• Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group
  • Assistant Administrator


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Karen LaRue, OHST

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Karen E. LaRue, OHST, has over 20 years of experience in the Health, Safety, and Environmental field. She attended Central Maine Community College with a concentration in Occupational Health and Safety.  Karen attained her OHST in 2006.  Karen is currently the Health Care Global Innovation HS&E Leader at Procter & Gamble.  She has filled various HS&E roles at the global, corporate, and plant level within Procter & Gamble. Karen’s expertise includes Machine Safety, COBOTS, auditing HS&E programs and legal compliance, and global compliance requirements.

She is responsible for ensuring that all new product initiatives launched globally in the Health Care sector can deliver HS&E regulatory expectations prior to being rolled out to the manufacturing facilities across the globe. Karen is a member of the Machine Safety Technology Network for Procter & Gamble. She is responsible for standardizing machine safety systems globally. Karen is currently a committee member for many ANSI and ISO standards.
Karen first became involved in ASSP as a student member and continued her involvement by becoming active in the Maine Chapter. During her time with the Maine Chapter, she held the President Elect position. After leaving Maine, she continued her ASSP participation by volunteering in the Southwest Ohio Chapter.

Karen has been a member of ASSP for 15 years and is active in her local chapter. She is currently on the Advisory Committee for the WISE CIG as the Co-Chair for ChapterWISE.

Platform Statement

I am honored to be considered for the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) CIG Assistant Administrator position and welcome the opportunity to serve the membership.

My passion for WISE originated when I attended my first WISE Personal Development Retreat in Florida in 2014. The experience moved me and helped me understand how WISE works directly with the local chapters to enable women in HS&E advance their careers in the safety profession. 

Volunteering with WISE has augmented my success, and now I desire to add value by giving back to all WISE members. I will apply the knowledge gained from my previous leadership positions to mentor and support WISE leadership and drive success within the WISE community. My time as Co-Chair of ChapterWISE has been busy and rewarding, and my goal is to continue to use my leadership and organization skills, along with my past experiences to benefit all the WISE members.

My goals are to increase the awareness of the safety profession among women by advocating the mentoring program; increase participation in local ChapterWISE programs; create support systems at the chapter level; and increase the growth of the profession by educating the future generation about the career opportunities within HS&E.

ASSP and WISE have been a major part of my professional life.  I feel that I have made a difference with my involvement up to this point. As WISE Assistant Administrator, I want to take that to the next level.  I would be honored to serve WISE as Assistant Administrator, should you choose to elect me.  Thank you for your consideration.


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