A Strong Lineage

Jun 28, 2019

The North Carolina chapter was established on December 13th, 1955 as the first chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals in North Carolina.  The territories have grown and changed over the years, with the Triad chapter covering the Greensboro and Winston-Salem area, the Tarheel chapter covering the Piedmont of the state, and the Western Carolina chapter covering the Hickory and Statesville area.  Over the decades we have been blessed with strong leadership of health and safety professionals in the Raleigh-Durham area of the state.  The North Carolina chapter has grown to over 460 professional members, and has a student section at ECU.  At our June 2019 Officer Installation ceremony we were fortunate enough to have 8 former chapter Presidents in attendance.  If you have ever thought of volunteering to support the North Carolina chapter, this is an example of the level of experience and support that you can expect to be surrounded by.

From left to right: Al Weaver III (1982-1983 & 1984-1985), Tom Cecich (1982-1983), Arlene Edwards (1995-1996 & 2012-2013), Jay Sprankle (1997-1998), Jon Wallace (2018-2019), Chris Hinson (2016-2017 & 2017-2018), Alicia Mitchell (2014-2015), and Matt Wilcox (2015-2016).

2018-2019 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) – North Carolina Chapter

Jun 28, 2019

For his technical expertise, his commitment to our profession and his many contributions to the American Society of Safety Professionals, Matt Wilcox has been recognized as the 2018-2019 North Carolina chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY).  Matt has a diverse background in environmental, health, safety and fleet safety with experience in the food and beverage manufacturing, warehouse, and field operations life cycle.  He begin his 2nd career in risk management in 1995 and has stayed within the food and beverage industry.  He is currently the Director of Risk Control for Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc. where he has worked for 10 years.  Matt obtained his CSP credential in 2012.  Matt served in a number of capacities supporting the North Carolina chapter’s executive committee since joining the chapter in 2009.  He was the Chapter President of the North Carolina chapter during the 2014-2015 chapter year, leading the chapter to a gold level year.  Matt just completed a two year term as the Area Director for the southern chapters of Region VI.  He was reelected to serve a three year term as the Southern Area Director for Region VI and is the Deputy Regional Vice President for Region VI.


2019 North Carolina ASSP – Professional Development Conference

May 09, 2019

Special Chapter Event October 24th

One Day Professional Development Conference

Early Notification; Mark your calendars

Earlier this year the North Carolina ASSP Chapter surveyed members in an effort to understand and target member needs.  One of the overwhelming desires was to organize a short chapter targeted Professional Development Conference.

An anonymous comment response sums up the intent of this One Day PDC effort;

“I appreciate ASSP considering this activity. Professional development, community building, and learning from others in the safety community is why I continue to be involved with ASSP.”

The NC ASSP Chapter is organizing a One Day PDC October 24th at a location in the RTP area

The PDC will provide 4 sessions on the topics most requested by the Chapter Members.  The current list of topics are:

  • Safety Culture: importance and how to measure
  • Accident investigation importance and techniques
  • Safety for Managers
  • “Critical to Quality” EHS Techniques for Compliance Sustainability
  • Workplace Violence, programs, precautions and resources


The session is open to all ASSP members and, as space permits, other non-members that might benefit by attending.

We are not asking for financial commitments at this time.  However, seats will be limited, and attendance will be on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in attending this One Day Professional Development Conference, please send an email;

To: pragan54@gmail.com

Subject: Hold my seat for the October 24th NC ASSP PDC

Provide name and contact information

As information firms up you will receive updates and formal registration information.  We appreciate your support of your chapter’s efforts to improve the benefit you receive.

  • $75.00 – Member and Early Non-Member registration by August 1, 2019.
  • $105.00 – Regular registration for Non-Members after August 1, 2019


Location and specific agenda details to follow this early notice opportunity.


To: pragan54@gmail.com

PSJ Article from NC Chapter Member

May 08, 2019

Did you receive the latest copy of Professional Safety Journal?  The North Carolina Chapters, very own, David Coble, has an article in this months issue.

Check it out.

Click HERE to view the article.

Each peer-reviewed issue of Professional Safety offers practical guidance, techniques and solutions to help occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals identify hazards, protect people, prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management that investing in safety is a sound business strategy. Annual subscription is included with ASSP membership.

NAOSH Week & Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day

May 08, 2019

What is NAOSH Week? The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Interdisciplinary Association of Occupational Health and Hygiene of Mexico, Civil Association (AISOHMEX) join together to celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, or NAOSH Week, every year during the first full week of May to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment.

Each year ASSP urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in an effort to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local community and the global community. In 2017, 5,147 people lost their lives on-the-job. ASSP and its 38,000 members are working tirelessly to reduce those numbers so we can all make it home safely.

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has signed a proclamation decreeing May 5th to 11th as Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 8th as Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day.

Click HERE to download a copy of the proclamation.