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Three Safety Experts Honored as ASSP Fellows

Carl Heinlein Honored as ASSP Fellow

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is bestowing the honor of Fellow on three longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Timothy R. Fisher, Michael W. Hayslip and Carl W. Heinlein are the 2021 recipients of the Society’s highest honor.

Western PA Chapter of ASSP Member, Carl W. Heinlein, ARM, CIT, CPEA, CRIS, CSHM, CSP, OHST, STSC, FAIHA, FASSP, is senior safety consultant at American Contractors Insurance Group. He is a well-regarded advocate for the occupational safety and health profession, contributing to workplace safety in the federal government, academia and the private sector. Heinlein has taught and lectured at the university level, served on academic program advisory committees, and served as president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and director-at-large with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals and ASSP. As a safety consultant, he develops training programs for major organizations, connecting professionals and influencing industry. Heinlein has been an ASSP member since 1993.

Congratulations to Carl Heinlein! and Thank You!

SRU Student Section Awarded 2020 –2021 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award

Slippery Rock University has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 –2021 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award. The 2021 OSSA Evaluation Committee was extremely impressed with their application. The student section was strong in all three critical areas – Professional Development, Research, and Campus and Community Involvement. The quality and quantity of research conducted by the members was outstanding and the committee was impressed that the application was so well organized. The committee was also impressed with the student section sponsored research.

ASSP will present the SRU Student Section with a $5,000 award. The stipend can be used for scholarship, research and the advancement of the school’s student section (i.e. seed money to buy equipment to be used by students in a research project, scholarship for deserving students).

Congratulations to the SRU Student Section! Job well done! Thank you for representing the Western PA Chapter of ASSP.

ASSP Foundation Awards $328,000 in Scholarships and Grants

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Foundation has awarded $328,000 in academic scholarships and professional education grants to 117 individuals to help them achieve their educational and career goals in the occupational safety and health profession.

Some of the scholarships and professional grants were received by Students and Members of the Western PA Chapter of ASSP. To the Awardees, Congratulations!

A complete list of the 2021 scholarship and grant recipients is available at www.assp.org/foundation.

Chapter By-Laws Review and Voting

The ASSP WPA Executive Committee has conducted a review of the Chapter By-laws. The ASSP recommends a periodic review of the Chapter By-laws. The last review and update was when ASSP changed its name in 2018, then in 2019 when the geographic area was slightly changed.

Using the model By-laws developed by the Society, the Chapter Executive Committee transferred most information from the current By-laws to the model by-laws. The biggest changes were making the Executive Officers (President, Vie President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the HOD Delegates two-year terms instead of just one year. (See ARTICLE IV – ORGANIZATION, sections 5 and 8). Nominations and elections are conducted in April instead of in March (See ARTICLE VI – NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS, section 5).

The By-laws have been reviewed and approved by ASSP, Region 8 Vice President, and the Keystone Area Director.

The Chapter membership must vote on the Chapter By-laws for them to be approved by the Chapter. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of voting members is required for approval.


The link to the amended by-laws is here. Please review them before casting your vote.

The link to the survey to cast your vote is here.

The voting will be open through June 18, 2021.

Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to vote!

May Technical Meeting Summary and Recording

The May Technical Meeting was conducted as a live virtual lunchtime meeting on May 13, 2021. The Speaker was Mr. Thomas Kramer, P.E., C.S.P., Managing Principal, LJB Inc. The presentation topic was “Fall Protection: The Greatest Challenge In Compliance And Risk”. There were sixteen (16) people that participated. We had 29 people register for the virtual meeting. Thank you to those who participated in this virtual meeting.

The video recording of the presentation is here and the presentation is here for those that missed the meeting or if you would like to review either of them again.