Vol. 13, No. 8

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
August 2
Math Review
August 3-5
ASP Workshop
August 3-5
Corporate Safety Management
August 6-8
CSP Workshop
August 12
Webinar: Researching Predictive Analytics and Jobsite Safety: Key Findings
August 16
Math Review
August 17-19
ASP Workshop
August 20-22
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August 26
Webinar: Risk Assessment and Hazard Control - Systems Safety and Process Safety

ASSE Election Nominations Deadline

The deadline for 2010 ASSE nominations is Aug. 15. The Society will be electing the senior vice president, vice president-finance, vice president-practices and standards, all even-numbered region vice presidents and select area directors. Members who wish to be considered for region vice president or area director must contact their regional nominations committee.

Did You Miss Safety 2009?

Eleven sessions from Safety 2009 will be available as webcast recordings. These webcasts include access to the slides, speaker audio and any videos that were part of the presentations. If you purchase all 11 sessions, you will be able to earn 1.0 CEU. For more information, contact Dan McNeill. In addition, audio recordings for most of the sessions are now available for purchase and download from Audio Visual Education Network.

Sponsor a New Member

Recruiting new ASSE members is a beneficial way to network and strengthen your professional association. Recruit new members by giving them an application or by having them apply online directly. Remember to ask your new recruits to enter your name in the sponsor blank to receive credit as the sponsor.

In This Issue

ASSE Awards & Honors

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ASSE Honors Kendrick as Fellow

James "Skipper" Kendrick accepts the honor of ASSE Fellow at Safety 2009.

James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP, was honored as an ASSE Fellow during Safety 2009. Nominated by their peers, candidates for Fellow are selected based upon their ASSE involvement and long-term contributions to the safety profession, something which Kendrick is no stranger to.

James Jennings Named Safety Professional of the Year

In recognition of his continued efforts to enhance workplace safety and health, ASSE named Lieutenant Colonel James Jennings, CSP, of Fort Campbell, KY, as the 2009 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). Jennings received the SPY Award on June 30 at Safety 2009 in San Antonio, TX. The annual SPY Award is given to the most outstanding ASSE member for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational SH&E field.

Medina Receives Diversity Award

Rixio E. Medina, CSP, received ASSE’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award during Safety 2009 in San Antonio, TX. The award recognizes a member for supporting diversity initiatives and Society membership.

Five Members Receive Culbertson Awards

ASSE presented the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award to five members. The award recognizes select Board members, national committee members or practice specialty officers who have helped advance the SH&E profession through outstanding volunteer service to the Society. This year’s recipients are: Pam Perrich, Jack Toellner, David Natalizia, David Bascom and Steve Simon.

ASSE Awards Standards Medal to Marletta

The Thomas F. Bresnahan Safety, Health and Environment Standards Medal is presented annually to an ASSE member who is active in the development of voluntary national consensus standards. This year’s recipient is William Marletta, Ph.D., CSP, a safety consultant in West Islip, NY, and a professional member of the Long Island Chapter.

Jones Receives Outstanding Safety Educator Award

In recognition of his contributions to safety education and research to prevent on-the-job injuries, Wayne D. Jones, Ed.D., received ASSE’s 2008-09 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The award was established in 2002 in honor of a past ASSE president and safety educator who helped establish the Academic Accreditation Council and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Nominated by their peers, recipients of this award are recognized for their work with education in the occupational SH&E field, the Society and the safety profession.

Seven Members Honored With President’s Awards

ASSE 2008-09 President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, recognized seven members whose exceptional service advanced the Society and its mission during his term as president. The President’s Award is presented for a singular achievement, but can recognize dedication to a series of issues that bring national exposure to ASSE and its mission.

“I chose individuals who have been important leaders in the areas of their involvement moving our Society forward,” says Brown of his President’s Awards selections. “Their involvement and outreach is making a difference not only for today’s workplace, but for the SH&E community of future.”

