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.

Marijuana Use and Workplace Safety Research

A Chapter Member is asking for your assistance. Please read below:

“My name is Cindy Medford. I am a PhD Candidate in Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I need your support in my research study titled, “An investigation of worker safety perceptions and influencing factors on marijuana use.” By examining current worker perceptions on marijuana use and impacts, workplace training and drug testing policies can be adjusted and made more effective. 

Please consider completing my anonymous survey and in particular forwarding the link or flyer to employees in your company. You may want to post the flyer in an area where workers can see it to encourage participating. Also, feel free to send the link and flyer to other managers, supervisors, and safety professionals that you think may be interested. Thanks so much. 

This project has been approved by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (Phone 724.357.7730). 

Direct link to survey:

Flyer is available here.

March Technical Meeting Summary and Recording

The March Technical Meeting was conducted on March 25, 2022, as a live lunch meeting for students and a virtual component for Professionals on the campus of Thiel College hosted by the newest Student Section of ASSP WPA.

The “Master of Ceremonies” was Fran Sehn, Chapter President. Christine Sullivan, ASSP President Elect President-Elect spoke to “Welcome to the New Student Section”. Then Patrick Karol, Keystone Area Director – Region VIII welcomed the new student section. Tom Blank spoke on “Resume and Job Search for the EHS Intern and Graduate”. This led into the Panel Discussion with Tom Blank, Bobbie Myers, Wayne Vanderhoof discussing “Interviewing Skills for the EHS Intern and Graduate”. The event was planned and coordinated by Melissa Heike, Assistant Professor and Student Section Advisor.

There were 12 students in person attendees and 1 virtual attendee.

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

Alec Kinslow, Chapter Delegate in PSJ

Congratulations to Chapter Member and Chapter Delegate, Alec Kinslow, for having an article published in the ASSP Professional Safety Journal in the March 2022 issue. The article will be a Vantage Point article titled “Saving 2% on Your Bottom Line,”.

February Technical Meeting Summary

The February Technical Meeting was conducted as a live virtual and in-person lunch meeting February 22, 2022, in conjunction with the SRU Student Section of ASSP WPA at the Strain Safety Building/MSA Lab on the SRU campus. The Speaker was Mr. Bradley D. Giles, P.E., CSP, STS, FASSP, GIOSH, 2021-2022 ASSP President presenting on the topic of “Cowboy Ethics”.

There were thirty-four (34) in-person, mostly SRU Students and Faculty and about 5 people participating virtually.

Thank you Cindy Medford and the SRU Student Section for planning this meeting.

There are no video recording or presentation for this meeting.