President’s Message – April 2019

May 03, 2019

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!

Jon

President’s Message – February 2019

Feb 21, 2019

We’re mid-way through the 2018-2019 meeting calendar and I am continually impressed by the resiliency of the North Carolina Chapter. At the January meeting I announced that the March 2019 meeting was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts from the host sponsor. Wendy Laing, Director, IES Professional Learning & Southeastern OSHA Training Institute Education Center not only volunteered to host the meeting but proffered a speaker as well. Wendy Shepherd will speak about Natural Disasters and The Recovery Process – Dealing with Mold. Click here for more information: https://nc.assp.org/events/march-chapter-meeting-natural-disasters-and-the-recover-process-dealing-with-mold/ Special thanks to Wendy Laing and everyone on the executive committee who made this happen in such a short time frame.

During our April 2019 meeting, I’m very excited to announce that we will be meeting at the East Carolina University campus. This is event is being hosted by the ECU Student Section of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Master of Science Program in Occupational Safety, and the Department of Technology Systems. Our partners include the ECU Student Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Construction Management Student Association. Click here for more information: https://nc.assp.org/events/april-technical-meeting-east-carolina-university/

Finally, I want to emphasize our chapter is always looking for volunteers. Our chapter operates solely on the efforts of volunteers. If you are interested in serving as a chapter volunteer, please contact myself or any chapter executive committee member.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the March 2019 meeting!

 

Jon

President’s Message – January 2019

Jan 21, 2019

Happy New Year 2019! I’m very excited about 2019 and the future of the North Carolina ASSP chapter. I would like to emphasize one key point for your continued growth and success as a safety professional: helping other safety professionals. There’s an old saying I read many years ago: Help enough people achieve their goals and you will achieve your goals as well. The North Carolina Triangle region (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) has a population of over two million residents. Our chapter has a very deep expertise in virtually every aspect of occupational safety – current and former OSHA compliance officers; fleet safety; construction safety; general industry safety; safety management; systems safety; industrial hygiene; process safety management; hazardous materials – to name just a few.

Attend chapter meetings and network with your fellow safety professionals. If you have a safety-related question utilize the vast resources available within our chapter. With a membership over 450 EHS professionals, it is very likely someone can answer your question or guide you in the right direction. Naturally, if you are approached by any safety professional requesting guidance, please take a few moments to assist them. This is an integral part of what the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is all about: paying it forward.

Another aspect of assistance is volunteering for ASSP leadership positions as well as hosting chapter meetings, if possible. Our chapter survives and thrives solely on the efforts of a group of volunteers. However, executive committee members retire; transfer to other chapters; etc. We are always looking for members interested in serving in leadership positions. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact a member of the executive committee.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the executive committee for everything they accomplish. In 2019, we have already rescheduled two technical meetings. Everyone has jumped through numerous hurdles to get this accomplished. At the next ASSP meeting please thank an executive committee member for their contributions!

In closing, I will emphasize the saying I previously mentioned: Help enough people achieve their goals and you will achieve your goals as well.

Let’s have a great, safe 2019!

Jon

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.