President’s Message – September 2020

Sep 11, 2020

Hi, my name is Pat Ragan and I have the honor of being the NC ASSP Chapter President for the coming chapter year. I very much appreciate the confidence placed in me and will do my best to maintain the excellent history of our chapter.

I am incredibly happy that one of my first actions is to announce that our chapter has, for the 4th consecutive year, achieved the Platinum level recognition for NC Chapter Operations Management Tool.  Below is the communication received from Arielle Semmel Sr. Manager Communities confirming our success.


To:  North Carolina Chapter President and Past President

Congratulations on a great chapter year. The North Carolina Chapter has achieved Platinum level recognition for the 2019 – 2020 year.  This recognition is based from the information your chapter submitted in the Chapter Operations Management Tool (COMT) of 6/30/2020.

The work that goes into achieving this level of success is impressive and greatly appreciated by ASSP.  This year provided a new challenge and you adapted to the realities this situation created to protect the health and well-being of your members and local communities.  Your efforts benefit your chapter members and the safety profession as a whole.

Your chapter is listed on the Chapter Recognition page of the ASSP website and includes the chapter president for 2019-2020.

Again, congratulations on your accomplishment, and thank you for your work in providing accessible, face-to-face opportunities for ASSP members to become better safety professionals.



Arielle Semmel

Sr. Manager Communities

cc:       Vice President, Council on Region Affairs

Regional Vice President

Area Director


Thanks to all of the 2019-2020 EC team for their leadership in helping achieve this recognition and special thanks to Kim Blatz, Chapter President for the time this award represents.  Kim, thanks for your hard work and gentle hand leading us across the Platinum finish line.

Other notable Chapter events and news

If you read the communication of the Platinum award you may have noted the line “providing accessible, face-to-face opportunities”.  Well it looks like at least through the end of 2020 that is out…. It seems even a professional safety organization can not avoid the constraints of Covid-19.  At least through December 2020 our meetings will be Virtual.

We have a great line up of Virtual Technical meetings that will be broadcast live,  We hope to record them for those that are not able to see the live broadcast.  Details are available on the NC Chapter Webpage under the News and Events, Events tab. and the topics are listed below.

  • Respiratory and COVID-19 and How This Plays an Important Role in Everyone’s Safety: September 10 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
  • ASSP Region VI PDC: September 15, – 18 (Check the link for the agenda for 4 days of an excellent line up of safety professionals discussing relevant Safety topics)
  • Q&A with NCDOL Commissioner, Cherie Berry: October 8, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • OSHA and COVID-19: Enforcement Update, Exposure Control Plans, and PPE: November 12, (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
  • The Importance of Values-Based Engagements: December 10, (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)


Let us make the best of a challenging situation.  We have been wanting to find a way to kick start our virtual contact with members that are too remote to routinely attend regular meetings. Well here is our chance. If you are a remote NC Chapter member take this opportunity to see the support and fellowship our chapter and society can provide.  You are not in this alone.  Reach out to the many other ASSP members that are doing the same work you are.  Ask them for help or offer help if you have a great idea or program.

Meet people at our monthly meetings.  Jump into one of the many community conversations taking place on the ASSP website all the time.

From your PRESIDENT-ELECT;Robin Barfield, SMS, we learned this week that our Daily Digest links in the Region VI Communication Tips was not working. Special Thanks to Jason DeDano for pointing this out. While we continue to embrace the best practices for this pandemic, we are seeing more casual spread of COVID through home environments. The importance of two-week contact tracing is more apparent with this most recent development. Public Health professionals have noted that many individuals have struggled to keep accurate contacts and phone numbers of individuals that may have been affected by COVID positive cases. Yes, it is a pain, but so well worth the effort to slow the spread and protect one another.

Information from ASSP

NC just completed the Safe and Sound Week, August 10-16.  We hope you were able to take advantage of this annual initiative to move your efforts forward.

Phishing attempts[i]: ASSP members have experienced several Phishing attempts in recent weeks.  They usually involve an email from another ASSP member or Safety Related organization (Asbestos group was the one we saw) asking for money to support an initiative or stating the chapter had committed to support a safety initiative and they would like you to send the $500 commitment in gift cards. Don’t let them get you.  If it is an obvious attempt just delete the email.  If you are not sure contact the contact the ASSP member that supposedly sent the email, to let them know what is going on.

Chapter Leadership Notices

AWARDS CHAIR, Alicia Mitchell, CHMM, CSP;  Alicia, has elected to step down from her Awards Chair role.  Alicia has had a number of important roles in her 16 years with ASSP including NC Chapter President 2014-2015.  We want to thank her for her many contributions to the advancement of our society.

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR, John Cala, MS, CIH;  John has accepted a position in California and is vacating that role August 31, 2020.  We wish John great success in his new job and thank him for his efforts to help our chapter.

Chapter Member Spotlight; If you know of a NC ASSP Member Safety Professional with a career path that might be an inspiration or validation to other safety professionals please let Pat Ragan or Kim Blatz know.  We are looking for our September Member Spotlight and would love for current members input on a safety professional that deserves this recognition.

Just for fun Chapter stats

As of August 25, 2020

  • 435 registered members
  • 85 of whom have been in ASSP for 20 or more years.
  • 229 Active members at less than 5 years in ASSP
  • 78 Members that have joined within the last year.
  • 11 are members of the US Army, Marines or Airforce
  • We learned last year our most remote member is in Newcastle England.
  • We have a reported total of 4480 member years with ASSP with an average of 10 years per member. That is a lot of time helping keep people from being hurt.

Update your profile……………..

Best Regards


Patrick Ragan, MBA, CSP


[i] phish·ing /ˈfiSHiNG/noun

1. the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.