Deborah R. Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN, became the 106th president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) on July 1, 2020, serving a one-year term. She has been an ASSP member since 1993 and resides in Falmouth, Maine.
Roy rejoined the ASSP Board of Directors in 2018 after serving as a director-at-large from 2015-17. She is president of SafeTech Consultants Inc., providing safety consulting for global clients. Roy has more than 35 years of occupational safety and health experience and is past corporate director of health, safety and wellness at L.L.Bean.
As a corporate executive at L.L.Bean for 12 years, Roy’s innovative approach to safety resulted in the implementation of safety management systems at seven sites in seven years, significantly improving injury rates and reducing costs. She was honored as an ASSP Fellow in 2018 for her significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession.
Roy has been involved in pandemic planning and response at worksites and at the state and federal levels for more than a decade. She wrote “Preparing for a Pandemic: Lessons from H1N1” published in ASSP’s Professional Safety journal in 2011. Roy has been involved in COVID-19 webinars and podcasts to help workplace safety and health professionals navigate through the crisis and direct their own organizations. She was the lead expert behind “The Safety Professional’s Role in Planning for a Pandemic” that was posted on the ASSP website in 2020.
Roy has been a keynote speaker, educator, mentor and trainer on a multitude of topics for thousands of safety professionals. She has written for peer-reviewed journals and was a contributing author of the financial chapter for the “Consultants Business Development Guide,” a book published by ASSP in 2015 that addresses the business aspects of running a successful consultancy. She holds a Master of Public Health in occupational health and safety from the University of North Carolina.
Roy has earned a reputation among colleagues for being a strategic thinker with strong business skills, technical expertise and a constant desire for improvement.