This year’s PDC will feature a special Fall Protection Symposium, presented by the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP). Although the overall number of work-related injuries and fatalities has decreased within the past 10 years, the number of fall-related deaths and injuries is on the rise—a trend that is not unique to the U.S.
In light of this trend, ISFP invites ASSE members to join the discussion of current problems and how the fall protection community is addressing these issues. Sessions will cover topics on the new ANSI fall protection standards, falls relating to the elderly, fall protection for heavier workers and the use of fall protection equipment in practice. The event will also feature a panel discussion of leading fall protection experts.
ASSE members attending Safety 2008 receive a special rate for the Fall Protection Symposium, which will be held June 12-13.
|Nearly 100 golfers participated in ASSEF's golf outing in 2007, which raised more than $11,000 to support the Foundation's scholarship program.|
|Bidders will have a wide selection of items to choose from at this year's ASSEF Silent Auction (images may not be representative of items available this year).|
The ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) will host a golf outing and the 14th Annual Silent Auction during ASSE’s Safety 2008 conference in Las Vegas, NV. The golf outing will be held Monday, June 9, at Badlands Golf Club. The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 7:15 a.m. Golfers can sign up as a foursome or individually. Spots are still available for participants and sponsors.
The Silent Auction will be held June 9-11. Attendees will have the chance to bid on a wide range of items, with proceeds supporting ASSEF’s scholarship and research programs. Item donations are welcome as well.
ASSE’s Business of Safety symposium, which took place in Baltimore, MD, this past March, was an opportunity for attendees to take away ideas, strategies and examples for improving safety performance through alignment with business goals. Included in this 2-day symposium was an executive forum panel presentation led by OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr., Maureen Steinwall, president of Steinwall Industries, and Thomas Krause, chair of BST.
During the panel, Foulke stressed how safety professionals can meet the expectations of senior management, adding that they should be placed on the same professional level as CEOs and CFOs. “We need to start enhancing safety professionals to bring them up in their business organization,” Foulke said. “We should make sure the safety professional is in the ‘C-room,’ where the CEOs [and] CFOs are. If we can get to that point, then I think upper management will be more focused on safety and health.”
The forum also focused on what steps safety professionals should take to increase interaction with senior leadership, what actions can be taken to become influential within their organization and how the status of safety efforts in the organization should be communicated to the safety professional.
Did you know that the Board of Certified Safety Professionals awards Continuance of Certification points for articles published in peer-reviewed journals like ASSE’s Professional Safety journal? If you would like to learn more about the writing, peer-review and publishing processes, be sure to attend the Writing for Professional Safety session that will be held Tuesday, June 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Members of ASSE’s Editorial Review Board will share their insights on writing an effective professional article and answer questions about publishing in the journal.
You have until July 18 to submit a presentation proposal for Safety 2009, slated to run June 28 to July 1, 2009, in San Antonio, TX. The conference will provide a forum for attendees to learn the profession’s best practices; expand their knowledge to improve their professional skills; engage in the discourse concerning the profession; and identify emerging issues relevant to the profession. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in advanced, technically oriented and practical presentations. Individual speakers receive a full complimentary conference registration.
Proposals should be sent via e-mail with the subject line “ASSE 2009” and “[Topic Area].” Acceptance notification will be mailed by Oct. 31, 2008.
At the ASSE Middle East Chapter’s recent PDC, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, ASSE President-Elect Warren Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, addressed SH&E professionals from around the globe. He provided an overview of the core competencies SH&E professionals need in the workplace. “We live and work in a seamless society—our cultures, languages and governments may be different—but the desire for excellent SH&E performance transcends these differences.”
Brown discussed the importance of interpersonal relationships and communications, understanding the financial side of business, becoming digital, knowing project management and having a thorough understanding of the procurement process. “An SH&E professional through academic preparation, work experience, and accredited certification or licensing has mastered and applies a recognized body of knowledge to prevent injury, illness, property and environmental damage, while adhering to a recognized code of professional conduct,” he said.
In addition to Brown, several other ASSE members led sessions at the conference. Middle East Chapter member Mahmoud Tamer discussed risk-based decision making; Kuwait Chapter President Ashok Garlapati discussed environmental issues; Middle East Chapter member Samah Al-Hamad discussed SH&E management systems; and Arizona Chapter member Jitu Patel talked about safe practices and operations.
