On Jan. 1, 2009, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) will begin to phase out the current editions of the two examinations leading to the CSP credential. According to BCSP, the exams have been updated to better reflect what safety professionals need to know and the skills required for the tasks and functions of today’s practice. To take an exam based on the current blueprint, you must register and purchase a BCSP exam before Jan. 1, 2009. Any exams registered for/purchased on or after that date will be based on the new blueprint. Updated versions of ASSE’s ASP and CSP Study Guides on CD-ROM and CSP Study Guide will be available in the near future.
As an ASSE member, you know the rewards of membership. Now is a great time to help your colleagues share in those rewards by sponsoring them to join ASSE. If you recruit one new member by Jan. 31, 2009, you will be eligible to win a $100 ASSE gift certificate. Recruit three new members by Feb. 28, 2009, and you’ll be eligible to win a $1,000 American Express gift card and a $100 ASSE gift certificate. Recruit four or more new members by March 31, 2009, and you could win a $1,500 American Express gift card and a $100 ASSE gift certificate. The member who recruits the most new members by March 31, 2009, will receive a free registration to Safety 2009 in San Antonio, TX.
ASSE is now offering a special package of A10 crane safety standards to help SH&E professionals conduct safe crane operations. The A10 Crane Safety Standards Package includes five standards covering all aspects of crane safety, from scaffolding and work platforms to digger derricks and rigging.
The package includes the following standards:
Available in hard copy or electronic edition, the package is priced $60 below the cost of purchasing the standards individually.
In a recent speech to Oklahoma State University students, ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, emphasized that despite a difficult economy, the investment in safety should not falter, but be a steady contribution to a great working environment. “It’s a new day. Today we are faced with a worldwide financial crisis, a new administration, a 24/7 news delivery system, an always changing global marketplaceone where we need to stay abreast of all workplace safety issues and standards worldwide,” Brown said.
Brown outlined how to convince corporate-level managers that investing in safety is good business and stressed to the students that taking business and financial courses is an effective way to learn how to work within corporate governance and understand the positive effect that workplace safety and health systems have on the bottom line. He also stated that SH&E professionals help keep a company’s reputation intact.
“You will find that our role continues to garner corporate respect and build value. Yet, we need you to help remind business of the value of the safety professional in not only saving lives and preventing injuries, but also in contributing positively to their bottom line and keeping their positive reputation in place,” he said. “Business success and sustainability have become increasingly dependent on reputation and we, as safety professionals, have a direct impact on that.”
ASSE’s annual SeminarFest is scheduled for Feb. 8-14, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s event offers 50 seminars on technical, management and skill development topics. Participants may register for seminars and earn up to 5.1 CEUs/COCs or 7.0 CM points. Networking opportunities include an opening day reception, three complimentary lunches and two luncheon presentations.
ASSE members can access and download full issues of Professional Safety in ASSE’s Members Only section. Simply log on using your member number and last name, agree to the usage terms, then select the Professional Safety Journal link along the left-hand side of the page. This will take you to the journal’s archive page, where you will find links to PDFs of all issues since 2005. You will also find a link to the searchable online article archive, from which members can download individual articles published since 2000 for free.
On Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST, ASSE will host a special live webcast, OSHA in a New Presidential Administration with John Henshaw and John Howard. From their unique perspectives and experience as federal safety and health leaders, Henshaw, a former OSHA administrator, and Howard, former director of NIOSH, will discuss possible new directions for OSHA and the potential impact of changes on the practice of safety.
On Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST, Carmen Daecher, chair of the ANSI Z15 Accredited Standards Committee on Safety Requirements for Motor Vehicle Operations, and Bill Hinderks, vice chair of the Z15.1 Committee, will present Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, in which they will discuss the scope of the ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2006 standard and how it applies to an overall, integrated risk management program. The webinar will present examples of behavioral practices that may lead to motor vehicle incidents, and share best practices and success stories. Each webinar offers CEUs and includes a link to allow registered participants to download a recorded version of the event.
A record number of students were on hand for this year’s Future Safety Leaders Conference, held Nov. 6-8 in Louisville, KY. The 197 attendees came from 22 states and represented 33 different schools.
Despite the troubled economy, most were optimistic about their futures in the profession, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors. They also expect the green movement to provide career opportunities, especially as the renewable energy and bio-fuel industries expand, and as more companies seek LEED certifications for their buildings. Ergonomics, workers’ compensation and legal liability concerns will also continue to drive demand for SH&E professionals, they believe, as will fleet safety and public safety.
Along with sharing their hopes for the future, attendees reflected on the value of the occupational SH&E profession. “I decided to study SH&E because I like change and in the field of safety things are always changing,” said Jennifer Olson, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a member of the university’s ASSE student section. “I am also passionate about the environment, I like to resolve conflict and I care about people. This is why I decided to become an SH&E professional.”
In the August 2008 issue of its monthly newsletter, ASSE’s San Francisco Chapter remembered the late Homer K. Lambie, an emeritus professional member of the chapter who passed away in Oct. 2007. Lambie was a long-time advocate for occupational safety and health who invested more than 70 years in the profession. His safety career began when, as a bus driver for Key System Transit, he was put in charge of safety programs for drivers. He would later become corporate safety director for Kaiser Aluminum, a position he held for more than 30 years. While with Kaiser, he helped to develop the K-5 system, a simple five-step process for planning and conducting effective meetings. Richard Lack, an emeritus professional member of ASSE’s Colorado Chapter and an ASSE Fellow, says Lambie had a tremendous impact on his career. “I can honestly say I literally learned my trade from Homer and I consider him one of the greatest safety teachers of our time.”
Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM) recently reelected Karen Rider, CHMM, as an at-large director on its board. A professional member of the West Florida Chapter, Rider is also a member of the Environmental Practice Specialty. As environmental manager for Trademark Metals Recycling LLC in Tampa, FL, Rider has more than 24 years’ professional experience in the environmental consulting and regulatory field in public health, hazardous materials and waste, environmental regulatory compliance and industrial hygiene. Rider, who is currently an at-large director on the ACHMM Board, will continue to serve in that capacity for 3 years when her new term begins Jan. 1.
Jerry Rivera, a member of ASSE’s National Capital Chapter, recently joined the national staff of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as director of safety. In this role, Rivera will oversee the development of NECA’s electrical safety resources, and liaison with member companies and regulatory organizations to help create electrical safety programs. Prior to this, Rivera was safety manager for B&I Contractors, an electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractor; and regional safety manager for Pulte Homes, a southwest Florida residential developer.
Rivera holds a diploma in electrical engineering from Liceo Arte y Tecnología, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and a B.A. in Management from Inter American University, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Rivera has published several articles on safety topics, and is a certified OSHA Outreach Instructor.
“NECA and the entire electrical construction industry will benefit from Jerry’s experience, interests and efforts in safety programs for contractors and workers,” says Michael Johnston, NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. “He is keenly interested in the health and welfare of people in general. Jerry brings great enthusiasm, ideas and genuine concern about helping make a difference in NECA’s continuous positive approach to worker safety and electrical contractor safety programs and practices.”
The New Jersey Chapter kicked off its annual toy drive in early November to help the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which benefits needy children in the central New Jersey area communities. “The important thing is that we are local people helping local families,” ASSE past president Bob Sagendorf says. “We will be seeking donations at our chapter meetings and through other efforts. In the meantime we urge other organizations to do the same.”
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is one of the nation’s flagship charitable endeavors. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy children that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.
The upcoming Building a Successful Safety Culture Symposium—scheduled for Jan. 22-23, 2009—will highlight culture change initiatives in organizations such as Coors, Harley-Davidson and General Mills. Register today to discover their techniques.
To meet the need for specific customer imprinted safety and service awards, ASSE, along with Safety Promo, has created the ASSE Award Store.
Remember that all Practice Specialty Technical Publications will go digital starting Jan. 1, 2009.
Research fellowship applications for the summer 2009 ASSE Foundation Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program are due Feb. 1, 2009.
Submissions for the 7th Annual ASSE Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest are due Feb. 14, 2009. The theme for NAOSH Week 2009 is “Safety Means Always Coming Home.”
by Amanda Ripley
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why offers a compelling look at instinct and disaster response as it explores the psychology of fear and how it can save or destroy us. Using interviews with survivors of hotel fires, hostage situations, plane crashes and Sept. 11, 2001, author Amanda Ripley, an award-winning writer on homeland security, takes readers through the three stages of reaction to calamity: disbelief, deliberation and action. Her in-depth look at the psychology of disaster response, alongside survivors’ accounts, makes for gripping reading.