NEWSLETTER FOR THE SAFETY &HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
– LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN CHAPTER
2008-2009 OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING
Lower Columbia Basin Chapter
President: Deana Colley – Pacific Northwest Lab
Work (509) 371-7780
President Elect: Denise Pitts –Fluor Hanford
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Secretary- Jim Shiley – Washington Closure
Hanford WEDNESDAY, October 1st , 2008
Work (509) 372-9145 5:30-6:00 pm Social Hour
firstname.lastname@example.org 6:00- 6:50 pm Dinner
6:50-7:00 pm Brief Business
Treasurer – Joseph Samuels - ES&H Solutions 7:00- 8:00 pm Program Presentation
Work (509) 628-0623
Activities Chair-John, Cornelison- Fluor Hanford Members - $18.00
(509) 372-2149 Students - Free
John_D_Cornelison@rl.gov Non-Members (and No-Shows) - $ 19
Please make your reservation by Sept. 30th
Government Affairs- Mark Cranston – CH2M-Hill
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Mark_D_Cranston@rl.gov by contacting Doug Wright at (509) 376-0996
or by email.
Delegate- Ike Spivey – Fluor Federal Services
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Ike.Spivey@Fluor.com COMING SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS
AND EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2008
Membership Chair - Ilene Strong – Washington
Oct. General ASSE Chapter meeting- Clarion
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email@example.com Oct. Executive Board Meets @ Red Lion
Newsletter/Website Doug Wright – Fluor Hanford
“What if there were no hypothetical questions? ”
CHAPTER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
The Executive board meets every 3 rd Wednesday of the month at the Red Lion (Hanford House)
in Richland. Our meeting time is 5:30 pm. Any member is welcome to join us. We are looking for
Chapter members who want to get involved in Chapter activities. If you are one of those
members who would like to help, come to our Oct.15th meeting.
Please contact Doug Wright @ 376-0996 or Deana Colley@ 371-7780 if you plan on joining us.
OCTOBER SPEAKER'S TOPIC
“Washington State’s New Construction Crane Rule”
Speakers: Larry Markee
Safety Compliance Supervisor / Crane Specialist
Department of Labor and Industries,
Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Mr. Markee has been with the Department of Labor and Industries since 1997.
Currently he is a Safety Compliance Supervisor/Crane Specialist. Mr. Markee has
extensive experience in accident investigations and safety regulatory compliance. Prior to
arriving at L&I, he spent over 20 years as an equipment operator in the logging and construction
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Jacob Bailey – WTP
Jerry Fasso - Bechtel National
David Jackson – Fluor Hanford
Alvin Langstaff – Bechtel National
Henry Ruby - Washington Closure Hanford
James Tole - CH2M-Hill
You are all encouraged to join us for the October General Meeting on the 1 st. Get your reservation in to
Doug Wright via email or phone and your dinner will be on the Chapter.
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WHATS HAPPENING ON THE HILL
Draft Proposed Rule for Cranes and Derricks in Construction
PLEASE NOTE: The document, which follows, is a draft of the proposed rule for
cranes and derricks in construction. This draft has been provided to the
individuals who served as members of the Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C -
DAC), in accordance with C-DAC's ground rules. Those ground rules give each C-DAC member an
opportunity to advise OSHA of any aspect of the document that he or she believes is inconsistent with
The public comment period for the cranes and derricks proposed rule has not yet begun; OSHA is not
yet accepting public comments. The public comment period will not begin until the proposed rule is
published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule will likely be published in the Federal Register on
October 3, 2008.
Draft of Proposed Rule for Cranes and Derricks in Construction [PDF 2.28M]
Former NIOSH Chief Takes on New Assignment
Former NIOSH chief Dr. John Howard will chair the Steering Committee of the International Labor
Organization’s (ILO) Steering Committee for the 5 Edition of the ILO Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and
Safety. The ILO says that Dr. Howard’s longstanding experience in leading a national approach to occupational
safety and health will help the ILO “apply the lessons learned from his nation to many of our ILO country
programs”. The ILO Encyclopedia is an international resource of information for preventing work-related
injuries and illnesses.
