Vol. 13, No. 5

As a benefit of your ASSE membership, Society Update highlights the latest Society news, activities, upcoming events and notable member achievements. Members are encouraged to submit news, announcements, questions or comments to Cathy Wegener.

Upcoming Events
May 4-5
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
May 6
Webinar: Systematic Slip, Trip and Fall Protection
May 6-8
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety
May 12
Math Review
May 13
Webinar: Industrial Hygiene—Regulatory Issues and Physical Hazards in the Workplace
May 13-15
ASP Workshop
May 13-15
CSP Workshop
May 20
Webinar: Management Based Safety

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Safety 2010 Call for Speakers

ASSE is accepting proposals for those interested in speaking at Safety 2010. Submissions are due July 31, 2009. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in advanced, technically oriented and practical presentations.

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Top Stories

ASSE Membership Reveals Campaign Winners

Winners of ASSE’s 2008-09 Member-Get-A-Member campaign were recently announced. Each winner met the deadline qualifications and was picked out of a random drawing.

First challenge: Recruit one new member by Jan. 31, 2009. Ronald Graves, CSP, of the Triad Chapter received a $100 ASSE gift certificate.

Second challenge: Recruit three new members by Feb. 28, 2009. Yassin Darwish of the Egypt Section received a $1,000 American Express gift card and a $100 ASSE gift certificate. Darwish was also recognized as the member who recruited the most members—54—during the campaign, which ended on March 31.

Third challenge: Recruit four or more members by March 31, 2009. Parasuraman Sriramolu of the Kuwait Chapter received a $1,500 American Express gift card and a $100 ASSE gift certificate.

Key Issue Roundtables at Safety 2009

Do you have a lesson learned to share with fellow professionals? Are you looking to meet others with mutual interests? Safety 2009 will feature a series of key issue roundtables that offer attendees a chance to share their ideas and successes, and meet with peers in their particular area of expertise. Topics include:

  • Lockout/tagout for automated manufacturing equipment
  • New mandated substance abuse testing programs/protocols under MSHA
  • The need for additional graduate-level occupational safety programs in the U.S.
  • Leadership for the SH&E professional
  • Indoor air quality
  • Nanotechnology as an emerging opportunity for safety
  • Healthcare emergency management planning
  • Global fleet safety challenges and benchmarking
  • School safety
  • Legal issues facing risk and loss control managers

ASSE Foundation Awards Scholarships & Grants

The ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced the recipients of the 2009 annual SH&E scholarships—totaling $124,350—funded by the support of corporations, ASSE regions and chapters, members and individuals. The scholarships are given to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the SH&E field. All scholarships will be presented to the students in San Antonio, TX, during Safety 2009. In addition to the scholarships, ASSEF provides professional development grants, which are given to support the careers of SH&E professionals. ASSEF distributed $13,500 in grants this year.

ASSEF Receives Corporate Support

ASSEF recently received the generous support of three corporate partners. Bechtel donated $10,000 to ASSEF to fund the Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarships for Safety and Health. The donation sponsors three scholarships for SH&E students with an emphasis in construction safety, and attending Murray State University, Montana Tech University or University of Central Missouri. Washington Division of URS Corp. has given $5,350 to the Foundation to fund a safety and health scholarship, and an internship that includes salary and living expenses, and an opportunity for the recipient to attend ASSE’s annual PDC. Flatiron donated $5,000 to ASSEF to support a scholarship for students pursuing degrees in safety and health with an emphasis on construction.


More News

More Than 300 Attendees Help Make Kuwait Chapter’s 5th PDC a Success

ASSE Executive Director Fred Fortman, President-Elect C. Christopher Patton and ASSE International Practice Specialty Administrator Jack Fearing at the Kuwait Chapter's PDC.

ASSE’s Kuwait Chapter recently conducted a successful professional development conference and exhibition themed, “Moving to Sky,” March 17-19, 2009. The conference—inaugurated by Hussain Ismail, chair of Kuwait Petroleum International—included preconference workshops, plenary sessions and several important sessions on various aspects of SH&E and security.

