President’s Message

Message from the President July 2022

Good Morning – Good Afternoon – Good Evening!

I trust everyone is having a safe summer. For whatever reason, it seems like there is a lot going on. Regardless of the industry and or company – everyone is busy. Sure, some exceptions may apply, but busy feels like the new norm. Let’s make certain to take/make the time needed to self-check. Are we taking care of ourselves in a manner that supports our personal and professional health? We’ll talk more about this later down the road, but for today, reach out to others when you find yourself in need. We’re a T-E-A-M and we know that Together Everyone Achieves More.

By the way, let’s not confuse “busy” with productive. We need to make certain we’re still making and meeting our goals along the way.

Our July meeting is later this week and it seems like we just met for June. Time sure is flying these days – we must be having fun. We will be meeting on Friday the 15th at our normal time and location. (AGC Building at 5000 Grantswood Road, Irondale) We will be discussing HEAT and hearing from our UA SafeState team regarding heat injury prevention and new wearable technologies.

Let’s come together if our schedules permit. I know it’s easier and somewhat more convenient to dial in, but the ASSP is about networking in addition to education. Please RSVP if you haven’t already. I look forward to seeing all of you on Friday. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message from the President June 2022

Hello Colleagues and Friends!

    It’s getting hot out there and I hope everyone has a heat-illness free summer underway. Remember, heat illnesses can occur even when it feels cool outside or even when it’s raining. How’s that for an opening line? Enough about that for now, but it should remain high on our discussion/training lists throughout the next 3-4 months at least. Let’s make it a plan to discuss heat-illness prevention best-practices throughout the summer.

   On the more traditional greetings, I trust this letter finds everyone busy and safe. As we’ve discussed before, safety doesn’t happen by chance – it requires a task-by-task choice.

   Great meeting last month, by the way. Thanks to everyone that found the time in their schedule to attend. Randall Arms did an outstanding job with his Lone-Worker presentation. As briefly discussed in the meeting, the Executive committee met as well and agreed to look for Social Media Manager for our Chapter’s various accounts. Please let me know if you have an interest in helping the Chapter move forward with this.

   Our June meeting is a little over a week away and I hope to see you there. We will be meeting on the 17th at our normal time and location. (AGC Building at 5000 Grantswood Road, Irondale) Our speaker will be Justin Brown from Sales Solutions. Justin will be presenting on Fall Protection.

   June’s challenge is very similar to that of May’s as it relates to the heat. It’s been said that ‘what gets measured – gets completed’. Let’s seek to identify new ways to measure and teach hydration and its overall importance to sustaining an incident-free effort. Remember, of friends at UA SafeState have free services available to help support our efforts in this.

   Let’s lead by example as it relates to our safety. Our example should be one of communication, caring, and contributing to not only our own personal safety, but to the safety of others alike.   I’ll look forward to seeing all of you on the 17th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message from the President May 2022

Greetings!

    I trust this letter finds everyone doing well, staying healthy and successful. I know a lot measure success differently; however, as a safety family I believe we all value safety, both on and off the job similarly. With that said, I hope this letter finds you safe for all the right reasons.  

   Since our last meeting, we’ve experienced a lot of change. I guess change is becoming more and more of our constant. How’s that for irony?  Seriously though, we really have become more AWARE as a result of the pandemic. Awareness, as a whole, has always played a big part in our safety efforts, but it seems like everyone is simply more aware these days. As I travel, I see people paying more attention to the news in lobbies, restaurants, and such. In fact, I overheard a group of young people exiting the hotel yesterday reminding each other to “be safe” as they were heading out. Two little words that drive countless requirements and actions. I love to hear them spoken!

   Our May meeting is fast approaching, and I hope everyone is able to join us live and in person. It would be great to get back to thirty or forty on a given month. Please try to make it in person if you’re able. Our speaker this month is Randall Arms. For the last 15 years, Randall has dedicated his career to safety. He spent his first 8 years in the safety distribution industry providing product solutions to clients, and educating the latest updates with standard organizations such as ANSI, NIOSH, etc.  He also had the opportunity to spend time as an EHS professional managing EHS programs at companies such as Bridgestone, Dal-tile and Gibson Guitar.  Randall understands that safety is more than a standard or legislation – it’s how people think, behave, and react. Today, Randall is the regional sales manager for Blackline Safety where he promotes connected safety devices that focus on lone worker and gas detection solutions.

