Vol. 12, No. 3

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BCSP Presents 20,000th CSP to ASSE Member

Left to right: BCSP President Paul Adams, Ph.D, P.E., CSP; ASSE Western PA Chapter President Pamela Ferrante, CSP, CHMM; Jason Malatak, CSP; ASSE Region VIII Keystone Area Director Kenneth Walker, CSP; and BCSP Executive Director Roger Brauer, Ph.D, P.E., CSP, CPE

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recently presented Jason Malatak, CSP, director of risk management for Mosites Construction Co., with the CSP designation, marking BCSP’s 20,000th CSP recognition. BCSP representatives presented Malatak with his certificate at the Western Pennsylvania Chapter meeting in Pittsburgh.

ASSE originally identified the need for a certification for safety professionals in 1967. Recommendations were approved to organize a newly designated corporation in Illinois, independent of ASSE, with the purpose of examining and certifying the qualification of safety practitioners, and in 1969, nine professionals representing the diverse disciplines within the safety profession became the initial directors of BCSP. The CSP designation is a measure of professional standing and competence and is accepted not only in the profession but is also gaining acceptance by federal, state and local governments, employers and the public.  

ASSE Members to Speak at Singapore Safety Conference

To help educate businesses about the value of safety at work, ASSE and the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO) will present the ASSE-SISO Regional Safety Conference, “Integrating Safety—A Business Advantage.” The conference will be held in Singapore April 30, with a preconference workshop on equipment engineering safety evaluation training to be held April 28-29. The conference will feature topics such as supply chain and product risk assessment; business metrics for SH&E; business continuity planning; being incident- and injury-free in today’s workplace; SH&E regulatory overview in Singapore and Malaysia; and selling safety to management.

Nearly 400 attendees are anticipated, including delegates from the U.S., Association of Southeast Asian Nations and throughout Asia Pacific. ASSE’s International Practice Specialty Administrator Stuart Wood, CPEA, senior director of SH&E for C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Assistant Administrator John “Jack” Fearing, CPEA, senior consultant with Aon Global Risk Consulting, will present several sessions.

SISO provides opportunities for networking and interaction among occupational safety and health officers and practitioners. Representing occupational safety and health professionals in Singapore, its mission is to establish professional development opportunities to enhance the competence and status of its members.

ASSE Announces Winners of Safety-on-the-Job Kids' Poster Contest

The NAOSH Week poster featuring this year's winning entries.

ASSE received a record number of entries—nearly 1,000—for its 6th annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. The winning posters from each of the five age categories will be featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2008 poster that is distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week (May 4-10) and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (May 7). All contest entrants will participate in special ceremonies and events on May 5 in Washington, DC, as well. This year’s first-place winners are:

Ages 5-6
Victoria Benigno 6, Cherry Hill, NJ, for "Construction Cats Wear Hard Hats”; sponsored by Stephen Benigno, a member of the Philadelphia Chapter.

Ages 7-8
Tiffany Jade Heishman, 7, Strasburg, VA, for “Think Safety: Safety Must Be Planned”; sponsored by Charles Capitano, a member of the NoVa Chapter.

Ages 9-10
Immanuel Adriana Rakshana, 10, Kuwait, for "Fortune Strikes Where Safety Thrives”; sponsored by the Kuwait Chapter.

Ages 11-12
Robin Newman, 11, Madison, AL, for "Safety in Different Languages”; sponsored by Steven Newman, a professional member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter.

Ages 13-14
Meghan Baker, 13, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada, for "Pair of Safety Glasses . . . Priceless!"; sponsored by Kim Froats, an international member.

An integral part of NAOSH Week, the annual poster contest helps illustrate the overall message that safety is good business. To order posters to distribute as part of your NAOSH Week activities, contact Pam Glinka at (847) 768-3462.


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Technical Tours Help Enhance Safety 2008 Experience

Safety 2008, scheduled for June 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV, has much to offer to build your SH&E skills and knowledge. In addition to the presentations, concurrent sessions, and pre- and postconference seminars, ASSE has organized several technical tours to further your knowledge of industries and businesses in Las Vegas and how they address safety each day. Here is a tentative schedule of technical tours available during the conference.

  • Construction Site: Tuesday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This tour provides an overview of a large construction site and its safety program.
  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas: Tuesday, June 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Go on a guided campus tour and learn of the unique challenges SH&E professionals face in an education setting.
  • Las Vegas Monorail: Wednesday, June 11, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tour the monorail system that runs the length of the Las Vegas Strip, and observe the system’s safety features.
  • Healthcare Facility Tour at Southern Hills Hospital: Wednesday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This tour provides an overview of challenges faced by SH&E professionals in the healthcare industry.

