Wednesday June 6, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas “Safety 2018” concluded another successful year with record setting turn out of attendees and exhibitors, for the 57th year the Society has hosted this annual Conference & Exposition. The big news this year was the final transition of the name change that was voted on, and approved at last year’s House of Delegates meeting, in June 2017. The once American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has now officially been changed to, and shall now be known by, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).
Not to be left out, Women in Safety Engineers (WISE), also changed their name to Women in Safety Excellence (WISE). “Safety 2018” kicked off with the WISE one-day retreat, which is open to men and women. Attendees received a gift bag with the new WISE name and logo embroidered on the side filled with WISE goodies and gifts from sponsors.
The meeting started off with a hot breakfast and a welcome from Chairperson Kelly Bernish. Next, during attendee introductions each attendee was challenged to use one initial of their name to add an adjective to describe themselves. For example, Kelly was kind. Other attendees were jovial, knowledgeable, enthusiastic or learners. There was a variety of speakers to fill the day and a yummy luncheon with time for networking. We were informed of the week’s upcoming events and had a chance to meet the current and newly installed WISE officers. Opportunities to select a mentor were also provided.
During the next few days of “Safety 2018” everyone from the WISE retreat had a group of new friends to enjoy the Conference and Exposition with. Once “Safety 2018” was underway, members or visitors could stop in at the WISE lounge to recharge their phones and themselves by networking, having refreshments, or obtain reading material at the book swap. The lounge had a number of events scheduled for the week including ever popular WISE personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion show. A picture of a previous WISE fashion show even ended up on the cover of a new safety book in the ASSP book shop.
WISE held an evening event at Howl at the Moon and featured singalongs and dancing. WISE members also wore special t-shirts and participated in the 5K walk/race. During “Safety 2018” many WISE members presented at sessions and acted as Ambassadors to guide attendees throughout the convention center.
WISE members are already excited for “Safety 2019”, scheduled to be hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana. To join WISE or learn about upcoming events contact your chapter’s WISE representative or checkout the WISE website https://www.assp.org/membership/communities/common-interest-groups/women-in-safety-excellence . You can also follow WISE on social media to stay up to date!
Call for Volunteers — 2018 NEAPDC
Dec 07, 2017
OUR 20TH ANNUAL New England Area Professional Development Conference
November 13th & 14th, 2018 – Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA
Our 20th Anniversary PDC promises to be the biggest and best yet. With that in mind, we are seeking volunteers to serve on our New England Area PDC Planning Committees for 2018. Committee openings include:
- Exhibition & Sponsor Development
- Silent Auction
- Logistics and
OSHA Training Institute – Approved for Another 5yrs
Dec 03, 2017
Keene State College proudly announces that the OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC), Region 1 is reauthorized by the Directorate of Training and Education OSHA to serve workers, employers and our safety community October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022. Established 1994 as the premier OSHA Training and Education provider for New England and beyond. Learn more about OTIEC and the resources they provide by clicking on the logo below.
*Also, Keene State College OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Region 1 has signed on to be the first GOLD Sponsor for the 2018 New England Area PDC.
2017 Leadership Conference
Oct 22, 2017
October 12-14, 2017
It was another exciting experience that provided the volunteers of ASSE a chance to further develop leadership skills and practical working knowledge of their positions. The Leadership Conference provided learning opportunities to help volunteer members become exceptional leaders, and give simple tips to make their role more beneficial to the membership.
Region VIII’s very own Mr. John Spath and Mr. David Crowley, members of the Greater Boston Chapter, presented at this years Leadership Conference.
Outstanding Work From Region VIII Members
Mar 04, 2017
Chip Darius, OHST, CET, CSHO, CUSP, a professional member of ASSE’s Connecticut Valley Chapter, has been working on a safety consulting and training project with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Workforce Improvement and Skill Enhancement (USAID/WISE). Management and Training Corp., which runs the USAID/WISE program in Egypt, found Darius’s LinkedIn profile and reached out to him about a project that involved applying U.S. and international safety standards to existing Egyptian law and translating materials into Arabic.
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