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Society Using Videos to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary

New Video Celebrates 100 Years in Safety

ASSE’s new video, ASSE—Celebrating 100 Years of Safety, is part of the Society’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety. Narrated by actor Alan Wilder, the video discusses how the SH&E profession has evolved throughout the past 100 years. ASSE members and nonmembers are featured throughout the video, and they explain how important the profession is to everyday life. The video also discusses how past workplace tragedies have helped shaped the profession, how current projects are developing, and future contributions the industry’s professionals may make during the next 100 years.

Create Your Own Video

Create your own video to help celebrate ASSE's 100th anniversary by entering ASSE's 100th anniversary video essay contest, "Why the World Needs More SH&E Professionals." Help show the world how 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. 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.

Don't Miss ASSE's Fire Safety Virtual Symposium: March 1-2

Join ASSE’s latest virtual symposium, Best Practices in Fire Safety, March 1-2. You will learn fire safety skills pertinent to all SH&E professionals. The symposium includes webcasts ranging from evacuation practices and sprinkler systems to understanding the Life Safety Code and hazard recognition. Complete the entire 2-day symposium by attending the live webcasts or view the recordings at any time, for up to 30 days after the symposium ends. You will also be able to connect with other SH&E professionals via the Virtual Symposium Network, and learn about the latest products and services from fire safety suppliers. Attendees will earn 1.6 CEUs, and group discounts are available.

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New Safety 2011 Social Networking Sites

Check out ASSE’s new social networking sites dedicated to Safety 2011. On Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, these new tools promote the event and provide important information and updates for those interested in attending.

ASSE 2011 Elections

ASSE members can vote for Society officers, region vice presidents and area directors starting March 1. Candidate bios for Society and region officers appear in the February issue of PS, and bios and platform statements are posted online. More details will be included with the ballot, which will be sent electronically or mailed to all voting members by March 1. Ballots must be received by March 31. Election results will be published in the May issue of PS. The new board will be sworn in during the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday, June 12, in Chicago.

Join the NIOSH Meeting

Representatives from NIOSH, Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Program and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory are holding a meeting on March 29, 2011, to discuss their current research projects and additional workplace safety and health topics. The meeting, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburg Airport, will focus on PPE in the healthcare, mining, agriculture and public safety industries. ASSE members are encouraged to attend and share their knowledge. NIOSH also reports that live remote access is available. View the NIOSH announcement for more information.

UPS Foundation Donates to ASSEF Scholarship Program

ASSE Foundation recently received a $35,000 grant from UPS Foundation to fund six scholarships, each totaling $5,250, and an opportunity for recipients to attend Safety 2011 in Chicago. Three of these scholarships will be awarded under the Gerry Eaker Memorial Scholarship fund, which honors a long-time UPS manager. The other three will be awarded through the UPS Diversity Scholarship program.

Kids’ Poster Contest Deadline Is Feb. 14

Don’t miss the Feb. 14 deadline for the 9th Annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. Four winners from each of five age categories will be selected. Each first-place winner will receive a $5,000 savings bond; second-place winners each receive a $500 savings bond; third- and fourth-place winners each receive a $200 savings bond. Winning entries will be honored at NAOSH Week events in Washington, DC, and have their winning posters distributed worldwide. The contest is open to all children sponsored by an ASSE member or chapter.

Chapter & Member News

Middle East Chapter Hosts Successful Event

In late October 2010, ASSE’s Middle East Chapter sponsored the 6th annual Health, Safety and Environmental Symposium on Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals in Doha, Qatar. The symposium featured more than 30 sessions as well as a keynote address by Dr. Salih Ali Al Marri, Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs for the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar.

Michael Thompson, CSP, a past Society president and the 2010 ASSE Safety Professional of the Year, was among the featured speakers. Thompson, an information technology and service global HSE advisor for BP Exploration and Production in Houston, TX, presented a session on “Business Continuity Planning: Anticipate, Evaluate and Confront.” Read more about the event on the Qatar Tribune website.

Medina Appointed to NACOSH Board

Rixio Medina

ASSE member Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, has been appointed to serve a 2-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). This is Medina’s third appointment to NACOSH. He was first appointed in 2000, and again in 2002. In 2003, Medina was appointed to serve on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

NACOSH advises the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies. Members of the 12-person committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.

Medina has more than 32 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is general partner of Rixio Medina & Associates, LP, and a former vice president of CITGO Petroleum Corp., in Houston, TX. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Technology-Fire Protection and Safety from Oklahoma State University, and an M.S. in Industrial Security from Central Missouri State University.

Medina is a trustee of the ASSE Foundation and a member of ASSE’s Global Committee. He is a professional member of ASSE’s Coastal Bend Chapter, a member of the Fire Protection, Consultants and Engineering practice specialties, and a member of the Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce and Young Professionals in SH&E common interest groups.

Members on BCSP Board of Directors

Several ASSE members have been elected to the 2011 BCSP Board of Directors as officers and directors. BSCP Officers include: Margaret Carroll, P.E., CSP, New Mexico Chapter, as president; and Emory Knowles III, Chesapeake Chapter, as treasurer. BCSP directors include: Jack Dobson Jr., Wisconsin Chapter; Lon Ferguson, Ed.D., CSP, Western Pennsylvania Chapter; Sam Gualardo, CSP, Western Pennsylvania Chapter; John Hodges, CSP, Gulf Coast Chapter; Edward Jones, CSP, CCFPS, ALCM, Colonial Virginia Chapter; Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, Coastal Bend Chapter; CeCe Weldon, CSP, CHMM, STS, URS, Central Texas Chapter. All board members began their terms in January.

ASSE Bookshelf

The Fire Safety Management Handbook, 2nd Edition
By Daniel Della-Giustina, Ph.D.
Developing an effective fire safety management program can reduce property loss insurance programs; help minimize the financial impact of business interruptions; boost customer service and public image; foster an efficient work environment; help realize quality gains; and impact favorably on an organization’s profitability.
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Vol. 15, 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
Seminars & Workshops
Charlotte, NC
Feb. 6
Math Review
Feb. 7-9
ASP Workshop
Feb. 7-9
Safety Management I
Feb. 10-11
Safety Management II
Feb. 10-12
CSP Workshop
Feb. 9
Z-10 Management Leadership and Employee Participation
Feb. 16
Industrial Hygiene Sampling for the Safety Professional

Diversity Award Nominations Deadline Extended

The deadline for ASSE’s 2011 Diversity in the SH&E Profession Award nominations has been extended until Feb. 15, 2011.

The 2010 Membership Campaign Winner Is...

Kelly Bernish, manager, safety and health operations and compliance, Walt Disney Work Parks & Resorts, US, is winner of the 2010 Member-Get-A-Member campaign. For recruiting the most new members, Bernish will receive a Safety 2011 package including registration, hotel accommodations and a $250 Amex card for expenses. Bernish is a professional member of the Central Florida Chapter and chair of the Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group.

Sponsorships Support ASSE’s Mission

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, ASSE has teamed with ABB Inc., BST Inc., Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, CLMI Safety Training and Complete Equity Markets Inc. to share the Society’s mission to support SH&E professionals and the profession in the effort to protect people, property and the environment. Each company has its own unique relationship with the Society and is committed to supporting safety engineers and the industry.

FREE WEBINARS for Students

Did you know that ASSE student members have free access to ASSE webinars? Enter your ASSE student member number when you register to automatically receive the free registration.


The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.