The North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has named Chris Hinson their 2018 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). Awarded annually within the chapter, this award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to the chapter and demonstration of achievement within the occupational safety and health profession.
The North Carolina chapter recognized Chris for his dedication in support of the profession and his exemplary volunteer service to the Society. After a chapter President resigned mid-term, Chris stepped up without hesitation to lead the chapter through the remainder of the year. With a focused and driven effort, he led the North Carolina chapter to their first ever Platinum Chapter of the Year recognition for 2016-2017. Through his second term as Chapter President, the chapter repeated as a Platinum Chapter of the Year in 2017-2018. During the 2017-2018 chapter year, the chapter held successful community outreach campaigns for Toys-for-Tots and Habitat for Humanity. The chapter has become active with the local Chamber of Commerce and has grown its membership to over 450 professional members. In an effort to increase awareness of the safety profession, Chris led several meetings at his alma mater, Campbell University, to interact with students and raise awareness of the safety profession, as well as provide educational topics on machine safety for the engineering students. During his time leading the chapter he was also successful in obtaining his license as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a milestone achievement in itself. Chris also serves as the Associate Regional Vice President for Communications of Region VI of ASSP.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Campbell University and board certifications as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). As a safety professional, Chris dedicates his services for sustaining an unwavering commitment to workplace safety and health for Merck & Co. in Durham, NC. He has supported the Durham site in their execution of high risk work programs and was recently promoted within the organization. In his new role he will serve as the biosafety officer for the Durham site and the industrial hygiene lead.
Chris Hinson with Regional Vice President – Region VI, Alicia Mitchell.
Left to Right: Alicia Mitchell, Regional Vice President – Region VI; Tom Cecich, Former Society President; Chris Hinson, SPY Winner; Jon Wallace, Incoming Chapter President