President’s Corner

Welcome Message from Krista Kolaz, Incoming Chapter President (2020-2021):

Dear Puget Sound ASSP Chapter Members:

Welcome to fall and the beginning of another ASSP Chapter year that is certain to be like no other! I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself, thank our outgoing and incoming Chapter Executive Committee Members, and update you on what is happening within our Chapter.

My name is Krista Kolaz, and I will be your Puget Sound Chapter President this year. I graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering a Very Long Time Ago and began my career in environmental consulting. In 2016, I finished a M.S. in occupational safety management and officially made safety my career. I am a CSP and currently work as a Risk Management Analyst for the City of Renton. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, and keeping in touch with my two sons who are both away at college.

Many thanks to our outgoing President Justin Molocznik and our other Executive Committee members who have led our Chapter to another Platinum Chapter Award. This designation is awarded to chapters that meet the standards of excellence established by ASSP. Chapters are judged on criteria such as member engagement, community outreach, professional development offerings, and leadership development.

A big part of our Chapter’s sense of community comes from the networking and speaker presentation that we experience at each monthly Chapter meeting. Although we cannot return to in-person meetings at this time, we resumed our schedule in September with a virtual Chapter meeting featuring Bill Sims, Jr. We had a few technical difficulties with Go ToMeeting, and I apologize if you signed up and did not receive a meeting link.

I hope that you can join us for our October 21 Chapter meeting to learn about mobile AR (augmented reality) and how it can be used in safety training.

Do you have an idea for a speaker or topic for our monthly meeting? Have you participated in a fun networking Zoom activity in the past few months and would love to see our Chapter try it out? Reach out to me and share your idea!


Krista Kolaz, MS, CSP

Farewell Message from Justin Molocznik, Outgoing Chapter President:

Valued Members of the Puget Sound ASSP,

As I conclude my second term as your Chapter President, I do so in a time filled with anger but change, fear but resolve, and uncertainty but hope.

Now is a time of reflection and recognition that many of our institutions designed to keep us safe as a community are not experienced in the same way by all people.

As safety professionals, we are unbiased in our belief that everyone has the right to work and live in a safe environment. The recent lives lost, and history, has shown that persons of color have not been provided that right.

I refer back to the code of ethics for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), many of you hold credentials from this organization:

Code of Ethics Item #1-

Hold paramount the safety and health of people, the protection of the environment and protection of property in the performance of professional duties and exercise their obligation to advise employers, clients, employees, the public, and appropriate authorities of danger and unacceptable risks to people, the environment, or property.

Item #7-

Act in a manner free of bias, discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or and characteristic protected by the law of the applicable jurisdiction.

This is a time of much needed change, one that must be fueled by all members of the community. Take action now!

Earlier this year, our board of directors decided as a Chapter (with support from society) to forego any and all in-person meetings due to the threat of spread of COVID-19. At that point, many of us did not realize the global impact this virus would, and continues to have, on our society. As safety professionals, we recognize unsafe conditions and threats to the safety and well-being of our workforces. Please continue to spread that ideology to your workplaces, families and communities – wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and do those things not for yourself, but for those you would not want to infect. Your actions have direct consequences to those around you.

And for those of you who have lost loved ones, I am sorry for your loss.

Looking back at this Chapter year, I cannot help but think what could have been?  Perhaps many of you are thinking the same in your own lives. I think our challenge now is to focus on what can be, and take that brave step forward into the unknown.

I am filled with energy and excitement for our Chapter’s new volunteer leadership and direction. I know there are great challenges ahead, but am confident this group has the courage to realize, and lead us to, what can be.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Chapter president.

Be Safe.

Justin Molocznik MS CSP CHST