Rick Sanders, M.S., CSP is a Technical Consultant I with Liberty Mutual serving on the UPS Dedicated team. Previously he has worked as a chemical manufacturing EHS Superintendent, Risk Manager, and Safety & Operations Manager in various fields.
Rick Sanders is active within the ASSP and has presented at Regional PDCs in Tampa and Baton Rouge. He was also the keynote speaker at Keene State College’s Student PDC and has actively participated in the FSLC for multiple years.
In addition to being a founding member of the ASSP Foundation Next Generation Board, Rick is the recipient of the 2016 ASSP Foundation Distinguished Service Award.
The Young Professionals in Occupational Safety and Health Common Interest Group (YPCIG) serves as both an entry point into the ASSP and a retention tool for members and volunteers.
Moving forward we should utilize the YPCIG as a foundation to showcase the value of a career long ASSP membership. Examples include conducting entry and exit surveys for YPCIG members, quantifying the ROI of membership, and highlighting success stories.
The YPCIG should also be the 1st level intervention against the lack of diversity& inclusion within the profession. Example should include recruiting at HBCUs, the Society of Women Engineers, and working with transitioning military personnel. The early introduction of OSH, combined with the support from the YPCIG community, will work to recruit and retain top talent.
The YPCIG should also provide opportunities to grow through volunteerism. We should formalize the mentor/mentee program, grow opportunities at the PDC for YPCIG to interact with leaders, and create more collaborative projects between the ASSP leadership and YPCIG members.