Vol. 12, No. 5

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NAOSH Week Highlights Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day

NAOSH Week 2008, May 4-10, is a week to focus on the importance of safety and how it is good business for the workplace and everyday life. It aims to focus the attention of employers, employees, the public and all partners in the SH&E field on preventing injury and illness in the workplace. It also includes one day set aside to focus attention on occupational safety and health professionals. Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, set for May 7, is a day to recognize and celebrate their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment.

“We take time this May 7th to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” says ASSE President Michael Thompson, CSP. “If you know one, thank your occupational safety and health professional on this day. It will mean more than you know.”

In addition to OSHP Day, NAOSH Week offers many other ways to celebrate and raise awareness of the SH&E field and its professionals.

  • Display the NAOSH Week poster in your office or workstation.

  • Plan special community events that feature safety messages sponsored by local businesses that support NAOSH Week.

  • Work with schools and students to promote safety as a career.

  • Conduct SH&E training sessions for employees.

  • Promote NAOSH Week in company newsletters.

  • Sponsor a public symposium on safety and health issues.

Plan Ahead for Your Safety 2008 Trip

If you, like many attendees, make the most of Safety 2008 (June 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV) by using the event as an opportunity to extend your professional network, you will likely find yourself visiting the ASSE Service Center. Located in a designated area outside of the exhibit hall, the Service Center has become a central hub—a place for attendees to meet up between events, arrange dinner plans or business meetings. While you’re there, you can check out all that this one-stop shop has to offer and ask questions of ASSE staff.

Marketplace. Stop by the ASSE marketplace to purchase publications on how to communicate to management and employees, skill building, safety measurement and much more. ASSE logo items such as polo shirts, golf balls and portfolios can also be found there.

Membership. Find out how to make the most of your membership and how to become a member.

Practices and Standards. Make your membership work harder for you by joining a practice specialty or branch. Practice specialties and branches include academics, construction, consulting, engineering, environment, ergonomics, fire protection, healthcare, hospitality, industrial hygiene, insurance, international, management, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, public sector and transportation.

Professional Affairs. The Society proactively works with legislators and regulators to enhance SH&E professional qualifications, safety and health program criteria, technical standards and other areas of hazard recognition and control that affect the profession.

Professional Development. Discover the latest educational offerings to help advance your career. ASSE offers seminars and symposia, SeminarFest, webinars and hot-topic workshops to give you the most up-to-date educational opportunities.

Professional Safety Journal. Attendees can pick up a copy of the latest issue of Professional Safety, ASSE’s leading member benefit, in the ASSE Marketplace and throughout the convention center. The PS booth is also a great place to meet members of ASSE’s Editorial Review Board and the editor.

While at the PDC, visit the ASSE Foundation’s 14th Annual Silent Auction to bid on one of the many donations. Proceeds are used to fund SH&E scholarships, professional development grants and SH&E research programs.

Another way to have fun while helping the Foundation is to be part of the ASSEF golf outing at the Badlands Golf Club, Monday, June 9. $140 per person includes: greens fee, cart rental, practice balls and barbeque lunch.

Before your visit, you should also check out the 2008 Virtual Expo. This online “exhibit hall” will give you a sneak peek at what the Safety 2008 Expo has to offer, and can help you identify which vendors you’d like to visit during the conference.

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss the regular rate registration deadline—May 16, 2008. Registrations received after that date are charged the on-site registration fee.

ASSE Foundation Announces Scholarship & Grant Recipients

The ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced the recipients of the 2008 annual SH&E scholarships—totaling $102,280—funded by the support of corporations, ASSE regions and chapters, members and individuals. The scholarships are given to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the SH&E field. All scholarships will be presented to the students during Safety 2008.

In addition to the scholarships, ASSEF also distributes professional development grants, which are given to support the careers of SH&E professionals. ASSEF distributed $11,300 in grants this year.

Officer Central Now Open to All Members

All ASSE members now have access through the Members Only website to the materials and tools (except chapter rosters) located on Officer Central. You’ll find general information on topics such as chapter recognition programs and delegates, updates on the Leadership Conference and Future Safety Leaders Conference, and policies on representing ASSE, as well as several presentations and public relations tips.

According to Susan Lewis, ASSE’s manager of chapter/student services, in addition to making the website more user-friendly and valuable, this change accomplishes several goals. “By accessing the information found in Officer Central, ASSE members can gain a clearer understanding of the connection between ASSE leadership and the organization’s mission and vision,” she explains. “It will also give members a preview of the critical role ASSE officers play in Society operations and encourage them to consider taking part in this exciting process. And, it will give members consistent and appropriate access to the governance documents and reporting records of their chapter.”


