President’s Message: September 2019

Sep 04, 2019

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2019-2020 North Carolina Chapter year of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)!  Our Chapter Planning Committee and the Professional Development Conference (PDC) Committee have both been working through the summer months to improve your experience with our Chapter and to implement some of your suggestions given to our member survey last year.  Our Program Chair, Pat Ragan, deserves many thanks for leading the committee to develop a lineup of technical meetings and locations to hold them at – starting out in September when we head east to meet at the facility of Fresnius Kabi USA in Wilson, NC.  Join us to hear the presentation on “What is a Confined Space? Performing the Confined Space Determination” by W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA, President of Workplace Safety and our Chapter Past President.

Also, together with the PDC Committee, Pat has also lined up a 1-Day PDC to be held October 24th in Raleigh.  Check out the details on our Chapter website and sign up now to attend.  0.7 CEUs will be granted:

Consider also attending the 33rd Annual Region VI PDC on September 18-20th in Myrtle Beach: Link to Region VI PDC.  I look forward to seeing you at our meetings this year! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions to make our chapter work better for you.


Kim Blatz MEng, CRSP, CPEA

Final President’s Message: 2018 – 2019

Jun 16, 2019

Final President’s Message: 2018 – 2019

The last 12 months serving as North Carolina Chapter President have went by in the snap of a finger – I simply can’t believe how quickly it has flown by! I want to sincerely thank every member of the Executive Committee for their unwavering dedication and assistance. I honestly believe our executive committee is second to none. Also, I must express my gratitude to Past President Christopher Hinson, CIH, CSP, CHMM. Chris took an already excellent chapter and implemented several improvements to help the chapter earn the highest ASSP chapter designation, platinum, two consecutive years. Chris met with me numerous times to discuss my transition as President. Thanks again, Chris.

Our chapter is in excellent hands moving forward as incoming President Kim Blatz takes the realms on July 1. Kim has served in multiple leadership positions on the executive committee prior to assuming to becoming our new President. I am fully confident Kim will do a fantastic job as President!

Finally, I want to strongly encourage anyone interested in serving in a voluntary capacity to contact an executive committee member. Our chapter couldn’t exist without the continued voluntary efforts of safety professionals – please give back to your chapter.



W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA

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!


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: 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:

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!



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!