October 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago
Posted - Oct 09, 2017

President’s Message

Greater Chicago Members!  It was great getting to see a few of you at our Joint September meeting with the Risk Management Professionals, RIMS, in which we toured the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and had the opportunity to network afterwards.  For those of you who were unable to attend I hope you all had a good September and that some of you were able to take advantage of the Chicagoland Safety Conference.

Another event that I got to take part in during the month of September was the ASSE Regional Operating Committee, or ROC for short.  For those of you that do not know we hold these ROCs twice a year and it is an opportunity for all the leaders from the Regional Chapters to get together to share best practices and discuss society happenings.  I have had the chance to attend a few of these in the past and every time I do I get excited and come back with great ideas to try and implement in our chapter, and this one was no different.  One of the items that I took away was a better connection with the leadership from the other Chicagoland ASSE Chapters and a plan to better support and promote each chapter’s events.  In addition to this, as we have often done in the past, the three chapters plan to work together in December to do some community service with The Greater Chicago Food Depository, so keep eye out for details on that.  Continue Reading »

Summer 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago
Posted - Jun 27, 2017

President’s Letter

Hello everyone,

Isn’t it nice to be in the midst of Summer getting projects done around the home?  It’s up to all of us in the EHS profession to set the example for our families and co-workers.  Remember your safety glasses and ear plugs when cutting the grass or sawing lumber and don’t forget to have someone help hold the extension ladder for you when climbing.  I’m sure you can think of other home activities where we need to watch out for safety, but you get the point.

This is my last letter as your Chapter President and I have enjoyed my time in this position.  I’ve been active with the Chapter Executive Board for several years now and will continue to do so in a different role.  Over the last couple of years, I have written several times about volunteering, because without a team stepping forward to help plan meetings, work on the website, welcome new Members and other activities, it would be difficult for the Chapter to survive.  I would like to thank everyone that has gotten more active and hope that others will continue to step forward.  At our 2017-18 Chapter Officer election held in May, the following slate of candidates was approved: Continue Reading »

Greater Chicago Chapter ASSE Spring 2017 Newsletter
Posted - May 04, 2017

President’s Letter

Hello everyone, it looks like we have finally reached the changeover to Spring weather outside.  As a lot of us get back to mowing our lawns again or starting up projects that involve power tools, I encourage everyone at manufacturing and construction firms to offer to let their employees take their safety glasses and ear plugs home to use, if they do not have their own at home.  It’s good for us to watch out for our employee’s safety and health both on and off the job.

In my last letter I had wondered if we would see some OSHA & EPA regulations rolled back or delayed by the new Trump Administration.  There have been several environmental regulation rollbacks, but the one that will affect those working in the safety profession the most is the rollback of the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule updates that were introduced in the last year of the Obama Administration.  The changes were rolled back in early 2017 by Congress and recently signed by the President.  What it means for all of us is that the current OSHA Recordkeeping Rules will remain the status quo. Under the provisions of the Congressional Review Act that was utilized to roll back the planned recordkeeping updates, OSHA will not be allowed to issue “substantially” similar regulatory changes in the future. Continue Reading »