President’s Message – March 2020

Mar 10, 2020

We have been having a very successful Chapter year, with great participation of our members and offering valuable presentations at our monthly technical meetings.  This month we feature Debra Lord speaking on “Roadblocks on Return to Work and How to Avoid” with information on Post-offer employment testing, Fit for Duty testing, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE); work conditioning, ergonomic assessments and job analyses (physical demands analyses).

In April we will have LaMont Smith, Recognition Program Manager, NC Department of Labor, Bureau of Consultative Service speaking on the Carolina Star Program.  Join us to hear how this program can help your organization to achieve improved safety performance!

The 2020 Chapter Member Survey has been posted and your feedback is important. The information you provide gives guidance to the incoming Program Chair and the Executive Committee to make sure that the technical meetings and other activities of the Chapter provide value to you as a member.  We hope that you have taken the time to respond:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P9N5L52

The nominees for the 2020-2021 Chapter Executive Committee have been posted for you to review for the Chapter election to be held at our April 9th Chapter meeting.  You can review the candidates here:  Link

This month for our ongoing Chapter membership spotlight, we are featuring Horace Rozier, a valued long-time Chapter member and past president.  You can view the membership spotlights on our Chapter website:  https://nc.assp.org/.

Our two chapter delegates for 2020, Jon Wallace and Chris Hinson, will travel to the House of Delegates meeting on Monday June 22nd in Orlando FL in conjunction with the ASSP National PDC, If you have any issues that you would like them to take to the meeting on behalf of the Chapter, please reach out to them directly.

ASSP has posted information on their website which will be updated leading up to the National PDC about the potential impact of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 on this and any other planned conferences.  To stay up to date, check here regularly if you have plans to attend any:  https://www.assp.org/coronavirus/

The North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is May 3-9th.  ASSP partners with other safety organizations for week of focus – for more information, visit:  http://www.naosh.org/english/

Looking for a new job opportunity? Be sure to look on the jobs posted on our Chapter website, and on the Regional website. You can also post your resume on our website for employers to access.

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.

Sincerely,

Kim Blatz, Chapter President, MEng, CRSP, CPEA

President’s Message – January 2020

Jan 05, 2020

Thanks go to everyone that contributed to our Chapter collection for the Toys for Tots drive. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.  The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. With the funds our Chapter members contributed and Chapter matching of $250, we were able to purchase 33 bike helmets for children to receive as Christmas gifts. Our Past President Jon Wallace (shown on the left below) purchased them and took them to the collection point at the Fleet Feet store in Carrboro.

Our November Chapter Technical Meeting was hosted by Southern Industrial Constructors at their training center in Raleigh.  Many thanks to Jessica Foster for providing the space for the event, and to John Archer from the Environmental Protection Agency who presented for our technical meeting on “Assessing the Effectiveness of Air Duct Cleaning on Indoor Environmental Quality.  John is a Research Industrial Hygienist with the Homeland Security & Materials Management Division of US Environmental Protection Agency in RTP.

At our January 9th technical meeting we will have a presentation on Fall Protection Rescue Plans and use of 3rd party standby teams by Eric Stroud, Co-Owner/COO/Safety and Rescue Specialist at Fire and Rescue Concepts, LLC.  For details and to register, visit our Chapter website:  Registration link.

Last month for our ongoing Chapter membership spotlight, we introduced W.T. Miller, who is our most distant member, living in England.  This month, our spotlight is on Laura Joyce, who is our Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Chapter liaison.  You can view the membership spotlights on our Chapter website:  https://nc.assp.org/.

If you are looking for a new job opportunity, be sure to look on the jobs posted on our website, and on the Regional website. You can also post your resume on our website for employers to access.

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.

Sincerely,

Kim Blatz, Chapter President, MEng, CRSP, CPEA

President’s Message – November 2019

Nov 07, 2019

Our first Chapter Technical Meeting was held in September at the site of Fresnius Kabi USA in Wilson, NC.  We appreciated Fresnius Kabi US hosting the meeting on such short notice, and it was great to see so many members attend that often don’t make it to the meetings when they are held further west!

At our September meeting we discussed ways to share the diversity of paths that peoples’ careers evolve through in the safety profession, showing that there is not just one way to be successful in this field.  This newsletter we are starting with highlighting Chapter member profiles. Our hope is that this will provide a way for our newer professionals to see that there are multiple paths to and through the profession and be able to find more experienced members to reach out to for guidance or advice.  This month we are highlighting Todd Allen Thornton, a member of ASSE/ASSP for 11 years (see below).

Our Chapter Professional Development Conference (PDC), held at the NC Department of Transportation office in Raleigh on October 24th was also a great success (more on that later in this newsletter), and we were grateful for the NC DOT providing the space and for helping so much with the logistics!

Some of you have mentioned that you belong to the Common Interest Group, Women in Safety Excellence (WISE), which is intended to address issues specific to women OSH professionals — helping tackle the specific workplace and industry challenges that women face, in order to advance their careers and gain leadership positions within the OSH profession. One of our Chapter members, Laura Joyce, has agreed to be our Chapter resource and will provide us with information on WISE events.  In the meantime, feel free to explore the WISE Facebook posts (you don’t have to be a member of WISE to join) at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASSPWISE/ and/or if already in WISE, you can follow the community conversations on the ASSP national website at this link:  Link to WISE.

There are also additional Common Interest Groups:  Blacks in Safety Excellence (BISE), Hispanic Safety Professionals, and Emerging Professionals in Occupational Safety and Health.  Learn more about them here:  Link to Common Interest Groups .

To get more out of your ASSP membership, consider joining one of the online ASSP Practice Specialties, to connect and network with professionals in your unique area of health and safety.  There are practice specialty communities in construction, consultants, engineering, environmental, ergonomics, fire protection, healthcare, industrial hygiene, international, management, manufacturing, military, oil/gas/mining/mineral resources, public sector, risk management/insurance, training & communications, transportation and utilities!    To explore how to join their online conversations, visit this link:  Link to join online communities.

We hope you will join us this month over lunch on Thursday, November 14th in Raleigh to hear the presentation on “Assessing the Effectiveness of Air Duct Cleaning on Indoor Environmental Quality by John Archer, MS, CIH.  John is a Research Industrial Hygienist with the Homeland Security & Materials Management Division of US Environmental Protection Agency in RTP. Follow this link to register:  Link to register online .

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.

Sincerely,

Kim Blatz, Chapter President, MEng, CRSP, CPEA

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:  https://nc.assp.org/onedaypdc/

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.

Sincerely,

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.

 

Sincerely,

W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA