Members Approve Name Change – ASSE to Become American Society of Safety Professionals
Posted - Sep 01, 2017

Following a historic membership vote, ASSE will become the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) next year when it launches a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018.

“Our members have always decided who we are and what we’re all about,” says ASSE President Jim Smith, M.S., CSP. “This vote was part of an objective process that has made us a strong organization for more than 100 years.”

Over a 45-day period that ended Aug. 13, ASSE members cast votes on the proposed name, which was approved by the House of Delegates during its annual meeting in June. The final tally found 74% of members (3,651) in favor of the change. Fourteen percent of eligible members cast ballots, surpassing the minimum voting requirement of 1%.

“Our members have clearly voiced that the American Society of Safety Professionals better reflects our diverse membership,” Smith says. “Engineers made up our entire membership when we were formed, but today the occupational safety and health profession encompasses many disciplines.”

ASSE’s logo will undergo small adjustments to reflect the name change. The green shield will continue to display the organization’s acronym in gold letters, with the E changing to a P.

The organization remains ASSE until early June 2018 when it debuts a new website and begins to use its new name in alignment with Safety 2018, slated for June 3-6 in San Antonio, TX.

Fun Had by All at May Meeting @ 21st Amendment Brewery!
Posted - Jun 05, 2017

ASSE SF Chapter Members at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro, CA.

The guided tour of 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro was interesting and informative – breweries face many safety issues including: confined space, machine guarding, material handling, & slip and falls.  It was also a fun way to socialize and network with other safety professionals in the area while enjoying a sampler of their beers.  The executive committee is already planning some fun monthly meetings for the new chapter year next fall.  If you have an idea and contacts for a good meeting/tour, please contact Jonathan Scruggs, our newly elected VP Programs, or Tami Galt, President at .

2017 Spring Scholarship Awarded at Las Positas College
Posted - May 31, 2017

Tasha Benjamin was selected to receive the Chapter’s Spring 2017 $250 scholarship at Las Positas College in Livermore. Tasha is passionate about safety and health and regularly scores at the top of her class. According to McConnell, “Tasha is an outstanding student who brings a welcomed perspective to class. Her attendance, participation and performance is always excellent.” Tasha currently works as a Social Worker in an HUD facility in Orinda. She holds a B.S. (Health Science) and a Master’s degree (Social Work). She also has a Gerontology Certificate. Tasha stated, ”I believe the sky is the limit and I plan to further my education in the safety field as I feel it is important and the health and safety field could use more diversity.”  She hopes to promote health and safety, within what ever capacity she finds herself, by developing safer, healthier and more efficient ways of working. Tasha has excelled in the program at Las Positas College. She expressed sincere appreciation for the support from the San Francisco Chapter for their support of the program at Las Positas.
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