Vol. 13, No. 10

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
Oct. 1-3
2009 Leadership Conference
Oct. 4
Math Review
Oct. 5-7
ASP Workshop
Oct. 5-7
Safety Management I
Oct. 7
Webinar: Overcoming “Organizational Barriers” to Safety and Health Excellence
Oct. 8-9
Safety Management II
Oct. 8-10
CSP Workshop
Oct. 19-20
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
Oct. 20-22
Virtual Symposium: Slips, Trips and Falls—Best Practices and Standards
Oct. 21-23
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety

Order the Z359 Fall Protection Code Version 2.0

ASSE is accepting orders for its Z359 Fall Protection Code. Order yours today.

Experts on Your Desktop: Slips, Trips & Falls Virtual Symposium

Learn how to avoid and minimize the cost of slips, trips and falls. All you need to participate is a computer with an Internet connection. Attend live sessions or view the recordings at your convenience. Participants will have a chance to earn 1.0 CEUs and will receive select related ANSI/ASSE standards.

Safety 2010 in Baltimore

Become familiar with Safety 2010’s destination—Baltimore. View Sally Shinvan’s YouTube video tour of Baltimore’s Convention Community, and learn about the different areas you might encounter while in town for Safety 2010.  

In This Issue


Top Stories

Society Revises Distracted Driving Position Statement

ASSE’s revised position statement, Distracted Driving in Motor Vehicles, addresses the current national discussion focused on distractions caused by electronic devices used to make calls, send text messages, play music and search for information while driving. ASSE is the secretariat of the Z15 ANSI Accredited Standards Development Committee for motor vehicle operations. Although the Society agrees that legislative and regulatory action are needed to address these risks, it cautions that “attention to electronic devices should not take away from an overall understanding that these devices are only one part of the distracted driving problem.” Members are encouraged to get involved in the debate and to bring attention to the fact that highway incidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths.

ASSE Offers Pandemic Flu Resources

hand washing

As the world braces for a second wave of H1N1 influenza this fall—on top of the usual seasonal influenza—the key question is “Is your company prepared for a pandemic?” ASSE provides several resources that members can use to develop plans to prevent illness and respond to outbreaks among the workforce, fact sheets and links to government websites with additional information.

Upcoming Workshops Offer Special Presentations

ASSE’s Proactive Safety Management Workshops, scheduled for Nov. 12-13, in Miami, FL, will feature a keynote speaker and a special presentation in addition to a variety of 1-day seminars.

Keynote speaker Barry Libert will present Keeping Safety Relevant in a Socially Connected World. Libert, chair and CEO of Mzinga, will discuss opportunities and benefits of social networking and explain how it can provide greater productivity, skill-building and communication.

ASSE past president Samuel Gualardo, CSP, will give a special presentation, Overcoming the Organizational Barriers to Safety and Health Excellence. Gualardo, president of National Safety Consultants Inc., will present methods to better manage both tangible and intangible organizational barriers that affect safety and health performance.

Membership Has Its Benefits

Your ASSE membership gives you access to several personal benefits that can save you money.


More News

Howard Returns to NIOSH

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” John Howard, M.D., has been reappointed as NIOSH director, a position he held from 2002 through 2008. ASSE welcomed the announcement and anticipates that Howard will continue his track record as an advocate for occupational safety. “ASSE is pleased that this administration has recognized the quality leadership of Dr. John Howard,” says ASSE President Chris Patton, CSP. “At NIOSH, he . . . set a visionary direction that with adequate resources can address the rapidly changing risks in today’s workplaces.”

SeminarFest Offers More Than 50 SH&E Sessions

ASSE’s week-long SeminarFest, to be held Feb. 14-20, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV, provides more than 50 choices of continuing education seminars. Throughout the week, participants may earn up to 5.0 CEUs/COCs while attending sessions, networking opportunities and special events including an opening day reception, complimentary lunches and one luncheon presentation.

ASSE Consultants Directory Offers Top-of-the-Line Services

Are you searching for an expert SH&E consultant to help with your business needs? Be sure to access ASSE’s Consultants Directory to find contact information for member consultants who can provide the expertise you need.

Get Connected: Follow Chris Patton’s Blog

Be part of the conversation about ASSE and your profession. Read ASSE President Chris Patton’s blog and share your thoughts, expectations, ideas and comments. “One of my goals this year is to open even more lines of communication,” Patton says. “I hope members will take this opportunity to use current technology to participate in our Society. Such collaboration will ensure that ASSE continues to be the leading organization for safety professionals.”

ASSE Foundation Offers More Than $100,000 in Scholarships, Grants

ASSE Foundation’s scholarships and professional development grants are open to students pursuing SH&E degrees and to ASSE members and safety professionals working to advance their careers. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2009; awards will be announced by April 1, 2010.


Member News

ASSE Members Recognized by Alliance of HazMat Professionals

Sandra Martin (right)
receives her award from
AHMP President
Harry Kemp.

Ram Suga

Two ASSE members, Sandra Martin, CHMM, and Ram S. Suga, CSP, CIH, CHMM, have received the Champions of Excellence Award from Alliance of HazMat Professionals (AHMP). Martin is a supervisor, compliance and technical assistance program, for the Hazardous Waste Bureau, a program within the New Mexico Environment Department and a professional member of the New Mexico Chapter. Suga is a professional member of ASSE’s East Tennessee Chapter and is an industrial hygiene lead for Bechtel Jacobs LLC Co. in Oak Ridge, TN. To be considered for this award, each individual must meet five criteria, which include items such as publishing an article in a newspaper or journal, or introducing prospective members to AHMP.




Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.