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ASSE on Healthcare Ergonomics, Public-Sector Coverage

ASSE recently shared its comments on two hot-button occupational safety and health issues—ergonomics in healthcare and occupational safety coverage for public-sector employees.

The Society supported the general approach of a standard proposed in HR 2381, which would require lifting equipment to protect direct-care nurses and healthcare workers against ergonomic risks. However, ASSE recommended several changes designed to ensure the best patient care, including allowing manual lifting if needed, and calls for provisions that would ensure continuity of care when employees refuse assignment. ASSE also urged caution in including home healthcare without resolving issues of reimbursement and OSHA oversight of work in the home.

In its comments on the Protecting America’s Workers Act (HR 2067), a key OSHA reform bill in Congress, ASSE called for inclusion of provisions to provide coverage to the more than 8 million state and municipal workers now without federal-level safety and health protections. Such coverage is required only in states with federally approved state OSH plans.

Upcoming Virtual Symposia

ASSE’s virtual symposia offer a convenient alternative for professional development. Participants have access to session recordings for 30 days after the events are conducted, learn from experts, explore real-world solutions, network with SH&E professionals and participate in virtual expos. ASSE’s two upcoming virtual symposia offer advice on safety training and construction safety.

Solutions in Safety Training is scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2010. This event will discuss how to engage employees in training and how to sustain training with limited resources. Participants may earn 1.0 CEU, attend how-to sessions and receive free SH&E resources.

Construction Safety: Best Practices and Standards is scheduled for March 16-18, 2010. This symposium will cover techniques to implement job safety on construction sites. Sessions include information on crane safety, contractor and subcontractor management, scaffolding and demolition operations.  

Deadline for ASSE’s Diversity Award Nominations is Jan. 15

Nominations for ASSE’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environment Profession Award are due Jan. 15, 2010. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Council on Member and Region Affairs, this award recognizes an individual ASSE member for his/her commitment to the SH&E profession as it relates to supporting diversity initiatives and Society membership. The award winner will be selected without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin or physical challenges.


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Start the New Year Off With Safety Certification

The new year serves as an excellent time to work toward achieving a safety certification, Certificate in Safety Management or Executive Program in Safety Management. ASSE preparation workshops and seminars are taking place in St. Pete Beach, FL, Jan. 17-22, 2010. The early registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 5, 2010, saving you $50 per seminar or workshop. Register by calling (847) 699-2929. Upcoming workshops and courses include:

Jan. 17-22, 2010
17, Math Review 0.7 CEU
18-20, ASP Workshop 2.1 CEUs
21-23, CSP Workshop 2.1 CEUs
18-20, Safety Management l 2.1 CEUs
21-22, Safety Management ll 1.4 CEUs
18-20, Managing the Business Aspects of Safety 2.1 CEUs
21-22, Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System 1.4 CEUs

Spreading the Safety Message Through Future Generations

Spreading the message about workplace safety and promoting the SH&E profession—these are among ASSE’s most important jobs. One way to accomplish these goals is by reaching out to future generations. ASSE’s Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest was designed to do just that.

Since its inception in 2002, the contest has grown exponentially and has captured the attention of not just those in the safety community, but those in other areas as well. The contest was the focus of the cover story of a publication serving association professionals. “Posters That Protect” appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of FORUM magazine, published by the Association Forum of Chicagoland. The article shares the thoughts of ASSE members, staff and volunteer leaders, including Jack Dobson Jr., CSP, ASSE past president and technical director of Liberty Mutual Group’s UPS Dedicated Loss Prevention Team. “Little kids are just brutally honest,” the article quotes Dobson. “They really open a lot of eyes because they’re not trying to analyze or be politically correct; they’re coming up with their honest feelings about how to get Mom and Dad home safe.”

SH&E Generations

Many SH&E professionals have parents or children who are also in the profession. Did your son or daughter follow in your footsteps? Did a parentís involvement in the safety profession encourage you to follow in their footsteps? ASSE would like to hear from you.

Tell us your story of SH&E generations.

The poster contest is just one of the ways ASSE is reaching out to future generations. ASSE has many resources designed to reach kids and students directly, such as the “Don’t Be a Zombie at Work” online safety game, as well as tools such as the Safety Suitcase, which members can use when visiting schools to talk about workplace safety and the SH&E profession. ASSE members and chapters are finding innovative ways to use these resources. For example, in Florida, several ASSE members participated in the Great American Teach-In held Nov. 18, 2009, where volunteers visit local schools and share their knowledge, experience and dedication to their careers with students from kindergarten through high school.