   As for our challenge this month, it’s May and it’s getting hot out there already. What are we doing to prepare ourselves and our teams for the heat? Let’s make this a conversation during our next meeting. Let’s bring those best practices together as a share. I’ll start the conversation and count on everyone to share a bit.

   As we go about our personal routines, let’s not forget to check on others. Truth be told, none of us can go it alone. Sure, we may think we can, but I’d disagree. Let’s be each other’s keepers – that means we’ll ask questions AND we’ll listen to the responses.

   I look forward to seeing all of you on the 20th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai

Message from the President April 2022

It’s April Already!

    I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. It’s the first week of April and it seems like everyone and everything is operating in the fast lane. How many of you can remember what the Eagles had to say about, “LIFE IN THE FAST LANE…”? Let’s make certain we’re doing everything we can to prevent surprises. Remember, surprises lead to incidents and incidents lead to injuries.

   I recently had the privilege to speak at the Forging Industry Association’s inaugural Safety Conference in Detroit, where I introduced our AI (artificial intelligence) solutions to that industry. It was a great meeting by the way. During said meeting a “near miss” was defined by an attendee as “any unplanned event”. Think about that for a minute, if something happens that we weren’t expecting, it could or could not – would or would not result in injury solely based on reaction and response. To us safety folks, those are code words for LUCK. In all my days, I have not heard a better definition for near miss than that. With this in mind, do we think we do a good job of capturing “all near misses”. I think we’d all agree, WE DO NOT. 

   Our April meeting is fast approaching, and we have our good friend Tom Robinson from the AGC coming to speak to us about Work Zone Hazards. UA SafeState will be sponsoring the lunch for this meeting, so please plan to attend. We’ll be meeting at the same time and same place as our usual meetings.

   As for our challenge this month, it’s April and we’re well into the second quarter of 2022. How are we doing? NO, I MEAN HOW ARE WE DOING? Let’s self-check often and routinely. As we go about our personal routines, let’s not forget to check on our fellows. Let’s be each other’s keepers – that means we’ll ask questions AND we’ll listen to the responses.

   I look forward to seeing all of you on the 15th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message from the President March 2022

A Big Hello To All!

    Here we are in March already, busy times for sure. I hope this letter finds everyone both safe and healthy. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly thankful we’re seeing a little reprieve to our COVID related cases here in Alabama and their associated variety of severity. Kudos to our safety, HR, and healthcare related members for their persistence and perseverance throughout this ever-changing pandemic. In fact, kudos to everyone for just hanging in there and weathering this storm.

   Our March meeting is scheduled for the 18th and it’s an in-person meeting at the AGC building off of Grant’s Mill Road. Please try to attend in person if your schedule will permit. I’d like to see us fill the room like we were doing pre-COVID.  Our presenter will be Alex Blevins from Jeff State and he will be demonstrating their CDL training simulator. I am certain this will be both educational and entertaining for everyone.

   Thankfully, we’re beginning to fill our speaker calendar; however, we have a few open months still available, so feel free to continue making those recommendations for speakers and/or topics. We appreciate everyone’s input thus far.

   Just as an update, we met, discussed, and enabled a survey to share our opinions surrounding the recommended changes to the ASSP as sent to us through the national office. As a body (Alabama Chapter) we elected to support the changes and believe that they will better our Association’s ability to operate. Some skepticism may still exist, but nothing out of the ordinary. Remember, change equals opportunity. We need to remain diligent in reading and following along with our national association’s ongoings, so that we can be a conduit of feedback whenever/wherever necessary. Thanks to everyone for their participation and opinions throughout the consideration process.

   As for my challenge this month, it’s March already and at month’s end we will have concluded the first quarter of our new year.  OH MY!! Are we mentoring one or some of the people in our employ? Are we sharing the who, what, where, when, how, and why? As we go about our personal routines, let’s not forget to check on our fellows. Let’s be each other’s keepers – that means we’ll ask questions AND we’ll listen to the responses.

   Remember, knowledge without action is useless. Let’s let our actions pave the way toward World Class Safety in our jobs, families, and communities. Have a great month!

   I’ll look forward to seeing all of you on the 18th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170