OSHA AND ASSE RENEW ALLIANCE AGREEMENT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. OSHA and ASSE hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed on December 4, 2002 and renewed
June 8, 2004 and June 12, 2006. Through the Alliance, OSHA and ASSE will continue to provide ASSE‘s members
and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help
them protect employees‘ health and safety, including non-English or limited English speaking and youth workers.
In particular, the Alliance will focus on addressing ergonomic and motor vehicle safety issues and promoting the
annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and ASSE
recognize that OSHA‘s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
national effort. http://www.asse.org/professionalaffairs/docs/asse-osha-alliance-2008.pdf
DID YOU KNOW….
Coordinating Responder Health and Safety
In the event of a major disaster, only the health and wellbeing of response and recovery workers can ensure that
the victims themselves are cared for properly. When State, tribal, and local assets are overwhelmed and
assistance is needed to protect employees during an emergency, FEMA can activate OSHA to coordinate
employee safety and health. OSHA coordinates the resources and technical assistance provided under the
NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex (see other side). Assistance can be requested through
FEMA at a Joint Field Office and at FEMA’s National and Regional Response Coordination Centers. When
activated, OSHA will work within the incident command system to provide technical assistance to the site
DOL/OSHA coordinates the activities of the Federal agencies that provide the core architecture for
employee safety and health technical support during an all-hazards event or when otherwise directed.
• Department of Defense
• Department of Energy
• Department of Health and Human Services
• Department of Homeland Security
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Other Responding Organizations
For further information on responder health and safety, please consult the NRF Worker Safety and Health
Support Annex or for a list of resources available to response workers, please visit http://www.osha.gov/
“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its
influence.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1793
Society Update is ASSE‘s e-newsletter. It is published monthly and archives can be
downloaded at: http://www.asse.org/societyupdate/archive/. Check out the latest
ASSE news, activities and upcoming events.
CoPS SH&E Report
Three times per year, the Society publishes the CoPS SH&E
You can download the latest version Volume 3 Number 2 at:
Greetings to all!
We have an excellent program set up for you on the 1 st so I hope you will all please come and join
us on Wednesday, October 1st as we will have Larry Markee from Washington L&I as our guest to
talk about the state’s new construction crane rule.
Please plan to attend and send your reservation request via email to Doug Wright. These meetings
are a great way to network with our safety & health fellows! See you there!
LCB Chapter President
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American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation Scholarship Recipients Note
Challenges, Rewards When Entering a Career in Safety, Survey Says
DES PLAINES, IL (September 16, 2008) — Earning respect, gaining experience, increasing knowledge and getting a foot in the door were just
some of the rewards survey respondents noted in a recent American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and ASSE Foundation ―where are they
now‖ survey of past ASSE Foundation scholarship recipients. Respondents also noted that some of the challenges included gaini ng buy-in from
management for new safety programs and overcoming a learning curve in the new job.
With the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession growing along with demand for SH&E professionals in the field, AS SE and the ASSE
Foundation recently conducted this research survey to see where the scholarship recipients are now, how it helped and what the rewards and
challenges of the workplace are today. Results indicate that many former recipients are continuing with their education or st arting careers in safety,
health and the environment in many industries including manufacturing, construction, technology, energy, health, insurance an d non-profit.
ASSE sent out questionnaires to 154 past ASSE Foundation scholarship recipients from the year 2000 to 2008, receiving responses from 16 percent
of those surveyed.
For recipients who have entered the workforce, when asked what challenges they are experiencing in the SH&E profession, the m ajority of
respondents noted that it is sometimes a challenge to get management and/or older workers to buy into new safety programs. Another challenge
included being a young safety professional, often having a large learning curve to manage and getting workers to acknowledge a new graduate in
the safety field. Training and management were also noted as challenges recipients face in the SH&E profession.
Matt Garner now serves as health, safety and environmental coordinator for ConocoPhillips. He received the UPS Scholarship wh ile pursuing his
Bachelor‘s of Science degree in Engineering Technology in Fire Protection and Safety from Oklahoma State University.
