Vol. 12, No. 8

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ASSE Regions & Practice Specialties SPYs Announced at PDC

ASSE’s regions and practice specialties announced their respective Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards at Safety 2008. Recipients were chosen for their dedication and hard-working contributions made to the Society and the safety profession.

2008 Professional Paper Awards

Professional Paper Awards are given to ASSE-member authors whose articles have been published in Professional Safety. Each year, the top three articles are selected by ASSE’s Editorial Review Board. This year’s recipients are Roger C. Jensen, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, first place; Maureen Modica, CSP, CIH, second place; and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, third place. To review any of the articles, visit the Professional Safety archives.

NAOSH Week Champs Announced & Honored at PDC

ASSE recognized members for their efforts to promote NAOSH Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day in 2008. Eight NAOSH Week Champion Awards were given out to honor those who sponsored events at work and in their communities. The awards were announced at the annual ASSE House of Delegates meeting held at Safety 2008 in Las Vegas.

Johnson Receives ASSE’s First-Ever Diversity Award

Thomas Johnson (right) receives the Diversity in SH&E Award from 2007-08 ASSE President Mike Thompson.

During Safety 2008, ASSE presented its first-ever Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award to Thomas L. Johnson. Johnson, a professional member of ASSE’s Georgia Chapter and member of the Society’s Blacks in Safety common interest group, was recognized for his work on ASSE’s Diversity Committee and for his input on the “Diversity Through the Decades” poster created last year. Johnson is hazardous chemical programs manager with Georgia Department of Labor in Atlanta. The award recognizes an ASSE member for supporting diversity initiatives and Society membership.

“Thomas initiated the Diversity Committee’s ‘Diversity Through the Decades’ project,” explains Region I Vice President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, who recently completed her term as chair of the Diversity Committee. “It was his idea to develop a historic timeline illustrating safety and health pioneers.” This timeline was molded into a PowerPoint presentation that eventually evolved into the “Diversity Through the Decades” poster. “Thomas’s efforts provoked an increase in diversity awareness,” Norris says. “The result was an increased focus on our diverse membership and its rich history through multimedia promotional materials, and the formation of new common interest groups like Blacks in Safety.”

Johnson adds, “Diversity is important to the SH&E field because it is a universal profession. ASSE is the one organization that can promote diversity in safety because it embodies the individuals who are responsible for protecting people, property and the environment.” Johnson ranks the award as his highest career honor.

New ASSE Award Honors Excellence in Standards Development

Randall Wingfield, Thomas F. Bresnahan SH&E Standards Medal recipient.

At Safety 2008’s Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) Awards Luncheon, Randall Wingfield was presented with ASSE’s new award, the Thomas F. Bresnahan SH&E Standards Medal. ASSE CoPS Vice President James Smith, CSP, says Wingfield was chosen for his commitment to standards development and his stellar efforts as chair of the Z359 Fall Protection Code Committee. “Randy’s time commitment and dedication has allowed the Z359 Committee to move its standards development efforts forward,” Smith says.

Wingfield, president of Gravitec Systems Inc. and a Puget Sound Chapter member, has donated hundreds of company-staff hours to provide technical and creative support for the Z359 Code, which includes helping create the figures and artwork used in the code.

The new award honors Bresnahan, who is a highly regarded and respected retired ASSE staff member and ASSE Fellow. According to CoPS, Bresnahan reinvigorated the ASSE standards development program and helped position ASSE for future growth in this area.


More News

New Human Resources Branch Seeking Members & Leaders

As more SH&E professionals take on human resources (HR) responsibilities, and as the number of HR professionals with safety responsibilities increases, ASSE’s CoPS recently approved a new HR Branch, under the Management Practice Specialty. The branch will allow SH&E and HR professionals to network and take advantage of training and educational opportunities. If interested in becoming a member or leader of the branch, contact Chris Gates, Management Practice Specialty Administrator.

ASSE President Brown Represents Society at World Safety Conference

2008-09 ASSE President Warren Brown attends XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

2008-09 Society President Warren Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, addressed attendees during the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which was held June 29 to July 2 in Seoul, Korea. The congress, which meets every 3 years, is the largest international event of its kind and focuses on the current state of workplace safety and global efforts to improve it.

Brown’s presentation focused on competencies needed to address workplace safety and health challenges—challenges that unite SH&E professionals worldwide. “Our cultures, languages and governments may differ, but the desire for excellent SH&E performance transcends these differences—applying to all people, businesses and organizations,” he said. He also called on attendees to find ways to help countries just beginning to address occupational safety and health. “We need to communicate, work with them and show them best practices—this helps us all on the global stage.”

