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					ASSE Heart of America


Next Monthly Meeting
April 9, 2007 12:00 PM

Chapter Officers
Jill Champion
President (816) 835-5455

Shelly Killingsworth

Lawn Safety
Presented by Larry Ryan, Ryan Lawn & Tree Location: Princess Gardens 8906 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64114 Call (816) 444-3709 for directions Cost: $20.00

Vice-President (816) 274-4390

Dave Hallerud
Secretary (913) 451-1962

Tom Ireland
Treasurer (913) 894-7443

RSVP - Phone (816) 451-1962 or email by 4/6 at Noon.

Members At Large
Pat Bush (785) 575-1941 Bruce Lyon (913) 461-9160 Kathy Zents (816) 842-5223 Jim Weaver (816) 274-4198

Calendar of Events
April 9, 2007 Lawn Safety Presented by Larry Ryan, Ryan Lawn & Tree Princess Gardens—Kansas City, MO April 13, 2007 ASSE Workshop and Webinar Environmental Management (see below) 8 AM—4:30 PM Des Plaines, IL or Your Computer May 21, 2007 Sprint Arena Tour Kansas City, MO June 25-29, 2007 ASSE Professional Development Conference Orlando, Florida

Featured Vendor Opportunities Available
A vendor will be featured each month at our regularly scheduled monthly meetings when space and vendors are available. Vendors will get space in the newsletter, a table to display products and services during the meeting and 3-5 minutes to present their product or service to the meeting attendees, and take questions from meeting attendees. Proceeds from the vendors will go to our chapter scholarship fund. Meeting dates will be available to vendors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested vendors should contact Rusty Brown at (816) 2689205 or Shelly Killingsworth at (816) 2744390 for available dates and information. The HOA Executive Committee must approve vendors prior to their presentation at chapter meetings.

Workshop and Webinar to Focus on the Environmental Profession
How current and future regulations will impact the environmental profession as well as economic trends in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession will be the focus of the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Environmental Management Mini-Workshop and Webinar on April 13, 2007 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT at ASSE headquarters in Des Plaines, IL. The lead speaker, Steve Rothblatt, P.E., JD, director air and radiation for Region V of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be among the speakers in this workshop, which will feature four roundtable discussions on international trends, sustainability, emerging issues and water. Each discussion will include: how these issues impact the profession; how the profession is changing as a result of new regulations and management systems; the skills needed for current and future competencies; and opportunities for growth and development. The ASSE Environmental Practices Specialty developed this workshop specifically for Environmental professionals or safety professionals with environmental responsibilities. The program will also feature a 90-minute module on career strategies and development, which will give participants a framework for career enhancement and professional development. This program module will also be presented via live Webinar available for those unable to attend the workshop. Since space is limited, registration for the workshop including the live webinar is limited to the first 40 registrants. The Webinar is open to the first 500 registrants. For more information about this workshop, contact ASSE's Michelle Miller at or Rennie Heath at

Heart of America Chapter Treasurer Vote Coming Up
The Heart of America (HOA) Chapter is happy to announce that we have three candidates running for Treasurer of the Heart of America Chapter. Now it will be up to you, the members, to cast the deciding vote. Voting will take place at the April chapter meeting and a ballot will be sent out via email. We hope you take the time to cast your vote. If you have any questions about the election or the candidates, please contact Pat Bush, HOA Nominations and Elections Chair.

Mark Huddleston, CHST. Mark Huddleston is the Manager of Operations – Safety and Health for Burns & McDonnell at their world headquarters here in Kansas City. Mark went to the University of Mississippi to get his Bachelor’s degree in Biology (way back when he thought he was going to be a teacher). After rethinking his career plans Mark attended graduate school at Central Missouri State University (he may never get used to saying the University of Central Missouri) where he pursued his Masters in Industrial Safety Management. Mark received his CHST in 2006. Mark has been involved with ASSE since joining the Student chapter at CMSU, sorry UCM, and has been actively involved with the Heart of America Chapter since moved back to Kansas City in 2004. Mark currently serves on the Communication committee in the chapter. Mark is particularly interested in the continued development of professionalism throughout the Safety community. As you may have heard him say before, “There are too many “Safety guys” out there and not enough Safety Professionals.”
Why does Mark think he’d make a good ASSE officer? I am properly motivated. I am at the point in my career where I seek the office to “make a difference” in the profession, the community and the chapter; Attaining this position is not going to help pad my resume. I am already in a position from which I hope some day to retire. I have a wealth of experience. Having worked for a variety of companies within varied industries and I am able to relate to other professionals working in those fields and others. I have a good track record. Whether it be reductions in recordables, work comp premiums or other measurables; I have made a demonstrable difference in the companies for which I have worked. I am committed to the ASSE chapter. This has been demonstrated by my attendance not only at the chapter meetings but by involvement in ASSE functions which require additional time commitments. I know what I’m “getting into”. I fully understand the time commitments of the office. Not only through the tenure of the office but also throughout the entirety of the seven years. Plus, as I have previously stated – I’m not going anywhere. I am a “known commodity”. I have worked with and have a good rapport with many of the current and past members of the ASSE chapter.

