Survey! Fall Protection Fit for Women

Nov 19, 2019

Hello from 3M!

We are conducting a research study on women fall harnesses for the industrial market. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how we could build a better harness for women by women. This will help us to improve our existing product and prioritize new features.   This anonymous survey should take around 5 minutes. Please complete the survey before November 22th.

If you’d like to see a more comfortable harness for women and you know others who would too, please forward this email to your female friends working in the industrial market and using fall protection harnesses.

Thank you. We really appreciate your input!

Please contact Silvia Guttmann for any questions regarding the survey at

Link to survey:

MACSC 2020 – Call for Speakers

Oct 21, 2019

The Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference planning committee is hard at work preparing for the 2020 Event held April 21 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD! The National Capital Chapter is one of six local seed organizations that support and plan this conference. It is attended annually by over 350 professionals from across the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Do you want to present? Send an email to and with your title, abstract, objectives, and biography. The website for the event is


Virtual and Augmented Reality in Training Recap

Oct 21, 2019

The National Capital Chapter had the opportunity to host Chris Scholz and Lee Barnes from FreeRange XR for an informative meeting on Virtual and Augmented Reality in Training. This meeting was followed by a NCC WISE Social in which we had the opportunity to try out Virtual Reality Fall Protection and Fire Extinguisher Training.

One of the biggest takeaways was the differentiation between augmented and virtual reality and the different applications each has.

Augmented reality is an overlay of the augmentation on actual reality. The real world is enhanced by an interactive experience in which the overlay can be interacted with in similar fashion to the real world. This technology is ideal for visually showing step by step instructions. There are opportunities to use this to train a set of procedures that is not considered high risk.

Virtual Reality is a fully immersive environment in which an individual enters an immersive environment shutting out the real world and can proceed through various modules and high-risk activities without the risk of bodily harm.

Additional information on the technologies and the pros and cons of each can be seen in the presentations included below.

We would like to thank FreeRange XR for attending our chapter meeting and sponsoring our Chapter!

Here are two versions of the FreeRange XR Presentation Free-Range-XR-Overview-white-2-2019.pdf

ASSP Leadership Conference Recap

Oct 21, 2019

ASSP Executive Committee Members Wyatt Bradbury, April Dorsey, Ashelyn McConnell, Thomas Trauger, Lindsay Bell, and Sharon Lipinski had the opportunity to attend the ASSP Leadership Conference in Chicago October 10-12, 2019.

The ASSP Leadership Conference is designed to connect chapter leaders to one another, provide opportunities to network with Society Staff and the Board of Directors, and to help leaders sharpen their ASSP and Personal Leadership skills.

Please see the takeaways below from our chapter leaders:

Thomas Trauger:

“The interactions, exchange of ideas, information and practices from other chapter leaders will help our local chapter leadership team provide value to our members”

Sharon Lipinski:

“The better our leadership skills, the better we can influence the people around us. I’m glad I got the chance to learn some new leadership skills.”

Wyatt Bradbury:

“I love seeing new ASSP Leaders have their eyes opened to all this organization can offer. This is one of few if not the only times our entire society comes together, and we have such access to leaders from across the organization. I also love hearing other leaders share their success stories and bringing back some of those ideas to our chapter.”

U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Meeting On Leading Indicators for Safety and Health Programs

Oct 08, 2019

From the Department of Labor:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor invites interested parties to attend a discussion on leading indicators for occupational safety and health programs. The meeting will be held on November 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

A key component of a safety and health program is to monitor performance and progress using leading indicators that track how well various aspects of the program are performing. The November discussion will focus on the use of leading indicators, how they are chosen, what they track, whether they are effective, if there is commonality across an industry, and any challenges encountered using such indicators.

Those interested in participating in the meeting or attending as an observer must register at Leading Indicators Meeting Registration by October 30, 2019. The meeting will not include formal presentations, but instead will be conducted as a group discussion. Written comments can be submitted to the docket, OSHA-2019-0005, through February 7, 2020.

WHAT:          Public Stakeholder Meeting on Leading Indicators for Safety and Health Programs

WHEN:          Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:       U.S. Department of Labor                        Frances Perkins Building, Room N-4437                        200 Constitution Avenue, NW                        Washington, DC  20210