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Puget Sound Chapter Executive Committee Candidates 2019-2020 Chapter Year

Apr 18, 2019

President – Justin Molocznik, MS, CSP, CHST: 2018-2019 Puget Sound ASSP Chapter President Justin Molocznik is currently with Mortenson Construction, managing Health and Safety for the Seattle Center Arena (Key Arena) project. In conjunction with his professional career, he continues academic research in the areas of safety intervention, the relationship of personality to safe behaviors/decision making, and management’s role in safety promotion.

Justin graduated from Kansas State University in 2015 with a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, emphasizing in Occupational Health Psychology. He currently holds the Certified Safety Professional certification (CSP), as well as the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). In Washington, Justin has been a member of both the Puget Sound and Mt. Baker Chapters of the ASSP. He has served as both the Puget Sound Chapter Vice President and Treasurer, and is currently serving as the Chapter President, ASSP Region I Deputy Vice President and is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Professional Safety Journal. He is also a member of the Society of Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP) and the European Academy of OHP.

Justin hopes to continue to build from the successes off the 2018-2019 Chapter year, and to focus on developing a strong succession plan for the future of the Chapter.

Vice President – Jorge Del Toro: Jorge is currently the Corporate Safety Director for Charlie’s Produce, which is the largest, employee owned, independent wholesale produce distributor on the West Coast. He began at Charlie’s Produce 7 years ago as warehouse summer help and it wasn’t until 2011 when he completed his bachelor’s degree in Safety & Health Management from Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington that he transitioned into a safety role at Charlie’s Produce.

Prior to his role as the Corporate Safety Director, Jorge was responsible for Safety & Compliance in the Transportation Department where he obtained his CDS (Certified Director of Safety) certification from NATMI, which helped guide him to develop and implement various safety plans to ensure Charlie’s Produce Transportation Safety standards were met.  Jorge continuously exhibits a high level of passion for Safety & Compliance and is excited to initiate the same successes from his previous role to help build and guide a corporate safety culture at Charlie’s Produce.

Secretary – Matt Slack: Matt’s first job in safety was while he was serving in the Army on Fort Lewis, where he managed a large motor pool’s HAZMAT, HAZWASTE, and training for diesel mechanics. Later at Central Washington University, where he majored in safety & health management, he was also a student ASSE member, helped create the first Greek fraternity on campus, and served as the chapter’s first president. Prior to graduation, Matt took an entry level position with Granite Construction in Tucson, AZ, where he got introduced to surface mining, the joy of MSHA inspections, and the building of Tucson’s Sun Link Streetcar project. With Streimer Sheet Metal Works, he managed 2 projects @ Intel Ronler Acres in Hillsboro, OR. After a surprise lay-off, he moved back to WA to work at Boeing Everett’s 777x Composite Wing Facility with Hos Brothers Construction for GEW, LLC. With Atkinson Construction since 2016, Matt graduated from CWU in 2018 with a BS in SHM and is currently stationed on the I-5 JBLM project. 

Treasurer – Steve Heist: Steve is the operations officer of Crawford Advantage Solutions Inc, a safety and health company working with employers in the Northwest. His previous employment was the Safety Director for Approach Management Services, a third-party administrator for approx. 2200 employers in 7 retro programs. Steve comes from a construction background, working for a larger General Contractor in the Seattle/Bellevue area as a foreman and superintendent on tenant improvement projects and a safety professional in the field. He left the field and spent almost 7 years with Washington States Labor and Industries, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) as the Statewide Technical Specialist in Standards/Technical Services program for construction.  He assisted with rule promulgation of DOSH safety and health requirements, provide technical interpretation for LNI staff and outside stakeholders, inspected and wrote variances to the Washington Administrative Code and was one of the technical trainers for the training of LNI staff.

House of Delegates (When the ballots come out you will vote for 3 candidates) 

Brent Knight, CSP: Brent is the President of Intuitive Safety Solutions. After working his way through community college as a Union Laborer in the early 90’s, Brent enrolled in and achieved a bachelor’s degree in Loss Control Management from Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington. An internship with a large marine construction company led to a position in 1996 with Safety and Supply Company (now Mallory Safety and Supply, the largest independent safety company on the West Coast). This career move opened the doors to continued learning and new opportunities including the beginning of Intuitive Safety Solutions in 2007.  Along the way there have been many awards and honors including a board position with the American Society of Safety Professional’s Puget Sound Chapter, President of the Seattle and Vicinity Construction Safety Council (SVCSC), Construction Safety Person of the Year as recognized by the SVCSC, facilitator of the Puget Sound Area Safety Summit and support of many associations. The ultimate achievement was the achievement of board certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in September, 2010.

