Vol. 12, No. 6

Top Stories

Safety 2008: Virtual Expo & Book Signings

Safety 2008 is fast approaching. For those who will be attending and those who won’t be in Las Vegas, ASSE’s Virtual Expo offers online access to the exhibitors before, during and after the conference. Attendees can use the Virtual Expo to plan their visit. You can search exhibitors by company name, product, country or keyword. You can also mouse over the map to see the name and booth number of each exhibitor, then click on a booth to view additional information, including a company description, products and services offered, and a link to the company’s website.

ASSE will also host several book signings during the conference. Joel Haight, editor-in-chief of the newly published The Safety Professionals Handbook, will be on hand to sign copies in the ASSE Store inside the expo hall. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, June 9, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 10, 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 11, 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

In addition, general session keynote speaker Dr. Robert Cialdini will sign copies of his book Influence: Science & Practice. This book signing will take place Wednesday, June 11, outside the general session immediately following his presentation.

NAOSH Week 2008 a Success

This year, NAOSH Week 2008 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day reached more than 50 million people and 140,000 businesses worldwide with the message that safety is good business.

"NAOSH Week 2008 and OSHP Day were a major success because of our members, who every year go above and beyond in donating their time and energy in planning and implementing occupational safety, health and environmental activities throughout NAOSH Week,” says ASSE Public Relations Manager Diane Hurns. “We are all looking forward to next year when NAOSH Week will be held May

ASSE President Michael Thompson, CSP, was also on hand at the NAOSH Week events, which included the Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest winners presentation, events at the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. “Ask the children of parents who have been injured on the job and they will tell you why safety is about life,” said Thompson. “While the theme is ‘Safety Is Good Business,’ anyone who has experienced the grief of a loved one hurt or worse from occupational pursuits will tell you it is personal. NAOSH is not about organizations, it is about an individual call to action to get personally engaged to create a world that protects people, property and the environment. NAOSH Week 2008 was a good start to this effort and every person should put NAOSH Week 2009 on their calendar.”   


More News

ASSE Takes International Outreach to Singapore

From left: Goh Chye Guan of the Workplace Safety and Health Council; Andrew Tan, SISO Past President; Heng Chiang Gnee, WSH Deputy Chairman; ASSE New Jersey Chapter member Jack Fearing; Edwin Yap, SISO President; ASSE Granite State Chapter member Stuart Wood.

In the ongoing effort to engage safety professionals around the world, ASSE recently joined with the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO) to host the first SISO-ASSE Conference titled “Integrating Safety: A Business Advantage,” held in Singapore. More than 180 participants and guests attended the conference.

A total of nine papers were presented, three of which were by ASSE members Jack Fearing, CPEA, and Stuart Wood, MCS, CMIOSH. Fearing, a professional member of the New Jersey Chapter and Assistant Administrator of the International Practice Specialty, presented two papers—“Business Metrics for EHS” and “Selling Safety to Management.” Wood, Administrator of the International Practice Specialty and a professional member of the Granite State Chapter, presented “Supply Chain and Product Risk Assessment,” in which he discussed that appropriate due diligence is necessary, particularly in a global economy in which both components and finished products are sourced from many countries.

Other topics included an SH&E regulatory overview in Singapore and Malaysia, lean manufacturing and six sigma as a safety tool, business continuity planning, incident- and injury-free in today’s workplace, learning safety approaches in a simple way and learning outcomes.

Professional Safety Article Archives Now Available Online

Wish you saved that fall protection article from last year? Past articles and full issues of Professional Safety are now accessible through the archive on the journal’s website.

The archive contains articles published from January 2000 to the present and is searchable by issue date, author, topic and keyword. Full issues of the journal from January 2005 to the present are available in PDF format to ASSE members through the Members Only website. In addition, article indexes for the years 1995 to 2006 are available as downloadable Word files.

Nonmembers can also use the site to search and purchase articles in PDF format. 


Chapter News

ECU Student Section Sponsors Golf Tournament for Scholarship Funds

From left: Eastern Carolina Chapter President Wesley Thigpen; ECU Student Section Faculty Advisor Mike Behm; ECU ASSE Student Section President Brian Briley; and Lou Pokorny.

