President’s Corner

President’s Message

Welcome to the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) website. Founded in 1911, ASSE is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. ASSE members have direct access to over 36,000 safety professionals through 150 chapters, 8 regions, 40 sections and 70 student sections around the world. Networking enables ASSE members to share their knowledge and exchange best practices with other industry experts.

The Puget Sound Chapter was chartered in 1944 and has three sections, Mt. Baker and Olympia, and a student section at Central Washington University. Currently, there are over 540 members who belong to the chapter or one of the sections. Chapter meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month (except for May, July and August).

Our annual Professional Development Conference was held on May 5 at Central Washington University. Both the Lower Columbia Basin and Inland Northwest ASSE Chapters participated. Over 140 safety professionals attended the event. We have already started to plan for next year’s Professional Development Conference, to be held on May 4, 2017 at Central Washington University. Please let me know if you have an interest in speaking, sponsoring or volunteering at the event.

At ASSE’s Safety 2017 in Denver, the Puget Sound Chapter received the prestigious “Gold” award for 2015-2016. In addition, Sathyanarayanan (Sathy) Rajendran the Central Washington University Section Faculty Advisor, received the Dr. William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The honor, which recognizes occupational safety and health teaching, scholarship, and professional service, was named for Tarrants, who is considered a pioneer in safety education and is a former ASSE president.

My term comes to an end June 30. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions, enthusiasm, and commitment. Congrats to the new officers: Ryan Lancaster, President, Justin Molocznik, Vice President, Matt Slack, Secretary, and Steve Heist, Treasurer and new at large members: David Hundley, Jorge del Toro, and Krista Kolaz. I also want to thank at large members who are stepping down; Larry Price and Scott Streuli for their invaluable input.

The next chapter meeting will take place in September. Please visit our Events page for more details on chapter meetings and other events.

We hope to see you at the next Chapter event!

Chip McKenna, MPA, CSP, CPCU, ARM-P