As a young professional in the Project Development group at ConocoPhillips, Garner said, ―Often times I face challenges that involve being a young
safety professional. I have a steep learning curve which is manageable. I also face challenges from other more experienced personnel that wish to
challenge my knowledge and my direction due to the fact I am a ‗college graduate.‘ Thankfully, due to my knowledge of the saf ety profession and
my desire to learn, I have been able to reduce this over time.‖
Jeremy Dixon, past recipient of the Gulf Coast Past Presidents Scholarship, now serves as regional health, safety and environ mental manager for
Menasha Packaging Company LLC. He completed his Bachelor‘s of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania after receiving the
scholarship. Dixon also noted that some of the challenges he faces in the profession include management buy -in and balancing education. Some of
the SH&E issues he works with are guarding and lock out/tag out.
Most of the recipients who responded also noted that the scholarships helped them with many aspects of their schooling. In ge neral, the
scholarships helped recipients purchase books, equipment and supplies; conduct research; contribute to tuition payments; gain more experience in
the safety and health field through internships; and helped some with living expenses. Most recipients who responded also not ed that the awards
helped them concentrate on their studies to maintain good grades.
Dan Snyder, a past recipient of the Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship, earned his Bachelor‘s degree in Safety Science at I ndiana University of
Pennsylvania this May and will begin a full time position with Chevron. His interest in the SH&E profession began with his father, who was a coal
mine safety inspector.
Snyder said that the Foundation scholarship ―was one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. I was paying for all of my school and living
expenses while attending school, which included books, school supplies, room and board, and tuition. The scholarship helped me pay for a bit o f all
of these things and provided me with a way and opportunity to gain safety knowledge and experience by helping with some trave l expenses to an
Currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island, Marcella Thompson CSP, COHN -S, also noted that the
James P. Kohn Memorial Scholarship she received helped her with school expenses as well as some of her doctoral research. Her area of interest
includes environmental safety.
Other recipients found that the scholarship helped them continue their education. Kahyun Kim is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial and
Systems Engineering with Human Factors Engineering/ Ergonomics option at Virginia Tech. In December 2006, she received her Bachelor's degree
in Safety Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Kim, who received the ASSE Region IV Edwin P. Granberry Scholarship, said that the award ―helped me pay for accommodations during my
internship with American Airlines in the summer of 2006. It also awarded me with a good reputation when applying for graduate schools.‖
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates
funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the
safety, health, and environmental profession. The Foundation is offering nearly $135,000 in scholarships and grants for 2009. For more information
on the Foundation, scholarships, grants and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environment al professional members lead, manage, supervise,
research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For
more information please go to www.asse.org.
THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS ‘SAFETY THROUGH THE DECADES’
Today, millions of people go to and return home from work safely every day due, in part, to the commitment of the
occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners who work day in and day out identifying
hazards and implementing safety advances in all industries and at all workplaces, thereby reducing workplace
fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest and
largest safety organization and represents more than 30,000 SH&E practitioners committed to protecting people,
property and the environment and are at the forefront of safety engineering, design, standards development,
management and education in virtually every industry, governmental agency, labor and education. Presently, ASSE
has 151 chapters, 56 sections and 65 student sections. There are also members in 64 countr ies including Mexico,
Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Kuwait and Egypt. ASSE members serve on over 40 safety
and health standards committees including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
ASSE was founded on October 14, 1911 in New York City as the United Society of Casualty Inspectors (USCI) with
62 members. This was just after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City fire that occurred on March
25, 1911, when 146 female garment workers died – many in the factory and many who jumped from the ninth floor
to their deaths onto the concrete over 100 feet below rather than burn alive. The factory was housed in the Asch
building in New York City. At the time of the fire the factory fire exit doors were lock ed and the doors that were not
locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers trying to escape the fire. At the
time of the fire the only safety measures available for the workers were 27 buckets of water.
Further hindering their escape was the fact that the ninth floor fire escape in the Asch Building led nowhere and
collapsed when used. Factory workers waiting for help at the windows for the rescue workers watched helplessly as
the firefighters found their ladders were too short to reach the stranded workers and the water from the hoses
could not reach the top floors. As the clothing materials fed the fire workers tried to escape anyway they could.
