Vol. 14, No. 2

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
February 3
Webinar: A Critique of the Federal Lockout/Tagout Compliance Directive
February 12
Webinar: Techniques for Hazard Recognition for the Field Employees
February 14-20
SeminarFest 2010
February 17
Webinar: Prevention Through Design—Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design & Redesign Processes
February 24
Webinar: Mental Strategies & Skills for Soft-Tissue Safety

Society Election

Be sure to check ASSE’s website for the slate, biographies and platform statements of 2010 Society officer nominees. Voting begins March 1, 2010.

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ASSE Member Discounts at Avis

Kids’ Posters Due Feb. 14

Entries for the NAOSH Week poster contest are due Feb. 14, 2010. Be sure your kids’ entries are received in time!

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In This Issue


Top Stories

Times Are Changing—And It’s a New Day for Safety

The world has seen tremendous changes in the past 2 years—from political changes and economic challenges, to growing sustainability efforts and the move toward corporate social responsibility. These changes all affect occupational safety—and when leveraged properly, they can help SH&E professionals showcase safety as a corporate advantage. Learn proven strategies for Delivering Safety Results in Changing Times by attending ASSE’s symposium March 11-12 in Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more about the topics to be presented, be sure to read interviews with keynote speaker Mary O’Hara-Devereaux and session speakers Bill Barbarow and Jim Spigener.

Recruit New Members, Win Prizes

ASSE’s 2010 Member-Get-A-Member campaign is underway. The steps are easy: 1) Forward an ASSE application to someone you know using the refer-a-friend tool. 2) Ask your friend to enter your name in the sponsor section of the membership application. 3) Tell as many people as you want.

ASSE will keep track of how many paid memberships you have sponsored for the campaign, which ends in December 2010. Check your status by sending an e-mail to ASSE's membership department. You will receive a gift when your first friend joins, as well as other gifts for additional referrals. Also, for every new paid member you recruit, you will receive an entry to win a free trip to Safety 2011 in Chicago. The trip includes a full Safety 2011 package, 3 nights’ hotel accommodations and a $250 AMEX card to use for expenses. 

On another note, the winner of the 2009 Member-Get-A-Member campaign, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, is Manuel Campos Jr. from the New Mexico Chapter Zia Section. Campos received a $250 ASSE gift certificate for his efforts.

Join SafetyNet 2010

Registered attendees of Safety 2010 can log on to SafetyNet 2010, a site that allows those planning to attend the PDC to network and communicate with each other before and during Safety 2010.

The site features a video tour that demonstrates how SafetyNet works, and a chat room where you can talk to others currently online. Use the attendee map to mark your location, or view where other attendees are located. In the Q&A area, you can ask a question or help out with an answer. Attendees can search for colleagues and associates, and use the “Comment Wall” to leave a message on the person’s profile.

Make the most of this networking tool and register for the conference today.

Practice Specialties Now Have "Group" Pages on LinkedIn

ASSE recently launched group pages on LinkedIn.com for the practice specialties and branches. An invitation went out last week, and the response was incredible; nearly 3,000 members have joined these groups in the first week alone. Please take a moment to participate in the discussions, search jobs, contribute articles, find resources and network with other fellow EH&S professionals. Click here for details.

Certified Occupational Nurses Qualify for Professional Membership

ASSE now recognizes the certified occupational health nurse (COHN-S) credential for ASSE professional member status, provided the person also has a bachelor’s degree and 5 years of SH&E experience. Existing members who wish to upgrade to professional member can contact Geri Golonka.

Middle East Chapter Conference & Exhibition: Feb. 20-24, 2010

ASSE’s Middle East Chapter will host the 9th Professional Development Conference & Exhibition at the Gulf Hotel International Convention Center in Bahrain. Slated to run Feb. 20-24, the conference will take a global look into SH&E. Sessions will focus on anticipating, evaluating and controlling hazards in the workplace, and ways to increase awareness of promoting safe working conditions in the Gulf countries. Session topics include change management, electrical safety, risk assessment, risk communication and contractor safety.



More News

COPS Article of the Month

ASSE’s Council on Practices and Standards (COPS) features monthly articles on its website. The selected articles are chosen from a recently published practice specialty newsletter and are meant to appeal to all practice specialty members. This month’s article, “Electrical Safety Requirements,” written by Dennis Neitzel, CPE, was published in the Vol. 9, No. 1, issue of ByDesign, the Engineering Practice Specialty newsletter.

ASSE Debuts Two New A10 Standards

Two new A10 construction standards will be available this month. The first standard, ANSI/ASSE A10.16-2009 Safety Requirements for Tunnels, Shafts and Caissons, will be effective Feb. 10. This standard establishes safety requirements and practices for the construction of tunnels, shafts and caissons. ASSE reports that these workers are often exposed to extreme conditions, including reduced ventilation and light, limited means of access and egress, and risk of exposure to dangerous gases.

The second standard, ANSI/ASSE A10.47-2009, Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction, will be effective Feb. 24. This standard establishes minimum requirements for the construction and maintenance of public and private highways and roads to 1) prevent worker injuries and illnesses resulting from working in work zones; 2) establish safe work practices in highway work zones; and 3) prevent vehicular crashes in highway work zones.

