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Are you planning on attending Safety 2011? If so, tell us what you’re looking forward to the most. Take this month’s poll (location in the right margin), and let us know what you think.

Win $1,500 in ASSE's Video & Essay Contests: Deadlines Extended

The deadline for the ASSE 100th Anniversary video and essay contests has been extended to March 31. The grand prize for each contest is $1,500.

Video Contest
Why does the world need more SH&E professionals? SH&E professionals play a vital role in keeping the world safe. Get creative by recording a short original video that demonstrates the importance of occupational safety and health, and highlights the professionals who safeguard it every day. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,500. Another $1,000 will be awarded to the entry with the most votes by website visitors.

Essay Contest
Are you better with words than video? Share your thoughts on the greatest challenge facing the SH&E profession in the 21st century. Submit an original 1,000- to 2,000-word persuasive essay that outlines a specific challenge and highlights possible solutions/strategies for addressing it. (For comparison, that’s about 2½ to 5 pages double-spaced, using 10 pt font.) Entries must be written by a single individual. The top entry will win $1,500.

Don't Miss Upcoming PDC Opportunities

100th Anniversary Society Gala

During Safety 2011, the Society will host a gala to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. The gala, held at Chicago's Navy Pier, will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2011. Attendees will have a chance to enjoy the venue's scenic views, and partake in a reception and dinner. In addition, entertainment will be provided by the band World Classic Rockers. The gala promises to be a memorable night to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. Contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929 to learn more or to reserve a table.

Safety 2012 Call for Presenters

If you're interested in presenting at the Safety 2012 conference, scheduled for June 3-6, 2012, in Denver, CO, submit a proposal for review by the Conference Planning Committee. Proposals are due July 13, 2011.

ASSE March Madness

Would you like to earn up to $100 in ASSE Bucks?  Check out Cash Back Fridays for members only during March Madness at ASSE. Also, don’t miss this Luck of the Irish offer. You’ll receive a $50 gift certificate to when you register for SAFETY 2011 on St. Patrick’s Day. 

In addition, refer 10 new ASSE members and receive a $100 American Express gift card. The new members will receive a free webinar in addition to existing prizes for the Member-Get-A-Member Campaign. Simply ask the new members to enter your name as their sponsor and use code 1101RAF on the new member application.

More News

Virtual Symposium Examines Legal Issues & the SH&E Profession

Join ASSE March 29-30, 2011, for a virtual symposium designed to help you learn about the law, and how to pair that knowledge with your SH&E expertise to prevent lawsuits and reduce your employer’s legal liability. Webcast topics include complying with OSHA law and documentation requirements; contract law strategies and opportunities; employment law that affects SH&E functions; legal aspects of loss prevention and incident investigation; legal implications of crisis management; expert witnessing; and legal liabilities of SH&E professionals.

You can complete the symposium by attending the live webcasts or you can view session recordings for up to 30 days after the symposium ends. Upon registering, you receive access to a virtual network to help you collaborate with other attendees. Register by March 15 to receive the best rate.

New Standards Digest Available

The newest issue of ASSE Standards Digest is available. Learn about SH&E voluntary national consensus standards and ASSE’s agreement with International Safety Equipment Association to sell the ANSI/ISEA standards for PPE.

In addition, the following risk management standards have received final approval from ANSI and are being prepared by ASSE for publication:

  • Vocabulary for Risk Management (ANSI/ASSE Z690.1-2011) (identical national adoption of ISO Guide 73:2009)
  • Risk Management—Principles and Guidelines (ANSI/ASSE Z690.2-2011) (identical national adoption of ISO 31000:2009)
  • Risk Assessment Techniques (ANSI/ASSE Z690.3-2011) (identical national adoption of ISO/IEC 31010:2009)

Safety Suitcase Program Needs Your Help

ASSE is seeking donations for its Safety Suitcase program. PPE items such as clothing, hardhats, orange safety vests, earplugs, respirators and safety glasses are needed to help demonstrate the importance of safety to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The goal of the program is to reach out to kids and teach them about safety and potential career options in a fun, interactive way. For more information, contact Pam Glinka at (847) 768-3462.

Chapter & Member News

SH&E Generations: The Lowe Family

We are always looking for ASSE members to share their stories of following a parent into the SH&E profession or having a son or daughter follow in their footsteps of spreading the safety message.

