Vol. 12, No. 7

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Emory Knowles Receives SPY Award in Las Vegas

In recognition of his continued efforts to enhance workplace safety and health, ASSE named Emory Knowles III, CSP, CIH, of Baltimore the 2008 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). Knowles received the SPY Award on June 11 at Safety 2008. The annual SPY Award is given to the most outstanding ASSE member for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational safety, health and environmental field.

Charles V. Culbertson Awards Honor Members’ Volunteerism

At the recent Safety 2008 conference, seven members received the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes select Board members, national committee members or practice specialty officers who have helped advance the safety profession through outstanding volunteer service to ASSE. This year’s recipients are: Doug Cook; Trish Ennis; Joseph Feldstein; Joel Haight; Lynne Seville; Christine Sullivan; Randy Wingfield.

Thompson Presents Nine President’s Awards

ASSE 2007-08 President Mike Thompson, CSP, recognized nine individuals whose exceptional service advanced the Society and its mission during his term as president. The President’s Award is presented for a singular achievement, but can recognize dedication to a series of issues that bring national exposure to ASSE and its mission.

“Once a year at the annual House of Delegates meeting, the Society President has an opportunity to reflect and comment upon innumerable positive activities and contributions,” says Thompson. “Our members and professional ASSE staff continue to clearly demonstrate ‘service above self’ for the benefit of our SH&E profession and customers, and I thank them for this.

“Identifying individuals to recognize this year is especially challenging because there are so many deserving individuals,” he continues. “Upon reflection, I chose individuals from across this global Society who have sustained exceptional service to the Society for years, and whose actions have shaped the global journey ASSE is on. I am proud of these individuals and recognize them for their commitment, leadership and service to our Society.”

Past President Oldendorf Receives Award From ASSE Foundation

ASSE Foundation's Cindy Roth presents the Distinguished Service Award to Larry Oldendorf.

Larry Oldendorf, P.E., a Society Fellow and a past ASSE president, recently received the ASSE Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, commitment to and support of the Foundation.

“It is truly my honor and privilege to give this award to Larry,” says ASSE Foundation Chair Cynthia Roth, COHN. “While serving as research chair for the ASSE Foundation, he helped craft and launch the Foundation’s research program by developing an application and review process that provides researchers with a vehicle to share their results with the ASSE membership.” Through the program, which remains in place today, the Foundation has published several studies in Professional Safety and on the Foundation’s website. According to Roth, Oldendorf also helped develop the criteria for the Liberty Mutual Fellowship program, which to date has awarded 14 fellowships totaling more than $100,000.

Oldendorf has been a volunteer leader with ASSE for more than 40 years. During his career, he chaired the Standards Development, Government Affairs, and Technical and Professional Recognition committees. He also served on the ASSE Foundation Board of Trustees as vice chair and was the Foundation’s research chair for 6 years. Currently, Oldendorf is a professional member emeritus of the Greater Chicago Chapter and he continues to serve on the Foundation Research Committee. Oldendorf is president of Fire & Safety Engineering Services in Burbank, IL.

Chapters of the Year, Outstanding Student Section Announced at PDC

ASSE’s Chapter of the Year Awards are given to three chapters (small, medium and large in size) which have provided quality programs designed to advance the professional growth of their members, support the mission and vision of ASSE, and make a positive impact in their communities. This year’s recipients are the South Carolina Chapter (small), the Greater Chicago Chapter (medium) and the Greater Boston Chapter (large). Each chapter received a $1,000 award, a $500 stipend to send a chapter representative to the annual ASSE PDC to accept the award, a recognition plaque at ASSE headquarters and an award for the chapter president.

  • The South Carolina Chapter was recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps for its donation of bicycle safety helmets as part of the Toys for Tots program. The chapter also established a memorial fund for the families of the nine firefighters from Charleston, SC, who were killed in the line of duty on June 18, 2007.

  • The Greater Chicago Chapter honored members with ASSE long service awards, which included one member with more than 50 years’ membership and several members with 25 years of service. The chapter also hosted many technical presentations during its monthly meetings.