Scott Streuli: Scott is the Atkinson Construction Northwest Regional Safety Manager. He has extensive experience in the residential, commercial, heavy civil, industrial and marine construction environments. Scott has a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Central Washington University and is past president of the American Society of Safety Professionals Puget Sound Chapter. Scott currently serves on the American Society of Safety Professionals Society Membership Committee and is actively involved with several safety organizations, such as, The Puget Sound Safety Summit, and the Washington State Construction Advisory Committee.

Chip McKenna, MPA, CSP, CPCU, ARM: Chip is a risk management consultant for Barrett Business Services (BBSI). He has over 30 years of experience assisting private, public and tribal entities in identifying, controlling and reducing potential risk. Chip is a lean six sigma green belt. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University, graduate certificate in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University and several professional designations, including the Certified Safety Professional, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities, Associate in Claims, Associate in Insurance Services, Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist, and Management Liability Insurance Specialist. He is past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals 

Member at Large Position (5 positions) 

Norman Fox:  Norman presents nearly 30 years of industrial safety experience, including 18 years as an independent consultant. Industries served include Heavy/Light Construction; Manufacturing; Oil / Gas; and DOT Pipeline {OQ Admin}.  Mr. Fox has been an active member of ASSE for 17 years serving on the Bakersfield {CA} Chapter Board for 14 years. Chapter service has included Symposium Moderator, Academic Program Development, Scholarship Chairman, and Speaker. Norm has recently relocated to Washington with his wife of 29 years and is secretly searching for a steelhead fishing coach.

David Hundley, M.Ed.: David has been the Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) since 2005. He is a certified occupational safety specialist. Founded in 1851, LDC originates produces, processes, refines, transports, merchandizes, customizes, and distributes approximately 81 million tons of commodities around the world annually. Through LDCs international network of assets, LDC operates from farm to fork, aiming to get the right food to the right location at the right time. I am an integral part of LDCs professional development, training, safety and health programs for the North American Region. I am the only OH&S manager with an advance degree in Adult Education. My recent focus is to provide our North American assets with tools to conduct worker learning assessments and design appropriate and effective training learning tools and opportunities. 

Krista Kolaz: Krista Kolaz is the Safety & Risk Manager at Hopelink, one of the area’s largest nonprofit organizations. Hopelink provides critical social services through programs including housing, transportation, family development, financial assistance, employment programs, adult education, financial literacy training, and food banks and helps more than 63,000 people each year.

Krista first became interested in occupational safety as a career when working at the University of Illinois Department of Environmental Health and Safety while earning her BS in Civil Engineering. After moving west, she enjoyed working as an environmental consultant. Her projects included groundwater and soil remediation as well as environmental compliance and permitting.  She graduated with a MS in Occupational Safety Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2016.

Cheri Zehner, MPH: Cheri Zehner, retired, has over 30 years of experience in public health and occupational safety and health services.  She has worked as a consultant for 20 years providing occupational health, industrial hygiene, and indoor air quality management services to a wide variety of clients.  As a former safety consultant for a retro group of over 2,000 Association of Washington Business members she has broad experience with many types of industries. She was the corporate occupational safety and health manager for an environmental consulting firm in Washington and authored their accident prevention program.   As an environmental consultant she performed several human health risk assessments for state and federal Superfund sites.  She has 10 years’ experience as an environmental health specialist and Registered Sanitarian, for a local health department with four years of experience in food service sanitation.  Ms. Zehner has extensive experience as a trainer and public speaker, recently providing hundreds of online safety training classes for the Association of Washington Businesses.  She recently presented to the Bay Area and Puget Sound chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals as a topic expert.   Additionally, she has presented to the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, Washington Association of Code Enforcement, EPA Region 10 Sustainable Communities Conference, The Sustainability Foundation, Edmonds Community College Energy Management Program and Master Builders Association.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health, both from the University of Washington.  She holds a 30-Hour OSHA Hazard Recognition for General Industry certificate and an OSHA 511 certificate for general industry.

