Looking Ahead to our May PDC


Our PDC is just around the corner on Friday, May 12, 2017 at ASU. The two keynote speakers will be Christine Branche and Bill Parsons.

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Christine Branche is the Principal Associate Director of NIOSH and the Director of the Office of Construction Safety and Health. From July 2008 through August 2009, Christine was the Acting Director of NIOSH. Upon joining NIOSH in 2007, she worked on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 and its Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. Prior to joining NIOSH, Christine was in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, first as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and matriculating to the Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Before coming to CDC, Christine worked extensively in occupational and environmental epidemiology. Her degrees include a B.A. in Biology and an M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

Bill Parsons is the current United States Air Force Chief of Occupational Safety charged with primary responsibility for worldwide Air Force safety programs and the safety of 650,000 men and women worldwide. He also serves as the senior Air Force ground safety member on the USAF System Safety Engineering Analysis (SSEA) team. Prior to this he was a Director of Construction Standards and Guidance; Acting Director, Directorate of Construction at OSHA.

For more information and to register for the 2017 Arizona Health & Safety Summit, please click HERE.

OSHA issues final rule clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses

For Immediate Release
December 16, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday will issue a final rule that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The final rule becomes effective Jan. 18, 2017.

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OSHA requests comments, schedules meeting on standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare, social assistance

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Request for Information on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The agency has also scheduled a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for reducing incidents of violence in these workplaces.

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OSHA releases updated recommended practices to encourage workplace safety and health programs

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.

The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The recommendations feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included.

The programs are not prescriptive; they are built around a core set of business processes that can be implemented to suit a particular workplace in any industry. OSHA has seen them successfully implemented in manufacturing, construction, health care, technology, retail, services, higher education, and government.

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SUMCO Donates IH Equipment to GWCC


SUMCO Phoenix made a donation of their unused industrial hygiene (IH) equipment to help support Gateway Community College’s industrial hygiene program.  Equipment donated included a dozen personal sampling pumps, two calibrators, sampling cyclones and other miscellaneous sampling supplies. SUMCO representatives donated the equipment to Gateway at the November ASSE Technical luncheon as part of ASSE’s support of the Gateway program. SUMCO representative, Mr. Shayne Anderson (EHS Safety Supervisor), was on-hand to present the gift to Craig Urbanski from Gateway. Robyn Steiner, MSPH CIH CSP and Chapter member, who is the Industrial Hygiene Department Manager at ATC Group Services, LLC., brokered the donation on behalf of her client (SUMCO). Thank you SUMCO!!

Team AZWISE Make Strides Again!


Team AZWISE and the WISE Guys walked in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K on Saturday, October 22nd. The team had a great time and raised $1280 in the process. You can still donate HERE and show your support for a great effort.



Meet Piper Pangolin and she’s here to show you some of the highlights from the PDC that you may have missed.

Pre-Conference Adventures

Safety 2016 Recap Video

Piper is Ready for Safety 2017

Have You Seen the OSH Video Contest Submissions?

Click HERE to see the list of videos that were submitted (LOOK on the right side of your screen).

US Labor Department Announces Final Rule on Silica Dust

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administrationtoday announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

“More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to fully protect workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This rule will save lives. It will enable workers to earn a living without sacrificing their health. It builds upon decades of research and a lengthy stakeholder engagement process – including the consideration of thousands of public comments – to finally give workers the kind of protection they deserve and that Frances Perkins had hoped for them.”

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WISE Mentoring Program

The WISE Mentoring program successfully connects today’s most talented and experienced women mentors with rising and aspiring mentees. This pairing is designed to encourage and empower mentees to more effectively advance their careers through alignment with identified business objective, skill development, career option consideration, and network formation. All discussions are strictly confidential between the two parties. If you are an SH&E practitioner seeking to chart a successful career path or a seasoned pro eager to share experiences and insight, please visit the ASSE WISE website for more information.

Establish a Safety Fund

Donors can establish a named academic scholarship or professional education grant fund through the ASSE 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.

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Professional Safety

For more than 50 years, ASSE’s Professional Safety journal has been sharing the latest technical knowledge in SH&E—information that is constantly being developed through research and on-the-job experience. Each issue delivers practical guidance, techniques and solutions to help OSH professionals identify hazards, protect people, prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management that investing in safety is a sound business strategy.

Full-issue PDFs of Professional Safety (from January 2005 forward) are now available to members through ASSE’s Members Only website. Each file contains interactive links to help members navigate through the file. We’ve also included links to ASSE, regulatory agencies and other sources, and the journal’s advertisers. A reader simply needs to mouse over a link to be redirected.

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