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May Technical Meeting Summary

The May Technical Meeting was conducted Thursday, May 16, 2024, as a lunch meeting at the Mater Builders Association office. The topic was OSHA Update with Chris Robinson, OSHA Area Director and Bob Carroll, Compliance Assistance as the Speakers. We had 28 people that attended which included ASSP WPA members and MBA members. We had 4 students attending as guests of the company in which they were interning.

Thank you to Bob McCall and the Master Builders Association for hosting the meeting! Thank you to Chris Robinson and Bob Carroll for sharing information!

April Technical Meeting Summary

The April event was a tour of the Channellock manufacturing facility in Meadville PA and lunch afterwards on Thursday, April 18, 2024 in cooperation with the Thiel College Student Section, the NWPA ASSP Chapter, and the Western PA Chapter. There were eight Professionals and five Thiel College students in attendance.  

Thank you to Karen Custard, Ryan Newton, EHS Director and Channellock for hosting the tour!

11th Annual ASSP WPA Professional Development Conference Summary

The 11th Annual ASSP WPA Professional Development Conference (PDC) was conducted on March 21, 2024, 2023,  At The Loft Conference Center in Southpointe, Canonsburg PA.

The PDC featured Joel Haight with the Opening Keynote, Jason Malatak providing the lunchtime presentation, and the Student Sections from IUP, SRU, and Thiel College providing the speakers for the closing session of the day. Attendees had a choice of 12 sessions in 3 timeslots throughout the day. The event had a total attendance of 171 people, of which there were 95 Professionals, 76 Students, as well as Vendors/Sponsors. The event offered 0.5 CEUs for those that participated in the entire event.

Thank you to our generous Sponsors: Komatsu, Range Resources, RETTEW, Amerisafe, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Premier Safety, Flagger Force, and RJR Safety Inc. The PDC had 6 Vendors exhibiting during the event – RETTEW, Amerisafe, Click Safety, Premier Safety, AM Health & Safety, Voxel, Thompson Safety, and RJR Safety Inc. OSHA had an information table and Indiana University of PA (IUP) had an information table.

Thank you! to the 2024 PDC Planning Committee Members – Wayne Vanderhoof, Kelley Edmier, Cody Bergad, Tracey Cekada, Daniel Finn, Carl Heinlein, Justin Koss, Jillian Tilko, Majed Zreiqat, Melissa Heike, Cindy Medford, Hope Dropp, Sophia Naugle, Chris Sarracino, and student Brianna Layland (SRU).

Thiel College Student Section Wins Spring Student Membership Drive

Congratulations! to Thiel College in Greenville, PA, for winning the ASSP 2024 Spring Student Membership Drive! The section will receive $200 to fund an upcoming meeting and provide an incentive for current members, a selection of ASSP T-shirts and complimentary dues renewal for one year for faculty advisor Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. One lucky student will receive an ASSP Port Authority City backpack, and one lucky faculty advisor will also receive a complimentary year of full membership.
(From ASSP “Your Student Services Update: April 2024”, 04/17/2024)

Chapter Election Results for 2024-2026

Congratulations! to the newly elected Chapter Executive Officers for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 Chapter Years:

President: Chris Sarracino, CSP

Vice President: Alec Kinslow, CSP

Treasurer: Robert “Mac” McAninch MS, CSP

Secretary: Trudy Hayes, SMS

Advisory Group Members:

– Daniel Wible, MS, CSP

– Fran Sehn, CSP, ARM

– Jocelyn Milby MS, CSP

– Josh Muth, MS

Current President, Wayne Vanderhoof, CSP, CIT will move to the office of Past President.

The new Chapter Officers will take office July 1, 2024, with the start of the new Chapter Year. The elected officers’ term is for two Chapter years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026.

Thank you to Melissa Heike for being the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee!