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Amy Timmerman, CSP, CHES

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I AM A SAFETY PROFESSIONAL

"Being a safety professional means listening to employees, being compassionate and humble, and providing the tools and resources to make their jobs easier."

Amy Timmerman, CSP, CHES - EH&S Manager | Manufacturing Industry

 
Amy Timmerman

What does it mean to you to be a safety professional?

To me, a safety professional is someone who saves lives. We're helping the workers in our respective companies, in our respective industries, we're making a difference in their environment so that they can make it back home, sound and safe, back to their families.

 
 
 

What led you to a career in safety?

I was working for a Fortune 500 company. I was their corporate wellness and fitness specialist. I got a call from the safety department, and they asked if I could come over and help put together a stretching program for a couple of their cells on the manufacturing floor. So I went over and I started working with the safety director at the time. Put together a stretching program, implemented it, and it went really well. And I really enjoyed working with employees on the floor. And then they also asked me to get involved in some ergonomic projects with some of the workstations. And I got a lot of positive feedback, and it was really fulfilling to be working with individuals, listening to what their needs were, and being able to help them make their job easier. And I knew at that point I wanted to move into safety and get out of fitness and wellness. And so I started my career. I went back to get my master's in safety, and it just took off from there, and flourished and loving it ever since.

How has ASSP helped you as a safety professional?

ASSP has helped me out in a variety of ways. One, as a resource. I've continuously come to ASSP to help me with different resources on different topics. The other one is professional development. It's really helped me grow as a safety professional, also in leadership skills, communication, influencing, strategic thinking. And then also just continuing education. And then the third one is networking. I've been going to the local chapter meetings for the last 10 plus years, and I really have grown my network of safety professionals who I've been able to reach out to. I'm not an expert in everything, but having that network, being able to tap into those individuals, has been really helpful for me.

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