The theme of this President’s Message is staying current as a safety professional. Recently, I spoke with a former student who is now a practicing orthopedic surgeon. She stated that even after being a surgeon for over 15 years, she is always amazed at the evolving technology in diagnosing and treating patients. On-the-job training, working with a mentor, serving as a mentor to new physicians, etc. The safety profession is no different. While it’s true that many OSHA standards have not changed in the last 15 – 20 years, the consensus standards from which they were developed, such as ANSI, ASME, NFPA, have changed significantly. Also, our profession is continually identifying new potential safety and health hazards. In addition, technology within our profession is constantly evolving. It is imperative we embrace technology and continuously evolve to remain effective safety professionals.
One very effective way to stay current is to regularly attend ASSP meetings. We have a variety of different speakers at our monthly meetings; our speaker schedule is developed based upon member feedback. Also, serve as a volunteer. This is especially relevant because you will be surrounding yourself with safety professionals who are not only widely recognized as experts within their particular field but some who are recognized at the regional level within ASSP. For example, Matt Wilcox is the Area Director for Region VI and Chris Hinson recently was recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Region VI SPY (Safety Professional of the Year) award.
In summary, stay current as a safety professional. Attend ASSP meetings. Volunteer. Hope to see you at a future meeting!