Joseph A. Fulliero II, of Tyngsboro, MA, planned and implemented the Greater Boston Chapter’s NAOSH Week activities. He worked with Senator Bryan Joyce and Governor Deval Patrick to obtain gubernatorial and senatorial proclamations recognizing NAOSH Week and OSHP Day and pledging a commitment to safety and health. Fulliero also set up and ran the first-ever Safety Day at the Massachusetts State House, where officials from several safety organizations hosted booths to inform the public about safety. According to Fulliero, NAOSH Week is valuable to the community because many people are not aware of SH&E issues and NAOSH Week helps get the message out.
Donald L. Legg, P.E., of Double Oak, TX, director of Bell Helicopter Textron Environmental Health and Safety, spearheaded NAOSH Week activities at Bell by providing continuous support. Described by his coworkers as an enthusiastic supporter and the voice of the employee to corporate management, his efforts resulted in increased interaction with employees on safety at work and at home. To promote NAOSH Week, Bell held a week-long safety event for all 5,000 employees that included PPE displays, safety contests and a visit from the senior manager at every production facility in the Fort Worth area to discuss the importance of safety. In addition, Legg handed out safety flashlights, provided an ice cream social to thank employees for their efforts and hosted a breakfast for 250 employees to discuss safety issues at Bell. According to Legg, the most rewarding part of NAOSH Week is the positive response from employees and the favorable impact on workplace injuries.
At the suggestion of Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Timothy W. McDaniel, CIH, CHMM, of Springfield, OH, Navistar donated NAOSH Week tote bags and safety flashlights for hundreds of participants at the annual NAOSH Week kick-off held Monday, May 5, in Washington, DC. The bags were given to the children who entered ASSE’s 6th Annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest and their families, ASSE members, federal officials, and members of 70 other industry trade associations that support safety professionals and NAOSH Week. “Everyone needs to be reminded about the need to think and act safely,” McDaniel says. “[NAOSH Week] provides another opportunity and begins to instill in young people the concepts of safety.”
Amy Stewart of Columbus, OH, sponsored several school children in ASSE’s Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest this year and in 2007. This not only raised awareness of workplace safety in the local community and schools, but also increased local member participation in NAOSH Week. In 2007, one of the children she sponsored won first place in his age group. To assist him and his family, Stewart and the Columbus ASSE Chapter rallied members for donations to help them travel to Washington, DC, for the poster contest award events. ASSE members from around the U.S. donated funds for this effort.
Catreana L. Bennett, director of the OSU-OKC Precision Driving Training Center, coordinated the annual Oklahoma State University and ASSE Oklahoma City Chapter Family Health and Safety Day event during NAOSH Week. Due to its success in reaching out to the community, Oklahoma State University declared it an annual event. The event features occupational safety and health vendors, sponsors and exhibitors. In 2007, more than 1300 parents and children attended the event.
Phillip E. Goldsmith, CSP, ARM, deputy chief for risk management for the National Gallery of Art, was recognized for arranging a special tour of the National Gallery of Art and an art education session for the winners and entrants of ASSE’s Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest and their families who traveled to Washington, DC for the NAOSH Week events. Five gallery employees who hold art and museum degrees taught the educational session.
The New Jersey Chapter, led by President Nazer Ali and President-Elect Kristen Kelley, received an award for its ongoing support of NAOSH Week. This year, more kids’ posters were submitted from the state of New Jersey than any other state in the U.S. Chapter members also used the ASSE Safety Suitcase to teach children from the Mountain View School in Mount Olive Township about safety. All chapter members contributed to this success, with help from Frank Gesualdo, Alex Ruiz, Jack Fearing, Gina Mayer-Costa, Bob Sagendorf, Hector Santiago, Daniel Rollino, Rita Oleas, Bill Flaherty, John Kraynanski, Mary Bell, Stan Bell, Joe Del Greco, Charlie Morgan, Rob Weissman, Barry Weissman, Brian Connell, Joanne Kreisberg and Joseph Schwed.
Region III was honored for sponsoring the second NAOSH Week brunch for the ASSE Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest winners, entrants and their families. This year the brunch was held at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Region III Vice President Greg Smith and Region III Treasurer and Gulf Coast Chapter President-Elect Cindy Lewis accepted the award.