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The Safety Training Ninja is Coming to Town!

Mar 28, 2019

Dang, it is hard to be a top-notch safety pro and still find time to deliver great training. Tired of compliance-based lectures, and begging people to come and pay attention? Well stop working so hard and work smarter, be like the Safety Training Ninja© who uses the tools like a master and slices through training challenges.

By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain five ways to make training easier and more exciting.
  • Develop learning objectives that not only meet your company’s safety needs but that you can actually prove you achieved.
  • Begin make compliance training actually interesting

 

The Safety Training Ninja is coming to sign you book! Bring your copy to our May Chapter Meeting (a limited number of copies will be available for purchase) and get it signed by “STN” herself!

 

March Meeting Recap

Mar 21, 2019

The third annual Current Safety and Health Issues Roundtable Discussion was a success! Members were able to engage in discussion with students, environmental professionals, engineers, leaders in safety innovation, and public service leaders.

The discussion started with an interesting discourse on ISO 45001 moving into a broader conversation as to whether certification actually added any value or if companies could tout success by simply adopting the principles within the standards themselves. There were also questions raised as to what happens if an organization adopts and is certified/accredited in a safety management system but continues to see employees harmed. Do these companies have their certification/accreditation suspended or revoked? Are they put on an improvement plan? A discussion thread as been added to the ASSP Community Boards with this question.

The next subject discussed related to rooftop anchor certification. Design and qualification of rooftop anchors needs to occur by a qualified person (engineer) while the competent person’s job is to understand and implement the systems policies as the design, regulations, and standards necessitate. This discussion was led by a leading fall protection engineer and was a timely solution for one professional’s workplace challenges.

Finally, the day ended with a conversation on musculoskeletal injuries and some potential ROI available by creating a job demands analysis and performing post offer employment testing. The conclusion was that while additional conversations and research need to still occur, there is something to be said for stating to merge health, wellness, and safety within the workplace as we move toward total worker health.

Thank you to Miller & Long for hosting our session and Armor Guys for sponsoring our March Chapter Meeting. We hope you will join us next year for our fourth Current Issues Roundtable.

2019 NCC Slate of Officers

Mar 01, 2019

President: Wyatt Bradbury, ASP (Previously Elected)

Wyatt Bradbury is a Commercial Account Manager for W.W. Grainger inc. Mr. Bradbury is an Associate Safety professional and currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is also completing a second bachelors in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. Before starting with Grainger, Mr. Bradbury developed through growth opportunities in aquatic and recreation risk management, electrical construction, powerline safety, and safety consulting. Wyatt Bradbury serves as the President-Elect and Membership Chair for the National Capital Chapter and on the planning committee of the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Conference. Bradbury was a recipient of the 2016-2017 National Capital Chapter President’s Award and has been published twice in Professional Safety Journal.

President-Elect: April Dorsey, CHST

April R. Dorsey is the Safety and Health Specialist for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America in Washington, D.C. She has a B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University and is a Certified Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).

April has spent time developing her career in the construction field as a CAD technician, project coordinator and site safety auditor. Her diverse experience has helped her develop the ability to collaborate with all personnel on a jobsite, from construction executives to new hires. April is passionate about preplanning in design and believes it is necessary for the safety and health of those who work in the field.  Her motto as a safety professional is, “be fair, firm and friendly,” and her goal is for those who work in the field to always return home to their families in the same way they came to work.

As a safety and health specialist for the LHSFNA, she aspires to collaborate with her colleagues to create a safe and healthful environment for all workers. April is an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and is currently pursuing an ASP and MBA.

 

Treasurer: Marcus Odorizzi, CSP, ASP

Marcus is the incumbent Treasurer and Past-President of the National Capital Chapter of ASSP and has also served as the Chapter’s President-Elect, Delegate, Director, and Webmaster. Marcus is also an active supporter of ASSP at the national level and has attended ASSP’s Leadership Conference, the national PDC, SeminarFest, and the Future Safety Leaders Conference.

