Second, we are expanding our influence through Inter-Society Network/Cooperation – forging relationships with other professional organizations typically outside of the mainstream SH&E organizations, and developing partnering opportunities as well as building our partnerships with other organizations with an SH&E component. By doing this ASSE partners equally and continues to be a resource to these organizations. (Advance to Slide 14)
151 chapters, 56 sections and 65 student sections. There are also members in 64 countries 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 international members are based in 64 countries throughout the world ASSE’s business units are chapters, sections and society sections throughout the world. Its current global membership base extends well beyond The United States and Texas, to Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. The individual ASSE member needs in these geographically diverse areas may vary, but ASSE’s product; safety, health and environmental products and services, is universal.
Chapter leaders from around the world convened recently at ASSE headquarters for the Society’s annual Leadership Conference. When they were asked to identify the top six issues faced by the profession today, lack of corporate support for SH&E initiatives topped the list. One member noted, “the top dog should hold employees accountable and businesses must integrate safety into the overall business plan.” “ We wanted to take a pulse of the important issues facing our chapter leaders,” says ASSE President-Elect Warren Brown, CSP. “The responses from this survey were across the board and include issues that ASSE is addressing today.” Rounding out the rest of the top six issues were:
So ASSE members have a voice on key business issues that affect their job and the issues they deal with every day and future issues that will soon impact all of us. Through Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability business seeks to maintain their license to operate through good citizenship and contributions to communities. ASSE does likewise through tools we use to increase public awareness of SH&E such as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), held the first week of May with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). NAOSH participation grows every year as we all work together to promote how occupational safety and health and the profession continually helps increase everyone’s quality of life, saves lives, reduces illnesses and injuries. Other issues facing business that the SH&E Professional will help to address Baby Boomer Generation(1945-1963)-aging bringing with it a host of health related issues from high blood pressure to obesity and diabetes- the demand to modify workplaces to accommodate these older workers Increasing numbers of Latino workers little to no English skills and in many cases can not read or write even in their native language…. Latinos make up 12% of the workforce and recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) point to a growing trend toward higher fatalities and injuries such as they now account for 15% of occupational fatalities 5200 fatalities/year = 900 deaths(15%) Fewer SH&E professionals will be needed due to decline in manufacturing- will need to continually retool career skills to be conditioned to the information age (Slide 7)
A safety, health and environment professional through academic preparation, work experience, and accredited certification or licensing has mastered and applies a recognized body of knowledge to prevent injury, illness, property and environmental damage, while adhering to a recognized code of professional conduct. And so as a sh&e professional we must bring certain competencies to our workplaces (Advance to slide 5)
The goal of NAOSH Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety and health on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.
Hill, Darryl C “Time to Transform- Assessing the State of the SH&E Profession”, Professional Safety, Nov 2002: 18-26 Now I will let you hear from SH&E professionals, how they value their careers and what they do to continue to grow through opportunities presented by ASSE- through the Western Austrlian Chapter (play film 6 minutes)
Ici, on ne connait pas….
Mike W. Thompson, CSP Society President [email_address] American Society of Safety Engineers www.ASSE.org
ASSE was founded on October 14, 1911 in New York City as the United Society of Casualty Inspectors (USCI) with 62 members. 25 March 1911 146 female garment workers died At the time of the fire the factory fire exit doors were locked … the doors that were not locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers trying to escape the fire. … .the only safety measures available for the workers were 27 buckets of water. 1914 the USCI name changed to American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
American Society of Safety Engineers The world’s oldest organization… Since 1911 protecting people, property and the environment http:// www.ASSE.org 847-699-2929
Vision … be a global champion of the SH&E professional … a global leader of the profession … a premier resource … for those engaged in protecting people, property and the environment
East Central University, Oklahoma Doug Weirick, Ph.D. Department Chair, Department of Environmental Health Science Ada, OK 74820-6899 BS, Environmental Health Science
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center David L. Johnson, Ph.D., CIH Chair Department of Occupational & Environmental Health Oklahoma City, OK 73190 MS, Industrial Hygiene Ph.D, Industrial Hygiene
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Wayne Jones, Ed.D Chair Dept. of Occupational Safety and Health Durant, OK 74701-0609 BS, Occupational Safety & Health MS Occupational Safety & Health, Distance Learning
The SH&E Professionals who are problem solvers, have multiple skills and demonstrate results woven into the organization’s financial goals will be viewed as valuable assets. 1 Leadership “ Making A Difference”
Responsible for Society programs related to professional development and communication of professional knowledge. Provides direction and oversight of resources for education, training and technical publications.
Professional Development Conference Planning Committee
Plan, develop and implement a quality educational conference
Symposia Task Forces
Plan, develop and implement a quality educational symposium
Body of knowledge, technical recognition, technical periodicals, newsletters, safety standards, safety theory and methods, position statements on safety, safety research, training and education and Practice Specialty areas.
Standards Development Committee
Lead for Society participation in all aspects of standards development and to expand body of knowledge
ANSI Standards Development Committee
As secretariat for eight standards, ASSE has the committees to develop and maintain the standards. Membership type or ASSE membership not required.