Space for technical tours is limited. To sign up for a tour or to check availability, contact ASSE’s Customer Service Department.

Members Reach Out to Kids with ASSE's Safety Suitcase

In a recent issue of Society Update, we told you about ASSE’s Safety Suitcase, an educational tool that’s available for all members to use when visiting schools to talk about the SH&E profession. Thanks to generous donations from Northern Safety Co. and Safetyware Inc., the PR team now has eight kits available for members to check out.

ASSE New Jersey Chapter President-Elect Kristin Kelley presents the ASSE Safety Suitcase to second grade students at Mountain View School in Mount Olive Township, NJ.

Kristin Kelley, a professional member and President-Elect of the New Jersey Chapter, recently used the Safety Suitcase to present a PPE demonstration to kindergarten and second-grade children. “This is a great program,” says Kelley, senior corporate environmental, health and safety specialist with Benjamin Moore & Co. Kelley was working with an elementary school for the NAOSH Week Kids’ Poster Contest, and used the Safety Suitcase to talk to the kids about safety.

The program has been quite popular so far—members from regions I, VI, VII and VII have checked out a kit, some for two or more presentations in multiple classrooms. The PR team hopes that members and chapters will take advantage of this program in their efforts during NAOSH Week to raise awareness about safety and health at work.

For more information, visit the ASSE newsroom or contact Joanna Climer at (847) 768-3404.

Excavation Safety Webinar: March 5

Dangers such as soil collapse, working with heavy machinery, overhead and underground powerlines, and underground utilities make excavating one of the most hazardous construction operations. In the Excavation Safety webinar, presenter Mike Hayslip, P.E., CSP, will review ANSI A10.12, Safety Requirements for Excavation, and share real-world scenarios that illustrate how to avoid trenching and excavation hazards. Soil field tests, warning signs of ground instability and the selection of protective systems will be covered as well.

The virtual class will take place on March 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST). Participants will receive 0.2 CEUs upon completion of the session and an assessment. Webinar presenter Mike Hayslip is president and CEO of NESTI, a construction training and litigation support firm in Dayton, OH. An attorney and professional civil engineer, he is a member of the ANSI A10.12 Subcommittee on Safety Requirements for Excavation.


Chapter News

Metropolitan Chapter Opposes NYC Detector Law

ASSE’s Metropolitan Chapter has expressed opposition to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Proposed Int. No. 650-B, which would require permits for atmospheric biological, chemical and radiological detectors in New York City. In a letter written by Chapter President Stephanie Altis-Gurnari, CSP, the chapter voices its concern “about the negative impact this legislation will have on the practices of our member SH&E professionals,” and states that enacting the proposed bill might hinder members’ abilities to help employers protect employees and the public.

The letter states the following concerns:

  • The proposal’s broad definitions for alarm, biological agents and detectors, and chemical agents and detectors would include instruments SH&E professionals use on a daily basis that have nothing to do with measuring security risks.

  • The proposed law would require SH&E professionals to file an emergency action plan to be implemented in the event of an alarm, which is not predictable, making the plans vague and nonspecific.

  • The requirement to contact the NYPD in the event of an alarm could lead to a high number of police responses to workplace alarms.

  • The requirement to notify the commissioner of the possession of new detector equipment may deter SH&E practitioners from using the most up-to-date detectors.

Chapter members are urging the city to work with them to refine the definitions of devices included in the bill and to find better ways to communicate with the public about the use of atmospheric biological, chemical and radiological detectors.

ECU Student Section Organizes James P. Kohn Memorial Golf Tournament

The East Carolina University (ECU) Student Section, part of the Eastern Carolina Chapter, has organized the First James P. Kohn Memorial Golf Tournament to honor one of the founding professors of the ECU Master of Science in Occupational Safety (MSOS) program. Kohn, who passed away in 1999, was a respected ECU faculty member and active ASSE member. He served as ASSE’s Vice President of Professional Development (1994-96) and Region VI Vice President (1997-98), and served on the Member Education Committee (1988-94) which he chaired for 5 years (1989-94). Kohn received the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 1992, and authored many books and articles, including several published in Professional Safety. The tournament will be held April 4, 2008, in Greenville, NC. All proceeds will go to the James P. Kohn Memorial scholarships awarded by ECU and the ASSE Foundation.

The group is seeking hole sponsorships; interested businesses, organizations or individuals may sponsor a hole for a minimum contribution of $100. The group hopes to have 60 golfers and at least 18 sponsors. A banquet dinner will follow the tournament, during which colleagues and former students of Dr. Kohn will talk about his impact on their lives and careers.

“Each of us who did not know him will get the opportunity to understand how he has touched our lives by creating the MSOS Program that we all have come to appreciate,” says Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, ECU assistant professor and ASSE ECU Student Section faculty advisor. “I truly believe that this event will be something that the entire ECU MSOS, eastern North Carolina safety community, and our extended friends, colleagues and supporters will be extremely proud of in years to come.”

For more information about participating in the tournament or sponsorship, contact Behm at (252) 328-9674.

Gulf Coast Chapter Members Take Safety to the Rodeo

Several members of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC) have extended their volunteer efforts to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), the largest rodeo in North America. Chapter members Jerry Cumby, Kevin Currey, Rebecca Ginsburg, Cindy Lewis and Lawrence Schulze serve on the HLSR Safety Committee, which received the 2007 EMS First Responder Organization of the Year Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The committee has four divisions: communications, investigators, medical and safety. The GCC members belong to the safety division, whose members are the first responders dispatched to an incident at the rodeo, which is running March 3-22 at Reliant Stadium.

Great Plains Chapter Supports Seatbelt Legislation

ASSE's Great Plains Chapter in Omaha, NE, recently sent a letter to state legislators supporting a bill that would establish primary enforcement of seatbelt use in the state. In the letter, the chapter shared key statistics which show that primary enforcement increases seatbelt usage—and that seatbelt use rates in Nebraska are 5% below the U.S. average. As of June 30, 2007, 25 states and the District of Columbia had primary enforcement seatbelt laws in place, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Member News

ASSE Representative to Speak at SH&E Conference in Spain

John Mroszczyk, P.E., CSP, a professional member of the Greater Boston Chapter, has been selected to represent ASSE at the Occupational Risk Prevention Conference (ORP 2008) in A Coruña, Spain, May 14-16. Mroszczyk, of Northeast Consulting Engineers, has a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he is a past administrator of ASSE’s Engineering Practice Specialty.

The conference will feature more than 50 sessions and/or roundtables with expert international and national scientists and technicians. In addition to safety, occupational hygiene and medicine topics, and ergonomics, the conference will cover corporate social responsibility and prevention; safety culture and climate; occupational risks in the fishing industry; work-related transport accidents; ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders; and construction safety.

ASSE Members Support Company Safety Effort

As part of their efforts to support ASSE and the safety profession, members of the South Texas Chapter in San Antonio, all of whom work within the SH&E department at the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), recently helped sponsor the SAWS safety poster calendar project. The calendar features safety posters submitted by children of SAWS personnel. More than 50 entries were submitted for this year’s calendar, focusing on the theme, “Safety—Away from Work.” Members who contributed include: David Bascom, Tracy Marlowe, CSP, David McLellan, CSP, Bill Parker, Pete Rios, Ronald Schiller, Ben Skidmore, Ryan Taylor and Roger Velez.

Membership Draws Winners of Recruitment Campaign

Have you recruited any new members to join ASSE since April 2007? If so, you’ve been entered into the quarterly recruiter drawings being held as part of this year’s Member-Get-A-Member campaign. The winners for the November and February drawings are Christopher Flegel, CSP, Northwest Chapter, and William Warren Jr., Arizona Chapter.

There is still time to be part of this year’s campaign. Each time you sponsor a new member (until June 30, 2008), you will be entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to Mexico. The more members you recruit, the better your chances to win. In addition, the top three recruiters will receive cash prizes (in the form of American Express gift cheques).

Schwed to Oversee Safety at World Trade Center Site

Joseph M. Schwed, CSP, a professional member of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter, has been named safety director of the World Trade Center site. In this position, he oversees ongoing construction of skyscrapers, a transit hub and a Sept. 11 memorial at the site. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) had hired safety managers for each individual project on the site, but new safety rules prompted the agency to hire a director to coordinate safety operations for the entire 16-acre site. "It's critical that we carefully orchestrate the numerous safety programs. . . where the equivalent of five Empire State Buildings will rise simultaneously," says PANYNJ’s Anthony Shorris. Schwed, a former Port Authority employee, most recently was corporate manager of global HSE for Honeywell International.

Ellis to Chair ASTM Task Force on Skylights

J. Nigel Ellis, P.E., CSP, CPE, has been appointed chair of an ASTM International task force that will address a proposed standard on skylights. Ellis is president of Ellis Fall Safety Solutions in Wilmington, DE, and a professional member of ASSE’s Philadelphia Chapter. According to ASTM, the Human Impact on Commercial Skylights Task Force will operate under the auspices of ASTM Subcommittee E06.51 on Performance of Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtain Walls. The group’s goal is to establish a uniform standard “that the industry agrees will provide an adequate test for skylights to protect roof construction and maintenance workers from human impact fall,” Ellis explains.

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