Though most people were outraged with the death of 146 garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire,
mostly young girls, there were no regulations in effect that would have saved their lives. The fire did lead to
legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies‘
Garment Workers‘ Union and the Women‘s Trade Union League. It also affected the onlookers who watched
helplessly as the workers jumped out the windows to their deaths, some in groups, that spring day. FrancesPerkins,
the first female cabinet member and Secretary of Labor, began her commitment to workplace safety and health
soon after witnessing the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The Department of Labor building in
Washington, D.C. is named after her.
Another example of dangerous workplaces during the time was the fact that prior to the establishment of the
Bureau of Mines by Congress, 13,228 miners were killed in U.S. coalmines between 1906 -1911.
In 1914 the USCI name was changed to the present American Society of Safety Engineers ( ASSE) and headquarters
were established in New York City. Information about ASSE and its benefits spread by word of mouth as more
states passed workers compensation laws and insurance companies hired more inspectors. As the SH&E profession
grew over the decades so to did the practitioners‘ commitment to increasing workplace safety resulting in an
increased public awareness of occupational safety, health and environmental issues and their impact on everyone‘s
quality of life.
The safety professional is defined as ―an individual, qualified by education, training and experience, who in working
with and through others, and following a Code of Professional Conduct, helps to identify hazards and develop
appropriate controls for these hazards, that when effectively implemented, prevent occupational injury, illness and
Today the U.S. is witnessing a decline in workplace fatalities, however in 2003 a total of 5,559 people died from on -
the-job injuries and 4.4 million more suffered on-the-job injuries and illnesses. ASSE members continue to work
with businesses, employers and employees, regulators, legislators, on all levels to increase workplace safety for all
– whether that workplace is in a squad car or on the roadway, at a desk, on the manufactur ing floor, in the fields,
in the mines, or on the waterways, etc.
Through ASSE members have the opportunity to network with peers in all industries globally, to continually
increase their knowledge through several ASSE professional development programs, s eminars and executive
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programs, through participation in the consensus development of workplace standards, participating in niche
industry efforts through the ASSE practice specialties area where experts help develop ASSE SH&E position papers
and policy statements on all manners of occupational safety, health and the environment and at the same time are
able to promote the positive affect of workplace safety and the ASSE profession by raising public awareness
through various ASSE programs.
As the 20 th century progressed ASSE grew and then faced setbacks. With the beginning of World War I the
number of members swelled with representatives from the railroads, mining, steel, and chemical industries joining.
In 1917 America‘s entrance into the war diminished membership as interest lagged and many workers entered the
armed forces. In 1918, with the end of the war, depression and lack of safety jobs in i nsurance or war industries
almost caused the dissolution of ASSE. The main sources of safety awareness at that time in the workforce
consisted of posters and safety training for supervisors. Here are some of ASSE‘s organizational highlights:
In 1919 ASSE published Safety Engineering, its first official publication, and began to grow as a national
In 1921 membership reached 2,500 and research into important eye protection began.
In October of 1924 the Engineering Section of the National Safety Council (NSC) merged with ASSE. The
national headquarters relocated to Chicago. At that time, the first respirators appeared to replace handkerchiefs
as protection for workers in chemical plants. The first ASSE chapters- Boston and Metropolitan, New York- were
In 1933 companies began maintaining interest in safety by using safety contests and appointing safety
managers to analyze accidents, hold meetings for operating executives, making plant inspections, developing
policy statements, printing safety posters and developing safety slogans. Also, a theory that accidents are a
product of environmental pressures began to emerge, as well as a focus on workers‘ attitudes, training and
In 1935 a threshold limit value (TLV) was developed for carbon tetrachloride and other chemicals. Health
hazards were emphasized.
In 1936 the federal government passed the Walsh-Healey Act, which applied the first standards for safety
and health to firms that had business with the government.
In 1937 ASSE became involved in industrial standards development. While around half of the members
worked in insurance, many also worked in transportation and heavy machinery.