Region & Practice Specialty SPY Awards

The annual region and practice specialty safety professional of the year awards were distributed during Safety 2009. One member from each region and practice specialty was recognized for his/her ongoing efforts and contributions to the Society. In addition, the Society presented its Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) Safety Professional of the Year Award to Christine Sullivan, of Littleton, CO.

NAOSH Champion Awards Recognize Members’ Efforts

The NAOSH Champion Awards are given to members who helped to promote NAOSH Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day in 2009. This year, seven individuals and one company were awarded for sponsoring events and helping promote workplace safety.

Professional Paper Awards Presented to Contributing Authors

Each year, ASSE’s Editorial Review Board selects the top three member-written articles that were published in Professional Safety. This year’s Professional Paper Award recipients are Fred Manuele, P.E., CSP, first place; John Springston, CSP, CIH, second place; and Frank Baker, CSP, CGPS, ALCM, third place. To review the winning articles, visit the Professional Safety archives.


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Stateline Chapter Members Help Company Turn Safety Around

Two months after he was hired by Chem Processing Inc., Stateline Chapter member Dave Anspaugh was informed the company’s DART rate was twice the industry average. With the help of fellow chapter members, Anspaugh was able to turn the company around, earn the OSHA SHARP award and reduce minor injuries by 78%.

ASSE & ILO Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Left to right: 2009-10 ASSE President Chris Patton, ILO's Ilise Feitshans, Dennis Hudson, ASSE's director of professional affairs, and 2008-09 ASSE President Warren Brown.

One highlight of Safety 2009 was the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ASSE and the International Labor Organization (ILO). Under the MOU, the groups will work to prevent illness and injuries in the workplace across all industry sectors through advocacy, awareness, knowledge development, information dissemination, and the application of relevant standards and industry best practices in the community and workplace.

“As there are no global marketplace boundaries today, this agreement will help us prevent injuries and illnesses worldwide,” 2008-09 ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, said during the signing ceremony.

ASSE to Publish New Fall Prevention Standards

ANSI recently approved three new ASSE standards aimed at preventing fall hazards in the workplace. The three standards are: ANSI/ASSE Z359.6-2009, Specification and Design Requirements for Active Fall Protection Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.12-2009, Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, and ANSI/ASSE Z359.13-2009, Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards. The new standards will be available soon and will become part of the ASSE Fall Protection Code with an effective date of Nov. 16, 2009.

Foundation Appoints New Trustees & Federal Liaison

The ASSE Foundation has added three new trustees: Paul G. Specht, Ph.D., CSP; Bryan Hornik; and Kennith D. Brock, CSP. The Foundation also named a federal liaison from NIOSH, Nancy Stout, Ed.D. The trustees and federal liaison will serve a 3-year term, which began July 1, 2009. While serving as trustees, Specht will serve as education chair and Hornik will focus on corporate fundraising. Brock will chair the Foundation’s golf committee and provide orientation for new members. Stout will serve as research chair.


Chapter News

Gulf Coast Chapter Establishes ASSEF Grant

At Safety 2009, ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter presented the ASSE Foundation with an $18,500 check to fulfill the endowment of the chapter’s newly established professional development grant. The first grant will be awarded in 2010 for up to $1,000, and will be open to members for ASSE seminars, symposia, professional development conference or certification preparation workshops, or for BCSP certification or exam fees.

Chapter Stars Program

ASSE’s Chapter Stars program is designed to recognize chapters that have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements to maintain their chapter charter and have been dedicated to serving their members during the chapter year. It allows them to earn points for events, activities, meetings and services provided to their members, in addition to many other leadership items. Top point-earners are awarded Chapter Stars status and are then eligible to compete for chapter of the year. Chapter Star awards were presented during a special luncheon at Safety 2009. Contact ASSE’s Chapter Services for more information.

Middle Tennessee Presents Scholarships

ASSE’s Middle Tennessee Chapter awarded $11,000 in scholarships to nine college students. The chapter awarded two $2,000 scholarships through the ASSE Foundation: the Harold F. Polston Scholarship and the Keith Bain Scholarship. The recipients are John Condry, an undergraduate at Murray State University (MSU), and Trevor Scott Harper, a graduate student at MSU, respectively.