Here's the story of Eric Lowe and his daughter McKenna Lowe.

Left to Right: Jennifer Zipeto, Michelle Demarest, ASSE Senior Vice President Rick Pollock, Heather Earl and Scott Galas.

Region IV PDC a Success

ASSE’s Region IV recently wrapped up its 2011 PDC, held in Orlando, FL. Designed to provide new knowledge to meet the needs of SH&E professionals, the conference provided keynote speakers, educational sessions and an opportunity for members to network and meet new colleagues. The conference reportedly had a record number of registrants since its 2001 conference, and its events (silent auction and chapter night out) raised more than $4,000 toward endowing its scholarship.

Central Florida Chapter member Jennifer Zipeto says, “The great thing about a regional PDC is that you really have an opportunity to get to know your fellow participants, through the educational sessions, ice cream breaks, lunches and networking opportunities. And, even though the PDC was only 2 days, by the end of the second day, I felt that I knew almost everyone there and am looking forward to seeing my colleagues and new friends in Chicago in June!”

2010 Chapter Membership Challenge Winners

The following chapters are the winners of the 2010 Chapter Membership Challenge.  Each chapter receives prize money based on percentage growth in the small, medium and large categories.
Small Chapter 1st Place: Mobile
Small Chapter 2nd Place: Nigeria 
Small Chapter 3rd Place: Southern Colorado 
Medium Chapter 1st Place: Alaska 
Large Chapter 1st Place: Georgia

Turnbeaugh Joins BCSP

Treasa Turnbeaugh

Treasa Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., M.B.A., CSP, has joined BCSP as its new director of certification and program development. Turnbeaugh is a professional member of ASSE’s Central Illinois Chapter, and is a member of the Society’s Consultants Practice Specialty and the Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group.

In the new position, Turnbeaugh will be responsible for examinations as well as the development of new initiatives for BCSP and bringing value to its certificate holders. “I am excited to be a part of the BCSP team and look forward to working on behalf of our current and future certificate holders,” Turnbeaugh says.

Brown Named North Florida Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year

Steve Brown accepts the North Florida Chapter SPY Award from Chapter President Lois Thomas.

Stephen J. Brown, safety manager at Gerdau Ameristeel’s steel mill in Jacksonville, FL, has been named Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) by ASSE’s North Florida Chapter. Brown has worked for Gerdau Ameristeel for 4 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State University, and has been a certified emergency management technician for more than 30 years.

Since joining the North Florida Chapter 10 years ago, Brown has served as the membership chair, vice president and president, and he currently is chapter secretary. He was instrumental in establishing the chapter’s Safety Education Scholarship and serves as the scholarship liaison with the ASSE Foundation.

“We are very pleased that Steve is being recognized by his peers and feel fortunate that he is a part of our team,” says Carlos Zanoelo, vice president and general manager of Gerdau Ameristeel, Jacksonville. “This is a prestigious award for someone in his profession and we are proud of his accomplishments.” Lois Thomas, North Florida Chapter President, adds, “Steve earned this award through his active involvement in our chapter. He has served in every executive committee position and continues to advance our mission by demonstrating great leadership skills and providing excellent counsel and support.”

Vol. 15, No. 3

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

Dallas, TX
March 6
Math Review
March 7-9
ASP Workshop
March 7-9
CHST Workshop
March 7-9
Safety Management I
March 10-11
Safety Management II
March 10-12
CSP Workshop
Des Plaines, IL
March 20
Math Review
March 21-23
ASP Workshop
March 21-23
Corporate Safety Management
March 24-26
CSP Workshop
Portland, OR
March 20
Math Review
March 21-23
ASP Workshop
March 24-26
CSP Workshop

Webinars & Virtual Symposia

March 1-2
Best Practices in Fire Safety
March 2
Advanced Topics in Behavioral Safety
March 9
Electrical Safety Risk Management
March 29-30
Law for the Safety Professional

Update Your Information

Have you recently moved or changed e-mail or phone providers? To ensure that you continue to receive all your member benefits, check and/or update your mailing address, phone, fax or e-mail address. You’ll need to provide your member number and last name to log in and review your information.

Vote for Your Society Leaders

Voting for the 2011 Society officers starts March 1, 2011. Check out ASSE’s website for the candidate slate, biographies and platform statements. Voting ends March 31.

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Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.