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Diversity Award Nominations Due Jan. 15

ASSE’s Diversity in the SH&E Profession Award recognizes an individual member for his/her commitment to the profession as it relates to supporting diversity initiatives and the Society’s membership. Nominations for the 2011 award are due Jan. 15.

In addition, the new Diversity Committee website is up and running. View past winners of the award, diversity scholarship needs and information on diversity initiatives.

ASSE: Your Source for Ergonomics


SH&E professionals in nearly every occupational setting are faced with musculoskeletal injuries. Through ASSE’s new Ergonomics Practice Specialty, you can network, share best practices, and discuss soft-tissue injuries, workers’ compensation claims, return-to-work programs and prevention strategies. Join the practice specialty by March 31, 2011, and ASSE will send you a free electronic copy of ANSI/ASSE A10.40-2007, Reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction. Be sure to include your current e-mail address on your application.

ASSE is also hosting the Engaging Executive Ergonomic Leadership webinar, Jan. 19, 2011, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST. Presenter Robert Pater will describe how to overcome executive barriers to ergonomic leadership, interest senior management in ergonomics and develop active leadership teams. He will also share several success stories. Participants will receive a link to the recorded version of the session for later viewing and session slides, and earn 0.2 CEUs.

Don't Miss SeminarFest 2011


SeminarFest 2011 will be held Jan. 23-29 at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV. This annual event is an opportunity to earn up to 5.0 CEUs/COCs in 1 week. With more than 50 seminars ranging from 1 to 3 days in length, SeminarFest offers essential technical, management and skill-development topics for the SH&E professional.

Whether you attend for 1 day or the full week, this event will satisfy your continuing education needs in safety and health. Each seminar is individually priced, and discounts increase with the number of seminars selected.

What’s more, special events create networking opportunities to offer attendees a well-rounded education experience. Highlights include an opening day reception, three complimentary lunches and luncheon presentation.

100th Anniversary Contests: Help Tell Safety's Story

Greatest SH&E Challenge Essay Contest

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What do you think is the greatest challenge facing the SH&E profession in the 21st century? Share your thoughts by entering ASSE’s 100th anniversary essay contest. Submit an original 1,000- to 2,000-word persuasive essay that outlines a specific challenge and highlights possible solutions/strategies.

Entries must be written by a single individual and must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2011. The top entry, to be selected by a panel of ASSE judges, will receive $1,500. The winning essay will be announced April 1, 2011. It will be highlighted during Safety 2011 and on ASSE’s website. In addition, the top 10 ranked entries will be compiled into a digital publication for distribution to ASSE members and interested parties.

Lights, Camera, Video

Not a writer? Then enter ASSE’s 100th anniversary video essay contest, “Why the World Needs More SH&E Professionals.” At work, at home and places in between, safety touches everyone. Help show the world that SH&E professionals play a vital role in keeping the world safe. Create a short video (no more than 2 minutes in length) that explains the importance of occupational safety and health, and highlights the professionals who safeguard it each day. Whether it’s a testimonial, performance art, a comedy routine or one clever sentence recorded with a web cam, as long as it is original, it can be entered.

Submissions are due Feb. 28, 2011, and judging will occur throughout the month of March. The grand-prize entry, which will be announced in April 2011, will win $1,500. This video will be featured on ASSE’s website and will be showcased at Safety 2011 in Chicago. In addition, the entry identified by the most visitors to the ASSE website as their favorite wins $1,000.

More News

ASSE Comments on Mine Reform Bill

In a letter to the Committee on Education and Labor, ASSE commented on the Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 and noted its concern that Congress may not be addressing OSH Act reform for all workers. In its letter, the Society noted that the visible loss of miners should not overshadow the loss of workers in every other kind of industry. "If Congress can address the safety and health of 350,000 miners, it can also address the safety and health of the nearly 125 million other Americans who go to work each day," ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, wrote. Despite its concern, the Society also expressed its support for some of the provisions, which include strengthening MSHA's ability to place a mine in pattern status, increased protections from retaliation and the surface mine exemption.

Member-Get-A-Member Winner Announcement

Don't keep ASSE a secret—tell a friend. The 2010 grand-prize winner will be announced on Jan. 12. The grand-prize winner will receive a Safety 2011 package for June 12-15 in Chicago, including registration, hotel accommodations and a $250 American Express gift card for expenses (not to exceed $2,000 total). Details on the 2011 Member-Get-A-Member campaign will also be released. The more friends you refer, the better the rewards.

