News

NCC Member William Walkowiak Appointed to NACOSH

Oct 06, 2019

Congratulations William Walkowiak, CSP!

William Walkowiak, CSP, was appointed to serve a 2-year term as a management representative on the 12 member Committee. He is a professional member of the National Capital Chapter and a member of the ConstructionMilitary and Public Sector practice specialties. Walkowiak is director of occupational safety policy and programs at the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure.

NACOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies. Members of the 12-person advisory committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.

The 12-member NACOSH has two members representing management, two members representing labor, two members representing the occupational health professions, two members representing the occupational safety professions and four members representing the public. Two of the health representatives and two of the public members are designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, although actual appointment of these members, as well as all other members, is by the Secretary of Labor. The members serve two-year terms.

Read the full press release here: https://ncc.assp.org/encounters-news/ncc-member-william-walkowiak-appointed-to-nacosh/

NCC Member Scott Ketcham Named OSHA Director of Construction Directorate

Oct 06, 2019

Congratulations National Capital Chapter Member Scott Ketcham!

From the Department of Labor Press Release:

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Directorate of Construction (DOC) in Washington, D.C. Ketcham had served as deputy director of DOC since February 2017.

Prior to coming to OSHA’s national office, Ketcham worked for 19 years as an OSHA acting deputy regional administrator, area director, assistant area director, and compliance officer and manager in offices in the Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia regions. Before joining OSHA, he spent five years as a staff industrial hygienist with the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Bassett Army Hospital on Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active and reserve service …

‘Scott Ketcham is a dedicated public servant,” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. “He has demonstrated strong leadership throughout his OSHA career, and I am confident he will continue to achieve the mission of assuring safe and healthful working conditions for construction workers in his new position.”’

Read the Full DOL Press Release: https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/09162019

Read the Full ASSP Press Release: https://www.assp.org/society-update-news/2019/10/01/assp-member-scott-ketcham-named-director-of-osha’s-construction-directorate

 

Career Event for Students – Assistance Needed!

Sep 24, 2019

The National Capital Chapter is partnering with ChABSA, NOVA, AHMP, WMACSA, AIHA, BWCHPS, MW Occupational Nurses, and PESA to host a career event for local students in the D.C. Area and we need YOUR help! The mission of the group is to provide an event that educates post-secondary students in the DC-MD-NOVA area on EHS-related career options. The target audience will be Post-secondary students in EHS and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)related programs.

Some key goals identified by the working group include:

-To co-host the event among participating EHS-related associations in the DMV.

-To focus on post-secondary students who are more likely to become members in our respective associations than high school students (i.e. high school students would not bepotential members in our associations until a number of years after they graduate).

-To execute a smaller event (“low-hanging fruit”), which will target a smaller audience ina smaller geographic area. The group had consensus that after our success with asmaller event, we can consider scaling-up the next event.

Does this sound like something you would like to be involved with? Are you passionate about educating the next generation? Please reach out to President Wyatt Bradbury (president@ncc.assp.org) for more information on how you can get involved! This group is actively meeting with a target date for the event only a couple of months away.

September Meeting Recap

Sep 24, 2019

The September meeting was well attended and held at Pepco’s Rockville Service Center, Christopher Hughes Sr Safety Specialist and chapter member hosted the event. The topics discussed were high voltage line awareness and induction awareness this included such items as touch and step potential as well as how system restoration is done in storm situations as well as emergency situations like a car hitting a utility pole. Some great handouts and toolbox talks coving the topic for those not in the electrical utility industry where given to take home and use with co-workers. We also learned about the training needed to become a lineman and dedication between utilities in major storm restoration. High voltage demonstration trailer was run by Dean Hashmall PHI Sr Emergency Preparedness Administrator and Justin Bowley Sr. troubleman (First Responder) from the Rockville Service Center. We met members of the engineering department as well who explained how they design, build, and work with customers to arrange outages and the requirements for new buildings to be added to the electrical grid.

Thank you to Chris and Pepco for hosting this informative and fantastic event!

Presentation Overview from Attendee and Member KC Coulter High Voltage Awareness Recap

NCC Happenings at Region VI PDC

Sep 08, 2019

It is not too late to register and join us at the Region VI PDC Taking place in Myrtle Beach, SC September 18-20, 2019.

Join these NCC Leaders at their sessions during the conference.

Tuesday, September 17

President Wyatt Bradbury will be attending the Regional Operations Committee Meeting as our NCC Representative.

Thursday September 19

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Xs and Ys: Opening Communication and Mentorship through Generational Differences

Wyatt Bradbury, ASP, CHST and Matt Law, MPH, CSP, REHS/RS

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Young Professionals Engagement Panel and Discussion

Wyatt Bradbury, Matt Law, Mark Ahner

Friday September 20

11:00-12:00 PM OSHA/MSHA Update

Brian Yellin, Esq., CIH, CSP

Registration and full details: http://www.cvent.com/events/2019-assp-region-vi-professional-development-conference-exhibition/agenda-3fe874303d3641d6984302a9a2d9c631.aspx