Brian Van, CSP: Brian is currently with Guy F. Atkinson as their Regional Safety Director. He holds the CSP designation with a B.S. in Loss Control Management from Central Washington University. Past experience includes safety and claims management in the Industrial and commercial construction industries as well as heavy civil and bridge building. Brian is actively involved with organizations dedicated to supporting the local safety industry such as the AGC of Washington Safety Committee as the Seattle District Representative, The Puget Sound Safety Summit Steering Committee, the Construction Advisory Committee and the local chapter of ASSE. Brian is also involved with Kaizan facilitation and teaching meeting management skills within Guy F. Atkinson to improve communication and risk management effectiveness. With over 15 years of safety and risk management experience in the Northwest Brian is dedicated to the safety and health of workers and their companies through communication, innovation, networking and management techniques.

Jacob Emerson: Jacob Emerson is currently a Site Safety Coordinator for Guy F. Atkinson Construction on the Tacoma I-5 Southbound project. He graduated from Central Washington University with a B.S. in Safety and Health Management with a GSP. After graduation, Jacob worked for Elcon Corp as a site safety representative, managing safety for Elcon on two Sound Transit projects in Seattle.

Jacob is currently studying for the CHST and will sit for the exam when he is eligible.

He was a past member of the Central Washington Student chapter and has been an active member of the Puget Sound chapter since 2017.

CWU Launches Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM)

Mar 12, 2019

Central Washington University (CWU) is very excited to share that we have added a graduate degree to our program. If you are interested in furthering your education please consider our new, fully online Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM) degree at Central Washington University. Also, please kindly help us spread the word about the degree within your network.

Some important details about the MS-SHM degree:

  • For career-driven EHS professionals with 4+ years of full-time work experience in EHS or a closely related field
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Designed for working professionals – students take 1-2 online courses per quarter for 7 quarters in a cohort system
  • Involves an applied project experience rather than a master’s thesis
  • Can be completed in two years and one summer
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Priority applications accepted until April 1, 2019 for coursework beginning in Fall 2019.
  • Coursework incudes advanced safety management, EHS analytics, risk management, sustainability and stewardship, crisis management, and advanced industrial hygiene

 

For more information, please visit our website and review our handbook. If you have questions not answered by the website or handbook, please call (509-963-1740) or email our graduate coordinator who developed this excellent degree, Morgan Bliss (Morgan.Bliss@cwu.edu).

Morgan Bliss, MS CIH CSP

Assistant Professor, Safety and Health Management

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

509-963-1740

Morgan.Bliss@cwu.edu

Sathy Rajendran PhD, CSP, ARM, LEED-AP

Chair, Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction Department, Associate Professor

Director of Safety and Health Management Program, Central Washington University

Ph: 509 963 1152

rajendrans@cwu.edu

 

 

ASSP’s Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty Publishes Silica Resource Guide

Sep 28, 2018

ASSP’s Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty has developed a resource guide for contractors that pulls together frequently asked questions about complying with OSHA’s silica standard. The guide addresses issues such as air sampling, the use and sources of objective data, medical surveillance, respirator use and exposure control plans. It also contains links to a wide range of resources that provide detailed information, including OSHA documents, voluntary national consensus standards and tools created by key stakeholder organizations.

President’s Message

Jul 18, 2018

What an exciting time to be a member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the ASSP!

Here are just a few accomplishments over the last year:

  • In 2017-2018, our chapter grew 12%, to a total membership of over 630 safety professionals.
  • In Seattle last fall, we hosted the Region 1 Operating Conference (ROC) welcoming chapters from the west coast, Alaska and Hawaii.
  • We had the largest participation to date at our Professional Development Conference (PDC).
  • Governor Jay Inslee signed our Chapter’s proclamation for Occupational Safety and Health Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day.

and…

Establish a Safety Fund

Aug 19, 2015

Donors can establish a named academic scholarship or professional education grant fund through the ASSP Foundation. Scholarships and grants advance the safety profession and provide national recognition for the donor. The Foundation manages the administrative details of this program and works with the donor to provide qualified award recipients each year.