Vol. 12, No. 2

Top Stories

Safety-on-the-Job Kids’ Poster Contest Receives National Recognition

ASSE’s annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest was named to the 2008 Associations Advance America Honor Roll as part of a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership.

“ASSE’s program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” says Association Advance America Committee Chair Matthew D’Uva. “This program is a great example of the vital role associations play in improving the quality of life in communities across the country.”

As an integral part of NAOSH Week, scheduled for May 4-10 this year, the poster contest helps illustrate the overall message that safety is good business. The contest is open to ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews ages 5 to 14. The deadline for entries is Feb. 14. In addition, NAOSH ‘08 posters will be available for mailing in early March. Those interested in a poster should contact Pam Glinka at (847) 768-3462.

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Webinar: February 13

Join other SH&E professionals in ASSE’s virtual classroom during the The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards on Feb. 13, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST. The Department of Homeland Security just issued final regulations requiring all facilities that possess any one of 300 or more “chemicals of interest” to submit initial “Top-Screen” data to them by January 22, 2008. The title of the rule “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards” (CFATS) is a bit deceiving. This new rule will apply not only to chemical facilities, but also to any business that has these chemicals of interest in storage.

Join ASSE member David Moore in an eye-opening virtual class where he’ll give you an overview of the new rule, look at important applicability issues and exceptions, and give you a chance to ask questions about the new rule.

ASSE’s webinar series combines the benefits of instructor-led training with the advantages of convenient and accessible online delivery. For more information about ASSE webinars, contact Dan McNeill, ASSE’s manager, education development, or call (847) 768-3437.

Corporate Support of ASSE Foundation Remains Strong

Two corporations well-known to SH&E professionals—Scott Health & Safety and Summit Training Source—recently donated $5,000 each to the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF). The funds will support ASSEF’s research and education programs.

Chris Fallon (right) presents Scott Health & Safety's donation to ASSEF Manager Mary Goranson.

“Scott Health & Safety’s support shows it is a company that goes above and beyond in its commitment to protecting people, property and the environment," says Foundation Chair Cynthia Roth, COHN. “We are also grateful to Summit for its continued commitment to and support of the advancement of the SH&E profession.”

Scott Health & Safety is a unit of Tyco International. The company manufactures respiratory protection equipment for first responders, industrial workers, law enforcement, military and homeland security personnel.

Summit Training Source Inc. offers a comprehensive catalog of safety and health training programs as well as OSHA-approved courses. ASSEF Trustee Valerie Overheul is the company’s founder and president.


More News

NAOSH Week Is May 4-10

Safety does pay. During North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week this May, ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), OSHA and many OSHA alliance partners—which represent thousands of businesses—will be providing information, solutions and best practices to illustrate that safety not only is good business but also saves lives. “There are many success stories out there,” explains ASSE President Michael Thompson, CSP. “During NAOSH Week, we will work to provide examples of how designing and putting into place strong safety management processes help keep employees safe, the company reputation intact and customers happy, while having a positive impact on a company’s bottom line.”

The national NAOSH Week kick-off in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 5, promises to be an eventful day, according to Diane Hurns, ASSE’s public relations manager. The day will begin at the U.S. Department of Labor, with OSHA Administrator Edwin Fouke Jr., ASSE’s Thompson and CSSE’s Andrew Cooper, who will be joined by the winners of the Society’s Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest and representatives from more than 30 OSHA alliance partners, including Abbott, Dow Chemical and American Heart Association. The awards ceremony for the poster contest winners will then be held at the U.S. Capitol.

These activities will be followed by a special event at the National Gallery of Art, where poster contest winners/entrants, their families and ASSE members will be treated to a tour of the “In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet” exhibit and a hands-on art activity. “ASSE especially thanks ASSE member and Fellow Philip Goldsmith, CSP, ARM, deputy chief of risk management at the National Gallery, for helping arrange this event,” Hurns says.

In addition, Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day will be observed on May 7, which Thompson suggests is a great opportunity to “thank those invisible heroes, who every day work to make our workplaces safer and healthier.” Members are encouraged to visit the NAOSH Week website, which lists activity ideas for workplaces, schools/universities and communities. An electronic tool kit is now available, and posters, pens and T-shirts that members can distribute as part of their activities will be available soon. “We look forward to working with our members, OSHA, the alliance partners and CSSE in getting the word out and making a difference,” Thompson concludes.

Generous Donations Help Fund ASSE Foundation Scholarships

ASSEF recently received a $6,000 donation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) to develop the new BCSP Scholarship Fund. The first $1,000 scholarship—the BCSP Glenn Daviet Scholarship, named in honor of Glenn Daviet, CSP, CPCU, ARM, ACLM—will be awarded in 2008 to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a safety or safety-related degree. According to BCSP, ASSEF will manage the scholarship fund, select candidates and award the scholarship, while BCSP will oversee the fund and naming of any future scholarships. 

“Remembering and acknowledging the efforts of exceptional individuals is not only our obligation as leaders—but more importantly—a privilege,” says 2007 BCSP President Jeffrey Robinson, P.E., CSP.

BCSP is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1969. It operates as a peer-certification board with the purpose of certifying SH&E practitioners.

In addition, Bechtel Group Foundation, created in 1954 by Bechtel, recently contributed $10,000 to ASSEF to support the Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship for Safety & Health.

The funding will support three $3,000 scholarships. To qualify, applicants must be full-time students studying occupational safety and health with an emphasis on construction safety; be student members of ASSE; hold a GPA of 3.0 (in a 4.0 system); be in good academic standing; and be recommended by a safety faculty member. Priority will be given to students attending Murray (KY) State University, Montana Tech (Butte) and the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

“The Foundation appreciates the efforts of Bechtel in supporting future safety and health professionals in construction. By providing additional educational opportunities in this area we can continue to see increased safety and reduced risk on the job,” say ASSEF Chair Cynthia Roth, COHN.

Based in San Francisco, Bechtel is a leading engineering, construction and project management company. In 2006, the Bechtel Group Foundation made grants totaling $1.82 million to 190 nonprofit organizations in 10 countries.


Member News

In Memoriam

In the Vol. 12, No. 1 issue, Society Update remembered ASSE members who passed away in 2007. Since then, ASSE has learned of several other members who also passed away this past year. Our thoughts are with their friends and families.

  • Frank M. Cleary, Beverly Hills, MI; 39 years of service
  • George W. Huber, Englewood, CO; 39 years of service
  • Donald G. Hughes, Dalton, GA; 13 years of service
  • Roger H. Wingate, Tuftonboro, NH; 41 years of service

Member Appointed to Washington Governor’s Advisory Board

Anthony Howard, CSP, CHST, a professional member of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter, was recently appointed to the Governor’s (WA) Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board. Howard is the regional safety manager for Hoffman Construction Co. and a member of the Society’s Construction Practice Specialty.

The board is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases among employees in the state and promotes the efficient, safe, healthful and productive operation of industry within the state. The board functions in an advisory capacity to the governor.

ASSE Members Elected as BCSP, CCHEST Officers & Directors

Several ASSE members have recently been elected as officers on the 2008 Board of Directors for Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP): Paul Adams, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CPE, Greater Detroit Chapter, as president; Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, Snake River Chapter, as vice president; Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, Penn-Jersey Chapter, as secretary-treasurer; and Ed Jones, CSP, ALCM, CFPS, New Jersey Chapter, as a new BCSP director. All newly appointed positions began Jan. 1.

Two additional ASSE members have been elected as officers of the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) officers; Rick Callor, CSP, Snake River Chapter, as vice president; and Gus Garcia, Central Florida Chapter, as secretary-treasurer.

Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.


You Might Want to Know . . .

  • ASSE has urged OSHA to withdraw its direct final rule updating OSHA consensus standards based on national consensus standards.
  • The ASSE Middle Eastern Chapter will host its 8th annual PDC, “Solutions for SH&E Challenges,” Feb. 16-20 in Bahrain.
  • To assess workplace hazards and risks to protect your employees, ASSE suggests starting off 2008 with a safety audit.


ASSE’s Business Edge

Advanced Safety Management:
Focusing on Z10 and Serious Accident Prevention

by Fred Manuele, P.E., CSP

The ANSI/AIHA Z10 standard, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, has received much attention within the SH&E community since it was published in 2005. The standard focuses on reducing hazards and risks, identifying process deficiencies and opportunities for improvement, and developing safety management systems. In this book, respected author and ASSE Fellow Manuele examines key provisions of the standard—including risk assessment, applying a hierarchy of controls to achieve acceptable risk levels, safety design reviews and management of change systems.

(ASSE Order #10838 – Advanced Safety Management)
(ASSE Order #3388 – ANSI/AIHA Z10 Standard)