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Region VI Announces Call for Speakers for 2017 Professional Development Conference

ASSE Region VI invites those interested in presenting at its 2017 Professional Development Conference to submit an application for review by the PDC Committee.  This PDC gives attendees the opportunity to improve their professional skills and knowledge, prepare for upcoming challenges in the EH&S fields, and network with others in their profession.

The 2017 Region VI PDC will be held at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The conference begins on Wednesday, September 20th and ends on Friday, September 22nd with Pre-Conferences starting on Sunday, September 17th.  More information, including the application, can be accessed at http://region6.asse.org/pdc/call-for-speakers/.  The deadline is March 1, 2017.

Region 6 Night Out – 2016 Leadership Conference

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Colonial Virginia Chapter Hosts Roundtable at OSHA Conference

The Colonial chapter of ASSE started this roundtable meeting for all of the local chapters (NOVA; NCC; Star Valley & Greater Tidewater) several years ago as a pre-conference session at the VA State OSHA conference. There were 35 people at the meeting!!!

VA ASSE Chapters Attend IIHS Joint Field Trip

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Colonial Chapter annually partners with DRIVE SMART Virginia for a crash test and tour of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More than 80 people attended the 2016 meeting. The group viewed a crash test of a 2016 Dodge Challenger and was briefed on IIHS research by Dr. David Kidd of the Institute. This year, the event will be held on April 11th and all Virginia ASSE members are invited to attend.

Winners of the ASSE Safety Matters Challenge

We’ve made it to the conclusion of the ASSE Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and the results of the Safety Matters Challenge are in!

I want to preface this announcement by saying that we’re incredibly proud of the regions, chapters, and ASSE members who rose to the occasion and took part in the challenge. Not only did we raise a spectacular amount of funding for Safety Matters—more than $400,000—but every single region showed an increase in participation over the past year. It’s humbling to see the strength of the safety community in action and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

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Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners!

Region 6 Safety Professional of the Year
Arlene Edwards CSP
NC Chapter

Common Interest Group Safety Professional of the Year Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce
Jerry E. Rivera
National Chapter

2016 Member-Get-A-Member Top Recruiter
Mark Herberger
National Chapter

President’s Award
Jim Thornton
Greater Tidewater

Fellow 2016
Nancy J. McWilliams CSP, ARM
National Chapter

Nancy McWilliams Honored as ASSE Fellow

For 32 years, Nancy J. McWilliams, CSP, ARM, provided risk management solutions in the public and federal sectors. Fifteen of those years were spent working for five federal agencies where she wrote policy and guidance documents that had significant impact. For example, in 2005, while working for the U.S. Coast Guard, she wrote the Facility Emergency Action Plan policy and guidance documents for more than 800 locations, impacting the safety of more than 40,000 Coast Guard personnel, and providing a 75% reduction in time for each facility to develop its specific facility emergency action plans. During her career, McWilliams also served as chapter officer and Region VI Vice President, and the 1996-97 ASSE President. She is now retired and volunteering her talents in the City of Virginia Beach (VA) Emergency Management Office.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Voluntary Protection Programs Act

Falls Church, VA – In an uncommon display of election-year bipartisanship, U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) proposed legislation last week, (S. 2881) to make the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) a permanent part of the workplace safety picture.

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Region VI Safety Matters Campaign 2015-16

In honor of the ASSE Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Region VI has set a goal to raise $20,000 for Safety Matters Fund between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016

Current Fund Raising activities include:

• “I Love Safety” T-Shirt Sales (Chapter Level)
• Individual $25 donation during membership renewal
• Business Sponsorships
• Open to fundraising ideas

If you are interested in donating and/or participating in one or more of these campaign initiatives, please contact Michael Wolf at RVP@region6.asse.org

More Details on the challenge here: http://foundation.asse.org/challenge/

OSHT Program Awarded Community College of Baltimore County Program of the Year

Every five years, each program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) must undergo an extensive internal review process. Each year, the CCBC Program Review Board awards Program of the Year to the program that meets six essential criteria, including a thorough and valuable program review. For 2014-2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Technology program was selected as Program of the Year.

The 2014-2015 OSHT Program Review Committee included many CCBC OSHT alumni, and many Chesapeake ASSE members.

The CCBC Program Review Board recommended that the OSHT program continue with ‘no mandatory changes to the existing program,’ the most positive possible outcome. At the CCBC Board of Trustees meeting on June 17, 2015, the recommendation was approved. This photo from the meeting shows CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis presenting the Program of the Year award to OSHT Program Coordinator Wendy Whitcomb, joined by School of Applied and Information Technology Interim Assistant Dean Doug Kendzierski and Interim Dean Jack McLaughlin.

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