Safety and health professionals in Oregon are lucky to have the opportunity to join one of several chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). If you aren’t already a member, you might consider how this association can help you network with others, keep abreast of what’s new in our field, and help strengthen your organization’s health and safety efforts. Oregon ASSE chapters include Columbia-Willamette, including Santiam and St. Helens sections, Cascade (Eugene), and Southern Oregon.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Columbia-Willamette Chapter was recognized last month as the 2012-2013 recipient of the Large Chapter of the Year Award. By receiving this award, the chapter was identified as a leader amongst the 151 ASSE chapters throughout the world, with regard to professional development, chapter communication and service to members. I am pleased to be a member of this organization, and I sincerely thank those dedicated members holding officer and leadership appointments. Charging ahead, we look forward to the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference (GOSH), a joint effort between ASSE Columbia-Willamette, Oregon OSHA, and Oregon and SW Washington industries and labor.
We also offer our congratulations to Deb Fell-Carlson who was recognized by the Columbia-Willamette Chapter as the 2013-14 Safety and Health Professional of the Year (SPY). Deb is the Policyholder Safety and Wellness Adviser at SAIF Corporation. Most safety and health professionals in Oregon have likely heard Deb present on topics related to safety, health and wellness as she makes her rounds as a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker. Here at Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center we appreciate Deb as an active collaborator and partner in our initiatives.
If you haven’t already attended a local ASSE meeting or joined ASSE, now is a great time to do it! And if you are an ASSE member and are interested in health and wellness, join our open call meeting to learn more about the ASSE Health and Wellness Branch this Friday, July 11 at 9 AM Pacific Time.