ASSE’s East Carolina University (ECU) Student Section, part of the Eastern Carolina Chapter, recently held the First James P. Kohn Memorial Golf Tournament to honor the late ECU professor and long-time ASSE member. The event hosted 75 golfers and raised more than $4,500, which will be contributed to the James P. Kohn Memorial scholarships awarded by ECU and the ASSE Foundation.

ASSE’s Professional Safety journal contributed to the event as a platinum-level sponsor. In addition to being one of the founding professors of the ECU Master of Science in Occupational Safety (MSOS) program, Dr. Kohn was a respected author and contributor to Professional Safety. As part of the sponsorship, four ASSE student members in the MSOS program golfed in the event—ECU Student Section President Brian Briley, Brian Browder, Connor Duke and Marshall Walker. The journal hopes that ASSE’s student members—the SH&E professionals of tomorrow—will follow in Dr. Kohn’s footsteps by contributing to the professional discourse and body of knowledge of the SH&E profession.

The golf tournament was followed by a banquet and awards ceremony, in which attendees remembered the legacy of Dr. Kohn. Speakers included Ralph Rogers, ECU’s Dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science; Dan Sprau, friend and colleague of Dr. Kohn, who read a statement from Dr. Kohn’s wife Carrie Kohn; and Lou Pokorny, Dr. Kohn’s father-in-law.

For more information on the tournament, contact Mike Behm, ECU Student Section Faculty Advisor.

Gold Coast Chapter Hosts Risk Assessment Seminar

From left: Seminar presenter Linda Abbott and Gold Coast Chapter President Teresa Dwyer.
LeRoy Abbott received his 50-year award from ASSE during the seminar.

On April 2, the Gold Coast Chapter sponsored a 1-day Risk Assessment Seminar at Florida Power & Light Co. in Juno Beach, FL. The seminar was conducted by Linda Abbott, Ph.D., senior risk assessor for the USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis in Washington, DC. In addition to chapter members, representatives from local private- and public-sector organizations attended the seminar. During her presentation, Abbott discussed public perception of risk, risk assessment and analysis, and how risk assessment is used in public policymaking. She also used case scenarios to highlight the importance of looking at all facets of an issue in order to create a valuable risk assessment. Abbott is the daughter of Gold Coast Chapter member LeRoy Abbott, P.E., who received his ASSE 50 Year Crystal Award, certificate and lapel pin at the seminar.

Virginia-Based Chapters Partner With Driver Safety Group

Virginia’s Distracted Driving Awareness Day, developed by DRIVE SMART Virginia, is an opportunity to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving and inform people how to drive smart and safe. This year, all four ASSE Virginia-based Chapters—Colonial Virginia, Greater Tidewater, NOVA and Star Valley—signed on as partners of the event, which took place on April 30, as did several companies that learned of the program through each chapter’s outreach efforts.

Youth Rules! Rally Educates 350 Teens About Workplace Safety

Teens at the Youth Rules! Rally, Career and Job Fair learn about workplace danger zones and how to stay safe on the job.

The fifth annual Youth Rules! Rally, Job and Career Fair took place on April 19 in Houston, TX. This event provides young people (ages 16 to 21) with opportunities to learn about workplace safety and health and to apply for jobs with local employers. Youth Rules! is hosted by U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, OSHA, ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter, the Gulf Coast Safety Institute and the City of Houston.

ASSE's Gulf Coast Chapter sponsored the Youth Rules! Rally, Career and Job Fair, warmly welcoming 350 teens who are about to enter the workforce.

With the goal of promoting safe environments for teens about to enter the workforce, real-life situations were displayed in exhibits to educate participants about six danger zones in the workplace, such as fall protection and kitchen equipment. According to Cindy Lewis, ASSE member and cochair of the rally, five of the danger zones represent areas considered to be hazardous operations under child labor laws, or areas where teens have been killed or severely injured. The sixth danger zone—the graveyard—is included to caution teens about the consequences of not understanding their rights and responsibilities regarding workplace safety.

