President’s Message – December 2018

Dec 13, 2018

The 2018 – 2019 chapter year for the North Carolina Chapter of ASSP began with an auspicious start: our September meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. At our October meeting, we fortunately held the meeting just prior to the rains from Hurricane Michael. Our November meeting went off without a hitch! For our December meeting (rescheduled from the September meeting), we had a major snow storm just four days prior to the meeting. Tony Watson, MSPH, CIH, CSP gave an excellent speech: Industrial Hygiene Update: Silica and hexavalent chromium. We invited members of the North Carolina Chapter of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) members and had 38 attendees. This was the largest attendance for a chapter meeting in over three years. What a great way to finish out 2018!

We also had a very successful Toys for Tots holiday drive. With our members donating $250 and our chapter matching the $250 for a total donation of $500. For the Troops Care Packages, the members donated $200 along with a $200 match for a total of $400. Many thanks to Arlene Edwards and Chris Hinson for all of their efforts in this holiday donation effort!

One task I’ve mastered during my short tenure as President is how to delegate! We have an outstanding executive committee that is simply second to none. I cannot thank everyone enough for there ongoing efforts. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with chapter efforts. Please contact me or any executive committee member if you are interested in volunteering. I honestly believe we have one of the very best chapters in the United States; however; we are always striving for continuous improvement.

For our January 2019 meeting, we have Matt Willcox, CSP, Risk Control Director for Southern Operations of Coca Cola Bottling and ASSP Area Director who will speak about “Fleet Safety – It’s Not Just About Big Trucks.”


I look forward to seeing you at our meetings in 2019. Happy Holidays!

W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA

North Carolina ASSP Chapter President

Presidents Message – Jon Wallace

Sep 14, 2018

Welcome to the North Carolina American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) 2018 – 2019 chapter year! As you have probably noticed, our name has subtly changed from American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). While nearly all of us are safety professionals in our professional careers, very few of us hold the title safety engineer. The change in name to ASSP is intended to attract and serve the needs of safety professionals with varying backgrounds and needs.

I would like to personally thank each member of the executive committee for their assistance in planning for the upcoming year. Each member serves in a voluntary capacity – our chapter simply would not exist without their efforts! Also, I would like to thank our outgoing president, Chris Hinson, for all of his assistance in helping in the transition process. Please contact me or any executive committee member if you are interested in volunteering for our chapter. We have a strong chapter but we’re always striving to move the ball forward.

Presidents Message – Year End 2017-2018

Jun 18, 2018

The time has come, the passing of the torch.  My time to lead the chapter came sooner than I had planned, but it was a challenge that I embraced.  The last 18 months have been one of the best professional experiences to date in my career.  I have been surrounded by some of the best our profession has to offer and who have ensured I had the knowledge and support needed to be successful.  Our chapter has a rich history spanning more than 62 years and I am honored to be a part of it.  Our chapter has surpassed 450 members, we achieved back to back platinum years, and have given back to our community with very successful drives for Toys for Tots and Habitat for Humanity.  We also ushered in a new beginning for our chapter and our society in the transition to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

I am delighted to pass the lead of our chapter onto Jon Wallace, a consummate professional with more than 20 years in the safety profession.  Jon will continue the great momentum that we have built over the past few years, and he will be successful because of the group of people, the volunteers, that he is surrounded by with our executive committee, our regional leadership, and our society representation.

For any member of the North Carolina chapter that has given thought about serving in a volunteer capacity, I urge you to come forward, you will not regret it.  Our chapter is blessed to have strong leadership year after year, with decades of diverse knowledge and experience at our disposal.  We have professionals that have given years of their life in service to our profession, professionals that come together to ensure the success of all.  It is an amazing cast to be a part of.

As my last action, I leave you with these thoughts to consider – what does safety mean to you?  Is it just a job or is it a profession?  Is it just the employees at your place of business or is it the 37,000 plus members of our society and the generation to come?  Is it for personal gain or is it for the betterment of our profession?

I would like to thank each person that I have worked alongside for the last 18 months, people that have made me a better person and a better professional.  I have grown so much as a professional and I owe them a debt of gratitude.

Thank you,

Christopher S. Hinson, CIH, CSP, CHMM

Presidents Message – Winter 2018

Jan 31, 2018

We are now 8 months into the 2017-2018 chapter year.  It has been another great year for the North Carolina chapter.  We have continued to grow our network by joining the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as the social media platform MeetUp, and have a brand new platform on LinkedIn that we are working to build.  Our professional membership has grown to 434 professional, with an additional 20 student members of our chapter.  That is an impressive 454 members that belong to the North Carolina chapter of ASSE.  It was just February 2nd, 2017 that we announced we had surpassed 400 members.  We have added over 50 members in the last 12 months and are well on our way to 500 members.

President’s Message – Fall 2017

Sep 06, 2017

A new chapter year is upon us.  This is the 62nd year for the North Carolina chapter that was first chartered on December 13th, 1955.  The North Carolina chapter has a rich history of safety professionals that have led the efforts over the years.  As a safety professional, I care about the well-being of people, property, and the environment.  As a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, I care about the sharing of knowledge with my fellow safety professionals.  A career is a lifetime of learning and I believe that if we, as safety professionals, share in the knowledge and the experiences we have accumulated then we can in turn make each other stronger, and hopefully prevent accidents in the workplace.  The North Carolina chapter has assembled a strong slate of technical meetings for the 2017-2018 chapter year.  My hope is that from these meetings our members will learn something new, something that will help them in their professional career and something that will keep the people, property, and environment in which they oversee safe.