ASSE to Become the ASSP

The ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) is one of the oldest safety associations in America but it’s about to get a rebirth. The ASSE house of delegates recently voted in favor of changing their name to the ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals).

The reason for this change is simply that, when the association was founded in 1911 all members were engineers. Today, however, the association members make up a wide variety of professions and disciplines. Engineers only make up 3% of the association.

The vote now goes to ASSE members who have 45 days to get their vote in meaning that we’ll have the final tally sometime in mid August.

It is unclear  whether the green and gold logo will remain the same with the “E” simply changing to a “P” as is reported in some instances or changed as seems to be advocated on the new microsite http://www.assp.org


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New “Shipyard Employment” OSHA Fact Sheet

I only live about 10 minutes from one of the biggest shipyards in the USA. Probably about half of my friends and acquaintances work at that shipyard. I have two son-in-laws and both of them work at the shipyard so needless to say safety at the shipyard is important to me.

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It’s apparently important to OSHA as well. They have just released a new Fact Sheet on “Shipyard Employment” outlining the unique dangers and hazards inherent in shipyards as well as outlining a plan to help keep workers safe.

You can download it here.



OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App

From the CDC website…

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The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first aid information for heat-related illnesses

Find out more and download the app here.




June is National Safety Month

No it isn’t National Safety Inc. safety month, it’s National Safety Month as emphasized by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Each week this month is going to focus on a different aspect of safety:

  • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
  • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
  • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
  • Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
  • Member-exclusive Bonus Week: Road Safety for Workers

Download resources and more at http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx