Update: Habitat for Humanity PPE Drive

Jun 27, 2018

Thank you to all who donated PPE and/or money towards our Habitat for Humanity of Wake County PPE campaign!  We are pleased to report that we collected $270 for Habitat Wake, which was matched by our chapter, for a total of $540.

We were able to purchase 30 hard hats (white, blue, green) with the Habitat logo and 30 pairs of safety glasses.  Other donated items included: hi-visibility vests and an assortment of gloves.  The purchased items were from Northern Safety, who waived shipping costs for our purpose.   As reported in their 2017 annual report, Habitat Wake increased the number of new homes built by 20 percent in 2016-2017.  They rank 2nd in new homes built among the 1,264 U.S. affiliates. Each Habitat Wake homeowner family invests 200 hours of sweat equity building their home and the homes of their neighbors. Other 2017 Habitat Wake highlights: 57 new homes building 48 homes repaired 105 families served locally 101 families served globally 18,500 volunteers engaged.

Goal = $500
Total Donated = $540

North Carolina Chapter Names 2018 Safety Professional of the Year

Jun 23, 2018

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


Winning Cookie Recipe

Dec 20, 2017

Our 2017 Holiday Cookie Winner was Alicia Mitchell, with an out of this world delicious Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookie.  Here is the recipe for your baking and tasting pleasures.

2016-2017 Platinum Chapter

Nov 02, 2017

The North Carolina chapter reached an elite milestone during the 2016-2017 chapter year.  We achieved Platinum chapter status for the first time ever, thanks to our great members and the volunteers of the EC that worked very hard to get us there.  Read the letter here or check out the standing http://www.assp.org/professionalaffairs/awards/CoYHistory/.  Only 33 chapters across the globe achieved this status.  You can check the achievement for each ASSE chapter here, http://www.assp.org/professionalaffairs/awards/chapter-stars-winners/.