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: Focus on the Leading Indicators to Transform Your Safety Culture
Webinar: Hazard Communication Revisited: OSHA’s Proposal to Align the Standard with the Globally Harmonized System
ASSE’s next virtual symposium, Solutions in Safety Training, scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2010, will discuss techniques to better analyze your audience, how to use time-saving templates, new training development options and how to measure training effectiveness. Learn time-saving tips to improve workforce performance, network with other attendees and earn 1.0 CEUs.
It has never been easier to spread the word about ASSE. Use the refer a friend e-mail tool to address and send a ready-made recruitment e-mail to all the friends, colleagues and associates you feel could benefit from membership in ASSE.
ASSE has revamped its online college and university directory. The directory contains information on 186 schools that offer safety-related degree programs, as well as information on those that offer online degree programs and courses.
Reserve your spot for Safety 2010, scheduled for June 13-16, 2010, in Baltimore. Registration and housing reservations open Dec. 16. This premier SH&E conference and exposition offers continuing education credits, keynote speakers, the latest SH&E products, technical tours, key-issue roundtables, a wide array of educational sessions and a chance to network with peers in the industry. Discounts are available for those who register before April 15, 2010.
ASSE encourages its members to respond to the NIOSH request for comments on its design for research to determine whether there will be enough occupational safety and health professionals to help protect workers from the workplace hazards of the 21st Century. Among NIOSH’s goals is to find out if occupational safety and health professional skill sets will match employers’ needs and demands. The most recent federal study to determine occupational safety and health professional supply was Safe Work in the 21st Century, published in 2000 by the Institute of Medicine.
Learn how to influence changes to increase safety excellence within your organization at ASSE’s safety management symposium, Delivering Safety Results in Changing Times, scheduled for March 11-12, 2010, in Scottsdale, AZ. The 2-day event offers presentations and sessions that will teach participants how to recover from economic challenges, implement sustainability practices, adapt corporate social responsibility and operate with reduced resources. To register or for more information, call ASSE’s Customer Service Department at (847) 699-2929.
ASSE’s Nominations & Elections Committee has announced the slate of candidates for the 2010 Society election. Candidate bios will be published in the February 2010 issue of Professional Safety.
A new technical report, Prevention Through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes, from ASSE provides guidance on including prevention through design concepts in an SH&E management systems to ensure decisions pertaining to occupational risks are included into the design and redesign processes. The report supports existing standards and procedures that meet performance objectives.
Professional Safety would like to thank its great team of authors for their contributions in 2009. Their hard work has contributed to the professional discourse of the SH&E profession, and helped to build the body of knowledge.You, too, can contribute to the discussion. Learn how you can become a published author in Professional Safety. If you aren’t sure where to start, try talking to one of the journal’s mentors. These individuals—all of them published PS authors—have volunteered to mentor prospective authors. You can contact them with questions about your article, potential topics and other writing suggestions.
ASSE’s Government/Professional Affairs has a new Awards and Honors website. The new site contains updated guidance material for the Fellow Honor petition, which includes specific examples of exemplary petitions. In addition, a recorded webinar is available that walks nominees and petition coordinators through the application process.
ASSE has updated the popular Z490.1 standard, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training. The Society has also developed a comparison document in that outlines changes and differences between the 2001 version and the 2009 version. Both are available in a special combo package.
ASSE’s virtual classroom is offering two December webinars for safety professionals interested in networking and discussing SH&E issues in an online environment. Focus on the Leading Indicators to Transform Your Safety Culture is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST) and will examine what an organization must do to develop a sustainable culture of safety excellence. Hazard Communication Revisited: OSHA’s Proposal to Align the Standard With the Globally Harmonized System is scheduled for Dec. 9, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST). This webinar will explore the proposed modifications to OSHA’s HazCom Standard that would align it with the Globally Harmonized System.
ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) has received two substantial donations to help fund scholarships and grants for future SH&E professionals. Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) donation of $20,000 will help fund the $1,000 annual CCHEST scholarship available to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in SH&E or closely related fields. In addition, Bechtel Group Foundation donated $10,000 to the Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship fund. Priority for this scholarship is given to students studying safety and health with an emphasis in construction safety who are attending Murray State University in Murray, KY, Montana Tech in Butte, MT, and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.
To spread the message about teen workplace safety and the SH&E profession, members of ASSE’s Northwest Tennessee Chapter spoke to students in marketing classes at Dyersburg (TN) High School. Hal Williams, CSP, OHST, Chapter Delegate and past president, says members wanted to share the message with students because it is important for students to learn about different safety and health disciplines. “Educating students about the SH&E profession will help them gain awareness of the safety and health field as well as provide information about the importance of workplace safety and health,” Williams says.