It’s never too late to get involved. There’s still time to enter the 2010 Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. Deadline for entries is Feb. 14, 2010. Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren, find out if your chapter is sponsoring a local school. It’s a great way to start—and a rewarding way to spread the safety message to future generations.

Earn CEUs at SeminarFest

Attend ASSE’s SeminarFest and earn up to 5.1 CEUs/COCs in 1 week. Scheduled for Feb. 14-20, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV, participants may choose from more than 50 seminars each ranging from 0.7 to 2.1 CEUs. Register now or on site in Las Vegas.

Safety 2010: Are You In?

Be part of the conference that brings together the best in the SH&E community. Register today for ASSE’s Safety 2010, June 13-16 in Baltimore. You’ll learn proven strategies and take away examples that work all while networking with today’s SH&E leaders and industry experts.

Advance the SH&E Profession: Become an ABET Program Evaluator

Interested in helping to improve the quality of technical education delivered by colleges and universities? Volunteer to become an ABET program evaluator. As an evaluator, you’ll learn new perspectives from academic and business professionals, hone your interviewing, reporting and writing skills, as well as your team-building and decision-making skills, strengthen your analytical abilities and expand your network. By helping to make a difference in higher education, you’re also helping to ensure the continued strength of the SH&E profession.


Member News

Alaska Chapter Members Reappointed to Alaska Safety Council

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell reappointed ASSE Alaska Chapter members Herb “Safety Herb” Everett and Michael Schowen, CSP, to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.

Everett, of Anchorage, AK, is director of safety and workers’ compensation for Westmark Hotels Inc. He has served on the advisory council since 1992, is the current chair and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.

Schowen, of Anchorage, AK, is senior safety advisor with BP Exploration and an adjunct professor of safety and health compliance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has served on the council since 2000 and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.

As council members, Everett and Schowen will help reduce the risks of accidental death and injury and work with private and public organizations to direct resources to improve safety. Council members also make recommendations to the governor and legislature on state safety policy. They represent industry, labor, and federal, state and local government.

In Memoriam

The Society remembers those members who passed away in 2009. Our thoughts are with their friends and families.

Long-Service Recognition

During 2010, these members will reach significant years-of-service milestones—25, 40 and 50 years—with ASSE. We thank them for their continued support of the Society and the SH&E profession.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.

ASSE's Business Edge


Personal Branding for Success in Life and Business

By Julius E. Rhodes, MSHRIR, SPHR

“In order to beat the competition you have to compete differently.” BRAND: YOU reviews the concepts of branding and explains how to apply them on a personal level to develop a sustainable, competitive advantage that’s critical in life and business, particular in trying economic times. Managing a personal brand can also increase your perceived value to those you seek to influence. Readers will find practical guidance on establishing and promoting a personal brand, strategies for addressing challenges to that brand and tips for embracing change. In covering those topics, Rhodes defines six essential brand traits, and discusses the importance of setting goals, networking and developing relationships.

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Vol. 14, No. 1

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
Jan. 7
Webinar: Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protective Devices: A Live Webcast on the ANSI/ASSE Z87.1-2003 Standard
Jan. 13
Webinar: Complacency: The Silent Killer
Jan. 17
Math Review
Jan. 18-20
ASP Workshop
Jan. 18-20
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety
Jan. 18-20
Safety Management I
Jan. 20
Webinar: Implementing the New NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Requirements
Jan. 21-22
Safety Management II
Jan. 21-22
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
Jan. 21-23
CSP Workshop
Jan. 26-28
Virtual Symposium: Solutions in Safety Training

PS Article Archive & Index Available Online

Professional Safety articles published since 2000 are fully searchable by issue date, author and keyword on PS Online, where ASSE members can search and download articles for free. In addition, members can download full-issue PDFs (January 2005 to present) that contain interactive links to help navigate through the file and connect to highlighted websites and advertising information. Professional Safety’s article indexes are also available online to help you find articles published since 1995. A complete index of each year’s articles is available for download.

ASSE Refer-a-Friend

Tell a Friend About ASSE

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 Member Discounts at Avis

Prevent Roadway Crashes

RoadSafetyCover.jpg ASSE’s “Prevent Roadway Crashes” brochure offers driving tips to help motorists navigate safely on roads, especially during severe weather conditions. Download a copy and share it with friends, family and employees.