ASSE Launches Prevention Through Design Standards Initiative, Will Host Webinar

ASSE has launched the Z790 standards initiative to develop a new standard, Prevention Through Design (PTD): Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes. In 2009, ASSE issued TRZ790.001-2009, a technical report on which the standard will build. ASSE is reviewing the draft standard and setting up stakeholder meetings. ASSE will then move the standard through ANSI’s canvass process.

In addition, on Feb. 17, ASSE will host a webinar, “Prevention Through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes.” The webinar will cover the technical report and provide examples of how PTD is being implemented in industry. Bruce W. Main, P.E., CSP, president of design safety engineering inc. and a member of NIOSH’s PTD Council, will be the presenter.

Construction Safety Virtual Symposium

Join industry experts and attendees from around the world March 16-18, 2010, for ASSE’s Construction Safety: Best Practices & Standards virtual symposium. Participants can access the recorded sessions online for up to 30 days after the event, earn 1.0 CEUs and access an online compendium of construction-safety related articles and proceedings from past ASSE professional development conferences. The symposium will discuss:

  • best practices, case studies and important safety strategies related to such technical topics as scaffolding, crane operation, demolition operation and excavation safety;
  • contractor and subcontractor management strategies;
  • fall protection/arrest best practices;
  • how to reduce health hazards on construction sites;
  • strategies for reducing risk, tying safety metrics to insurance costs and better managing the bottom line;
  • OSHA’s view on construction safety and regulations.

ASSE Foundation News

Medina Scholarship & Grant Renamed
ASSE professional member Rixio E. Medina, CSP, CPP, recently donated $5,000 to the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF) general fund for scholarships and grants. Since 2005, Medina has contributed $79,500. At Medina’s request, the Medina Professional Development Grant has been renamed the Gabriel Alvarado Professional Development Grant in honor of refinery operator and firefighter Gabriel Alvarado of Corpus Christi, TX.

“My friend Gabriel was severely injured in an industrial accident in July 2009. His determination and gallantry to overcome adversity is an inspiration to all his family, friends and coworkers,” Medina says. “I wanted to further recognize his heroic efforts by naming this Foundation grant after him.”

In addition, the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety has been renamed the Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship. Medina is managing member of RE Medina Management LLC and general partner of Rixio Medina & Associates LP, Corpus Christi, TX.

Kendrick Scholarship Established
ASSE’s Fort Worth Chapter renamed its chapter scholarship the James “Skipper” Kendrick – ASSE Fort Worth Chapter Safety and Health Scholarship in honor of the longtime chapter member, ASSE past president and the Society’s newest Fellow. The Fort Worth Chapter awards two $500 scholarships each year to college-level occupational safety and health students.

With more than 30 years of experience in the SH&E profession, Kendrick is president of Kendrick Global Enterprises LLC. He has served as global director, EHS Training, for Textron Inc., and manager, industrial safety and hygiene, for Bell Helicopter, a Textron company. He has also held safety positions at the Associated Builders & Contractors, Safety Management Inc. and Port Allen Marine Service Inc.


Chapter & Member News

Outstanding Student Section Award Applications Due April 1

Submit your student section’s application by April 1 for the Society’s Outstanding Student Section Award. The first-place winner will receive $6,000 to help the section provide more activities and benefits to its student members. All applicants that meet the minimum criteria but do not win the award will receive $500 for the section.

Cascade Chapter Helps Local Food Bank

The members of ASSE’s Cascade Chapter are collecting money and food donations for FOOD for Lane County, a local food bank in Eugene, OR. Steven Nichols, chapter past president, says that since the people of Oregon have been hit hard by the recession, chapter members saw an opportunity to help fellow citizens who need it most. During the chapter’s upcoming conference, scheduled for March 9-10, 2010, members will be raffling off several gift baskets. To participate in the raffles, people will need to purchase safety bucks, each worth either $1 (which can purchase and move 5 lb of food) or three cans of food. Conference attendees may make the cash/canned food donation for safety bucks until noon on March 10, after which the safety bucks will be drawn randomly to determine the winners.

Fearing Joins DynCorp

Jack Fearing.jpg Jack Fearing, CPEA, a professional member of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter, has been appointed corporate environmental, health and safety director for DynCorp International LLC, based in Falls Church, VA. DynCorp provides specialized mission-critical services to civilian, military and government agencies worldwide. In this newly created position, Fearing will focus on the design of SH&E systems and the implementation of focused strategies to ensure a sustainable safety culture throughout the corporation. Fearing holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. in Environmental Health Science from Boston University. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Colonel and was a helicopter pilot and aviation safety officer.

Thompson Named Fellow by Occupational Health Nurses

Marcy Thompson.jpg Marcella R. Thompson, CSP, a professional member of ASSE’s Greater Boston Chapter and a doctoral candidate in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, has been named a Fellow by the Academy of American Occupational Health Nurses. She was recognized for her dedication and accomplishments in occupational and environmental health nursing in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, management and policy.

Thompson holds two master’s degrees, one in nursing from Boston University and one in occupational health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was founding clinical director of one of the first hospital-based occupational health services in the U.S. at South Shore Hospital, an SH&E consultant and principal safety engineer for Cherry/ON Semiconductor Corp. She has been a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University. In 2004, Thompson was appointed chair of the Rhode Island Commission for Mercury Reduction and Education. That group helped develop emergency response protocols for the state’s Office of Environmental Risk Assessment.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.