Paula Hinnen, CSP. Paula Hinnen has been a member of ASSE since 1995 and a student member while attending college. She graduated from Kansas State University with a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. She has worked in the safety and health field for over 12 years in the manufacturing industry. The last 4 years of which is at Williams Foods, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas as the Safety & Industrial Engineering Manager. She obtained her CSP in 2002.
Why does Paula think she’d make a good ASSE officer? I have over 10 years of experience in the Safety & Health field and the manufacturing industry. I feel I have a good understanding of what it takes to implement and maintain a safety & health program in the manufacturing industry and could bring suggestions and ideas as to what their interests and needs are from the organization.

Adrian Hertog, OHST, CSP. Adrian is the Principal and Senior Consultant for Heartland Safety Consulting LLC located in Lenexa, Kansas. He recently retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) Company after 44 years of service of which the last 31 years involved directing and managing multiple aspects of railroad transportation safety. Adrian served as an ASSE chapter officer in the Fort Worth Chapter and on the Management and Transportation Division Practice Specialties. The most current highlight of his career was serving as the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) elected Technician/Technologists on the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) as a Director and Officer for seven years.
Why does Adrian think he’d make a good ASSE officer? I am proud of the rate of accomplishment and the difficulty of challenges that CCHEST has worked through. It is with that same spirit that I am interested and excited about becoming an officer of the Heart of America Chapter and look forward to the opportunities it presents. I will be an effective and efficient ASSE chapter officer because of my overall work experience, knowledge and skills as a safety professional, past involvement and commitment to serving on safety organizations, an passion to continue to serve to enhance and grow our professional careers in safety through education, experience and certification.

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day Coming Soon!
Will it become a new federal holiday? Unlikely, but still cool that last year the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Board of Directors approved the creation of an “Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day” (OSHP) to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. This year OSHP Day will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. It falls every year on the Wednesday of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which runs from May 6- 12, 2007. Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the occupational safety, health and environmental profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience, who identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what is one of the most challenging, growing and rewarding career fields. Today millions of people go to and return home safely from work every day due, in part, to the work of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals. “We take time this May 9 to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” ASSE President Don Jones said. “It doesn’t happen often, but when a call is made to a family member that their loved one has been injured or killed on the job several lives change forever. Work with your occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never receives that call. Thank your occupational safety and health professional today. It will mean more than you know.”

Next Month’s Meeting Topic

Next month’s meeting will be a tour of the new Sprint Center Arena downtown. We are limited to 50 people total. Accordingly, the first 50 ASSE members to sign up will get to go. Sign up will begin at the April meeting at Princess Garden’s.

HOA ASSE Shirts Available for Purchase
We are taking orders for ASSE, Heart of America chapter shirts at the next meeting. We will be offering polo shirt, wind shirts and a long sleeve denim. Information is available on the chapter Website under the Services tab.

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March 2007 ASSE Meeting Summary
Gary Ganson, CIH, CSP from Terracon gave an excellent presentation called “Worker Health and Safety—Myths vs Truths—Can We Tell the Difference? We had a good crowd of 50 people at the Golden Ox. Myths are traditional stories accepted as history, a truth disguised and distorted, a popular belief or a fiction or halftruth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. So, Gary listed out seven myths in the world of safety. MYTH 1—Zero Incidents is an achievable goal. A lot of people view this as a myth, that there is no way you can prevent all accidents. But, Gary believes it is achievable. MYTH 2—Workers’ Compensation Leads to Fraud. 10% of all claims involve fraud. That means that 90% of workers’ comp claims are legitimate. MYTH 3—OSHA Compliance Drives Safety Programs. This is the fear of violations and penalties. OSHA does not drive safety; people, management, professionals and an accountability system drives safety. MYTH 4—Behavior or Value Baded Safety Programs Drive Safety Improvement. Programs never drive safety improvement; the only provide a media for communication and direction. They are a tool or resource than can help, but do not drive improvement in and of themselves. MYTH 5—Statistics Measure Safety Performance. Statistics measure events (history). These lagging indicators are a measure of negative things or failures. You should use proactive measures—audits, employee and management involvement, observations of positive behavior. MYTH 6—Senior Management are Always Concerned About Worker Protection. What is the goal for senior management? Production, financials, positive cash flow, return on investment, stock value, etc. It is not that they don’t care about safety, you just have to realize that everyone filters the world through a different set of priorities. As a safety pro, look through their eyes to adjust your communications to get their attention. MYTH 7—Hundreds Died in the Hoover Dam and Empire State Building Construction. There’s a myth the dead workers are buried in the concrete at the Hoover Dam. There are no bodies (no engineer would leave that kind of a void in concrete) and from 1931-1935, there were 96-112 worker deaths. For the Empire State Building, they estimated they would lose 1 person per floor, but only suffered 5 deaths during construction.

