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May Technical Meeting Summary

The May Technical Meeting was held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, as an in-person lunch event at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh PA. The Speakers were Mr. Chris Robinson, OSHA Area Director and Mr. Bob Carrol, Compliance Assistance Specialist. The topic was “OSHA Update”. The meeting lasted about two hours.

We had a total of 12 participants, so it was an intimate event that led to a lot of opportunity to discuss talking points that Chris and Bob reviewed.

THANK YOU! To Fran Sehn for reaching out to Bob Carrol, mutual “old” friends, and arranging for the Ohio Room in the Event Center at the Rivers Casino. The menu was good, and the parking was free.

There is no video recording of the meeting nor is there a presentation.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Chapter Executive Committee

The newly elected Executive Committee for two-year terms of 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 is listed below:

President: Wayne Vanderhoof

Vice President: Chris Sarracino

Secretary: Alec Kinslow

Treasurer: Rob McAninch

Delegate: Fran Sehn

Delegate: Alec Kinslow

Delegate: Justin Koss

The uncontested Chapter Election concluded on April 15, 2022.

Thank you! to the 2021-2022 Nominations & Elections Committee: Melissa Heike, Chair, James Rowlett, and Jeremy Bittlebrun.

April Technical Tour Summary

The April Technical Tour was conducted on Friday, April 29, 2022, as an in-person tour of the project area at PGH International Airport Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) project. The tour was hosted by Jason Timmerman CSP, VP of Environmental and Workplace Safety at Allegheny County Airport Authority and the onsite project Safety Professionals. We started with a safety briefing and a project overview in the Safety Training facility on the outer perimeter of the jobsite then transported to the jobsite by bus to disembark, into groups of about 5-8 people per project Safety Professional turned tour guide, then were led through and around the jobsite explaining the project in its current phase, various safety issues and how they are addressed explaining the expectations placed on the various contractors and subcontractors to provide a safe jobsite that exceeds just regulatory requirements. The total tour event lasted about two and one-half hours.

We had a total of 32 participants which included 16 Professionals and 17 students of which there were 3 students from IUP and 14 from SRU. There approximately 6 onsite project Safety Professionals that were actively involved as well.

THANK YOU! To Jason Timmerman and the onsite project Safety Professionals for hosting this tour and providing an enjoyable opportunity to learn specifically about the PGH International Airport Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) project and the application of worker safety principles along with the establishing of a project culture that values worker safety.

There is no video recording of the tour nor is there a presentation. This was an in-person event.

2022 ASSP WPA Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the five recipients of the 2022 ASSP WPA Chapter Scholarships!

Madison Piatak, IUP
Elizabeth Manley, SRU
Chloe Croft, IUP
Thomas Koraido, SRU
Sophia Naugle, SRU

The Chapter is proud of each of the awardees and is pleased to assist them in their educational efforts at ASSP WPA Student Section colleges. The amounts of the awards through the Chapter vary from $750.00 to $375.00 with matching funds provided by ASSP Region VIII so the total awards range from $1,500.00 to $750.00. Thank you to Region VIII for their support of our scholarship program.

The Chapter looks forward to improving the scholarship program for the upcoming 2022-2023 Chapter year. The scholarship program is open to students at the three Student Sections at Indiana University of PA (IUP), Slippery Rock University (SRU), and Thiel College.

9th Annual ASSP WPA 2022 Professional Development Conference Summary

The 9th Annual ASSP WPA 2022 Professional Development Conference (PDC) was a success!

The PDC conducted April 12, 2022, featured Mr. Pat Karol providing the Opening Keynote, Mr. Rob Lawless providing the Closing Keynote, a Virtual Exhibition from some of our sponsors, and a choice of 10 sessions through the day-long virtual event. The event had a total registration of 61 people, of which there were 40 Professionals and 21 Students. The event offered 0.6 CEUs for those that participated in the entire event.

Thank you to our sponsors and vendors for their support – Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Range Resources, Eaton Corporation, MSA, RJR Safety Inc., Flagger Force, Safety Performance, and PA OSHA Consultation Program at IUP.

Thank you to the 2022 PDC Planning Committee Members – Kelley Edmier, Wayne Vanderhoof, Jackie Barkus, Cody Bergad, Tracey Cekada, Daniel Finn, Carl Heinlein, Alec Kinslow, Joe Kopko, Justin Koss, Jocelyn Milby, Wanda Minnick, Jillian Tilko, and Majed Zreiqat.

The program for the PDC is here.