Vol. 12, No. 1

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Business of Safety Symposium: March 13-14

ASSE will host the Business of Safety: A Matter of Success symposium March 13-14 in Baltimore. Attendees will take away ideas, examples and strategies for improving safety performance through alignment with business goals. The 20 concurrent sessions on business tactics, negotiation skills, communication, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, influential leadership and other business strategies will help strengthen the SH&E professional’s efforts to make the business case for safety.

Participants will build the skills and knowledge to:

• analyze business processes in order to integrate safety into its goals;

• enhance communication with management and receive support for SH&E from management and the workforce;

• employ strategies to secure a seat at key financial and strategic planning meetings and business skills needed to be an active participant;

• demonstrate to management the benefits SH&E contribute to the organization’s business goals.

In his keynote address, Chuck Martin, a recognized business strategist, will discuss the executive skills that are critical to success, and lead the audience through a self-assessment to help identify personal strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to identify those skills in others.

In a special presentation, Roger Dawson will share techniques for “power negotiating,” while an executive forum panel presentation and case study roundtables provide additional opportunities to learn, interact and share information.

Early registration deadline is Feb. 8, 2008.

Safety 2008: Be Part of the Profession's Premier Event

Register today for ASSE’s Safety 2008 Professional Development Conference and Exposition. The conference will be held June 9-12 (Monday through Thursday) in Las Vegas, NV. Each year, ASSE’s annual conference offers the most extensive educational and networking opportunities in the profession—and Safety 2008 promises to deliver even more. More than 200 educational sessions will provide opportunities for attendees to learn from the successes of other organizations, understand the latest safety methodologies, and take away strategies that work in today’s workplaces. Keynote/plenary session speakers will include Jay Carney, Time’s Washington bureau chief, OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke, NIOSH Director John Howard and Robert Cialdini, a professor of marketing and psychology at Arizona State University. Other highlights will include the International Fall Protection Symposium (June 12-13); the ASSE Foundation Golf Outing (June 9); a full selection of pre- and post-conference seminars; technical tours; and an exposition showcasing the latest products and services.

Attendees at the ASSE National Future Safety Leaders Conference, held in Nashville, TN, listen as keynote speaker John Drebinger discusses the importance of communication in the SH&E profession.

ASSE's Recent National Future Safety Leader Conference a Success

With 160 attendees, representing 20 different schools, the ASSE National Future Safety Leaders Conference, held Nov. 8-10 in Nashville, TN, was an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of communication and ethics as leaders in the SH&E profession.

“Communication is key within the safety profession,” said keynote speaker John Drebinger, author of Mastering Safety Communication. “In order to help workers stay safe, you have to be able to show them why it is important to have safe practices.”

In addition to Drebinger’s presentation, the event featured a panel discussion with safety leaders from various industries, breakout sessions with mock interviews and resume critiques.

“I was impressed to see the turnout of students and young adults who were all so passionate about the safety profession,” says Katie Koleski, ASSE chapter/student services coordinator. “It was amazing to hear the questions that they asked, as they were sincerely interested in safety.”

More News

Flatiron Construction Corp. Donates to ASSE Foundation

Flatiron Construction Corp., a Longmont, CO-based corporation, donated $5,000 for an annual ASSE Foundation scholarship that will be open to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing an SH&E degree. An emphasis on construction safety is preferred, but not required. “We are very pleased with the generous contribution from Flatiron Construction,” says ASSEF Chair Cynthia Roth. “Flatiron Construction’s efforts will also help the ASSEF meet its mission of advancing the SH&E profession through higher education.”

Chapter News

IUP Student Section Hosts Women in Safety Forum

ASSE’s Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Student Section recently hosted the Women in Safety Forum. Pam Ferrante, President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, delivered the keynote address.The conference presentations and breakout sessions on various topics related to women in safety and student preparation for the professional world.

Topics included:

  • evolution of women in the safety sciences field;
  • female representation in the safety sciences curriculum;
  • recruiting and retaining women students in the field;
  • gender-based struggles encountered in the program and workplace;
  • preparing students and women in the workforce for gender-based struggles;
  • conflicts that arise from women’s work in the field;
  • broadening our understanding of women’s capabilities in the field.

Part of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, the IUP Student Section has won the MSA Outstanding ASSE Student Section of the Year Award several times, and currently boasts nearly 100 members.

ASSE Chapters in California Support Wildfire Fund

ASSE’s Orange County Chapter, along with the San Diego, Long Beach, Valley Coastal, Los Angeles and Bakersfield chapters, recently donated nearly $6,000 to the Salvation Army-California Wildfire Fund. Following the devastating wildfires last October, the chapter reached out to its members and members of other California chapters to set up a task force to help the community recover. The task force included leaders from the six ASSE chapters. “Our members, some of them victims themselves of the fires, went above and beyond in responding so quickly to this call for help," says Orange County Chapter President Debra Hudson. “We want to thank all of our members and participating chapters for their fast response during this time of need.” Look for an update on this joint chapter initiative in a future issue of Society Update.

Member News

James W. Smirles, P.E., CSP

ASSE Members Serve 50+ Years

SH&E professionals who have dedicated 50 or more years’ membership to ASSE will be featured in a new section of Society Update known as “50 Years & Counting.” In this section, some of our long-time members will share their insight and explain how ASSE has impacted their careers.

