Session Recap – From Crisis Management to System Success

Apr 02, 2020

Thank you to Dr. Ivan Pupulidy for presenting first in our Socially Distanced Webinar Series!

Dr. Pupulidy reviewed simple, complex, and complicated systems and how approaches to risk vary between the various system states. Employees are caught between percieved danger, accidents, rewards, and propensity to take risk and their behaviors are balanced in some form or fashion between these elements. The idea of the Risk Cycle in normal work allows professionals to perform risk assessments and plan evaluations in the complicated linear states while progressing to Real-time assessments and evaluation and post-mission learning in the Complex Non-linear states. In the linear states, risk assessments provide a more linear plan and decision. In the non-linear states, sensemaking, learning, and improvisation become key. Ultimately, in bridging the gap between uncertainty and certainty, innovation at the point of work must be a key and successful tool.  Ultimately, these innovations are experiments and the system has to be capable to allow for mistakes, failures, success, and learning if this sensemaking approach is be implemented effectively.


Here are the links to the promised articles:

This is the US Chemical Safety Board’s Call to Action on combustable dust.

Our report should be released shortly, it has been held up by the virus:

Socially Distanced Webinar Series!

Apr 02, 2020

As events are confirmed, registration will open under events and additional details will be added here. Registration will close 24-Hours in advance and registration is limited.

All events start at 12:00 EDT unless otherwise listed. Login Information will be included in the registration confirmation email.

Session Recap: Moving from Crisis Management to System Success with Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

4/9 Socially Distanced Networking Power Hour

4/16 Home Office Ergonomics with Julie Landis and Kristianne Egbert

4/23 Organizational Response to Accidents and Incidents with Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

4/30 People are the Solution with Ron Gantt (11:00 AM EDT Start Time)

5/6 Resiliency with Professor Randy Cadieux

5/7 “We Think We know What Happened.” How cognitive bias can impact accident investigations. Professor Jennifer Serne

5/14 Socially Distanced Leadership Development Forum (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM TWO HOUR SPECIAL!)

5/21 Selling Safety: 3 Key Elements Safety Pros Need to Close the Deal with Past President Matt Law

5/28 Sleep and Stress Management with Sharon Lipinski

NCC Member Joy Erdman Named AIHA Fellow

Apr 01, 2020

Three of our (ASSP Society) members were recently honored as American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Fellows: Joy Erdman, M.S., CSP, CIH; Thomas Fuller, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., CSP, CIH; and Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, ASP, QEP, SMS, ARM, CMC. The AIHA Fellow designation honors those who have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education or service to AIHA.

Erdman is president of Joy Solutions LLC, and was previously the senior safety and occupational health civilian professional at the U.S. Navy in the Pentagon. She holds an M.S. in Health Science, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from California State University Northridge. Erdman is a professional member of our National Capital Chapter as well as a member of the Society’s Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group.

Congratulations Joy!

Read the full release from ASSP:

Executive Safety Leadership Forum

Mar 26, 2020

On March 13, Executive Safety Leaders from across our Chapter met at Miller and Long for our first Executive Safety Leadership Forum.

9 Safety Directors from construction, military, and manufacturing industries came together to discuss making sure their safety team is ready, willing, and able to execute their safety plans. During the discussion we shined a spotlight on the leadership skills necessary to accomplish those goals. We received great feedback following the discussion and are looking forward to hosting our next event!

National Capital Chapter Safety Professional of the Year

Mar 26, 2020

The National Capital Chapter of ASSP is now accepting nominations for our Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award.  The SPY award is an honor acknowledging the dedication and outstanding contributions of one National Capital Chapter member.