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Western PA ASSP Student Scholarship and Professional Grant Program

The Western PA Chapter of ASSP offers a scholarship program for students who have shown a career interest in a safety or safety-related degree program. The Chapter also offers a grant program for members who are looking to pursue a professional certification (Examples: CSP, CIH, CHST, etc.) or who are seeking funding to attend a professional development event such as regional or national safety conference or continuing education. The application period is January 01 – March 01 each year with selection no later than April 01.

More information, the selection criteria, and applications are here.

November Technical Meeting Summary and Recording

The November Technical Meeting was conducted as a live virtual lunchtime meeting on November 12, 2020. The Presenter was Jim Leer, CSP, MS, Senior Loss Control Consultant with Penn National Insurance and a Chapter member. The title of the Presentation was “Fire – The Original Workplace Hazard”. There were eleven (11) people that participated. We had 25 people register for the virtual meeting. Thank you to those who participated in this virtual meeting!

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

ASSP WPA Member Recognized as one of the NSC’s 2020 Rising Stars of Safety

Nine ASSP members were among those identified as 2020 Rising Stars of Safety by National Safety Council (NSC). The program recognizes safety leaders under age 40 who are dedicated to providing safety leadership in their organization.

One of those 2020 Rising Stars is a member of the Western PA Chapter of ASSP. Congratulations to Joseph R. Kafton. The information from ASSP is below;

“Joseph R. Kafton is a safety specialist IV with Williams. He is a member of our Western Pennsylvania Chapter and Fire Protection Practice Specialty. “Joe is the subject matter expert for field safety personnel on questions regarding confined space, trenching and excavation, hot work, hazard communication, and crane safety. Joe listens intently to the concerns and questions from field personnel and provides solid, fact-based responses. Joe created a monthly hazard recognition focus for field employees to review. Each month, Joe developed a hazard slide deck that showed hidden hazards that were to be identified and discussed during employee safety meetings. He used different hazards each month so that our employees were aware of the various hazards that can be present in the work environment.”

The full ASSP release is here.

The full article from the NSC is here.

ASSP WPA 2021 Professional Development Conference (PDC)

Save the Date!
Thursday March 11, 2021.

The ASSP WPA Professional Development Conference (PDC) is scheduled for Thursday March 11, 2021.
The PDC Planning Committee is being led by Kelley Edmier and Jackie Barkus and has 9 active members.

We are planning this event as a virtual event due to the current public health situation.

The details will be posted as they are developed for this event. We will need Sponsors, Speakers AND Attendees!

Stay tuned to the website and the monthly newsletter.

October Virtual Technical Meeting Summary & Meeting Link

The October Technical Meeting was conducted as a live virtual lunchtime meeting on October 08, 2020. The Presenter was John M. Mulroy, PhD, CSP, Director, PA OSHA Consultation and a long-time Chapter member. The title of the Presentation was “OSHA Consultation Program Overview”. There were thirty (30) people that participated. We had 42 people register for the virtual meeting. There were students registered from SRU and IUP. Students in the Thiel College Environment and Safety Management class also participated.  Thank you to those who participated in this virtual meeting!

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