Attendees at the recent Kuwait Chapter PDC held March 17-19, 2009.

More than 30 invited speakers and experts delivered important messages through their thought-provoking lectures and demonstrations. Some of the key topics discussed were related to process safety, fire safety, indoor air quality, chemical safety, waste management and environment management. More than 25 exhibitors including local government agencies, industries, equipment suppliers and other agencies were also on hand.

As part of the conference, the Kuwait Chapter also presented the first ever ASSE Gulf Cooperation Council HSE Excellence award for private-sector companies in various sectors. Participants included Equate, Galfar Engineering & Construction, Nestle-Eqypt, Haliburton, ISCO and others.

ASSE President Warren Brown Testifies at OSHA Effectiveness Hearing

At a recent congressional hearing on OSHA effectiveness, ASSE President Warren Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, testified on the progress OSHA has made throughout the years, its positive impact and current issues it faces. Brown stated that a strong, effective OSHA is necessary to the country’s commitment to safety, and that some changes are necessary. He also cautioned against wholesale changes, saying they would diminish OSHA’s ability to be the nation’s leader in occupational safety and health. “We ask a lot of OSHA. It has a tough job and is an easy target for complaint,” Brown said. “But any changes in OSHA must go beyond simple solutions.”


Chapter News

Nicolet Chapter Starts Safety Resource Library

As a result of an increase in membership and meeting attendance, members of the Nicolet Chapter began looking for ways to continue such growth and found it by starting a safety resource library. The idea came about when the chapter considered the many requests it receives for ASP/CSP study materials. The chapter decided to purchase some basic materials for members to use as study guides. The group took the idea even further and decided it could provide these same materials to other safety professionals, thus reaching out to potential new members. After much discussion, a board member suggested using a library to house the materials.

“There are currently very few items in our local library system pertaining to occupational safety management, and we thought it would be nice to have a central source for this type of information for research and reference,” Jeff Van Thiel, Nicolet Chapter president, says. Chad Kaster, the chapter’s membership chair, reached out to the Green Bay Public Library. Library representatives offered to provide a home for the materials, and since the Wisconsin public library system is interconnected, the materials can be requested from any library in the state.

Van Thiel had members send him a list of items they would want in the library, then asked everyone to vote on 10 items. From that list, he took the top 10 and made the initial purchases with chapter funds. Some of the resources include: NFPA Life Safety Code, The Safety Professionals Handbook Vol. 1 and 2, Datachem ASP Prep CD-ROM and Career Guide to the Safety Profession. The chapter placed a sticker in all of the books with the ASSE logo, a message that the Nicolet Chapter donated them and the chapter’s website address. “Who knows, maybe the marketing will pay off some day,” Van Thiel says.

To other chapters interested in starting something similar, Van Thiel suggests keeping the system democratic. Members specialize in different areas so everyone has their own ideas of what would be most beneficial. “By giving everyone a vote, you can really offer a diverse selection that can apply to a lot of different areas of safety. I think we accomplished that,” he says. “We hope that the library will grow through future contributions from our chapter as well as through outside contributions.”

In Honor of Chapter Member, Niagara Frontier Donates to Mercy Flight

Mercy Flight's Jeff Mendola (left) accepts a $1,000 donation from ASSE Niagara Frontier Chapter members John Monson and Laurie Masters.

In memory of chapter member Mary Ellen Salen, ASSE’s Niagara Frontier Chapter donated $1,000 to Mercy Flight of Western New York, which provides vital life-saving air ambulance service to the seven counties of western New York. Mercy Flight was one of Salen’s favorite charities, and in her honor, funds for the donation were collected—half from the chapter’s construction section and half from its general membership.

Salen was an original participant in the chapter’s construction section and members remember her as a passionate advocate of safety in the construction industry. Her service to the chapter and section provided inspiration to many others and served to increase awareness and interest in the field.


Chesapeake Chapter Works With Maryland 4-H Foundation

Chesapeake Chapter's ASSE booth set up in front of a tractor display.

When members of the Chesapeake Chapter were brainstorming ways to attract young college-bound people to the SH&E profession, they embraced Mike Wolf’s idea to partner with the Maryland 4-H Foundation. Having six children of his own, all in 4-H, Wolf suggested they focus on the agriculture safety area. On behalf of the Chesapeake Chapter, Wolf recently attended and hosted an ASSE booth at a 4-H tractor safety event. At the booth, attendees were able to pick up ASSE folders stuffed with ASSE’s teen worker laminated cards and agriculture safety bulletins, and ASSE pens, key chains and magnets.

The event featured the Carroll County 4-H Tractor Operator Certification Driving Test, which is the final requirement in an 8-week tractor safety operator training program (along with a written test and a trouble shooting parts test). After passing, each youth gets a card s/he can show to potential employers. The chapter also donated 25 “Gearing Up for Safety” CDs that provide an interactive self-paced training tool used in conjunction with the 8 weeks of classroom lectures and adds a hands-on, kid-friendly aspect to the training. In addition, the chapter provided the 4-H Foundation with 18 complete AEM Agricultural Mower Operator Safety Programs, which contain a DVD, VHS, instructor’s guidebook with a quiz and two manuals.

ASSE Louisiana & Hawaii Chapters Honor Workers’ Memorial Day

From left: Camille Conaway, policy advisor to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, ASSE Greater Baton Rouge President Lance Roux and Delegate Paul Amedee.

The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter recently sponsored a Workers’ Memorial Day as proclaimed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Drafted to acknowledge and pay remembrance to victims of workplace fatalities in the state of Louisiana, the national Workers’ Memorial Day was recognized on April 28.

ASSE’s Hawaii Chapter, in partnership with the Hawaii State AFL-CIO and the Hawaii Injured Workers Alliance, also recognized the day, calling on local employers and workers to renew their commitment to workplace safety. A letter to the editor was also published in a local paper, The Honolulu Advertiser, in observance of the day.



Egypt Section’s First ASSE Forum

Attendees at the Egypt Section's recent forum.

ASSE’s Egypt Section recently held its first SH&E forum in Cairo to promote membership in the section and to increase chapter eligibility by sharing experience while developing the body of knowledge relevant to the profession through technical meetings. Key figures in the SH&E oil and gas sector were in attendance, including many Egyptian petroleum figures. Topics discussed included the importance of PPE and its new technologies; clarification of Egypt’s national occupational safety and health strategy; safety understanding; and the role of OHSAS 18001 in SH&E applications.


Member News

Brownie Troop Learns About Workplace Safety From WISE Member

Lori Elder speaks to Brownie Troop #61022.

In support of NAOSH Week and her work with ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group, Lori Elder, CHMM, spoke to Brownie Troop #61022 in Newbury Park, CA, on the importance of SH&E. Elder, a professional member of the Valley Coastal Chapter, used an ASSE NAOSH Week presentation to discuss the history of ASSE and safety, specifically the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. “The Brownies were very interested in the story . . . and connected with the many innocent girls who lost their lives,” Elder says. “It made quite an impact on them. Especially when you compare the lack of safety protections those workers had to what we have now. There’s no comparison.” Elder also used the Safety Suitcase to discuss the importance of PPE. Elder is currently environmental, health and safety associate at Baxter Biosciene in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Nigeria Chapter member Felix E.K. Nakpodia.

Nakpodia Named Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals

At the 27th Annual Professional Development Conference/Seminar of the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals, Felix E.K. Nakpodia was honored with the Institute’s Professional Fellowship. Nakpodia, a member of ASSE’s Nigeria Chapter, received this honor, during a presentation in Abuja, after a letter of commendation issued to him by the Registrar of the Institute. Nakpodia is chair/managing director at Feknak Safety Advisers in Nigeria.

50 Years & Counting

This month features Harold Polston, P.E., CSP. Polston is an emeritus professional member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter and has been a member for 56 years—and counting.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.


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