The chapter also awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to students at Middle Tennessee State University and MSU. The recipients are MSU students Matthew Black, Lauren Hobbs, Matthew Kopecky, Jenna Lake and Xiao Liu; and Middle Tennessee State students Michael Garland and John Sizemore. “Each of these scholarship recipients have met the high academic and eligibility requirements along with excelling in a challenging curriculum of occupational safety and health,” says Ron Kirsch, Ph.D., the chapter’s Scholarship Committee chair.


Member News

Sokol Featured in Article on Contractor Assurance Program

R. Ronald Sokol, CSP, executive director of the Contractors Safety Council of Texas City, TX, and a professional member of the Gulf Coast Chapter, was a featured contributor to an article in the May 2009 issue of Chemical Week. The article covers the debut of the Contractor Assurance Program (CAP).

The Internet-based system can track contractors, subcontractors at chemical sites to ensure that only “vetted contractors, those with safety programs in place, OSHA requirements met and audits complete” have access, Sokol explains. According to the article, CAP has been in development for several years and will offer several advantages to member companies. In addition to its portability, CAP “gives [member companies] the security of preventing uncertified subcontractors or workers [from entering] the plant,” Sokol says.

Last year, Sokol was named a risk innovator in the chemicals/energy category by Risk & Insurance magazine for his leadership in developing CAP.

Jamali Honored for Heroism

Greater San Jose Chapter professional member Jay Jamali, CSP, CHCM, CHMM, was honored by the San Jose Police Department for his actions that helped save the life of a police officer. The department presented Jamali with its Simpson-Silva Citizen’s Award, which it awards annually to officers, investigators and citizens who have shown remarkable acts of bravery, courage, heroism and decisive actions. EHS director for Enviro Safetech Inc. in San Jose, CA, Jamali is the chapter’s Professional Development Chair and past president, and has served nationally on the Emergency Preparedness Symposium Task Force.

Linneweh Helps Company Reach VPP

With the help of its environmental, health and safety manager William Linneweh, Hendrickson International has achieved VPP status at many of its plants. The company, which supplies truck, tractor and trailer suspension and axle systems, first became interested in VPP during an OSHA compliance inspection in 1994. Linneweh, a professional member of the Three Rivers Chapter, helped define a VPP strategy for Hendrickson that was influenced by visiting companies that had achieved VPP Star status and by attending safety conferences.

“There is a playbook out there, but the playbook is what you make if it, too,” says Linneweh. “We got to see that there is no one way of how it was done.” Components of the strategy included employee involvement, ergonomics, industrial hygiene practices and safety management information systems.

Jeppeson Testifies on Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act

Martin Jeppeson, CSP, ARM, director of regulatory affairs at the California Ammonia Co., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives committee on Homeland Security on his views and concerns regarding the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2009. In his testimony, Jeppeson encouraged the committee to extend the existing Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards authority, which expires in September 2009, and expressed concern about provisions included in the draft legislation. He urged the maintenance of existing regulations and encouraged the Department of Homeland Security to complete the first phase of implementation before altering the existing program.

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The latest from the business world—as presented at Safety 2009

Social Responsibility

During his general session presentation, author Tim Sanders spoke about social responsibility and green business practices. He calls this the “responsibility revolution,” which will likely change the basis for competition in every industry over the next decade. Sanders explored what organizations and individuals can do to connect with this trend. His presentation is available as a DVD/CD package for $75 plus shipping. Each may also be purchased separately: DVD $60 or CD $20 plus shipping. A limited number of copies of his book, Saving the World at Work, are also available for $22 plus shipping.

Liven Up!

Do you brighten the workplace when you walk in for the day—or when you leave? In difficult times, people tend to make excuses, focus on what’s not working and can become disillusioned. During his “Get Switched On” luncheon presentation at Safety 2009, former Tony Robbins international point-man, Chip Eichelberger, challenged all attendees to take a hard look at their attitude and results. He showed attendees how to pursue their work with renewed tenacity, high morale and contagious energy. You can purchase his presentation on CD for $15 plus shipping.