Marcus is the Safety & Risk Manager for the City of Rockville, Maryland and in this role, he oversees the safety, risk management, and insurance programs for the third largest incorporated city in Maryland. In addition to his role with the City of Rockville, Marcus also serves on the Local Government Insurance Trust’s Risk Management Committee and is on the board of directors for the Maryland Public Risk Management Association.

Marcus was honored as a 2015 Rising Star of Safety (Top 40 under 40) by the National Safety Council and was selected as the Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) by the National Capital Chapter of ASSP for the 2016-2017 program year. Marcus graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety and Environmental Management from the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designations issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Secretary: Ashelyn McConnell, ASP

Ashelyn McConnell is the Principal for Safety for a Department of the Navy Acquisition Category ID Major Defense Acquisition Program, employed by American Systems.  Ashelyn is currently pursuing her Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is a member of the Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy. Ashelyn holds an Associate Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is a member of the WISE and Emerging Professionals in Occupational Safety and Health ASSP Common Interest Groups.

 

Delegate: Lindsay Bell, CSP

Lindsay K Bell, CSP is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager at The Sherwin-Williams Company. She entered the EHS profession through graduate studies in Public Health. Initially studying Environmental Health she changed her focus to Health, Safety and Environment after completing Co-Op assignments in EHS Training and Manufacturing Operations. After graduation Lindsay continued to work in manufacturing in a rotational development program for early career professionals designed to provide diverse experiences in Safety, Supply Chain, and Lean Manufacturing. The program empowered her to connect the dots between EHS and Operations in the manufacturing environment.

Prior to working in safety she worked in the field of Public Health research focusing on Spatial Epidemiology and Medical Geography. Through that work she developed transferable skills in data visualization and evaluation, training and communication, and public speaking.

Lindsay is a professional member of ASSP and serves as ChapterWISE Co-Chair for the National Capital Chapter. She participates in the WISE mentoring program and has had a successful mentor/mentee match with WISE administrator Abby Ferri for over 2 years. She is also a member of the BISE Common Interest Group, Training and Communications Practice Specialty. Lindsay is a volunteer leader in the ASSP society wide Membership Development Committee and New Professionals Task Force.

Director: Matt Law, MPH, CSP, REHS/RS

Matthew Law is a Field Safety Specialist for W.W. Grainger, Inc., and specializes in environmental health, safety, security, and continuity. He is a Certified Safety Professional, a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, and holds a Master of Public Health degree from West Virginia University. He currently serves as the President of the National Capital Chapter of ASSP. Law also serves as a United States Navy Reserve Environmental Health Officer

Director: Tom Trauger, CSP, ARM, CRIS

Thomas Trauger has been an ASSP member since 1996 and has served as secretary, president, president elect and director for the National Capital Chapter.  He is a Senior Project Safety Manager at Gilbane Building Company. He has over 20 years’ experience as a safety professional in different industries including commercial and residential construction, printing, brewing, fabricated metal products and electronics.

Tom is bilingual in Spanish and English and possesses an MBA from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

Tom is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS). He represents Gilbane in the ANSI A10 committee and actively participates in the following sub committees A10.32, A10.34, A10.43 and A10.47.  He has conducted presentations on fall protection at the ASSE professional development conference and NAHB International Builders’ Show.

Thomas received the NAHB Safety Professional Award in 2006.  In 2016 he received the ASSE National Capital Chapter Safety Professional of the year award and was elected to the Board of the Job Site Safety Institute http://jssafety.org/.

National Capital Chapter Safety Professional of the Year

Feb 27, 2019

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.

MACSC Volunteers Needed

Feb 27, 2019

Do you have a specialized skill or passion like taking portrait or professional photographs? Are you interested in moderating the Mid-Atlantic’s most successful Professional Development Conference? Would you like to gain free entry into MACSC?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have a volunteer opportunity for you! The Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Conference is looking for chapter members who would like to serve as photographers, moderators, and assistants for our conference on April 23, 2019. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to President Matt Law (matt.law@grainger.com) or President-Elect Wyatt Bradbury (bradbury.wyatt@gmail.com) to save your spot and gain FREE entry today!