Vol. 14, No. 5

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
May 12
Compliance or Injury Prevention? Which Is More Important?
May 19
Distracted Driving—A View From Inside the Cab
May 26
Successful Management of OSHA/MSHA Inspections and Investigations
Seminars & Workshops
Baltimore, MD
June 10
Math Review
June 10-11
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
June 11-13
ASP Workshop
June 11-13
CSP Workshop
June 11-13
CHST Workshop
June 11-13
Safety Management I
June 11-13
Corporate Safety Management
June 12-13
Reducing Losses From Occupational Health Risks and Environmental Exposures
June 13-16
Safety 2010
June 16
½ Day Math Review
June 17-18
Safety Management II
June 17-19
ASP Workshop
June 17-19
OHST Workshop

NAOSH Week Is Here

Get involved during NAOSH Week. Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces runs May 2-8, 2010, with Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on May 5. Promote occupational safety and health aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Organize community safety events, provide teen worker safety programs, distribute the NAOSH Week Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster or attend one of the many events held in Washington, DC, during NAOSH Week.

CoPS Article of the Month

The Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) featured article of the month is from The Advisor, Vol. 9, No. 2, the Consultants Practice Specialty’s newsletter. The article, “Evaluate This: A Compelling Technique to Measure & Evaluate Training Results,” is written by Chris Ross, CSP, CPLP, OHST.

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Join ASSE’s practice specialty, common interest group (CIG) and branch groups on LinkedIn. Nearly 4,000 members have already joined. Get involved and participate in discussions, search jobs, contribute articles, find resources and network with other SH&E professionals. Search for the practice specialties, branches and CIGs under LinkedIn’s Groups tab.

Foundation’s Advocate Newsletter Goes Digital

The Spring 2010 issue of The Advocate, ASSE Foundation’s newsletter, will be available in an interactive, online version in May. The new format allows users to zoom in and out of pages; click-navigate through an active table of contents; click on live links; and instantly send an e-mail to Foundation staff and leaders. A tutorial will be included at the beginning of each issue to guide you through the many features.

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SH&E Generations: The Kelley Family

Ed Kelly and Kristin Herman
Ed Kelly and Kristin Herman

I am proud to say that I have followed in my father's footsteps. Growing up, I excelled in math and science (just like my dad). As a child, I would always ask my father what he did. His response was that he was a chemical engineer and he worked for BASF in South Brunswick, NJ. He worked with SH&E and had the environmental engineers reporting to him. I never quite understood what a chemical engineer did until I went to college and studied biology. 

After I graduated from college, I worked in a laboratory for a French chemical company (down the road from my dad at BASF). After a year, there was a job posting for an SH&E coordinator at my company. I interviewed for the position and got the job with the condition of obtaining my master's degree in occupational safety. I decided to pursue my master’s at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). My father obtained his chemical engineering degree at NJIT (formerly known as Newark College of Engineering), yet another example of me following in his footsteps.

Dinner conversations are always amusing to my mother. My dad and I talk about regulations or incidents that have happened at other facilities and how it impacts our companies or employees. We share presentation templates and programs when we can. We have each other as “sounding boards” and ask each other’s opinions on work-related issues.

I have been an ASSE member since 1999 and have been very active in the New Jersey Chapter (e.g., President 2008-09). When my father took early retirement from BASF, he realized that he needed to find a new job (he was not ready to retire). I encouraged him to join ASSE for its resources and networking opportunities. He has been a member since 2006 and realizes the value of networking with other safety professionals. He has used the ASSE contacts for responses to technical questions. He now has his own company and works as a consultant for IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances) in the engineering and safety areas.

I am proud to go to chapter meetings and introduce other members to my dad. Not many people can say that they have followed one of their parents’ footsteps, and I am proud to say that I have!

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.