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.
Webinar: Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Definitive Recipe for Employee Engagement, Motivation and Recognition
Webinar: Managing Safety, Productivity and Quality to Increase Profit
Safety Management I
Webinar: Behavioral Methods for Boosting Hand Safety
Safety Management II
Webinar: Changes to the ASSE/ANSI Z117.1 Standard—Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces
To encourage education and the development of student’s SH&E skills, ASSE offers student members free access to its webinars through ASSE’s virtual classroom. This benefit provides students an outlet to communicate with SH&E professionals and learn from real-world experiences.
ASSE’s common interest groups provide outlets for members to join in shared interests and not only improve the SH&E profession, but also grow professionally. Participating in a common interest group also provides many networking, service and leadership opportunities. The four groups are Blacks in Safety Engineering; Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce; Women in Safety Engineering; and Young Professionals in SH&E.
Designed for ASSE student members, the Future Safety Leaders Conference is scheduled for Nov. 12-13, 2009, in Indianapolis, IN. The conference prepares future safety professionals for the transition from student life to employment in the SH&E industry. Educational sessions discuss real-life safety experiences and provide many networking opportunities. For students to attend, faculty advisors must fill out a selection worksheet and send it to Julie Neuleib by Sept. 18.
Opportunities for careers in safety are virtually limitless. With just a few clicks of the mouse, job seekers can easily post resumes on Nextsteps for employers to view, and receive automated notifications when jobs are available that match their interests. There is no cost to post a resume or search available positions. Employers can also post listings for open positions, search resumes online and set up a resume agent to alert them when new resumes are posted that match criteria.
Do you have an idea for an ASSE webinar topic? ASSE’s virtual classroom is always looking for new ideas and experiences to share with fellow members. Webinar topics usually cover technical or safety management tracks. Visit the classroom for details on how to submit your idea.
On Sept. 30, 2009, ASSE will host the webcast, Changes to the ASSE/ANSI Z117.1 Standard—Safety Requirement for Confined Spaces, to discuss the standard’s recent revision and how those changes might affect operations.
ASSE has also been authorized to sell the Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications’ revised standard, Performance and Program Standards for the Professional Practice of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditing. This document describes the role of SH&E auditing, establishes the basis for auditing performance, and improves the practice and advancement of the auditing profession. It is available in print or electronic version.
ASSE Foundation and Oregon State University (OSU) have created the Ph.D. Fellowship for Future Safety Educators program. The program is designed to cultivate future SH&E educators and produce evidence-based research on the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.
Successful candidates will attend OSU tuition-free for 3 years. To be eligible, candidates must have completed a master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Those selected must be accepted to and enroll in OSU’s Ph.D. in Public Health program, concentrating in SH&E. In addition, fellows will conduct research focusing on business and economic analysis of safety, and must teach at the collegiate level for 3 years after completing their degree. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2009.
Slips, Trips & Falls: Best Practices & Standards
Attendees of Slips, Trips and Falls: Best Practices and Standards Virtual Symposium, slated to run Oct. 20-22, will learn about best practices for avoiding slips, trips and falls, minimizing their costs, and how to gain the knowledge needed to proactively deal with this common workplace incident. The event will feature 12 sessions and a mini-expo. Attend the live symposium or view a recording up to 30 days after the event. As a bonus, attendees will receive select ANSI/ASSE standards.
Proactive Safety Management
Attending the Proactive Safety Management High-Impact Workshops, to be held Nov. 12-13 in Miami, FL, will help you enhance your leadership skills and ability to make safety an integral part of your organization. Select two 1-day topics to best suit your needs, and earn 1.5 CEUs or 2 CM points.
Want to network and connect with SH&E professionals worldwide? Join ASSE’s online Global Community on Ning. The community features forums, blogs, groups, photos, videos, events, chat and more. Currently, the community has more than 330 members, most of whom reside outside the U.S. To join, send an e-mail to Terry Wilkinson; include your name and preferred e-mail address. You will then receive an invitation from the site with guidance on completing your registration.
ASSE’s Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) has added two new branches. The Utilities Branch addresses SH&E issues within electrical, solar and wind generation, natural gas transmission and distribution, water/wastewater, telecommunications, public works and other utility areas. Membership is free to members of the Construction Practice Specialty. For information, contact Mike Hayslip.
The Agricultural Branch provides a forum for gaining knowledge regarding best practices in areas affecting agricultural production, seed production, agricultural chemicals, transportation, equipment safety, compliance and enforcement. Membership in the branch is free to members of the Environmental Practice Specialty. For information, contact Judy Freeman.
Slippery floors, hot cooking equipment, heavy lifting, loud noises and working alone are some of the dangers working teens face. These hazards can lead to serious injuries or worse for teens who are unaware of how to protect themselves against on-the-job injury. To help, ASSE has launched a free interactive computer game, “Don’t Be a Zombie at Work.” Players find themselves helping coworkers avoid getting turned into a zombie by the evil BodgeDab Industries by using safety tools and information. The player moves through various environments—a restaurant, warehouse and office—to save workers by undoing workplace hazards. If successful, the player moves to the final challenge, the BodgeDab headquarters, to face the evil boss Damballa Bokor. Developed by ASSE members, the game is another tool members and the public can use to help prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.
Grow ASSE’s membership now through Dec. 31, 2009, and earn a chance to win a $250 ASSE gift certificate to use toward select educational events, publications or insignia items. The more people you recruit, the more you increase your chances to win. Recruiting new ASSE members increases your own networking circle and strengthens the overall success of the SH&E profession.
To sponsor a new member, simply forward the recruit an electronic application that includes a $25 discount off the application fee or ask them to apply online. Remind them to enter your name in the sponsor blank, located on the third page of the membership application. Once the application is processed, your name will be recorded as their sponsor. The more applications you sponsor, the more entries you have into the contest.
ASSE Foundation will offer more than $100,000 in scholarships and professional development grants in 2010. These programs are open to students pursuing SH&E degrees and to ASSE members and safety professionals working to advance their credentials. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2009; awards will be announced by April 1, 2010.
For the past 15 years, ASSE’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter members have volunteered their time and skills to the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America. With chapter member Fran Sehn’s coordination, members have participated in precamp inspections using a checklist and their safety expertise. Sehn says the focus has been in the ranger’s workshops, storage yard and work areas that include woodworking equipment, construction equipment and storage of flammable and combustible liquids. “In the camps, we look for tripping hazards, broken tree limbs, cleanliness of latrines and fire and life safety issues related to any occupied building,” he says. “The chapter has always responded to this safety outreach opportunity and the council appreciates our help.”
ASSE’s preparations for its 100th anniversary in 2011 are swinging into full gear. Help the Society share your chapter’s stories during the year of celebration by sending your chapter’s history and any photos (past or present) to ASSE’s Diane Hurns.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) named Dennis Murphy, CSP, to its class of 2009 Fellows. Murphy, a distinguished professor and extension safety specialist in the agricultural and biological engineering department at Pennsylvania State University, was honored for his leadership in agricultural safety and health education and research. Murphy is a professional member of ASSE’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter.
ASSE has nominated Paul S. Adams, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CPE, to serve on OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). Adams’s career spans both industry and academia with particular experience in ergonomics, engineering and the evaluation of safety and health programs. He is the former president and a current director on the BCSP.
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.