ASSE recently launched a new format for conference calls that enables participants to become more involved. Presentations are integrated into the program, as are live polling, feedback and Q&A sessions with the presenter and panelists. Those who cannot participate in the live call can purchase the recorded session and access the training as long as they have an Internet connection. In addition, those who participate in the live conference calls and complete online evaluations will receive 0.15 CEUs.
ASSE audioconferences cover a variety of topics. Next up on April 18 is Arc-Flash Hazard Analysis. Presenter John Kolak, CSP, president of Praxis Corp., will discuss the processes and strategies needed to protect electrical workers from arc-flash injuries and fatalities. Like all others in the series, this audioconference will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
Upcoming audioconferences are as follows:
For more information, contact ASSE’s Michelle Miller.
At the upcoming Safety 2007 conference in Orlando, FL, the ASSE Foundation will host the ASSE Foundation Golf Outing and its 13th Annual Silent Auction. The golf outing will be held Sunday, June 24 at Celebration Golf Club. The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Golfers can sign up as a foursome or individually. Spots are still available for participants and sponsors. The 13 th Annual Foundation Silent Auction will be held June 24-27. Participants can bid to purchase a variety of items, with proceeds supporting the Foundation’s scholarship and research programs. Item donations are welcome.
At Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL, ASSE’s Nexsteps Career Center will be open to help job seekers and employers. Job seekers can post resumes and view job openings posted by companies seeking SH&E professionals. Employers can post positions or browse through ASSE’s resume book. Positions may be posted at the conference at no cost.
Students and employers are also encouraged to participate in Student Select, an entry-level SH&E job fair that will be hosted at the PDC. With a focus on ASSE’s student membership, this career-boosting opportunity will allow employers to meet and interview potential candidates for entry-level positions, while students will have the opportunity to hone interviewing skills and polish their resumes.
If you’re attending Safety 2007, don’t miss these great opportunities to meet face to face with potential job applicants and employers.
ANSI recently approved the new A10.46 standard on Hearing Protection in Construction and Demolition Workers. It recognizes the need to protect personnel from injury by preventing hearing loss, and is one in a series of standards that focuses on construction and demolition operations.
“Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise on the job and construction workers are often susceptible to occupational hearing loss,” says Richard King, CSP, A10 Committee Chair. “This standard recognizes the hazards of noise exposure in construction and demolition operations and provides necessary recommendations for preventing hearing loss in those operations.” The standard applies to all construction and demolition workers with potential noise exposures of 85 dBA and above.
ASSE recently commented on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that is part of OSHA’s ongoing Standards Improvement Project. In the letter, ASSE encourages the agency to consider appropriate national consensus standards when updating its regulations or establishing new mandatory standards governing occupational safety and health. The Society also comments on several specific areas addressed in the ANPRM.
Have a safety success story to tell, lessons learned to share, guidance to provide? Why not write an article for ASSE’s Professional Safetyjournal? Prospective authors can learn more during the “Writing for Professional Safety” session that will be held on Monday, June 25, in conjunction with Safety 2007. It’s a great chance to meet members of the Editorial Review Board, learn about the submission and peer review process, and find out how writing for the journal can help to enhance your career and advance the profession.
When Rio Hondo College in southern California was preparing to eliminate its Environmental Technology program, several individuals and groups came together to support it—including ASSE’s Orange County Chapter. Plans to eliminate the program have since been tabled.
According to OC Chapter President Bob Howath, CSP, the college’s program has expanded beyond its beginnings as a traditional environmental management program and now includes occupational safety courses. “This [program] is important in southern California, which is grossly underserved when it comes to 2- or 4-year safety degree programs as well as certificate programs,” he says.
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Leading Quietly by Joseph Badaracco
The accomplishments of larger-than-life leaders such as Winston Churchill and Jack Welch are inspiring. But everyday leadership is not nearly so dramatic. And, as Harvard Business School professor Joseph Badaracco explains in Leading Quietly, it’s the daily decisions made by individuals working far from the spotlight that makes business go. These "quiet leaders" are more comfortable behind the scenes, where they strive to do the "right thing"—for their organizations, their coworkers and themselves. Badaracco presents eight strategies for making good decisions in situations where right and wrong aren’t always clear. The result is a checklist that mid-level managers can put to work immediately.
Learn more about the leading quietly concepts during Badaracco’s keynote presentation on Tuesday, June 26, at ASSE’s Safety 2007 conference in Orlando, FL.