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Like any new technology or process, new programs can produce unintentional results, both positive and negative. Lean management and greening are two trends that quickly gained traction in corporations worldwide. Take this month’s poll (located in the right margin) to voice your opinion on these programs and how they affect safety in your workplace.

In March, we asked what you were looking forward to most at Safety 2011:
Networking with colleagues 41% (15 votes)
Keynote speakers 28% (10 votes)
100th Anniversary Gala 17% (6 votes)
Exhibition 14% (5 votes)

2011 Safety-on-the-Job Kids' Poster Contest Winners

Two-thousand poster entries were submitted by children from around the world for the 9th Annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. The winning entries best illustrated safety on the job. First-place winners were selected for each of five age groups:

Ages 5-6
Noah Brobst, 5, PA, for “Follow the Rules to be Safety Cool”; sponsored by Kristine Brobst, member, Western Pennsylvania Chapter.

Ages 7-8
Tamaya Olivia Bush, 8, SC, for “Come Join the Crew”; sponsored by Kevin Earp, member, Tarheel Chapter.

Ages 9-10
Tiffany Jade Heishman, 10, VA, for “Safety Belts Are Not Just for Cars! Always Use Safety Belts”; sponsored by Charles Capitano, member, NOVA Chapter.

Ages 11-12
Anjela G. Sevilla, 12, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, for “Safety Matters”; sponsored by Bernardo Sevilla, member, Middle East Chapter.

Ages 13-14
Robin Newman, 14, AL, for “Don't Be the Sender to Cause a Fender Bender”; sponsored by Steven Newman, member, Maumee Valley Chapter.

The winning entries are featured on a poster distributed to thousands of businesses worldwide to promote North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, which will be celebrated May 1-7, 2011. First-place winners also receive $1,000 savings bonds. All contest entrants receive recognition and are invited to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2011. To order a free NAOSH Week 2011 poster, contact ASSE’s Customer Service Department or call (847) 699-2929.

Save on Safety 2011 Registration

Early registration for Safety 2011 ends Tuesday, April 8. Register today to receive the discounted rate. Contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929.

In addition, deadlines for the ASSE Foundation silent auction and golf outing are fast approaching. Silent auction items must be received by May 1 to be printed in the brochure, and golf outing sponsorships must be received by May 3.

Member-Get-A-Member Drawing Winners

They told their friends and hit the jackpot. The winners of ASSE’s monthly drawing are: Richard Dorman, OHST, manager, safety programs, Thermal Ceramics Inc., for January and February; and Garrett Wilkie, CSP, manager, HSE, Honeywell-TSI. They each received a $50 AMEX gift card. 

Refer your friends to qualify for additional rewards. Earn great prizes to commemorate ASSE’s 100th anniversary, a free webinar, membership or seminar, and enter to win the grand-prize trip to Safety 2012 in Denver, CO. 

More News

Foundation Names Liberty Mutual Research Fellows

The ASSE Foundation has named Jennifer Bruno, Harvard School of Public Health, and Shannon Roberts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, as recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship. Both will spend 4 to 6 weeks this summer conducting research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Jennifer Bruno

Bruno holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a doctoral candidate in the field of ergonomics and safety. Her research will examine forearm muscle changes and adaptation during a repetitive wrist flexion task and the resulting low frequency fatigue. The study will assess how musculoskeletal disorders occur.

Shannon Roberts

Roberts holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is pursuing a doctoral degree in industrial engineering. Her project will seek to develop and employ a common measurement system for assessing driver calibration (ability to correctly judge one's driving skills). Such a methodology will help researchers compare results from study to study, and help designers and manufacturers engineer systems to combat distracted driving.

April Webinar Addresses Crucial Safety Conversations

ASSE’s Virtual Classroom will host “Silent Danger: The Five Crucial Conversations That Drive Safety,” on April 6, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT. Workers often hesitate to report safety violations out of fear of not being perceived as a team player. This 90-minute webinar will address the workplace dangers posed by such silence. Led by speaker David Maxfield, webinar attendees will learn how to break the code of silence.

Chapter & Member News

Central Illinois Chapter Reaches 60 Years

Central Illinois Chapter members gathered to mark the chapter’s 60th anniversary on Feb. 8, 2011. The dinner event highlighted the chapter’s history, memorabilia and past presidents. Chapter members Don Cooper and James McNiff hosted the event and engaged members in light-hearted roasting of certain members. Student members were recognized for their current involvement, and Region V Vice President Maribeth Anderson attended to congratulate chapter members for their hard work. Many past presidents attended and shared their memories. “The first thing I think of is the friends and long-term association that ASSE offers,” said past president Mac Fuller. “I’m here tonight because of how important those relationships have become to me.”

Kratt Receives Louisville Chapter Recognition

Jim Kratt

Jim Kratt, CSP, recently accepted a distinguished service award at the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers’ awards ceremony, an event that ASSE’s Louisville Chapter cosponsors every year.  Kratt, an ASSE member since 1970 and past chapter president, was nominated by his fellow chapter members for his dedication and enthusiasm. Although retired from the Louisville Water Co., he serves as a chapter delegate, attends every meeting and brings the chapter’s artifact brass bell, which chimes to begin and end each meeting. The bell also is inscribed with every past president’s name dating back to 1940.

Fellow chapter member Michael Neeson is proud serve alongside Kratt. “Jim is a very special man with a wonderful family and a wealth of professional knowledge and experience he gained over many years as a safety professional,” he says. “The fact that he still attends every meeting in a coat and tie (with his ASSE 40-year lapel pin) and actively participates in the lectures, discussions and executive board meetings demonstrates his love for the group and its history.”

Ramsay Appointed to NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors

James Ramsay

James Ramsay, professor and coordinator of the Homeland Security degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a professional member of ASSE’s Cape Canaveral Chapter, has been appointed to NIOSH’s Board of Scientific Counselors. The board provides guidance to NIOSH on its research and prevention programs, developing and evaluating hypotheses, systematically documenting findings and disseminating results. The appointment ends Dec. 31, 2013.

Ramsay holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also a member of ASSE’s Academics Practice Specialty and was the founding editor of that group’s online Journal of Safety and Health Research.

ASSE Bookshelf

Climbing the Corporate Ladder—Safely!
By Mark Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPE, CPEA
Mark Hansen’s refreshing advice is to focus not on achieving career success but on the knowledge, skills and values that increase your value to a company and help you recognize opportunities. Readers of his first book, Out of the Box, know that he has experienced mergers, acquisitions and downsizing. In his new book, the former ASSE president looks at career advancement from a 360° perspective. For example, he shares resume writing tips—tailored specifically to SH&E professionals— but also explains how to read resumes to identify the best candidates. Safely advancing up the career ladder involves more than technical knowledge, Hansen says. It involves self-awareness and cultural awareness, good communication skills, empathy and leadership. Hansen shares his understanding and experience on these important subjects while providing self-assessment tools, including: “Testing Your Promotability,” “Check Your Culture IQ” and “Take a Personal Power Inventory.”
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Vol. 15, No. 4

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

Scottsdale, AZ
April 10
Math Review
April 11-13
ASP Workshop
April 11-13
Managing the Business Aspects of Safety
April 14-16
Delivering a High-Performance Safety Management System
April 14-16
CSP Workshop


April 6
Silent Danger: The Five Crucial Conversations That Drive Safety

Society Elections 2011

The 2011 Society election results will be announced April 15.

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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.

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Honor Roll

The latest additions to ASSE's Honor Roll.