Randy Easterling is a graduate of UAB with a MSPH in Industrial Hygiene. He is a CIH and CSP. He currently serves as Safety Program Supervisor for the University of Alabama Safe State Program. He has over 35 years of professional service. He was the Region IV SPY for 2020-21 and the Alabama Chapter SPY for 2015-16. He served the Alabama Chapter as President, Vice President, Secretary, Program Chair, SPY Chair and Nominations Chair. He has served on the Regional PDC Planning Committee. He developed a model to host a full scale PDC at a minimal cost. UA has hosted the PDC twice and has been a Diamond Sponsor twice. During his tenure as president, the chapter received two platinum awards, increased membership by 51%, initiated a PDC, increased scholarships, obtained sponsors for chapter activities, and created a Tuscaloosa-West Alabama Section. The Alabama Chapter partnered with other professional associations to assist in spreading information regarding safety. He is a member of the board of advisors for the Deep South Center which includes the safety program at Auburn University and the IH program at UAB. He is on the planning committee for the Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference. He has served on safety committees for ABC and Manufacture Alabama. He coordinates a monthly webinar series by UA Safe State.
The primary role of any officer within the Society is to promote and achieve the goals and values of the American Society of Safety Professionals. I believe a primary role is to locate, support and include any safety professional within our area. We need to educate employers within the area to the value ASSP brings to their company. The area director should provide support and guidance to the chapter officers. It is becoming a challenge to find individuals able to commit years of service to a chapter and to develop the competencies needed to effectively administer a chapter. I believe the area director should develop a close professional relationship with the chapter leadership. I also believe that the area director should facilitate cooperation among the chapters. The chapters are having valuable presentations at the chapter meetings. I believe we should share these sessions with chapters across the region. This could improve some of our statistics but, most importantly, it would allow for the broader spread of the information to safety professionals that need it. I believe that I can bring value to the area by doing what I did as a chapter president, providing support, identifying needs, finding opportunity and developing partnerships. I have a broad professional network and support system to achieve these goals.