minimum requirements to protect and safeguard employees and the public and to prevent property damage that may occur during demolition operations. The standard complements the recently reaffirmed ANSI/ASSE A10.7-1998(R2005) standard, Commercial Explosives and Blasting Agents: Safety Requirements for Transportation, Storage and Handling and Use. ASSE is the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on Construction and Demolition Operations.

Lockout/Tagout Audioconference: Dec. 13

On Dec. 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CST, ASSE will host a technical audioconference on ANSI/ASSE A10.44, Lockout/Tagout Standard for Construction and Demolition Sites. The standard specifies requirements to prevent the release of energy sources that could cause fatality, injury or property damage. In his presentation, speaker Jim Lapping, M.S., P.E., CSP, vice-chair of the A10.44 subgroup, will:

  • Discuss the history of A10.44;
  • Review the standard's contents and requirements;
  • Address how regulatory agencies can use voluntary national consensus standards;
  • Discuss differences from the Z244.1 standard.

The audioconference, which is recognized for CoC credit, includes a copy of the A10.44 and Z244.1 standards, a collection of papers, a website of technical materials, PowerPoint presentation and a CD recording of the call.

Professional Development Opportunities

In the coming months, ASSE will offer three special venues to help give you an edge at work.

SeminarFest

This special event, Jan. 21-27, in Las Vegas NV, is your chance to earn up to 5.0 CEUs/CoCs or 7.0 CM points in just 1 week. With 45 seminars ranging in length from 1 to 3 days, SeminarFest offers fundamental technical, management and skills development topics for the SH&E professional. This event is sure to satisfy your continuing education needs.

Measuring Performance for Safety Success

Join ASSE March 29-30 in Costa Mesa, CA, for Measuring Performance for Safety Success. The symposium will feature 20 concurrent sessions on topics such as balanced scorecard, six sigma, safety indexing, performance tracking, ORC metrics, transformational performance metrics, digital dashboard and using risk management performance indicators.

Safety 2007

Networking, advancement and knowledge-discover it all at Safety 2007, June 24-27 in Orlando, FL. Check your mailbox for an advance brochure with the details.

More News

Northwest Tennessee Chapter Holds Pandemic Symposium

Top (left to right): ASSE member John Wells, safety manager for ERMCO; Northwest Tennessee Chapter President Hal Williams; and Deborah Lownsdale, emergency volunteer coordinator for the Tennessee Health Department.

Bottom: Symposium attendees included members of ASSE's Northwest Tennessee Chapter and the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.

ASSE's Northwest Tennessee Chapter and the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce recently held a Pandemic Symposium in Dyersburg , TN , to discuss how businesses can prepare for an avian flu pandemic. Keynote speakers included Deborah Lownsdale, emergency volunteer coordinator for the Tennessee Health Department, and ASSE member John Wells, CSP, safety manager for ERMCO. Lownsdale shared an overview of avian flu while Wells discussed the business planning checklist created by CDC for businesses to follow in the event of a pandemic.

"We were excited to see such a diverse group of attendees at the symposium working toward a common goal and their interest in being prepared before a catastrophe occurs," says Chapter President Hal Williams, M.S., CSP, OHST. "In case of a pandemic, it is essential to have a contingency plan in place that is accepted both by government and industry."

The avian flu virus tends to mutate and evolve quickly. In recent years, the H5N1 highly infectious strain of the avian flu has appeared in poultry across Asia, parts of Europe, the Near East and Africa . The spread of the virus in birds, especially poultry, increases the chances for direct infection in humans. The more humans are infected, the greater the chance of the strain mutating to transmit more easily from human-to-human.

To prevent the spread of flu viruses, employers should promote good hygiene, encourage sick employees to stay home and require the use of necessary PPE to limit exposure to contaminated surfaces.

Georgia Chapter & Pamela Fisher Recognized for Safety Efforts

ASSE recently recognized the Georgia Chapter for its efforts to increase trenching safety for workers. The Atlanta Trench Safety Task Force works to reduce incidents and fatalities associated with trenching work. Georgia Chapter Past-President Pamela Fisher, CHST, CSHM, was recognized for her role on the task force . The task force provides trench safety best practices materials and resource information to construction contractors and other employers involved in trenching excavation operations and brings interested groups together to generate innovative solutions to reduce related hazards.

TCC Committee Member Earns Recognition

Jerry Ehrman (left), DuPont, with Jeff Bonorden.

Jeff Bonorden of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter recently received Texas Chemical Council’s (TCC) Outstanding Service Award. The award is presented to individuals who have excelled in their service to the Texas Chemical Council as represented by TCC. Bonorden is industrial health and medical manager for Lyondell Chemical Co. in Houston, TX. He serves on TCC’s Occupational Safety Committee.

Member's Efforts Lead to Statewide Program

ASSE member Allan Barrington and his efforts to protect employees of the New Hampshire Bureau of Turnpikes have caught the attention of the state's transportation officials-and will soon lead to a statewide effort to eliminate exposures to sharps along New Hampshire roadways.

Barrington, safety and environment coordinator for the Bureau of Turnpikes and a member of ASSE's Granite State Chapter, learned that turnpike employees who handle trash in and around rest areas were being exposed to improperly discarded used needles. After researching the problem, he purchased sharps containers and had them installed in the restrooms of four rest areas under the bureau's authority, and in five maintenance sheds and administration buildings at the toll plazas. Program costs are minimal, Barrington reports, primarily involving the cost of the containers and fees to dispose properly of the biohazardous material.

Based on the program's success, the state plans to expand the program over the next 2 years to all of its highway rest areas. Carol Murray, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, says, "It's a convenience for the traveling public because they have a way to dispose of a sharp implement, but it's also a big safety measure for our employees." Although Barrington reports that no turnpike workers have been stuck with a dirty needle in the last 6 years, "there's always that risk." He adds, "This just goes along the lines of proper precaution-to prevent anything before it comes about."

Member News

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 5-year period. ASSE congratulates recent recipients of the certificate.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.