More News

Reclassification Fee Waiver for U.S. Members Expires June 30

In 2007, ASSE changed the criteria to become a professional member. As part of that change, the reclassification fee is waived through June 30, 2008, for members living in the U.S., and through June 30, 2009, for members living outside of the U.S.

Foundation Support Remains Strong

In continuing support for students pursuing degrees in the SH&E field, several organizations have recently donated funds to the ASSEF.

  • The UPS Foundation donated a $35,000 grant to the ASSEF annual scholarship program. From this grant, four students were given the David Iden Memorial Safety Scholarship—awarded to undergraduate junior- or senior-year students working toward an SH&E degree—and two students were awarded with a UPS Diversity Scholarship—given to junior- or senior-year students from a minority ethnic background pursuing an SH&E degree.

  • The Washington Division of URS Corp. recently donated $5,350 to fund an ASSEF scholarship for an ASSE student member pursuing an SH&E degree with an emphasis on construction. “With safety being such a dynamic industry, the professional development, education and attainment of certification are paramount for the talent coming into our discipline,” says Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, vice president of environment, safety and health, Washington Division of URS Corp.

  • Rixio Medina, Foundation trustee, recently received a $1,000 donation from the Houston Area Safety Council, as well as a $500 contribution from Wyatt Field Service Co. to help fund the ASSEF’s Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety.

  • The ASSE Central Florida Chapter donated $500 toward the new ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship fund, as well as $250 toward the new BCSP-Glen Daviet Scholarship. “We believe that both of these scholarship funds will provide much needed support to those students who will be following in our footsteps,” says ASSE Central Florida Chapter President Jeff Spackman.

International Outreach: ASSE President Thompson Participates in IOSH Conference

Leaders of several safety organizations attended IOSH 08, including (from left) Eldeen Posniak, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering; IOSH President Ray Hurst; ASSE's Mike Thompso; and Harry Ho, Singapore Institution of Safety Officers.

In support of the Society’s mission to be a global leader of the SH&E profession, ASSE President Michael Thompson, CSP, attended IOSH 08 in Telford, U.K. in mid-March. The event, sponsored by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), drew nearly 700 attendees. After attending several sessions, Thompson was struck by the similarity in SH&E challenges and opportunities found around the world. “I heard of expanded roles for security and emergency preparedness similar to what our members are experiencing,” he says. “Delegates also discussed the role of the SH&E professional in the context of corporate responsibility and sustainability, ethics and professional conduct, and of changing legal liabilities affecting SH&E professionals.”

Thompson was also a member of a panel that discussed safety and migrant workers, and participated in a 1-day meeting with representatives from safety organizations in Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa. “These groups admire ASSE’s heritage, and respect and admire our members’ influence and engagement in national and local issues,” he says. “We all are seeking to learn from each other and to find ways to collaborate.”


Member & Chapter News

Charles Sandberg Inducted into Orange County Chapter Safety Hall of Fame

Charles Sandberg was inducted posthumously into the Orange County Safety Hall of Fame.

Charles E. Sandberg, a professional member of ASSE’s Orange County Chapter (OCASSE) who passed away in 2007, was recently inducted into the Orange County Safety Hall of Fame. Sandberg, a CSP and CIH, was health, safety and environmental manager for UOP in Anaheim, CA, where he helped develop the site’s ergonomics program, developed an on-site program and policy for AED use, and served as a member of the Health, Safety and Environmental Managers Team, which sets corporate policies.

Sandberg was active in the SH&E community, serving as government affairs cochair for OCASSE and in various offices (including president) of the Orange County Section of AIHA. He was instrumental in the two organizations signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been in place since 2003. “The MOU seems to have reached far beyond the words on the paper into actually building and strengthening a relationship between these collateral organizations,” says Phillip A. Combest, CSP, ALCM, petition coordinator, and a professional member and past president of OCASSE. “That is due in part to the forward-thinking and leadership of volunteers such as Charles Sandberg.”

Charles Sandberg's wife Bonnie (center) and son Sean (right) accept the Hall of Fame plaque from Phil Combest.

Colleagues laud Sandberg’s commitment to safety. “Where ever his career took him, Charles made a difference in the lives of the people he touched. He cared passionately about the health and safety of others, and this passion drove him to excellence in this field,” says Glenn Azevedo, CSP, CPE, a past president of OCASSE. They also point to his sense of humor as an asset. “Charles had the ability to impart his knowledge to the clients in a way that led them away from resistance and toward compliance,” notes Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, Region I Vice President and a past president of OCASSE. Combest adds, “Charles was truly admired as a professional and beloved as a friend, mentor and colleague. His induction honors his contribution to the chapter, the Society and the safety and health profession.”