  • The Greater Boston Chapter was honored for hosting events such as a joint meeting with AIHA’s New England Section. In addition, the chapter showed continued support to the ASSE Foundation by donating funds—generated by the chapter’s annual golf outing—toward scholarships and professional development grants.

Student Section President Melissa Seay accepts the Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award on behalf of Murray State University.

ASSE’s Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award is given to the section that makes the most significant contribution to safety education and research each year. This year’s award went to the Murray State University (MSU) Student Section of the Purchase Area Chapter. Section President Melissa Seay was in Las Vegas to accept the award. “I feel our greatest accomplishment as a student section was being able to help our community and university,” says Seay. “I would like to thank ASSE for choosing MSU for this award. It’s great to see a professional organization so devoted to helping young safety professionals.” Mine Safety Appliances Co. sponsored this year’s award.


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ASSE Foundation Thrives at PDC

ASSE chapters and regions, individual members and organizations made monetary donations, totaling more than $226,000, to the ASSE Foundation to help support education and research in the SH&E field. In addition, the Foundation’s silent auction raised nearly $9,500, while the golf outing raised more than $16,000.

ASSE Renews Alliances With Key Government Agencies

From left: OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke, ASSE President Mike Thompson and NIOSH Director John Howard prepare to sign alliance documents during Safety 2008 as panel moderator Rick Pollock looks on.

During Safety 2008, ASSE renewed its alliances with OSHA and NIOSH. The agreements were signed following a panel discussion featuring OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. and NIOSH Director John Howard.

The OSHA/ASSE alliance will continue to focus on ergonomic hazards, musculoskeletal disorders and motor vehicle safety. The two groups will also address issues affecting non-English-speaking and young employees, and will continue to promote North American Occupational Safety and Health Week each year. “ASSE greatly values the positive relationships and resources for our members and others that have grown out of our alliance with OSHA,” says 2007-08 ASSE President Michael Thompson, CSP. “The alliance program has resulted in a more open OSHA that has honed its ability to reach out to our members and their employers.”

ASSE will work with NIOSH to advance worker protection, promote best practices, and encourage employers to implement safety and health management programs and effective prevention strategies. Outreach, communication and professional development opportunities will continue to be key goals of the partnership. “This agreement signals a significantly increased understanding between ASSE and NIOSH of the valued relationship between the work our members do every day and the research and educational opportunities that NIOSH offers,” Thompson says.

Upcoming Webinars: The Audit Report & Web 2.0

ASSE’s webinar series combines the benefits of instructor-led training with the advantages of convenient and accessible online delivery. Two webinars are scheduled during July: Methods for Auditing Health and Safety Programs: The Audit Report; and Web 2.0 and the SH&E Professional: Using Second Life to Create Immersive Learning Experiences.

Part of developing an SH&E program is performing an assessment or audit. Join fellow SH&E professionals in a virtual classroom event on the audit report, Methods for Auditing Health and Safety Programs: The Audit Report, which will take place Wednesday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT. Led by Paul Esposito, CSP, CIH, CPEA, the webinar will detail the process for creating the report and examine simple ways to get better results. Additional topics include writing evaluation criteria, findings and recommendations.

In this era of tighter budgets and greater accessibility to virtual learning, SH&E professionals can now deliver the next generation of safety training. In Web 2.0 and the SH&E Professional: Using Second Life to Create Immersive Learning Experiences, to be held Wednesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT, Ramesh Ramloll, assistant professor of Idaho State’s Play2Train group, and ASSE’s Dan McNeill will discuss virtual worlds such as Second Life and explore the possibilities they offer to the SH&E profession. Participants will learn what Second Life is, how it works and how it is being used today.

For more information about ASSE webinars, contact Dan McNeill, ASSE’s manager, education development, or call (847) 768-3437.

Florida Governor Signs Bill Addressing Government Worker Safety

On June 10, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into law a bill, championed by ASSE, aimed at improving the safety of state, county and municipal workers who are currently not protected under federal OSHA standards. The bill, HB 967, will give public-sector workers the same protection that private-sector workers are guaranteed by law. In Florida, it is estimated that there are 195,968 state government employees and 782,242 local government employees. ASSE has been working to provide all public-sector workers with occupational safety and health coverage.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach) and Representative Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), creates a 15-member task force that will make recommendations to determine how best to provide occupational safety and health coverage to Florida’s government workers. The task force’s report will be submitted by Jan. 1, 2009.

