Vol. 13, No. 2
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ASSE Election Starts March 1

Look for your 2009 ASSE election ballot in the mail or in your e-mail in-box by March 1. This year, members will vote for senior vice president; vice president, professional affairs; and vice president, professional development. In addition, members in regions I, III, V and VII will vote for their respective vice presidents. Platform statements and candidate information will be available online March 1. Candidate bios are also featured in the February 2009 issue of Professional Safety. Votes must be received by March 31 to be counted.

Safety 2009: The Profession’s Premier Event

Register today for ASSE’s Safety 2009 Professional Development Conference and Exposition. The conference will be held June 28 - July 1 (Sunday through Wednesday). Each year, thousands of professionals choose ASSE’s annual conference—it offers the most extensive educational and networking opportunities in the profession.

Hosted in historical San Antonio, TX, Safety 2009 will feature more than 200 educational sessions to provide opportunities for attendees to learn from the successes of other organizations, understand the latest safety methodologies, and take away strategies that work in today’s workplaces. Key issue roundtables offer a chance for attendees to share their ideas and successes. Keynote/plenary session speakers will include Stuart Varney, business and financial journalist with Fox News, Tim Sanders, former Yahoo chief solutions officer, and speaker Chip Eichelberger. Other highlights will include the ASSE Foundation Golf Outing (June 28); Academic Forum (June 30); the 2009 Executive Summit Panel (July 1); a full selection of pre- and post-conference seminars; and an exposition showcasing the latest products and services. Several technical tours provide attendees an educational experience outside the meeting room.

ASSE Membership Update

Reward Yourself: 2008-09 Member-Get-a-Member Campaign
Reward yourself by participating in ASSE’s 2008-09 Member-Get-a-Member Campaign. By sponsoring a new ASSE member, you are sharing the benefits of ASSE with a peer, and helping to strengthen the Society by broadening its membership. Now you can reward yourself with a chance to win some valuable prizes. For each new member you sponsor, you increase your chance of winning. Recruit three new members by Feb. 28, 2009, and be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift card and a $100 ASSE gift certificate. Additional prizes will also be awarded, including a free registration to Safety 2009 in San Antonio, TX. Find out how to get started.

As an added bonus, during the month of February, new applicants can take $20 off of the standard $25 membership application fee with a web coupon. All applicants using the coupon will be entered into a drawing for a $50 ASSE gift certificate.

ASSE Announces Top Student-Member Recruiters
In other membership news, ASSE recently announced the top student-member recruiters for 2008. The Society would like to congratulate top recruiter, Matthew Kennedy, of the Northeastern Illinois University (NIU) Student Section, part of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter. Top recruiters received a $100 Amazon gift card, and top student sections received $250. Here are ASSE’s top student-member recruiters.

ASSE members who recruited the most ASSE student members:

Faculty advisors who recruited the most ASSE student members:

Student section with 25 or more members:

Student section with 24 or fewer members:

 

More News

ASSE to Host Virtual Symposium on Best-in-Class Safety Management

From April 20-24, ASSE will conduct its first-ever virtual symposium on Best-in-Class Safety Management: U.S. and International Best Practices. Breaking down travel barriers, this week-long ASSE symposium will bring together an international audience of speakers and attendees to learn about the latest trends and practices in safety management. Scheduled speakers include John Howard, former director of NIOSH, who will address management and leadership thinking; Tom Krause, who will focus on safety best practices and the organization’s ability to execute them successfully; and Frank White, who will look at worker safety and health and the expectations of the Obama Administration.

As a registrant, you will participate in live webcasts at scheduled times throughout the week. During these live webcasts, you will be able to view the speakers’ session and ask live questions. And, if you miss a session, you will be able to view a recording at a later date.

“The entire virtual symposium will be built around an easy-to-use online social networking tool, designed specifically for this event,” explains Dan McNeill, ASSE’s manager of education development. “With it, attendees will be able to attend the live webcasts, view the recordings of the sessions, view session materials, network with their peers and communicate with the symposium speakers.” Watch the quick tour video to learn more.

Regional Government Affairs Leaders

Region I: Bob Howarth; John Steele
Region II: Ernie Harper
Region III: Bill Propes
Region IV: Frank Lakotich
Region V: Don Cooper
Region VI: Gary Barger
Region VIII: Bob Coffey

Get Involved in Government Affairs

ASSE staff recently held a conference call with regional government affairs leaders to discuss how to increase member involvement in state government affairs. During the call, these leaders expressed their dedication to providing support to chapters interested in pursuing legislation of interest in their state and/or region. To improve chapter advocacy efforts, ASSE is developing several resources, including a new government affairs website with a “Tools for Advocacy” section that will help chapter members select how they want to get involved, and an updated list of chapter government affairs chairs that will facilitate coalitions among chapters in the same state and region. With a new President, Congress and state legislators, now is a great time to get involved in ASSE’s Government Affairs.

ASSE Supports SPE Americas E&P Conference

The SPE Americas E&P Environmental and Safety Conference is a forum for oil and gas industry professionals to discuss the ever-growing challenges in environmental and safety performance. The conference, scheduled for March 23-25 in San Antonio, TX, will cover topics such as drilling, cultural awareness, social responsibility, legislation and regulation, water, SH&E management and facilities. It will also explore the latest technological developments and regulations driving current practices through keynote speakers, technical sessions, panel discussions and exhibits. Supporting organizations include ASSE, Gulf Coast Safety & Training Group and the Gulf Coast Environmental Affairs Group.

ASSE PR Committee Puts SH&E Professionals First

ASSE’s Public Relations (PR) Committee serves as a key resource and helps the ASSE PR department identify emerging issues and develop supporting message points, and its members act as experts and spokespersons for the Society. The committee consists of members who raise awareness of occupational SH&E and the profession with the media, key stakeholders, businesses and the general public worldwide. The committee has developed many programs, products and activities including:

The PR Committee will also be a major part of ASSE’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, which is kicking off in October 2010. The committee will focus on developing and implementing PR programs, especially chapter and member initiatives. Information on 100th PR initiatives will be available soon at www.asse.org/newsroom.

If any member has suggestions on issues, timely concerns, etc., they can contact ASSE’s PR department, as well as the individual PR Committee members in their area, as committee members are located in states throughout ASSE’s membership areas.

 

Member News

ASSE Reflects on Life & Career of Charles Dancer

Charles Dancer as ASSE president.
 

Former ASSE president Charles R. Dancer, P.E., CSP, passed away on Jan. 4, following an extended illness. Dancer, an emeritus professional member of ASSE’s Savannah Chapter, joined ASSE in 1969. During his career and into retirement, he was an active member of the New Jersey and Savannah chapters. He served the New Jersey Chapter as vice president, president-elect and president. At the Society level, Dancer served as region vice president (1978-80), vice president, finance (1981-82) and ASSE president (1987-88).

Following his term as ASSE president, Dancer served 6 years as a director on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. While there, Dancer “played a key role in developing the continuance of certification program, which still exists today,” explains William Nebraska, P.E., CSP, ASSE’s 1986-87 president. “He encouraged many safety practitioners in his company to become CSPs, noting the incentives that come with the designation, such as higher salary positions, bonuses and promotions.”

Dancer was also known to encourage employees to join ASSE and become active. One example is Jerry Ray, who served as ASSE’s 1997-98 president. Ray remembers the significant impact Dancer had on the workplace. “When he became a safety director, his company was experiencing high injury rates, including fatalities,” Ray says. “He reorganized the safety and health department and reduced the injury rate 30% the first year. The company never experienced another fatality while he was the director.” Dancer was also a respected mentor. “He would provide guidance without being obvious and overbearing. He was regarded as a teacher,” Ray explains.

During his career in safety, Dancer served in the U.S. Army Reserve artillery division for 29 years, retiring as a highly decorated colonel. He began his safety career with the Glidden Co. and also held safety positions with Tenneco Chemical and M&T Chemical. From 1973 to 1998, he worked for Allied Corp. (now Honeywell) in Morristown, NJ, where he rose to the position of senior vice president.

Dancer was named the ASSE’s Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year in 1981, and he was honored as an ASSE Fellow in 1987. “He stood out because of his unquestioned dedication to the profession and ASSE,” says Nebraska. “More than 25 years of active service at the chapter and Society level reveals the person of commitment and dedication.”

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.

 

Chapter News

New Jersey Chapter Supports Special Olympics

New Jersey Chapter member Jack Fearing (left) presents a donation to Joyce Kirchin, Hunterdon County Special Olympics area director, and county special athletes Karen Bruno and Denis Hagios.

ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter recently donated $500 to the Hunterdon County New Jersey Special Olympics. The chapter is a long-time active supporter of Special Olympics and has participated in numerous state activities. The donation is part of the chapter’s community outreach efforts, begun in October 2001 to honor the memory of a long-time member from Hunterdon County who was killed in World Trade Center attacks. “The continuing effects of Sept. 11, coupled with the holiday season, gives many of us the opportunity to realize that we are very fortunate in our personal and professional lives,” says Jack Fearing, the chapter’s public relations chair and a senior consultant with Aon Global Risk Consulting. “The opportunity to help these very special athletes is important to all of our chapter members.”

Kuwait Chapter Implements New Award Recognizing Private-Sector Companies

The Kuwait Chapter recently developed an award that is specially meant for private-sector companies in the Middle East's Gulf Region to recognize their leadership, excellence and encourage exceptional performance in the SH&E environment. The ASSE Gulf Cooperation Council HSE Excellence Award will be given to businesses that showcase successful business models from organizations that uphold SH&E as a business value and excel in performance. The 2009 award will be presented at the upcoming 5th International HSE & Loss Prevention Professional Development Conference and Exposition, scheduled for March 17-19 in Kuwait.

East Tennessee Chapter Donates Funds for Local Emergency Rescue Squad

East Tennessee Chapter members donated funds to help KVERS purchase appropriate PPE.

The East Tennessee Chapter is doing its part to help a local emergency services team—the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad (KVERS)—comply with recent regulatory changes.

KVERS provides primary technical rescue services such as cave rescue, emergency medical first response, medical stand-by, animal rescue/removal, water rescue/recovery as well as technical rescue assets. Members have extensive training, equipment and capabilities in cave/vertical/confined space operations, heavy/technical rescue (including farm accidents, airplane accidents, as well as trench collapses), water rescue, land-based search operations, support services and disaster/medical operations. They provide these services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year to the counties in Knoxville, TN, area. The membership is entirely on a volunteer basis and no charges are levied for their service. Members receive no compensation and often extend considerable personal expense for training, personal equipment and other miscellaneous expenses the squad cannot provide.

On Nov. 24, 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration regulation (Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634) became effective. This rule required firefighters and other first responders responding to or working at an incident on federally funded highways to wear a retroreflective safety vest that met the Class II or III standards of the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) 107-2004 publication. To comply, KVERS would have to come up with $3,000 to outfit its 150 members.

When the executive board of the East Tennessee Chapter heard of KVERS’ financial issues, it pledged $1,000 to assist in purchasing the reflective vests. In the spirit of community involvement, the chapter issued a challenge to the local chapter of AIHA, Tennessee Valley Section (TVS-AIHA) to match the pledge. TVS-AIHA met the challenge and added an additional $100, totaling $1,100. Not be outdone, ASSE then upped its pledge to $1,400. With the $2,500 from ASSE and TVS-AIHA along with a $500 contribution from the Knoxville Associated General Contractors, KVERS was able to purchase vests for its members and continue providing the services that will provide a safer community for everyone in the surrounding Knox County area.

Permian Basin Chapter Funds Annual Endowment

To help college students pursuing a degree in the SH&E field, ASSE’s Permian Basin Chapter in Midland, TX, recently donated $25,000 to the ASSE Foundation. The donation will establish an annual $1,000 scholarship—the Permian Basin Chapter Endowment.

“The Permian Basin area has a variety of industries with an exceptionally large amount of oil and gas activity. Oil and gas operations pose hazardous environments requiring trained and skilled safety, health and environmental professionals,” says Chapter President Geri Cooley, M.S., CSP, REM. “The need for educated and passionate new safety professionals is stronger than ever, since the majority of our experienced professionals are now phasing into retirement.”

The scholarship will be available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an SH&E program within Region III (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas). The first award will be offered to students for the 2009 academic year.

Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Teams With OSHA to Improve Area Worker Safety

Lance Roux (left), ASSE Greater Baton Rouge Chapter President, and Dorinda Folse, OSHA Baton Rouge Area Office Director.

ASSE’s Greater Baton Rouge Chapter and the OSHA Baton Rouge Area Office recently formed an alliance—a collaborative relationship with the goal of fostering safer and more healthful workplaces. The alliance will provide SH&E professionals seeking to increase their professional competency with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them better protect employees’ safety and health.

The alliance will target topic areas such as fall hazards, combustible dusts, trenching and excavation hazards, and struck-by hazards associated with the petrochemical and construction industries. These specific hazards have contributed to a number of fatalities investigated by the OSHA area office within the last 3 years.

The groups have established goals in three areas: outreach and communication; training and education; and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

“Although we have long had a great working relationship with our local OSHA office, we felt that the alliance formally acknowledges our common goals and will allow us to pool our resources together to accomplish these goals—all aimed at enhancing workplace safety for all,” says Chapter President Lance Roux, CSP. “We are excited about this milestone in our chapter’s history and look forward to working closely with our local OSHA office during the year ahead.”

 

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