Brown also noted that, as more countries seek to improve workplace safety, the demand for SH&E professionals will continue to grow, and that ASSE is a resource for the future. “ASSE will continue to join with you and others to be not only a key resource for providing the framework for safety professionals but as a guide to the competencies needed for the future ahead,” he said.

CNA Insurance to Host ASSE Loss Control Symposium in Chicago

Focusing on the emerging trends and opportunities within the loss control profession, ASSE will present The Loss Control Experience Symposium hosted by CNA Insurance at its headquarters in Chicago on Oct. 7-8.

Topics include potential exposures associated with emerging issues and technologies; trends and forecasts within the global marketplace; best practices; real-world case studies on risk financing methods; and techniques to build relationships and influence management and operational effectiveness.

Concurrent sessions will cover communication skills for the loss control professional, the critical decision-making process, Web 2.0, safety considerations for unique populations, the global marketplace, panel discussions and more.

Sessions will be led by well-known industry leaders such as Naveen Anand and Bill Boyd of CNA Insurance; Rick Pollock, president and founder of Comprehensive Loss Management; and Linda Tapp, president of Crown Safety.

2007-08 Membership Recruitment Challenge Winners Announced

ASSE has announced the winners of the 2007-08 Membership Recruitment Challenge, which recognizes members who sponsored the most new full members between April 2007 and June 2008. The grand prize winner, chosen from a random drawing of all participants, won a trip for two to Mexico, valued at $5,000. The top three recruiters won cash prizes.

Grand Prize:

Top Recruiters:

  • First Place: 92 members
    Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, RSP, Kuwait Oil Co. - Kuwait Chapter

  • Second place: 26 members
    Felix E.K. Nakpodia, Feknak Safety Advisers - Nigeria Chapter

  • Third place: 25 members
    Mohammed M. Ansari, Petrochemical Industries Co. - Kuwait Chapter

Rounding out the top 10 recruiters:

  • David L. Bellmont, CSP, ARM, CPCU
  • Parasuraman Sriramolu
  • Mohammed Osman
  • Darryl C. Hill, CSP
  • Gene Barfield, CSP
  • Dave J. Mahesjkumar
  • Mohammad K. Sunthan Mohiuddeen


Chapter & Member News

Middle East Chapter Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Jitendra Patel (right), presents a plaque to MEC President Abdullah M. Al-Ghamdi, congratulating the MEC on behalf of ASSE's Arizona Chapter.

Over the past 25 years, ASSE’s Middle East Chapter (MEC) has had many accomplishments—one being the first international ASSE chapter—and successful campaigns covering topics such as drug abuse, driving safety, home safety, child safety and more. Nearly 130 chapter members and other safety professionals met in Bahrain in early July to commemorate 25 years as the MEC. The celebration incorporated a professional development symposium and the installation of the chapter’s new officers.

Jitendra Patel, CPEA, an emeritus professional member of the Arizona Chapter, was on hand to speak of the chapter’s history. Patel, a founding member of the chapter, noted MEC began hosting smaller symposia and joint conferences in the early 1980s and has grown immensely since then, having hosted its eighth PDC in February 2008 in Bahrain. The successful conference boasted a record-breaking attendance of 750 delegates, and provided 60 technical presentations and 17 preconference workshops.

In addition to recognizing past presidents and conference steering committee chairs, Patel conveyed messages from Mike Thompson, CSP, 2007-08 president, and Jack Fearing, International Practice Specialty Administrator, who congratulated MEC for completing an active, productive 25 years. The Arizona Chapter, MEC’s alliance partner, also expressed congratulations and wishes for continued growth and excellence.

Middle Tennessee Chapter Announces 2008 Scholarship Winners

From left: ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter Past President Ron Kirsch, Treasurer David Brooks and President Anthony Carter present a $2,000 scholarship to Trevor Harper of Murray State University, (third from left).

ASSE’s Middle Tennessee Chapter presented $2,000 scholarships to Shameka Dial of Hazel, KY, and Trevor Harper and Robert Hobson of Murray, KY. They received their awards at the annual Tennessee Safety & Health Congress at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

The recipients are students at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dial and Hobson are pursuing undergraduate degrees in occupational safety and health. Hobson also received the Middle Tennessee Chapter’s Harold F. Polston Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation last month in Las Vegas during Safety 2008. Harper will enter a master’s degree program in industrial hygiene this fall.

“Each recipient met the high academic and eligibility requirements along with excelling in a challenging curriculum of occupational safety and health,” says Ron Kirsch, Ph.D., Chair of the Middle Tennessee Chapter Scholarship Committee. “On behalf of the scholarship committee, congratulations to the winners.”

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