“Teens don’t often think of safety when they step into their first job, but they should,” Lewis says. According to Lewis, 70 teens are killed on the job each year, and 210,000 end up with workplace injuries.

Twenty employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities attended the rally, providing key safety tips, labor law information and employment opportunities.

“The rally continues to be a success because we are able to get safety and health information out to the teens who are currently looking for summer and part-time employment,” Lewis concludes.  


Member News

LeRoy Abbott, P.E.

50 Years & Counting

This month highlights LeRoy Abbott, P.E., who recently celebrated his 50th year as an ASSE member. Abbott is a professional member of the Gold Coast Chapter.

In Metal Hook Investigation, Member Shares Expertise

In an investigative story on the dangers of retail store display metal hooks, Terry Grisim, CSP, ARM, CPSM, was called upon to share his safety knowledge. The CBS2 Chicago and Naperville Sun investigation, which began in January, has revealed more than 50 cases of hook injuries at various stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. During his interview, Grisim, a professional member of the Greater Chicago Chapter and president of Safety Management Consultants Inc., noted that no specific national database of customer accidents is kept, so there is no way to tell exactly how many of these types of injuries exist. He recommends that stores follow specific guidelines when using display hooks and switch to using hooks that curve upward with a rubber coating at the end. “The solution is not elaborate or extravagant. It’s just a matter of using a different kind of hook,” Grisim says.

According to CBS2/Naperville Sun, Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard has proposed a law that will protect shoppers from the metal hooks that are still in place. Reportedly, he hopes to have something passed and in place by next year. 

SPY Awards Presented to Two Dedicated ASSE Members

Central Florida member Kelly Bernish accepts Central Florida Chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award.

The Central Florida Chapter and the Orange County Chapter recently awarded their chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards to ASSE members Kelly Bernish and Georgette Quinn.

OCASSE member Georgette Quinn accepts the OCASSE Chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award.

Kelly Bernish, a former president of the Central Florida Chapter, is director, environmental, health and safety, Orlando Parks Group, for Sea World of Florida. Among her many accomplishments, Bernish helped found the ASSE Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group. She also is a member of ASSE’s Diversity Committee, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Safety & Maintenance, and the United Safety Council. She is a member of the American Standards for Testing and Materials F24 Committee, Alliance for Central Florida Safety, Leadership Orlando Alumni, Risk and Insurance Management Society, and Florida Executive Women.

Georgette Quinn of the Orange Country Chapter (OCASSE) is environmental health and safety coordinator with Nutrilite in Buena Park, CA. An active member of the safety and health community, Quinn serves as a member of her Community Emergency Response Team and is Chapter Tresurer of OCASSE. She has also worked to bring training workshops to other safety professionals through professional development conferences.

Kraemer Named MSU 2008 Distinguished Professor

David Kraemer, Ph.D.

David Kraemer, Ph.D., a professor of occupational safety and health at Murray State University (MSU), a professional member of ASSE’s Purchase Area Chapter and a trustee for the ASSE Foundation, has been selected as the 2008 Distinguished Professor by the MSU Alumni Association.

“Dave Kraemer is a phenomenal teacher and mentor for faculty and students,” says Corky Broughton, dean of the MSU College of Health Sciences & Human Services. “He is a well-deserving professor who continues to make MSU a great place to receive an education.”

Adds 2006 MSU graduate Michael Brown, “His determination to heighten the success of each student is unparalleled and his dedication to the program is paramount. He has been a prominent influence in my life and continues to inspire students every day.”

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The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.


You Might Want to Know . . .

  • ASSE has begun the nominations and elections process for the 2009 Society elections. Members interested in being or nominating a candidate should contact ASSE’s Terry Wilkinson. Complete candidate packets must be postmarked by Aug. 15, 2008.

  • The ASSE Foundation page now features a convenient “Donate Online” button for making an online contribution.

  • Visit the Virtual Classroom to learn more about ASSE’s engaging online environment where safety professionals from around the world can share in the acquisition of knowledge and experiences. Take a quick tour or read the FAQs for complete information.