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Page-Bottorff named ASSE's 2018 Safety Professional of the Year

Apr 23, 2018

Tim Page-BottorffPARK RIDGE, Illinois — Tim Page-Bottorff, a highly respected safety trainer, mentor and motivational speaker who is often called a “public utilities safety guru,” is the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 2018 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year. He has taken a variety of innovative steps to advance the safety and health profession while being influential with safety training for school-age children, encouraging them to consider safety as a fun and meaningful career.

Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET, is a senior consultant at SafeStart who transitioned from the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been an ASSE member since 2001 and serves as Region 2 vice president. With SafeStart, he mentors new consultants, motivates employees and management through seminars and training courses, and engages in product development. In his global travels, he has assisted major clients such as Honda, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Land O’Lakes and the City of Los Angeles. He was named a Top 10 Speaker by the National Safety Council.

“Within our team of consultants and account managers, Tim rises to the top as a leader focused on reducing injuries on and off the job,” said SafeStart CEO and President Larry Wilson. “Tim is a thought leader.”

Throughout his consulting career, Page-Bottorff has developed valuable programs for clients such as safety procedures for lockout/tagout and confined space entry. For ASSE, he serves as deputy vice president for the Council on Region Affairs, has been active in the Training and Communications Practice Specialty, and served on the Leadership Conference Committee.

“Tim leads by example, being a great role model for his region and his peers,” said Maribeth Anderson, MPA, CSP, vice president of ASSE’s Council on Region Affairs. “Tim is truly dedicated to the profession and to working together for the advancement of the Society.”

During active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, Page-Bottorff was part of a unit that converted sea water into drinking water for drought-stricken islands in Micronesia. His unit was successful in maintaining the water plant for the island population, thereby earning the U.S. Marine Corps Humanitarian Service Medal.

Page-Bottorff makes community service a priority. At local high schools he helps coach speech and debate teams and provides active shooter response classes pro bono, in addition to volunteering with the Phoenix Children’s Museum to assist kids with special needs. He has sponsored initiatives and walked on behalf of ASSE for Alzheimer’s research, the ALS Association and Susan G. Komen’s fight against breast cancer.

Page-Bottorff will be honored during ASSE’s Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, held June 3-6 in San Antonio. The global event will feature more than 5,000 safety professionals from 40 countries learning about a wide range of best practices, industry trends and the latest product innovations in the occupational safety and health field.

Each year, ASSE honors an occupational safety and health professional who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the safety field while making significant contributions to advancing the profession. The award is named after Edgar Monsanto Queeny, president of the Monsanto Company on April 16, 1947, when a freighter explosion destroyed the company’s Texas City plant. The incident killed 512 people, including 145 Monsanto employees, and led to measures that forever enhanced safety at the company through Queeny’s leadership.

About ASSE – Working together for a safer, stronger future

For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Engineers has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of over 37,000 professionals covers every industry, developing safety and health management plans that prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses. ASSE advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community. Its flagship publication, Professional Safety, is a longtime leader in the field. Visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media contact: Blaine Krage, 847.768.3416,


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