Vol. 11, No. 10
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ASSE Foundation Accepting Scholarship/Grant Applications

This year, ASSEF is offering more than $105,000 to undergraduate and graduate students and practicing professionals who are seeking to advance their careers and education in safety. This year, graduate students are eligible to receive a second award if the first one was received as an undergraduate. ASSEF is also offering two scholarships to attend Safety 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. These awards will help cover the cost of registration, airfare, hotel and meals, up to $1,200 each. Other new awards include the ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship; the Central Indiana ASSE Scholarship; the North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship; and the Thomas & Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant. Applications for ASSE Foundation scholarships and grants are due Dec. 1, 2007, and are available online. Winners will be posted on-line or around April 1, 2008. For further questions, contact Adele Gabinski.

San Francisco & Western Australia Chapters Develop Partnership

2005-07 ASSE Western Australia Chapter Secretary Brian Brown (left) with ASSE San Francisco member Mark Stone. Brown gave Stone two Australian flags as reminders of their chapters' joint obligation.

The San Francisco and Western Australia chapters have developed a partnership that establishes a mentoring relationship between the two chapters. What began as a friendship between chapter representatives—Brian Brown, Western Australia Chapter Secretary, and Mark Stone, San Francisco Chapter member—developed into a mutually beneficial partnership between the chapters. Each chapter has designated a liaison to maintain the mentoring relationship in the future.

The partnership paved the way to development of standard operating guidelines (SOG) for establishing a chapter partnership, which are currently being reviewed by the Global Task Force and the Council on Member and Region Affairs. The SOG was developed by Region I Vice President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, with the support of the Society’s Diversity Committee. The goal of the program will be to provide new and developing chapters the opportunity to form a collaborative partnership with a well-established chapter.

ASSE to Host Z359 Fall Protection Code Webinar

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT, ASSE will host a technical webinar covering the new ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code. The code includes the following five standards, all of which will be reviewed during the webinar:

  • 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;
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2007: Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components.

Leading the webinar will be Randy Wingfield, president of the International Society for Fall Protection, founder of Gravitec Systems Inc. and chair of the Z359 Committee; and Joseph Feldstein, manager of technical services for MSA and a member of the Z359 Committee.

Registration for the session includes access to an online recording of the session and a PowerPoint presentation. The fee for ASSE members is $95; $105 for AIHA/ACHMM members; and $115 for nonmembers.

ASSE will be offering other webinars in October as well: Powerful Presentations to CEOs will be held Oct. 17 with presenter Mark Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPE, CPEA, director, environmental health and safety for EXCO Resources Inc.; and Designing for an Aging Workforce will be held Oct. 31 with presenter Joel Haight, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CIH, associate professor, Penn State University’s Industrial Health and Safety undergraduate program and ASSE Engineering Practice Speciality Administrator.

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ASSE President Thompson Participates in CSSE Conference

2007-08 ASSE President Michael W. Thompson (second from right) and his fellow panelists at the CSSE symposium

On Sept. 9, 2007-08 ASSE President Michael W. Thompson joined with several senior-level SH&E professionals and officials to discuss competencies of the safety professional. The half-day symposium was part of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering’s 2007 professional development conference held in Victoria, British Columbia. During his presentation, Thompson discussed core, technical, professional and business competencies, and the role they play in career development and advancement. He also urged attendees to take the lead in defining the profession and changing misconceptions about what SH&E management encompasses. “The perception is that no skill or decision-making ability is required when administering SH&E. In reality, formulating a plan for SH&E excellence requires strategic planning, technical competence and creativity,” he said.

Symposium Addresses Transportation Safety

ASSE recently hosted a sold-out symposium titled Improving Fleet Safety to discuss ways to prevent injuries and fatalities on the road. Transportation accidents continue to be the leading cause of on-the-job deaths, and the symposium brought occupational safety and health professionals, law enforcement and academia together to participate in sessions concerning the new challenges faced within the transportation industry. The event, held at UPS headquarters in Atlanta, GA, covered topics including in-vehicle technology, diagnosing fleet safety systems to achieve involvement, compliance and loss reduction, best practices in hazardous materials transportation and new technologies for improving safety. Pilot programs involving new technology aimed at understanding driver behavior and the lone-worker environment, as well as large trucks and personal vehicles used for work were also discussed.

National Awards & Honors Submission Deadline: Dec 1

December 1 is the deadline for submitting petitions for the Awards and Honors program, through which ASSE recognizes its members’ contributions to the field of safety and their volunteer service to the Society. The deadline applies to submissions for Safety Professional of the Year, Outstanding Safety Educator and ASSE Fellow, the Society’s highest honor. For deadline details, visit the Awards and Honors Fact Sheet, or contact Jackie Dixon, Professional Affairs administrative assistant, at (847) 768-3451.