“We are confident that this task force will make sure Florida’s taxpayers are similarly well served. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves to help find a way to provide our state’s public servants the same coverage every other Floridian enjoys. It’s just the right thing to do,” says Florida native Edwin Granberry Jr., ASSE Region IV vice president for government affairs. Granberry helped lead member efforts to pass this legislation.

According to ASSE, the urgency for this legislation grew out of concerns for government worker safety following the 2006 explosion at the Daytona Beach municipal water treatment plant that killed two city workers and severely injured another. An investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board found Florida’s lack of required occupational safety and health coverage for its public-sector employees was a cause of the workers' deaths.

Two SH&E Students Receive Liberty Mutual Research Fellowships

The ASSE Foundation recently awarded the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship to Lauren Murphy of Portland State University and David Kidd of George Mason University. The fellowship is a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety that encourages research activity and lays the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue applied research projects.

The ASSE Foundation named Lauren Murphy a recipient of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship.

Murphy will research the effects of social modeling on safety behavior, specifically whether participants wear PPE when they are not told to do so. Murphy says that this has not been examined before and she hopes to develop a conceptual model that could guide future research in the area. Murphy has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Research Fellow David Kidd will study distracted driving performance.

Kidd’s research project is focused on the changes in drivers’ perceptions of their own distracted driving performances, how that perception differs from their actual performance, and their ability to adapt to distractions over time. Kidd has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology/Human Factors and Applied Cognition.

“I believe work safety is of great concern, especially when you consider the thousands of injuries and the hundreds of deaths that occur each year because of workplace incidents,” Murphy says. “I am honored to have received the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship. There is a lot that can be done in the field of safety, and with Liberty Mutual bringing together different people from different disciplines, there is a lot that has been accomplished and that can be continued in the future to make workplaces safer for everyone.”

Fellows will spend 4 to 6 weeks this summer at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Chapter & Member News

Hawaii Chapter Hosts Successful Conference

From left: 2007-08 ASSE President Mike Thompson, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Region I Vice President Terrie Norris.

ASSE’s Hawaii Chapter recently sponsored the 10th Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference in Honolulu. The event drew more than 435 attendees and 97 exhibitors. The conference offered more than 60 breakout sessions as well as several general sessions. Dignitaries in attendance include 2007-08 ASSE President Mike Thompson, who spoke to attendees about the benefits of ASSE membership; Region I Vice President Terrie Norris; State Director of Labor and Industrial Resources Darwin Ching; Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Operations Manager James Dumlao; and OSHA Region IX Assistant Regional Administrator Alan Traenkner.

Attendees visit with one of the many exhibitors at the Pac-Rim Safety and Health Conference.

As part of the events, Thompson, Norris, Hawaii Chapter member Allan Yokoyama and Chapter President Neil Yamamoto met with Governor Linda Lingle, Ching and Dumlao to discuss ways the state and ASSE can work together to provide a safer Hawaii. There was also a meeting and brainstorming session with the Pacific Resource Partnership (part of the Hawaii Carpenters Union) to discuss how ASSE and the union can work together to promote safety in the construction industry and increase the number of safety classes offered by the local university system.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.

Long-Service Recognition

These members are recognized for 25, 40 and 50 years of service to ASSE. Thank you for supporting the Society and the SH&E profession.


You Might Want to Know . . .

  • Save the date for SeminarFest 2009, which will be held Feb. 8-14 in Las Vegas, NV. The week-long event will feature more than 50 seminars on SH&E topics.

  • Check out highlights from the Safety 2008 Video Blog and find out what attendees thought of the experience.

  • Mark your calendars for the Loss Control Experience Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 7-8 in Chicago.

  • Students, have you ever applied for an ASSE Foundation Scholarship? Take the online poll today.

  • Share your latest news, accomplishments and activities with fellow ASSE members. Submit your Society Update items to Cathy Wegener.