Chapter & Member News

Important Chapter Deadlines Approaching

Officer Elections

If your chapter is preparing for an upcoming officer election, remember to consider the chapter’s bylaws. Based on those bylaws, candidates’ names and qualifications need to be published and distributed to the chapter membership at least 60 days in advance of the election. If your chapter elections are held in April, candidates should be published in February on the website and in your newsletters. For more information contact ASSE’s Chapter Services.

Bylaws Revisions Due Feb. 1

If your chapter's bylaws are more than 2 years old, chapter members must review them and have them signed by the regional vice president. A signed copy also must be forwarded to ASSE Chapter Services. Remember, major changes will require a vote from chapter members.

Dues Notifications

If your chapter has voted to increase chapter dues, voting results should be sent to ASSE Chapter Services along with the new dues amount. Dues changes must be reported by March 1, 2011, and go into effect on July 1.

Louisville Chapter Sponsoring Kids' Poster Entries

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Whitney Young Elementary School students work on their NAOSH Week posters.

Students in art classes at Whitney Young Elementary School in Louisville, KY, are busily working on their entries for ASSE’s annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. Louisville Chapter President Michael Neason, manager, health and safety, LG&E/KU Energy Services, worked with Kristine Larson, the school’s art teacher, to have the posters become an art project at the school.

The contest, part of the Society’s yearly NAOSH Week campaign, runs through Feb. 14, 2011, and is open to ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews between age 5 and 14. Chapters and members can also sponsor schools and students from their communities, their workplaces and similar locales. It’s a great way to get active in the community, and educate the public and young people about workplace safety and the SH&E profession. Find more ideas for getting involved in the online NAOSH Week toolkit.

Central Florida Chapter Members Participate in Great American Teach-In

Central Florida Chapter members participate in the Great American Teach-In at Garner Elementary School in Polk County, FL.

Central Florida Chapter members Brian Cook, CSP, and Heather Earl, CSP, participated in the Great American Teach-In at Garner Elementary School in Polk County, FL. They used ASSE’s Safety Suitcase and the Timon and Pumbaa Wild About Safety videos to educate the children about safety.

The Great American Teach-In is part of Pinellas County Schools’ annual American Education Week celebration, and is an opportunity for community members to visit public schools and share their knowledge with the next generation. Designed to engage a young audience, the Safety Suitcase is an interactive kit designed to help members when making presentations at schools about the safety profession.

Cook is senior safety and health manager for Walt Disney Co., and he is a member of the Society’s Management Practice Specialty. Earl is Central Florida Chapter President and a professional member, and is a member of the Society’s Public Relations Committee. Earl is manager, safety and health LOB operations for Walt Disney World Resorts. She is a member of ASSE’s Management Practice Specialty, as well as the Women in Safety Engineering and Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce common interest groups.

Vol. 14, No. 12

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
Seminars & Workshops
Las Vegas, NV
January 23
Math Review
January 23-25
Corporate Safety Management
January 23-25
Safety Management I
January 23-25
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety
January 24-26
ASP Workshop
January 26-27
Safety Management II
January 26-27
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
January 27-29
CSP Workshop
January 27-29
CHST Workshop
January 27-29
OHST Workshop
January 28-29
Reducing Losses from Occupational Health Risks & Environmental Exposures
January 12
Responding to Safety & Environmental Incidents: Practical Lessons Learned From the BP Gulf of Mexico Disaster
January 19
Engaging Executive Ergonomic Leadership

Give the Gift of Safety

Do you have a friend, coworker, employee or vendor who is passionate about safety and would benefit from the opportunities and focused content ASSE’s niche groups provide? ASSE offers the ability to purchase practice specialty ($20) and common interest group ($10) membership as a gift, reward or employee benefit for an existing ASSE member.

In Memoriam

The Society remembers those members who passed away in 2010. Our thoughts are with their friends and families.

Long-Service Recognition

During 2011, these members will reach significant years-of-service milestones—25, 40 and 50 years—with ASSE. We give them special thanks for their continued support of the Society and the SH&E profession.

ASSE's Certificate Programs: Recent Recipients

ASSE's Certificate in Safety Management program and the Executive Program in Safety Management are designed to help SH&E professionals gain critical knowledge, resources and skills to deliver quality safety programs in their organizations. Take a look at who has recently earned this important level of recognition in the field.

Top Recruiters: Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.