ASSE Offers Agricultural Safety Tips

Contributing to the National Farm Safety and Health Week, which was held the week of Sept. 17, 2007, ASSE compiled a list of farm safety tips to help prevent agricultural injuries and illnesses. Some tips include:

  • Conduct routine equipment inspections.
  • Review material safety data sheets and labels that come with chemicals.
  • Read and follow equipment operator’s instruction manuals.
  • Communicate possible hazards to all workers.

Terry Wilkinson, ASSE director of Member/Region Affairs and an agricultural safety specialist, suggests that farmers should familiarize themselves with the operator’s manual because many farm deaths still occur during operation of a tractor. In addition, Wilkinson advises farmers to contact their state or local Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau office or NIOSH Agricultural Center to learn about programs for preventing such injuries.

Chapter News

Chapter Activity Idea: The Safety Suitcase

Chapters have a new tool they can use to reach out to their communities and help the future of the safety profession at the same time—the Safety Suitcase. ASSE’s public relations team developed the interactive kit for members who can use it to make a presentation at a school or in a classroom.

Designed for presentations to kids in 4th through 6th grade, the suitcase includes everything needed to talk about the safety profession and involve the young audience—from an icebreaker script and introductory PPE discussion to an age-appropriate PowerPoint presentation and interactive safety career role-playing game. The kit includes PPE items, donated by Northern Safety Co. and Safetyware Inc., and is accompanied by a guide that explains how to use the kit as well as a script for the presentation.

By introducing kids to the SH&E profession at a younger age, ASSE hopes to reach kids earlier to teach them about the occupational safety and health profession—a profession most know little or nothing about. Once they reach high school, most kids already have an idea of what profession they will pursue. Using the suitcase, members can reach kids before they have to decide on a career.

The goal of developing the kit is simple, Joanna Climer, ASSE’s PR specialist, explains. “By providing members with the Safety Suitcase, ASSE is able to teach students, teachers and parents about the importance of SH&E and a bit about the profession.” According to Climer, who also tutors children in the same age group, kids this age know about doctors, lawyers, teachers, firemen and police. The Safety Suitcase will allow them to get to know the SH&E profession and the important role SH&E professionals play. At this age, she explains, “children are more capable of understanding larger and more technical/scientific topics. They are also becoming more aware of their futures and begin forming ideas on what they would like to do or study.”

The PR team currently has three kits available, but hopes to have eight by the end of the month. For more information, visit the ASSE newsroom or contact Joanna Climer at (847) 768-3404.

Member News

Warren Brown Elected to ISHM Board

ASSE's 2007-08 President-Elect Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM

ASSE’s 2007-08 President-Elect Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, has been elected to the board of directors of the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM). ISHM is the credentialing organization founded by the National Safety Management Society to promote the establishment of professional standards; the group offers the certified safety and health manager (CSHM) certification. Brown will serve a 6-year term.

DePrater Named Corporate Director of Safety & Loss Control

Cindy L. DePrater

Cindy L. DePrater, a member of ASSE’s Southwest Chapter and Construction Practice Specialty, has been promoted to the position of corporate director of safety and loss control for Turner Construction Co. In this role, DePrater will have national oversight for all of the company’s offices. She is based in the company’s Dallas, TX, office.

DePrater joined Turner in 2003 as the midwest regional director of safety, bringing with her more than 29 years’ construction industry experience. Since joining Turner, she has overseen the implementation of the company’s safety and health policies and guidelines in the midwest region.

DePrater holds several certifications and licenses as well as a B.S. in Construction Management and Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. DePrater serves on Oklahoma State University’s Construction Industry Advisory Board, and University of Oklahoma’s Construction Industry Advisory Board; she also is a board member representing Quoin to the Construction Education Foundation in Dallas. DePrater also serves on several national committees promoting Turner’s safety and loss prevention program throughout the construction industry.

ASSE Members Receive ACHMM Awards

The following ASSE members were recognized with awards at the recent ACHMM national conference for their contributions in education, training, research, development, operations and performance that help advance ACHMM’s mission: Allison King, CHMM, professional member of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter, received the Pete Cook Founders award; Barry Weissman, CSP, CHMM, professional member of the New Jersey Chapter, received a 2007 Champions of Excellence honor; Michael Schmoldt, P.E., CIH, CHMM, CPEA, professional member of the Lower Columbia Basin Chapter, received a 2007 Champion of Excellence honor.

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