Our first member to be recognized is James W. Smirles, P.E., CSP, of Glenview, IL.

Karl Jacobson

Jacobson Appointed to OSHA Advisory Committee

Karl A. Jacobson, CSP, senior vice president, loss prevention, with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has been appointed as a safety representative to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. The committee advises the secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services on occupational safety and health programs. Jacobson is a professional member of ASSE’s Greater Boston Chapter, a member of the RM/I Practice Specialty and a past trustee and chair of the ASSE Foundation. His term on the committee continues through December 2009.

Garlapati Becomes First International Member to Join President's Court

Ashok Garlapati

ASSE’s effectiveness and success depends on the participation and enthusiasm of active members. The Recruitment Honor Roll celebrates those members who have helped grow the Society’s membership and helped lay the groundwork for its future.

ASSE’s President’s Court, which honors those members who have sponsored 100 or more new, full members since May 1, 1981, now includes its first international member—evidence of the Society’s global outreach efforts and activities. Ashok Garlapati, a member of the Kuwait Chapter, recently recruited his 101st new, full member, which earned him entry into the President’s Court—the highest recruitment category.

Garlapati is HSE specialist in the exploration and production development directorate at Kuwait Oil Co. Prior to this, he worked for Chennai Petroleum Corp., where he was instrumental in elevating the company’s activities and processes to achieve ISO 14001 certification.

Garlapati is currently President of the Kuwait Chapter, which he has also served as secretary and vice president. He is a member of the International, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene practice specialties, as well as the Ergonomics Branch, and he represents the chapter on the Society’s Global Task Force. In 2007, Garlapati received the Society’s Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, for his continued work to strengthen the Society’s international efforts.

Dianne Grote Adams

Grote Adams Receives BX Safety Award

Dianne Grote Adams, M.S., CSP, CIH, CPEA, recently received the Meg DeWerth Industry Impact Safety Award from The Builders Exchange (BX) of Central Ohio for her far-reaching impact on construction and safety in central Ohio. Grote Adams is a professional member of the Central Ohio Chapter. As president and founder of Safex, Grote Adams has devoted her life to educating the community about safety.

“As long as there has been a Safex, the company has been involved in helping the Division of Safety and Hygiene deliver safety programs and services,” says Michelle Francisco, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. “There are very few women like Dianne Grote Adams, women who commit their lives to safety but at the same time who share all that they have with other people,” Francisco says.

Safex opened in 1992 with only three consultants, and today the company has grown to 18. Safex specializes in providing occupational safety and health support and training.

Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.

In Memoriam

The Society remembers those members who passed away in 2007.

Daryl J. Bacquet, Burbank, CA; 6 years of service
Mark A. Baker, Indiana, PA; 13 years of service
Frank E. Bird Jr., Loganville, GA; 53 years of service
Martin Boyer, Chicago, IL; 64 years of service
Charles Brueggerhoff, San Antonio, TX; 35 years of service
Mark Bushell, Queensland, Australia; 1 year of service
Neil J. Callahan, Seattle, WA; 4 years of service
Frank M. Cleary, Beverly Hills, MI; 39 years of service
Glenn D. Daviet, Germantown, TN; 25 years of service
Patrick B. Glynn, Wichita, KS; 13 years of service
Edward O. Gregory, Richmond, VA; 47 years of service
Eddie J. Guffee Jr., Troy, TX; 11 years of service
Walter W. Hartford Jr., Lexington, MA; 34 years of service
Douglas M. Heine, Leesburg, IN; 18 years of service
George W. Huber, Englewood, CO; 39 years of service
Donald G. Hughes, Dalton, GA; 13 years of service
Daniel B. Hunter, Springfield, MO; 41 years of service
David P. Iden, Carrollton, TX; 5 years of service
Ernest C. Jarvis, Windsor, CT; 3 years of service
Jim Kriner, Anderson, IN; 16 years of service
Larry R. Jones, Gahauna, OH; 1 year of service
Steven G. McKellips, Roswell, NM; 10 years of service
John E. Meese, Des Plaines, IL; 1 year of service
Fred Morales, Grambling, LA; 2 years of service
Robert Neff, Houston, TX; 42 years of service
Michael K. Orn, Philo, IL; 37 years of service
Dan Petersen, Tempe, AZ; 49 years of service
Edward W. Ricker, Old Town, FL; 33 years of service
Ralph E. Rinella, Dyersburg, TN; 32 years of service
Bill J. Ripke, San Ramon, CA; 8 years of service
Paul T. Rodgers, Media, PA; 14 years of service
William E. Ronge, Bakersfield, CA; 6 years of service
Joe P. Rude, Lubbock, TX; 10 years of service
Roland L. Ruhl, Champaign, IL; 19 years of service
Aubrey V. Ruple, Universal City, TX; 43 years of service
Charles E. Sandberg, Anaheim, CA; 15 years of service
Herman P. Schuster, East Islip, NY; 10 years of service
William Tarrants, Crownsville, MD; 48 years of service
Adrian E. Vernon, St. Petersburg, FL; 36 years of service
Roger H. Wingate, Tuftonboro, NH; 41 years of service
Benjamin F. Williamson Jr., Virginia Beach, VA; 37 years of service
William W. Wilson, Leavittsburg, OH; 9 years of service
Rodney L. Wooster, Clute, TX; 16 years of service
Andrew Yasenovsky Jr., Riverside, CA; 39 years of service

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