This newsletter goes to hundreds of safety professionals in the Kansas City metro area and surrounding communities. Take advantage of this opportunity and list your company with the Heart of America Chapter. Contact Tom Ireland at for more information.

ASSE Hosts Conference Call on Global Harmonization
During an American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Global Harmonization of Labeling and Classification of Chemicals (GHS) technical audio conference, participants in a web poll voted overwhelmingly, 98 percent "yes" and two percent "no", that they see hazardous communications systems improving as a result of GHS implementation. GHS is an international system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals as a way to increase safety. The U.S. and other countries developed the GHS after more than a decade of technical work and negotiation. GHS is intended to enhance public health and environmental protection, as well as reduce barriers to trade. The GHS is intended to provide a comprehensive approach to defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals; creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The ASSE GHS conference call featured Jennifer Silk, former Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance at OSHA, and Mary Frances Lowe of the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, discussing the impact of GHS on hazard communications for all industries, whether a manufacturer, importer, distributor, or end user. They also discussed how GHS would change MSDS, company Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Programs and the impact it will have on safety, health and environmental professionals. "Hundreds of safety, health and environmental professionals participated in the GHS call. This clearly illustrates that GHS will be a critical issue for the profession in the near future and has the potential to make a significant impact on workplace safety and health when the System is fully implemented," Assistant Administrator of the ASSE Management Practice Specialty Christopher Gates, of San Bernardino, CA, said. Gates facilitated the call. GHS conference call participants were asked and responded to additional poll questions on this issue which included: Does your company/organization have a HAZCOM program that has international issues? Yes- 72 percent, No – 28 percent; Is your company currently preparing for GHS? Yes – 72 percent, No – 48 percent; Does your company dedicate significant resources to international issues? Yes – 52 percent, No -- 42 percent; Will GHS assist you in streamlining your HAZCOM issues? Yes – 88 percent, No – 12 percent; and, Do you have international safety, health and environmental responsibilities? Yes – 61 percent, No – 39 percent. You can check out the ASSE Government Affairs Committee White Paper on GHS by visiting ASSE’s website at and clicking on the Govt/Prof Affairs tab.

Congress Turns Up Heat on OSHA
(From Occupational Hazards)—Two days after the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) unveiled a report alleging that OSHA has failed to provide effective oversight of BP’s Texas City, TX refinery, where 15 workers were killed and 180 others were hurt in a 2005 explosion, OSHA became the target of Congressional scrutiny during a March 22 hearing on Capital Hill. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, charged that because the Bush administration has transformed the agency from “a law enforcement organization to a so-called voluntary compliance organization,” he fears that the risk of injury and death remains high for workers in many U.S. oil refineries and chemical facilities. “The BP explosion was the biggest workplace disaster in the last 18 years, yet it received very little Congressional scrutiny until today,” Miller said. “Even more upsetting is that 2 years after this catastrophe, we’re still seeing a disturbing pattern of major fires and explosions in U.S. refineries.” Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill. said that it is clear to him that Congress needs to take a “long look at OSHA and its effectiveness” and to see how much funding it is willing to allocate toward hiring more OSHA inspectors for refineries. Hare also promised that he will “start kicking some OSHA people in the kneecaps” if the agency doesn't ratchet up its enforcement efforts. (cont. next page) Editors Note: This may be the workplace violence quote of the year!
(left) Fire at BP Texas City Refinery

