Message From the President February ’24

Our February Chapter meeting will be held on the campus of Jacksonville State University with the Student Section of ASSP. This meeting will be on Friday February 16, 2024. We will meet at the Merrill Hall, 700 Pelham Road, North Jacksonville, AL 36265. Parking will be at the hall and across the street near the traffic light. Meeting starts at 11:30 am with a presentation by Dr. Chris Schemel, University of Alabama Safe State Director. He will present on Fire Safety including some investigations he has done on the fires and explosions around the country.

Our March 15, 2024, the Chapter meeting will feature Mr. Joel Batiz, Birmingham OSHA Area Director. This meeting will be held at our usual location, the AGC facility at 5000 Grantswood Road in Irondale, AL. Mr. Batiz has worked for the Fort Worth, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia offices prior to becoming the Birmingham, AL Area Director. He will discuss what they will be doing over the coming year as well as issues he has investigated during his career with OSHA. He will be available to answer your questions so please bring them to the meeting.

The 2024 Central Alabama Construction Conference will be at the Hyundai Training Center in Montgomery, Alabama on March 14, 2024 from 7:30 to 3:00 pm. This event is free with registration through Deep South Center for Occupational Safety and Health at UAB. Registration is now open at their website, The registration is under the Continuing Education listing, scroll down to the Alabama Construction Conference to register. This is a free conference with a great opportunity to get around 0.7 CEU’s. Although it says construction conference it has plenty of general industry breakout sessions.

The April 19, 2024 meeting will be our recognition luncheon. All Sections are invited to this meeting as one of their annual meetings so try to attend this event. We will thank our long-standing members at this luncheon and well as recognize the Alabama Chapter Safety Professional of the Year. This will be our first recognition dinner in a while so plan on attending this great event.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Vincent Scott, Secretary for the Alabama Chapter, as the 2023-2024 Safety Professional of the Year recipient. Join me in thanking Vincent for all his hard work he does for the Alabama Chapter.

The 2024 ASSP Region IV conference will be held at the Wyndham Hotel Lake Buena Vista, Florida on May 1 and 2. Registration for this event is open but limited to 200 attendees due to the size of the Hotel Conference area. For details visit There is an early bird registration with a reduced conference registration fee. This conference offers CEUs for attending.

Be careful and safe out there in your daily travels and work activities.

Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President