In 1940, ASSE had 2,000 members in 11 chapters. Data sheets, pamphlets, and safety training materials
were developed. More public concern for on-the-job health emerged as solvents appeared in the workplace. The
National Committee for Conservation of Manpower in Defense Industries formed and conducted over 100
training classes. Safety and health practitioners investigated accidents and trained employees. Research into
plastic eye protection, safety belts, harnesses and accessories accelerated, while at the same time the cost of
workplace accidents were rising.
In 1942 membership reached 2,459. While the war once again took people out of the workplace and into
the military, others joined the SH&E profession because of the Walsh-Healey requirements on private business.
In 1947 ASSE reestablished itself as an independent organization, separate from N SC. ASSE participated in
standards development and President Harry Truman‘s Special Commission on Safety and Health. The G.I. Bill
provided educational opportunities for former servicemen and many entered the occupational safety and health
profession. Companies began to emphasize safety training for all employees.
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In 1949 ASSE held its first elections. Membership reached almost 4,000.
In the 1950‘s, businesses‘ emphasis on total safety programs increased as management viewed safety as a
resource and a management function and in 1952 membership jumped to 6,000.
In 1956 the Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers was introduced as a quarterly supplement
to the National Safety News. It became an independent monthly publication in 1961.
In 1958 ASSE conducted research with the Air Force, which led to advances in fall protection belts and
harnesses that were later realized in American National Standards.
In 1964 ASSE assisted in the revision of the Walsh-Healey Act. A heavy emphasis on education for safety
professionals began. Systems safety management emerged with the advent of the U.S. space program and
membership climbed to 8,000.
In 1967 the headquarters moved to Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago on October 21.
In 1968 ASSE backed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, which created both the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH),
and was passed in December 1970.
The OSH Act of 1970 is:
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) covers all employers and their employees in the 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. Coverage is provided either directly by the
federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or by an OSHA-approved state job safety and health
plan. Employees of the U.S. Postal Service also are covered. The Act defines an em ployer as any "person engaged
in a business affecting commerce who has employees, but does not include the U.S. or any state or political
subdivision of a State." Therefore, the Act applies to employers and employees in such varied fields as
manufacturing, construction, long shoring, agriculture, law and medicine, charity and disaster relief, organized
labor and private education.
The Act does not cover self-employed persons; farms which employ only immediate members of the farmer's
family; and, industries in which other federal agencies, operating under the authority of other federal laws, regulate
working conditions. This category includes most working conditions in mining, nuclear energy and nuclear weapons
manufacture, and many aspects of the transportation industries. The Act does not cover employees of state and
local governments, unless they are in one of the states with OSHA-approved safety and health plans.
Basic Provisions/Requirements -- The Act assigns OSHA two regulatory functions: setting standards and
conducting inspections to ensure that employers are providing safe and healthful workplaces. OSHA standards may
require that employers adopt certain practices, means, methods or processes reasonably necessary and appropriate
to protect workers on the job. Employers must become familiar with the standards applicable to their
establishments and eliminate hazards. Compliance with standards may include ensuring that employees have and
use personal protective equipment when required for safety or health. Employees must comply with all rules and
regulations that apply to their own actions and conduct. Even in areas where OSHA has not set forth a standard
addressing a specific hazard, employers are responsible for complying with the OSH Act's "general dut y" clause.
The general duty clause [Section 5(a)(1)] states that each employer "shall furnish . . . a place of employment which
is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his
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States with OSHA-approved job safety and health plans must set standards that are at least as effective as the
equivalent federal standard. Most of the state-plan states adopt standards identical to the federal ones (three
states, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, have plans which cover only public sector employees).
OSHA regulations cover such items as recordkeeping, reporting and posting.
Each year, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts a national survey of workplace
injuries and illnesses. Participants are selected by the individual states, and all employers selected for the survey,
even those usually exempt from the record-keeping requirements, must maintain these records. Before the end of
the year, OSHA notifies all selected employers to begin keeping records during the coming year.
