Vol. 11, No. 8

Top Stories

ASSE Regions & Practice Specialties Names SPYs

Each year, ASSE’s regions and practice specialties honor individuals for their professional competency and outstanding contributions to the Society. ASSE is proud to announce the 2006-07 Region and Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award recipients. Winners were honored at Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL.

2007 Professional Paper Awards

Professional Paper Awards are given to ASSE-member authors of articles that have been published in Professional Safety. Each year, the top-three articles are selected by ASSE’s Editorial Review Board. This year’s recipients are: Brian P. McShane, CSP, CIH, first place; Fred Manuele, P.E., CSP, second place; and Emory Knowles III, MS, CSP, CIH, third place. To review any of the articles, visit the Professional Safety archives.

2007 NAOSH Champion Awards

Nine members and a corporation were presented with NAOSH Champion awards during the annual ASSE House of Delegates meeting in Orlando, FL. The recipients—Tara J. Falin, Cynthia L. Lewis, David R. Parsons, Douglas R. Cook, David T. Crowley, Patrick J. Delaney, Kirby N. Utt, George W. Pearson, David B. Hales and Turner Universal Corp.—received the award for their efforts to promote NAOSH Week 2007.

ASSE Foundation Presents Distinguished Service Award

Recognizing the leadership, commitment and vision that he has demonstrated to help the ASSE Foundation flourish over the years, Karl A. Jacobson, CSP, senior vice president, loss prevention, Liberty Mutual Group, Boston, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the ASSE Foundation. Jacobson received the award during Safety 2007 this June 24 in Orlando.

The ASSE Foundation Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have helped continue the Foundation’s mission of advancing the SH&E profession through research, scholarships and professional development. As part of the award, a $2,000 scholarship in Jacobson’s name will be presented next spring to an occupational safety and health undergraduate.

More News

ASSE Announces Diversity Survey Drawing Winners

All members who provided responses to ASSE’s Diversity Survey, which was sent to members in June 2007, were included in the Diversity Survey Grand Prize Drawing. The drawing was held on June 27, during Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL. The winners are:

  • Grand Prize: One registration to Safety 2008 in Las Vegas, NV—Leslie Kvasnicka, Valent USA Corp., San Francisco Chapter
  • First Prize: $50 AMEX Gift Cheque—Luis Salinas, Cape Canaveral Chapter
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX Gift Cheque—Gregory Bird, Boretti Inc., Craters of the Moon Chapter
  • 3rd Prize: $25 AMEX Gift Cheque—William Maxfield, Quest Diagnostics, Orange County Chapter
  • 4th Prize: $25 AMEX Gift Cheque—Kenneth Wengert, Kraft Foods, Northeastern Illinois Chapter
  • 5th Prize: $25 AMEX Gift Cheque—Larry Hudson, Akhesa Group, Georgia Chapter

Congratulations to the winners—and thanks to all members who participated in the survey and provided their feedback to ASSE.

HOD Votes to Change Criteria for Professional Membership

At the recent House of Delegates Meeting, held June 24, 2007, in conjunction with Safety 2007, delegates voted to approve a change to the criteria to become a professional member of ASSE. The new criteria will go into effect July 1, 2008, for those members residing within the U.S., and July 1, 2009, for those members residing outside of the U.S.

ASSE Foundation Announces New Officers & Trustees

ASSEF recently elected new members of the Foundation board who will further aid in the Foundation’s mission to advance the SH&E profession. Cynthia L. Roth, COHN, has been appointed Chair and Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, has been appointed Vice Chair. New trustees include Bradley D. Giles, P.E., CSP; Rixio Medina, CSP; and Jim S. Kreinbrink, CSP.

Webinar to Address Environmental Regulations

ASSE’s webinar, Essential Knowledge of Environmental Regulations, scheduled for August 15, will discuss the federal laws—occupational, transportation, chemical use, environmental protection and cleanup—that control hazardous chemical exposures to human health and the environment. ASSE Three Rivers Chapter member Salvatore Cacavale, CHMM, CPEA, will present the webinar and discuss the federal regulations for water, air and solid waste. He will also present information on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Clean Water Act; and the Clean Air Act.

Safety 2007 Recordings Available Online

If you weren’t able to attend Safety 2007 in Orlando, FL, or if you missed a presentation while there, no need to worry, you can order an audio CD recording of certain presentations held at the conference.

Professional Safety's Tools of the Trade Publication Available Onlines

For the second year, Professional Safety has published a special Tools of the Trade (ToT) publication. Distributed to all Safety 2007 attendees, ToT contains a wealth of tips and guidance on topics such as perception surveys, effective meetings, employee motivation, glove selection, workstation ergonomics, training, machine safeguarding, safety incentives, hazard communication and hearing conservation.