At the Central Florida Ergonomics Professional Development Conference, held Nov. 4, 2009, Central Florida Chapter members signed an alliance with representatives from the Tampa Area OSHA office to improve the safety and health of central Florida’s workers. By going above and beyond OSHA general industry regulations and promoting ergonomic concepts and programs, the two groups will work to improve SH&E in the workplace.
“While we are discussing future joint activities and initiatives with the Tampa Area OSHA office, we are confident that the success of our ergonomics alliance will create opportunities to find common concerns and common goals to work on together,” says Kelly Burnish, ASSE Central Florida Chapter Delegate.
On Nov. 10, ASSE’s Southwestern Ohio Chapter hosted more than 50 members from the tri-county fire departments in the Cincinnati area for a free lunchtime presentation on methamphetamine and clandestine laboratory awareness. The featured speaker was Special Agent Denis Lowe of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Clandestine Laboratory/Cannabis Suppression Unit. He explained how to identify whether a site is a meth lab and also discussed the various red flag ingredients that should alert EMS personnel to the potential presence of methamphetamine, as well as how methamphetamine looks within a container before it is extracted. Lowe also described key physical changes that occur in the people that use and manufacture methamphetamine.
Marion L. Jones, ASSE’s 1978-79 president, recently passed away. He was an emeritus professional member of the Central Texas Chapter. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Jones graduated in 1947 from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined ASSE in 1948. During his career, he worked for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, the Occupational Safety Division of the Texas State Department of Health and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
During an interview in June 2007, Mr. Jones shared his perspective on why he became a safety professional. “I felt like I was doing some good,” he said. He also found his career rewarding. “I think in the ways we live it is a very important and needed profession. I feel proud of the fact that I was a safety engineer and helped people prevent injuries to their workers.”
On a recent visit to a construction site where local college students were building a house, Colorado Chapter members Mark Semonisck, CSP, assistant vice president and a senior loss control consult at Lockton Inc., and Mary Lee Gisbon, CSP, ARM, Aurora Public School’s (APS) safety manager, noticed that instead of proper work boots, many of the students were wearing tennis shoes. In response, they organized the APS-Lockton Safety Affordable Footwear to Youth program at Lockton’s Denver office. The program raises money to purchase work boots for disadvantaged students in the school’s construction classes.
The pair raised enough money to purchase 70 pairs of boots to give to the students. “My job as a safety professional is not just a job. To me it also means helping people protect their lives, their livelihoods and much more. The earlier you get safety ingrained into workers’ minds and habits, the better.” Semonisck says.
ASSE member Scot Salzman, CSP, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Crum & Foster, has been working hard to promote teen workplace safety in his community. During the past months, he has created six teen workplace safety presentations that he has delivered at local schools. He discusses skills that can be applied to work habits teens use at home, as volunteers or at a paid job. Salzman, a Three Rivers Chapter member, says he had been thinking about making such presentations for some time. “OSHA and CDC have resources available, but it was the ASSE material that gave me the push to make contact with my local school district and offer the training,” he says.
His presentations are mostly for special education students, but other vocational education students have participated as well. Salzman has presented in the two school districts covering his hometown of Naperville, IL, plus the Northern DuPage Special Education Cooperative.
“It feels good to help wherever and whenever I can. Getting the teens thinking about safety early in their lives will hopefully create lasting habits that will benefit them throughout their working careers and in their personal lives as well,” he says.
Jane Mills, CSP, CHMM, a professional member of ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter, has been appointed national health and safety leader for Golder Associates Inc., a ground engineering and environmental services firm based in Redmond, WA. In this position, Mills will focus on the design of SH&E systems, and implementation of strategies to ensure the continuation of a safety-first culture throughout Golder. Mills holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Southern California.
Three ASSE members received the National Safety Council (NSC) Distinguished Service to Safety Award for their notable service to the safety and health field.
Dennis Rourke, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Omaha, NE, is director, risk management at First Data in Omaha, NE, and was recognized for his efforts within NSC’s chapter services division. Rourke is a member of ASSE’s Great Plaines Chapter.
Raymond Wagner, of Depew, NY, is president of Company Safety Inc. and a safety training specialist for DiVal Safety. He was recognized for his efforts within NSC’s business and industry division. Wagner is a member of ASSE’s Niagara Frontier Chapter.
Garland Whitworth, Ph.D., of Freeburg, IL, is a retired director of safety and education at Southern Illinois Builders Association. He was recognized for his efforts within NSC’s construction division. Whitworth is a member of ASSE’s St. Louis Chapter.
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.