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.
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Rethink Safety: A New View of Human Error and Workplace Safety
Improving Safety Results and Culture Using Six Sigma and Lean Tools—No Belt Required!
Safety Is Free . . . Because Culture IS the Key
We want to hear your SH&E Generations story. Did a relative or someone close to you influence your career path? Do you have a son or daughter who followed in your footsteps? If so, please share your story.
ASSE Foundation offers the Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Applications for Summer 2011 are due Feb. 1, 2011.
The second issue of SH&E Standards Digest is available online.
ASSE Foundation’s (ASSEF) annual report is now available online. FY2010 Foundation Chair Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST, explains how ASSEF continued to thrive this past fiscal year and thanks the generous donors for their continued support and contributions.
Do you know an SH&E professional who is not a member, but really should be? Have you tried different approaches including the Member-Get-A-Member campaign with no luck? Perhaps a gift membership from you would do the trick! Download the Gift Membership form today.
Become a mentor to an SH&E professional through ASSE’s Networking Partners Program. This program pairs members who are currently seeking employment with an employed member in their area who has volunteered to help them network and search for job leads. The Society is seeking employed ASSE members to volunteer as networking partners.
Top Recruiters: Honor Roll
The latest additions to ASSE’s Honor Roll.
Are you a tweeter? Hooked on uploading photos to Facebook? Posting questions to start conversations on LinkedIn? Take this month’s poll (located in the margin) and tell us which social media outlet you use most often.
To mark its 100th anniversary, ASSE has published a special calendar that is now available to members. Each month highlights safety advances in fields such as transportation, construction, mining and fire prevention. The calendar also includes key milestones in the history of occupational safety, chapter anniversary dates and ASSE events throughout the year. To order your copy, send an e-mail to ASSE’s Customer Service Department or call +1 (847) 699-2929.
OSHA Administrator David Michaels has written a follow-up letter to his July correspondence that described his vision for transforming OSHA to meet future challenges. The new letter discusses the agency’s developments and what it is doing to combat those challenges. At the end of the letter, Michaels asks the public to suggest ideas on topics he discusses or to speak up about SH&E issues.
ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, recently addressed the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hill discussed the impact of the economy on worker safety and the profession, and why SH&E professionals are so dedicated to preventing work-related injuries and illnesses.
Indicating that the decrease in U.S. workplace fatalities from 2008 to 2009 (a 17% decrease) may be partially attributed to the country’s high unemployment rate, Hill indicated that the fatality rate is unacceptable. “Still, 12 people a day are dying from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. That is not good. We must continue to work to bring that number down to zero,” he said.
Hill noted that now is not time for businesses to cut back on occupational safety and health systems; doing so could result in increased healthcare and workers’ compensation costs, production delays, reputation distress and other effects detrimental to companies and the economy. “Worse, the fatality, injury and illness rates could spiral upwards,” Hill noted. “In the U.S. and around the world not all businesses employ occupational safety, health and environmental professionals. . . . Those that do employ safety professionals have seen the positive results.”Read more of Hill’s speech in the ASSE newsroom.
SeminarFest 2011, set for Jan. 23-29, 2011, in Las Vegas, NV, offers individuals many options to explore continuing education opportunities. Yet, did you know that companies also can benefit from this week-long event? Companies that send 10 or more employees to SeminarFest may tailor a private education program for their attending employees. If your company is interested in this option, discounted rates are available. Contact Charlyn Haguewood at +1 (847) 768-3429 for more information.
ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (which was officially approved as a practice specialty on Oct. 14, 2010) offers a selection of tips to help reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries. The group points to workplace design as a key control. “The application of good ergonomic design of the workplace can improve productivity; help avoid illness and injury risks; and lead to increased satisfaction among the workforce,” the group explains. It also points to OSHA’s recent proposal to add a column to the OSHA 300 log to track these disorders as a reason for employers to focus renewed attention on preventing these costly injuries.
In addition, the new practice specialty is working to raise funds for an ergonomic scholarship to be offered by the ASSE Foundation. To donate online, be sure to check “Other” under the “I/We Support Section” and type in “Ergonomic Scholarship Fund.”
In support of SH&E education and research, SiteHawk, a leader in the chemical information management field, has established the SiteHawk Safety Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation. The scholarship will be available annually beginning in spring 2011, and will support full-time undergraduate SH&E students.
The Granite State Chapter is developing a new program aimed at pairing members of ASSE’s Keene State College Student Section with businesses through a job shadowing program. “[The students had] particular interest in job shadowing since the field of safety is so vast,” explains Chapter President Chuck Badeau, CSP, manager of loss prevention for Peerless Insurance. “It’s one thing to hear about careers in certain fields, but another to actually live it for a few hours. This will go a long way in helping them decide on a career path.”
The chapter is currently recruiting volunteers and opportunities in all industries, primarily in southern New Hampshire, with the goal of having the program running by the end of the year. “We are very excited about this,” Badeau says. “One of the best ways to serve both the students and businesses is to provide them with a hands-on look at day-to-day operations.”
While attending Safety 2010 in Baltimore, Joe Tarry, president of ASSE’s Murray State University Student Section, noticed that most of the student attendees were using Facebook to stay connected to friends, their school work and colleagues. Discussions with his friends about the social media site and how they used it more than e-mail encouraged Tarry to get his student section on Facebook.
“I pitched the idea to the executive board at our first meeting at the beginning of the semester, and they thought it would be a good tool for the organization,” Tarry says. He assigned two executive board members to create it and now that it’s up and running, Tarry says the section is benefiting from it. The members use it to post comments, OSHA and ASSE links, and safety education links. “It’s a wonderful tool with endless possibilities,” Tarry says. “The ability to use social media to keep track of ASSE events is going to grow and get even better.”
ASSE’s Louisville Chapter members have many upcoming projects that are keeping them active in the community while spreading the SH&E message. Chapter President Michael Neason reminds chapter members of their mission to provide value to members and their obligation to promote safety and get involved in their communities.
Recently, chapter members worked with Young Elementary School to encourage students to enter the Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. Members have also partnered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to provide Halloween bags to support their program. Finally, members again provided safety support for a project on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, which was completed during late October.
Four ASSE members received NSC’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA), which recognizes individuals who, throughout their careers, have demonstrated outstanding service to the field of safety and health.
“Those who receive the DSSA have exhibited a lifetime commitment to safety and health,” says NSC’s Janet Froetscher. “We’re thrilled to be recognizing such outstanding individuals for their efforts to prevent injuries and deaths.”
Krista Scarborough, a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter, has been named to the 2010 NSC Rising Stars of Safety list, which includes individuals under 40 who stand out among their peers in the safety and health field. Scarborough is senior safety and health manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S. “I am humbled and honored to have been nominated and chosen as a recipient,” she says. “It is always an honor to be recognized for my contributions to safety and health.”
By David L. Goetsch, Ph.D.
This book presents a 10-step model for establishing a safety-first culture. Goetsch devotes a separate chapter to each step and presents a strong rationale and reasons for organizations to invest in safety. The book’s recommendations are based on executive- and board-level interaction. For example, in discussing the need to ensure that decision makers understand their roles relating to safety and how costly failure to comply with applicable standards can be, Goetsch writes, “In my experience, the potential for financial penalties and prison sentences tactfully explained typically gets the attention of key decision makers in an organization.” This step—gaining commitment—is fundamental to all other steps in achieving a safety-first corporate culture.
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