Congress Turns Up Heat on OSHA (cont)
CSB: OSHA Oversight of Texas City Refinery Was 'Ineffective' CSB's 335-page report – unveiled March 20 and expected to be available to the public any day now – alleges that OSHA has neglected enforcement of its process safety management standard (29 CFR 1910.119, Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals) at oil and petrochemical facilities such as BP's Texas City refinery. The CSB report asserts that OSHA in recent years has overlooked prevention of catastrophic process safety incidents such as the one that occurred at Texas City and instead has focused on inspecting facilities with high injury rates. Speaking at the House hearing, CSB Chairwoman Carolyn Merritt testified that OSHA oversight of BP's Texas City, Texas refinery “was ineffective.” Merritt testified that CSB's “exhaustive investigation into the BP accident” revealed that BP had not followed OSHA process safety regulations detailed in 29 CFR 1910.119. At the same time, Merritt said, “OSHA had not adequately inspected the facility to see if BP was complying with those regulations.” As a result, Merritt testified, cuts in training, staffing, maintenance, equipment modernization and safety – which the investigation found were a result of significant budget cuts ordered by BP – left the Texas City facility vulnerable to catastrophe. Although Merritt asserted that the Texas City refinery “was an extremely dangerous place to work by any objective standard” – 23 workers lost their lives in accidents at the facility in the 30 years prior to the 2005 tragedy – she pointed out that net OSHA fines in the 20 years preceding the 2005 disaster totaled $77,860. London-based BP PLC's total profit in 2006 was $22 billion. Merritt also pointed out that CSB's investigation revealed that between 1995 and 2005, OSHA conducted only nine “comprehensive, planned process safety inspections” throughout the country, and none in the refining sector. While OSHA did conduct unplanned inspections at BP's Texas City refinery in response to accidents, complaints or referrals, according to Merritt, such inspections are “typically narrower in scope and shorter than planned inspections.” OSHA: U.S. Refineries Are a Priority In response to the House hearing, OSHA – which has been bloodied by media coverage this week – issued a press release titled “OSHA Focuses on Refinery Safety.” “The refinery industry has been a major focus for OSHA,” OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. said, “and the CSB report confirms we are on the right track.” According to Foulke, the agency already has implemented two of the three major recommendations made in CSB's report and has increased the number of inspections in the refining industry. According to Foulke, OSHA has conducted an additional 50 refinery inspections so far in fiscal year 2007. Foulke also stated that OSHA has trained more than 160 agency employees in the principles of conducting a PSM inspection. By August, Foulke said, OSHA will have 280 PSM-trained inspectors. “These staff will ensure that under a new National Emphasis Program, every refinery under OSHA's jurisdiction is inspected,” Foulke said. Miller said the committee will hold additional hearings on OSHA and will consider the need for legislation.

11 OSHA Cases Referred for Criminal Prosecution
In a recent statement before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, OSHA Chief Edwin Foulke, Jr. said in FY2006, 11 enforcement cases were referred for possible criminal prosecution. In addition, there were 101 significant enforcement cases that resulted in proposed penalties against each employer of more than $10,000. Foulke also said that in the past three years, OSHA has conducted an average of 460 Enhanced Enforcement Program inspections per year. Enhanced Enforcement cases may involve follow-up inspections of the cited workplace, inspections of worksites of the same employer, more stringent settlement terms, and even a federal summary enforcement orders for recalcitrant employees. OSHA also uses national and local special emphasis programs to target high-hazards and industries. Foulke Edwin Foulke, Jr pointed out that the Agency presently has five national emphasis programs focusing on amputations, lead, silica, ship building and trenching. There are an additional 140 local emphasis programs developed by regional and area offices throughout the country that target other hazards or industries.

Eastern Kentucky Adds New Occupational Safety Concentration to Online Master’s Program
Beginning this May, Eastern Kentucky University will add a new concentration in Occupational Safety to its online Master of Science in Loss Prevention & Safety degree program. The concentration is comprised of four courses, 12 credit hours, which can be added as a focus within the larger degree program or taken as a certificate for students who are not ready to pursue the full degree, but want the benefits of additional occupational safety instruction. “Due to expressed interest from professionals in these fields, EKU is now offering an online graduate degree with options for certificates and concentrations,” said Online Program Director Dr. Tom Schneid. “The College of Justice & Safety has a national reputation in areas that comprise homeland security, emergency response, fire protection, hazardous materials, security, emergency management and risk management.” Because the Occupational Safety option is comprised of specialty courses, the option will have a limited enrollment period restricted to application dates during the summer term. Application deadlines for the first intake for the Occupational Safety certificate and concentration are April 27, 2007 and June 8, 2007. Students missing these deadlines will have to wait until the Summer 2008 term to begin this track. The four-course concentration or certificate in occupational safety is comprised of: • SSE 828 Industrial Safety Management - Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.


SSE 832 Construction Safety - Introduction/analysis of general construction safety utilizing the key components of 29 CFR 196. Included in this study will be general safety & health provisions of OSH Act and a review of the various subparts of 29 CFR 1926. • SSE 834 Corporate Compliance - The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas. • SSE 845 Personal/Environmental Hazards - Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized.

EKU’s department of Loss Prevention & Safety is world renowned and offers the nation’s only completely online Master of Science degree in Loss Prevention & Safety. This program is designed to meet the needs of today’s working professionals in safety management, security, loss prevention, fire protection and administration, homeland security, risk management, and occupational health and safety. For more information about the Master of Science in Loss Prevention & Safety online program, contact an Eastern Kentucky University enrollment advisor at 1-866-277-9878 or visit the program Web site, lp/default.php?src=O_PBASSE.

We have six new student members to welcome to the Heart of America Chapter. Welcome aboard and we hope to see you at a chapter meeting soon. Please welcome:

Nathan Langewisch Juliana Maundu Mark Roe

Lee Lomen Laura Mullins Hollie Sedler

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