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    The Role of Research in OSH

    Dec 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    One of our key goals this year is to expand the Society’s commitment to research. As OSH professionals, we need evidence-based practices to drive our decision making and inform our efforts to develop standards of practice. Research will also help us fill gaps in our body of knowledge, which will enable us to convince more employers to implement safety and health management programs.
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    Setting the Standard

    Nov 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    As safety professionals, we work with voluntary national consensus standards each day. These standards are vital to our continued efforts to eliminate hazards, reduce risks and prevent injuries.
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    Paving the Way to Professional Excellence

    Oct 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    Last month, ASSE joined with more than 40 organizations from around the world to sign the Singapore Accord. Spearheaded by the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO), of which ASSE is a founding member, the accord signals a commitment to improve OSH professional and practitioner capabilities so that they may more effectively guide and lead the creation of safe, healthy workplaces around the world.
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    Engage in ASSE Member Communities

    Sep 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    ASSE connects more than 37,000 OSH professionals in 80 countries to a vast range of peers, resources and opportunities. Through these connections and our active participation in these communities, we are growing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to create a safer, stronger future for workers around the world.
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    Let’s Promote Our Value

    Aug 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    In the past few years, most ASSE members have heard the phrase value of the safety profession many times. It refers to our efforts to advocate for the profession, promote our professional abilities and demonstrate how we contribute to organizational performance.
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    Make a Difference

    Jul 01, 2017
    Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, 2017-18 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    As I start my year as Society President, I think of all the volunteer leaders with whom I have worked over the past 38 years in various chapters, work groups, committees and boards of directors. Their passion, combined with their willingness to contribute time, share ideas and support the Society, has truly made a difference. I am committed to continue making a difference and I ask you to help me make our profession and organization better.
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    Hail & Farewell

    Jun 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    "Serving as ASSE president this past year has been an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am grateful that members entrusted me to lead this great organization," writes 2016-17 ASSE President Tom Cecich in his final message to members.
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    Time for a Change?

    May 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    ASSE's Board of Directors approved two recommendations 1) Change the organization’s name to American Society of Safety Professionals. 2) Adopt a new logo. Both of these changes will now go before the House of Delegates for a vote on June 19.
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    The Challenges Facing OSH

    Apr 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    I was recently asked by Safeguard, a New Zealand publication, to share the U.S. perspective on key challenges facing the OSH profession. I’d like to share those thoughts with you as well.
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    Position Yourself to Win

    Mar 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    For safety professionals, what does preparing to win look like? It means we continuously build our business skills and technical capabilities. We establish what we do well and understand what uniquely prepares us for the next opportunity. We determine what we need to do to make ourselves most valuable to our organizations or to potential new employers.
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    Standards: Influencing the Practice of Safety

    Feb 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    As we all know, OSHA standards are only a starting point for ensuring worker safety. Many are outdated and less protective than other measures. That is why voluntary consensus standards are so vital. The consensus process brings together diverse parties—companies, government agencies, academics, individuals and others—with a direct interest in the subject matter.
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    Safety Research: Show Me the Data

    Jan 01, 2017
    Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, 2016-17 ASSE President
    • President's Message
    We must commit to being lifelong learners with curious and discerning minds. Furthermore, as a leading voice for the profession, ASSE must drive the expansion of our body of knowledge and push out the boundaries of what we know about the practice of safety. To achieve this, ASSE is working to establish an OSH research agenda.

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