ASSE members are not only knowledgeable about the OSH Act and the rules and regulations governing workplace
safety, but also are aware of the fact that in the past some growth in the safety profession was regulatory -driven,
but today, 2005, it just makes good business sense to protect people in the workplace. According to OSHA,
workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries cost the nation an estimated $170 billion dollars every year. It is estimated
that for every $1 invested in a safety and health program, $4 to $6 is saved because injuries, illnesses and
fatalities decline, and medical costs and workers‘ compensation costs decrease while employee morale and
productivity increases and turnover is reduced.
As the SH&E profession grew so to did a need to define skills and competency. In 1967, an Ad Hoc study
committee was appointed by ASSE to look into the feasibility of a professional certification program and to
determine the methods for establishing one. The committee recommended designating a corporation in the
state of Illinois, independent of ASSE, with the purpose of examining and certifying the qualifications of safety
practitioners. In July 1969, nine leading professionals representing a cross-section of safety specialists and
holding memberships in other professional societies representing the diverse disciplines in the safety professi on
became the initial directors of this new organization, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and the
certification program was underway. Today, the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation has become the
mark of the professional within the safety field and is now recognized internationally as well.
In 1971 President Nixon appointed three ASSE members to various OSHA positions, including the Assistant
Secretary of Labor. The membership grew to over 10,000.
In 1974 the ASSE journal was expanded and its name changed to Professional Safety. In 1979 over 100
chapters existed and membership exceeded 15,500 with a budget of over $1 million.
In 1977, Congress passed the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act consolidating federal safety and he alth
regulations of the mining industry to include coal and non-coal mining.
As ASSE grew, in 1985 the headquarters were relocated to their present location in Des Plaines, Illinois on
November 8. Also, divisions were created in such areas as transportation, international, health, etc. in order to
address specialized technical interests of ASSE members.
In 1986 ASSE signed a contract with NIOSH to develop an accident potential recognition program.
In 1990 the ASSE Foundation was established. The Foundation advances occupational safety, health and
environmental development, research and education by funding scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and
internships. That same year, ASSE membership totaled 24,000 in 128 chapters.
In 1996 a restructure proposal created a streamlined organization to respond rapidly to changing member
needs. Four councils manage functional areas and the number of Board members and long -term standing
committees were reduced.
Throughout the existence of ASSE, it‘s members have served on federal committees, supported key safety, health
and environmental legislation, participated in international safety and health efforts, raised awareness of
occupational safety and health issues with the public, produced key technical publicatio ns and provides professional
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development opportunities across all levels of the profession. ASSE and its members have played a key role in the
development of several major national standards.
Working with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), ASSE began promoting the North American
Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, www.asse.org/naosh) Week in 2001, which takes place in the begin ning of
May each year. Thousands of people, members and non-members alike, including OSHA, work together during
NAOSH Week to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety to everyone and the profession. They do
this through community meetings, fairs, school activities, safety fashion shows and more. In 2004, the national
NAOSH Week kick-off took place in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor where the Monday, May 1,
2006 NAOSH Week national kick-off will again be held.
In 2003 and 2005 the U.S. Congress recognized NAOSH Week, the SH&E profession and ASSE in a Senate
Resolution stating ... ―the Senate commends ASSE, its members and safety and health professionals for their
ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment.‖ Additionally, each year hundreds of
ASSE members‘ children, grandkids, nieces and nephews enter the annual kids‘ ‗Safety -on-the-Job‘ poster contest,
as part of NAOSH Week and to educate our youth on the importance of being safe.
In 1999 ASSE established the Professional Safety Academy (PSA) to offer a higher level of career support to ASSE
members and the profession. The program includes an annual Professional Development Conference and
Exposition, as well as multiple other workshops and seminars all over the country. In recent years, the annual
Professional Development Conference has grown in educational offerings, networking opportunities and in
attendance as has ASSE‘s management in the development of standards and its practice specialty‘s program.
ASSE and its members continue to work towards increasing workplace safety and health and raising awareness
globally. Throughout history, the safety profession and safety professionals have attempted to improve working
conditions. Through these efforts, many lives are saved each day. However, this work is not complete. Until each
worker returns home in the same condition s/he came to work in, ASSE and its members still have a formidable
task at hand. For more information please go to www.asse.org.