ASSE members Ron Allen (New Orleans Chapter), Alan Davis (Puget Sound Chapter), Ernie Harper, CSP, DABFE, CFC (Region 2 ARVP for Professional Affairs), Tim Healey (Connecticut Valley Chapter) and Jim Thornton (Central Indiana Chapter) provided valuable input into the development of a new OSHA safety alert, “Electrocution and Shock Hazards in Shipyard Employment.” These members, as well as representatives from American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Shipbuilding Association, the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Shipbuilders Council of America shared their expertise and experiences in developing the alert which provides useful tips and reminders about what potentially hazardous situations to look for. It also lists instructions on preventing and eliminating electrical safety and shock hazards.
|Bill Larson, P.E., CSP|
This month, we are spotlighting Bill Larson, P.E., CSP, of Batavia, IL, who has 61 years as an ASSE member under his belt.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently recognized Hawaii Chapter member Mary Silva as its Safety Professional of the Year. Silva works for real estate developer Castle & Cooke Hawaii, where she is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the company’s occupational health and safety programs. “We are fortunate to have the expertise and experience of Mary Silva in achieving this distinction,” says Harry Saunders, president of Castle & Cooke Hawaii. Silva says she is proud of the company’s teamwork, especially on the construction side of operations, stating that the site engineering and vertical construction teams work together to make safety a priority. “I feel very honored,” says Silvia. “To be named [NAHB’s] safety professional of the year is overwhelming—I am so happy that they recognize the hard work we put into our safety program.”
|Michael J. DuBose, ALCM|
Michael J. DuBose, ALCM, a member of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter, has been appointed to ASIS International’s Fire & Life Safety Council. The council provides education to the ASIS membership on issues related to fire and life safety. One of six new council members selected from more than 300 applicants, DuBose is vice president and senior risk control consultant in the Parsippany, NJ, office of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Co. (HRH), where he specializes in security, safety, emergency response and disaster planning. HRH is an insurance and risk management intermediary that helps clients manage their risks in property and casualty, employee benefits, professional liability and other areas of specialized exposure.
The Mount St. Helens Section of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter recently named Herb Maxey, CSP, ALCM, as its Section Safety Professional of the Year. For the past 11 years, he has represented the chapter and section on the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board. Maxey has more than 20 years’ experience in loss control and safety. He is a loss control consultant for Farmers Insurance Group, where he works with commercial accounts to help them develop safety and risk management programs. Prior to this he was a safety administrator for Bigge Drayagn, and spent 13 years in law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol.
ASSE’s Los Angeles Chapter recently named its annual Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award in honor of Joseph M. Kaplan, who helped found the chapter in 1946 and later served as its president and public relations chair. Kaplan has been a dedicated safety leader for more than 68 years, including nearly 60 years as president of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Safety Council, which he continues to serve as President Emeritus.
Throughout his career, Kaplan has been known for his ability to bring public attention to community safety issues and for working with the media to advocate safety issues. In the 1980s, Kaplan led the “Buckle Up for Life Challenge” to raise awareness throughout southern California about the value of seatbelts—a campaign that is considered a forerunner of the many community and national seatbelt programs that have followed.
During the chapter’s annual awards meeting, Kaplan graciously accepted the chapter's honor, then presented the first Joseph M. Kaplan SPY Award to Donald Kramer, ARM. “I’m appreciative that the chapter has recognized some of the ideas and ideals that I have believed in,” Kaplan says. “ASSE has made great progress and continues to provide great services to the community.”
The ASSE website features a new Safety 2008 interactive brochure.
ASSE’s new publication The Safety Professionals Handbook will be available soon. Read an interview with editor-in-chief Joel Haight in the April 2008 issue of Professional Safety.
ASSE recently submitted comments to OSHA on the agency’s proposed rule on confined spaces in construction.
ASSE’s Body of Knowledge (BoK) initiative was cited in a March 2008 article in Forum as an example of how some associations have defined the term BoK. Forum is a publication of the Association Forum of Chicago.