Safety 2007 attendees who received ToT in their conference briefcases should note that it contained several incorrect web addresses. Core Media's correct address is www.cmts.com; Advanced Driver Training Services Inc.'s address is www.adtsweb.com; and Brady Corp.'s address is www.bradycorp.com. Thanks again to all those companies who contributed to the publication.

Chapter News

Nigeria Chapter representative Felix Nakpodia proudly displays his chapter's charter.
2006-07 ASSE President Don Jones presents a charter to John Caylor of the Papua Chapter.

ASSE Adds Two New Chapters

Chapters in Papua, Indonesia, and Nigeria have joined the ASSE family. The chapters received their charters during a meeting of the Global Task Force on June 23. On hand to accept the charters were John Caylor (Papua) and Felix Nakpodia (Nigeria). Both also made presentations on SH&E issues and challenges in their respective countries.

2007 Region VI PDC: Sept. 19-21

ASSE Region VI will host its 2007 Professional Development Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, Sept. 19-21, 2007. The conference will feature concurrent sessions on cutting-edge topics that affect today’s SH&E professionals, such as electrical safety, pandemic flu, industrial hygiene, nanotechnology, workers’ compensation and risk management. Keynote speakers include NIOSH Director John Howard and Don Shalhoub, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSH. Other events include preconference certification preparation seminars and OSHA-required courses, golf tournament and an island “party by the pool.”

Member News

A Tribute to Safety Pioneer Frank Bird Jr.

Frank E. Bird Jr., a visionary in the SH&E field who was elected an ASSE Fellow in 1978, passed away at his home on June 28, 2007. During his career, Mr. Bird helped to advance industrial safety through his extensive studies and writings on the identification, costs and control of the property damage accidents. In addition to developing a groundbreaking model describing the loss causation process and a widely recognized accident pyramid, he made substantial contributions to the conceptual development and refinement of safety and health program evaluation methods and techniques.

Mr. Bird authored and coauthored many books, including Management Guide to Loss Control, Loss Control Management, Practical Loss Control Leadership and Safety and the Bottom Line. His many career awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Honorary Fellow in the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management, Honorary Life Membership in the Industrial Accident Prevention Association of Ontario and Honorary Life Membership in the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers. He was inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International in 1988.

In a special tribute article, David W. Wilbanks, CSP, CRSP, MPH, a professional member of ASSE’s West Florida Chapter, shares his perspective on Mr. Bird’s profound impact on Wilbanks’s career, the SH&E profession and the practice of safety.

Cal/OSH Appoints Jack Kastorff to Standards Board

Jack Kastorff, P.E., CSP, ALCM, ARM

ASSE member Jack Kastorff, P.E., CSP, ALCM, ARM, has been appointed as an occupational safety representative to the California/Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The board is comprised of seven members, appointed by the California governor, who set agency standards within the Cal/OSHA program. Kastorff, of Carmichael, CA, has been a professional member of the Society’s Sacramento Chapter for more than 30 years. He currently is a risk control manager for Gregory B. Bragg and Associates, and is also a member of National Fire Protection Association and American College of Forensic Examiners.




Stout Recognized by FDA

Nancy Stout, Director of NIOSH’s Division of Safety Research and a member of the Society’s Northern West Virginia Chapter, was recently honored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the FDA Leveraging/Collaboration Award. Stout was recognized for her participation on an interagency team that identified a risk of spontaneous ignition and fire associated with improper use of plastic gaskets on oxygen resuscitator regulators stored on emergency vehicles and in healthcare facilities. The team was recognized “for dedicated and exceptional performance” in assessing and implementing actions that address this hazard. NIOSH and FDA issued a joint bulletin in June 2006, alerting healthcare and fire and emergency medical service personnel to the danger of fires caused by incorrect use of these types of gaskets.

You Might Want to Know

  • ASSE’s Public Relations Committee has developed a series of information about the Africanized honeybee.
  • Society officer nominations are due August 15.
  • Improving Fleet Safety, an ASSE symposium, will be held Sept. 12-13 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Professional Safety encourages readers to write to Reader Feedback in response to any specific articles, editorials, letters, columns and new reports published in PS.

ASSE's Business Edge

Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don't by Ram Charan

In Know-How, Ram Charan offers a new approach to understanding leadership. When it comes to choosing business leaders, he says, people don't recognize the crucial difference between the appearance of leadership and the actual ability to run a business. “Certainly intelligence, self-confidence, presence, the ability to communicate and having a vision are important. But being highly intelligent doesn’t mean that a person has the knack for making good business judgments,” Charan writes. “Personal attributes are just one small slice of the leadership pie, and their value is greatly diminished without know-how.”

(ASSE Order #10808)