Vol. 11, No. 7

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Society Names Fellow

Being elected Society Fellow is the highest award that a professional member of ASSE can earn. The honor reflects peer recognition of lifelong excellence in the SH&E field, honors dedication to advancing the profession and acknowledges significant contributions to the Society. ASSE is pleased to announce the 107th Fellow, M.E. “Eddie” Greer, CSP, OHST. He received the Fellow medallion during an induction ceremony at Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL.

Linda Tapp Named Safety Professional of the Year

ASSE has awarded the 2007 national Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award to Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Tapp, Vice Chair of the Council on Practices and Standards and Administrator of the Consultants Practice Specialty, was recognized at ASSE’s Safety 2007 in June. The award pays tribute to an ASSE member whose accomplishments have advanced the SH&E profession.

Ten Members Receive Culbertson Volunteer Service Awards

The Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award, named after ASSE’s late vice president of communications, recognizes members who have volunteered their time and service to ASSE and to the SH&E profession. This year, 10 members from the U.S., Australia and Kuwait received the award: Brian Brown; Michael T. Coleman; Dirk J. Duchscherer, CSP, ARM; Paul A. Esposito, CSP, CIH, CPEA; Ashok Garlapati; Donald D. Garman, CSP; James H. Morris III; Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI; C. Christopher Patton, CSP; and George W. Pearson, CSP, ARM. The awards were presented at Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL.

Chapter of the Year Awards

The 2005-06 recipients of ASSE’s Chapter of the Year awards are the Central Valley Chapter (small); Southern Nevada Chapter (medium); and Greater Boston Chapter (large). The annual award recognizes a chapter’s efforts to promote a safe workplace and environment for its members and the community. Awards were presented at Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL.

Chapters are categorized by the number of members in each chapter or section; large have more than 350 members, medium have 201 to 349 members and small have fewer than 200 members. Each winning chapter receives a $1,000 award, a $500 stipend to send a chapter representative to the annual ASSE PDC to receive the award, recognition on a plaque at ASSE headquarters and an award for the chapter president displaying the award-winning year.

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ASSE Publishes Investigative Photography Book

Investigative PhotographyInvestigative Photography, ASSE’s newest publication, provides tips for improving investigative photography and examines the role photos play in investigations and in legal proceedings. Written by John Wenzel Jr., CFI, CGSO, the book also reviews methods of documenting and collecting evidence, standard photographic sets and techniques for presenting photos in court. Other topics include safety concerns that the investigative photographer must consider, such as using PPE to protect against falls and ensure safety around machinery and moving vehicles; safety while using flash equipment; and basic techniques such as how to hold a camera and use different lighting techniques.

Wenzel is a recognized expert in the field of investigative photography. He is the founder of Precision Image Photography Co. and has testified about investigative photographs in hundreds of legal cases. He is currently an instructor for the U.S. Department of Defense, which he has also served as a senior safety specialist.

ASSE Hosts Training Needs Assessment Audioconference

Acknowledging the importance of employee training, ASSE will present Training Needs Assessment—Who, What, When, Where, Why and How, a 90-minute, interactive webinar slated to run July 18 at 11 a.m. The webinar will be presented by Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CHMM, CET, with George Pearson, CSP, ARM, as moderator.

After participating in the session, participants should be able to:

  • explain the importance of performing training needs assessments;
  • describe the timing of a needs assessment;
  • describe how learning objectives flow from a needs assessment;
  • list types of training needs assessments;
  • describe how to perform at least three different types of needs assessments;
  • choose an appropriate training needs assessment for future training.

Participants will receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and a link to the recording. For more information, contact ASSE’s Michelle Miller.

Fall Arrest Code Approved

The Z359 Fall Arrest Code, a new series of ANSI/ASSE fall protection/arrest standards, has been approved by ANSI. ASSE serves as secretariat for the Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) on fall protection and related systems. The new code is the first new or revised general industry national consensus standard impacting fall protection/arrest in the U.S. in more than 15 years.

“The committee is very excited about the approval,” says Z359 ASC Chair Randall Wingfield. “These new standards mean the Z359 no longer applies only to manufacturers; they are a comprehensive resource for anyone with workers at height.”

The series includes ANSI/ASSE Z359.0-2007, Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest; ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2007, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components; ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program ANSI/ASSE Z359.3-2007, Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems; and ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2007, Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components.

The Z359 family of standards will be available soon in both print and electronic formats. For more information, contact ASSE’s Customer Service Department at (847) 699-2929 or check ASSE’s website for details.

Improving Fleet Safety Symposium: Sept. 12-13

Transportation accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job deaths. In light of this statistic, fleet safety will be the focus of ASSE’s Transportation Symposium, Improving Fleet Safety, slated to run Sept. 12-13 at the UPS corporate offices in Atlanta, GA. Attendees will be able to participate in sessions and panel discussions on the challenges facing the transportation industry and how best practices and processes can be implemented.

Topics include in-vehicle technology; smart vehicles and other new technologies; event recorders; and using safety programs to retain employees. Sessions will be presented by transportation industry leaders from Georgia Institute of Technology, UPS, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Jet Express, ASSE’s Transportation Practice Specialty, Norvartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., FedEx Express and National Tank Truck Carriers Inc.

Chapter & Members News

Gold Coast Chapter Helps Florida High School Students Stay Safe

Training provided by ASSE’s Gold Coast Chapter included fitting students with a full body harness to just “hang around” for a while, giving them an idea of what it would be like to be free hanging in the harness awaiting rescue.

ASSE’s Gold Coast Chapter recently provided safety training courses to Seminole Ridge Community High School’s new Construction Academy. The academy prepares students for college and for employment in the building construction industry by providing the skills necessary to enter home-building, general contracting and related industries.

Training provided by the chapter concentrated on falls—the leading cause of construction industry injuries and fatalities in the Florida region. Conducting the free training were Chapter Secretary Anthony Wegner, Occupational Safety Manager for South Florida Water Management District and an instructor for American Red Cross; Vergie Y. Bain, OSHA Ft. Lauderdale Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist; and Ben Cutshaw, South Florida Water Management District Safety Specialist and an instructor for American Red Cross.

Training included OSHA’s 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach, adult CPR/AED and first aid, and sessions on electrical safety, stairways and ladders, excavations, personal protective and life safety equipment, and scaffolds.

“The chapter hopes that by bringing the principles and practices of workplace safety to these students as they learn their trades it will be incorporated into how they do the work right from the start,” says Wegner. “If we can prevent at least one injury by providing this training, it is well worth the time we spent to help these students.”

Los Angeles Chapter Presents WISE Awards

WISE award recipients Kelly Bernish (left) and Jody Van Leuven

ASSE’s Los Angeles Chapter recently recognized Kelly Bernish and Jody Van Leuven for their continuous efforts and participation in ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) common interest group. Bernish, chair of WISE under ASSE’s Council on Practices and Standards, and a member of the Central Florida Chapter, received the chapter’s annual WISE Professional of the Year Award. Van Leuven, cofounder of the chapter’s WISE group, was recognized for her efforts in establishing that group. 

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