Winter 2017/2018 Greater Chicago Newsletter

President’s Message

It has been wonderful to see many new faces at our meetings thus far this chapter year. Since our last newsletter we have held two meetings. The first of which was our inaugural networking social that was held at Lagunitas Brewery on October 19th. This was a valuable opportunity to meet members normally constrained from attending our traditional monthly meetings. ASSE professionals traveled from as far south as South Chicago Heights, IL and as far east as Whiting, IN. It was interesting to see firsthand how our membership is expanding even beyond safety professionals as one such attendee I met is a certified case manager (CCM) in the professional healthcare industry.  Our plan is that this social is the first of a few similar events that we will organize during this chapter year. For our November meeting, we went back to Cucina Biagio for luncheon technical talk focused on the OSHA injury reporting system.  We had a solid turnout for this event and there was great discussion on the implementation of this online system.

During the next two months, in December and January we will be partnering with other organizations for our meetings. In December, during the day on the 7th we will be partnering witht the two other Chicagoland ASSE Chapters for a volunteer event at the Northern Ilinois Food Bank.  Then on Friday, January 5th our chapter will be joining the Society of Casualty Safety Engineers for their annual Worker’s Compensation Update Luncheon.

Just as we have seen new faces these past few months at our meetings I hope many of you can continue to come out and engage with your ASSE chapter.  As always, we welcome further recommendations on how we can further engage you.

Ryan Cole, Chapter President

Former classmates/early career safety pros reunite.

Welcome ASSE professionals from the southern Chicago metropolitan area!

EHS Consultant Katie Chojnacki teaches how to perform online OSHA injury reports

Upcoming Events

Food Bank Volunteering with ASSE-NEIL Chapter Thursday, December 7 9:00 am- 12:00 pm   Location: Northern Illinois Food Bank- West Suburbs 273 Dearborn Court Geneva, IL 60134   If you are interested RSVP Here

Annual State of Worker’s Compensation Luncheon Presenters: Murray Pinkston, and Patrick Duffy Hosted by Society of Casualty Safety Engineers   Friday, January 5 Luncheon Begins at Noon   Location: J.C Restoration 3200 Squibb Ave Rolling Meadows, IL    Cost: $25 Per Person   Be Sure to RSVP By January 2nd Click Here to RSVP

Getting to Know Your Executive Board

Name: Eric Dangoy 

Position:  2nd Vice President

Job Title: Environmental Health and Safety Consultant

Employer: Scientific Control Laboratories, Inc.

How did you get involved in the safety field and what drives your involvement? I was introduced to safety when exploring graduate programs in environmental health. The safety and hygiene concentrations through the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago offered the structure I desired in a program and so I focused my studies there. In my current employment, I get to develop the skills I learned there by handling clients’ safety training, employee air sampling, and stack testing needs in the electroplating industry. The challenges of wearing multiple hats in safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental health keeps me engaged in professional safety.

What do you like to do in your free time? When not practicing professional safety, I try to capture fantastic beasts and striking landscapes in different parts of the country with my camera. This year, I visited 7 National Parks, ranging from the American West to the US Caribbean. I’ve encountered bison, black bears, manatees and sea turtles. I’ve stood under a total solar eclipse and over the world’s longest cave network. But also, I live for performing absurd and catchy karaoke and knocking out my book, TV, and movie lists.

What are your hopes for the chapter this year? This year, I would like to see many more new faces at chapter gatherings. I am excited about the additional social events we are lining up to catch up with those who cannot make the regular monthly meeting for 2nd Tuesday lunches. Stay tuned for these alternative events and I hope to see you then!

Student Section Happenings

Three graduate student members–Adam Cox, Miranda Guilbo, and Morgan Lawson from the University of Illinois at Chicago received invitations to the ASSE Future Safety Leaders Conference on November 7-8 in Lombard, IL. The keynote speaker, Jill James, Chief Safety Officer at Vivid Learning Systems, was superb, says Guilbo.For a closer look at our local future safety leaders check out their social media page  here#assesafety  #futuresafetyleader  #uicsph

Around The Web

OSHA Announces Interim Silica Guidance and Enforcement

Published on LinkedIn, October 26, 2017

Kathy Doyle, CHMM

Yesterday, OSHA distributed an announcement via email with links to their Interim Silica Guidance and Enforcement. The final effective date for the construction silica standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) is now 30 days in the rear window and OSHA’s Memorandum for Regional Administrators states:

“As you know, OSHA has been enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction standard since September 23, 2017. However, for the first 30 days, OSHA offered compliance assistance in lieu of enforcement for those employers who were making good faith efforts to comply with the new construction standard. Effective October 23, 2017, OSHA will fully enforce all appropriate provisions of the Silica in Construction standard. This memorandum will serve as interim enforcement guidance while the standard’s companion compliance directive is proceeding through the review process. It will expire when the compliance directive becomes effective and available to the field.”

The Memorandum provides some nice flowcharts that the OSHA’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) are likely to use during inspections. For those in the construction business, here’s your OSHA-provided silica operations safety checklist.

ASSE member Kathy Doyle is an  Environmental, DOT/Hazmat & Safety Consultant, a Pragmatic Compliance Coach & Self-Proclaimed Regulations Geek . Kathy is the managing director of Relief EHS, LLC. a certified Womens Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business (WBE/WOSB)

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