OCASSE created the Safety Hall of Fame in 2002 to foster an appreciation of safety leaders in Orange County. Induction honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of safety and health and recognizes their impact on the profession and in the community.

Members Participate in Airport Disaster Drill

Volunteer "victims" in JWA's triennial emergency preparedness disaster drill included Terrie Norrs (center); ASSE Long Beach Chapter President Robin Thorne (left); and James Norton (right) of the Long Beach Community Emergency Response Team.

Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, Region I Vice President, a professional member of the Orange County Chapter and risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services, and ASSE Long Beach Chapter President Robin Thorne, of Poms & Associates, recently participated in the John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) triennial emergency preparedness disaster drill. Required by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the drill helps airport staff ensure that JWA is ready to respond in the event of an aircraft disaster. The drill tested airport and emergency service agencies responsible for providing fire, rescue, emergency medical and related services to victims of a major aircraft disaster. In addition, it provided an opportunity for those organizations to interface under a unified command structure during an airport emergency setting.

One of about 200 volunteers participating in the drill, Norris was designated as a nonambulatory victim with a non-life-threatening condition. She had to be moved onto a backboard and transported by ambulance to the trauma center.

On the airfield, deceased "victims" of the earthquake are lined up after being moved from the aircraft.

In the drill scenario, Orange County experiences a 6.8 magnitude earthquake, and one of the airport terminals suffers extensive damage with numerous injuries to employees and passengers. The earthquake also triggers an incident on the ramp that leads to a chain of events resulting in an aircraft at the gate catching fire during fueling. This incident also causes numerous injuries and a few deaths. Airport staff, fire and sherrif personnel must respond to evacuate the ambulatory patients and resuce, treat and transport the injured.

FAA requires that a full-scale exercise be conducted every 3 years to evaluate the operational capability of the airport’s emergency management system in a real-time, stress environment, in which personnel, equipment and material are mobilized and deployed.

ASSE Members in the Public Eye

ASSE members strive to promote safety every day and, recently, members Cindy Lewis, Fay Feeney and Jeff Camplin were able to spread the message of safety to the public through the media.

Cindy Lewis, principal of Creative Safety Solutions and a professional member of the Gulf Coast Chapter, appeared on the Fox Houston station in an interview about workplace safety. Lewis discussed how safety professionals implement safety plans and work with management to ensure that safety measures are addressed.

Fay Feeney, CSP, ARM, principal of Envision Strategic Group and a professional member of the Los Angeles Chapter, was interviewed for an article that appeared in the April 21, 2008, issue of Hotel & Motel Management. The article discusses how implementing new green business operations might affect the company and its employees. Feeney was editor of the ASSE white paper titled, “Safety Implications of Greening: Hospitality Executive Leadership Opportunities.”

Jeff Camplin, CSP, CPEA, president of Camplin Environmental Services and a professional member of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, appeared on the NBC Chicago station to discuss asbestos found on Oak Street Beach, located in Chicago. Camplin explained the dangers of asbestos exposure and the seriousness of this safety hazard, especially when airborne.


You Might Want to Know . . .

  • ASSE has announced the approval of the new voluntary consensus standard, Safety Requirements for Pile Installation and Extraction Operations (ANSI/ASSE A10.19-2008). For more information, contact the ASSE Customer Service Department.

  • Safety 2008 will feature its 5th Annual Executive Summit Panel. Submit your questions to this year's moderator.

  • Did you miss the 2008 Business of Safety Symposium? You can order audio sessions from the event to hear what you missed.

  • ASSE's website offers information about the proposed revision to the crane and derrick standard for construction, which would create a national crane operator certification requirement at the federal level.


ASSE’s Business Edge

Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity

by Karl Weick & Kathleen Sutcliffe

(ASSE Order #10904)

Dealing with the unexpected is a great challenge for most companies. How does a company organize for high performance in a setting where the potential for error and disaster is overwhelming? The authors recommend looking to high reliability organizations (HROs) such as aircraft carriers and nuclear power plants for answers. They show how HROs create a collective state of mindfulness that produces an enhanced ability to discover and correct errors before they escalate into a crisis. Through a discussion of this principle and the practices that can be used to apply it, Weick and Sutcliffe show how to anticipate and respond to threats with flexibility rather than rigidity. The book includes numerous case studies that demonstrate mindful practices.

Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

by Ian Ayres

(ASSE Order #10905)

Number crunching affects daily life in ways never imagined. In this book, economist Ian Ayres shows how today’s best organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. These “super crunchers” know consumers’ tastes better than they do and are delivering staggeringly accurate results to drive decision making. Ayres sets out to educate readers about the basics of statistics and hypothesis testing and demonstrates the importance that statistical literacy can play in life.