President’s Message

Message From the President July ’24

Summer is here and it has been a hot late June and looks like it will continue through early July if not the entire summer. It will be important to stay hydrated and take breaks until you get acclimated to what is turning out to be a very hot summer.

The Alabama Chapter will not be conducting a regular meeting in July. Instead, we are combining our meeting with the restarted Alabama Northeast Section of ASSP. Mr. Charley Bishop has volunteered as the Section Chairman and setup their first meeting for Friday July 19, 2024. The meeting will be at the Honda Manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda will be hosting a tour of their facility along with providing lunch for the Section. I hope our Chapter members will support this Section event by attending this meeting and enjoying the tour of the facility. Registration will be through the Chapter so look for the meeting invite and below in this newsletter. An additional reminder will also be sent out prior to the meeting but time will be needed to plan so register by Friday the 12th. Meeting information will be provided in the invite.

The 2023-2024 COMT was completed and sent into ASSP National. We achieved our Gold Status as a Chapter again. Thanks to all the Executive Committee and Section Leaders for making this possible through Chapter and Section meetings, the heat stress PDC event, and our recognition luncheon. Thanks for all your hard work as leaders for our Chapter and Sections.

We look forward to providing additional professional development and recognition events in 2024-2025. We look to continue to participate in combined meetings with the Jacksonville State University Student Section as well as setting up a meeting with the Auburn University Student Section this next year.

We are also looking for members who want to get more involved in the Chapter by volunteering as a Program or Governmental Affairs Chair. We would appreciate all those who would like to serve one of these Chairs. As Program Chair you will assist us with finding informative presentations for not only the Chapter but Section meetings. With Zoom and Team technology we can get knowledgeable presenters from all over the country to present to our members. While at a conference that you attend talk to the presenters to see if they would be willing to do a 30 to 45 minute presentation for us.

The 2024 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is fast approaching. Registration is limited to 400 attendees and there were only a few spaces left for attending. If you are thinking about attending don’t wait too long as attending closed on July 28 last year and appears to be closing probably by early July of this year. The conference will be held from Monday August 26 through Wednesday August 28, 2024. Mr. James Spann, the Weather Authority, for Birmingham’s television station ABC 33/40 is the Monday morning opening session speaker. Mr. Bruce S. Wilkinson will close out the conference with a motivational presentation. There will be two pre-conference classes. Friday August 23 class is OSHA 7005 Public Warehousing and Storage, a full day class. Saturday August 24 will be a half day class, OSHA 7845 Recordkeeping Rule Seminar. For more information see the University of Alabama Conference Registration website at https://calendar.ua.edu/department/college_of_continuing_studies.

The ASSP Safety 2024 conference will be held in Denver, Colorado from August 7-9, 2024. There as both pre- and post-conference courses to attain continuing education credits for your re-certification(s). Next year the conference is scheduled to be in Orlando, Florida probably in the usual month of June.

Alabama Chapter of ASSP, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and UA Safety State will have a half day seminar/PDC on Silica. We hope to cover the OSHA regulations, engineering controls with equipment demonstrations, and health effects during this seminar. Continuing education credit will be issued for this event. The final location and seminar/PDC schedule is still TBD. Checkout our monthly newsletter for updates as we finalize this event.

Be careful and safe out there in your daily travels, work activities, and summer vacation. Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President

Message From the President June ’24

Our June 21, 2024 meeting will be at AGC facility 5000 Grantswood Road Irondale, AL. Mr. Danny Smith will be our presenter and his topic will be It’s Not Rocket Surgery, It’s Brain Science: Understanding the Complexities of Safety. The meeting will start at the usual 11:30 am time. If you want any information on this meeting email me at tteneyck@ua.edu or our Secretary Mr. Vincent Scott at vincent.scott@kratosdefense.com.

We will not have a July 2024 meeting at AGC. We will combine our meeting with the Northeast Section for their July meeting. Mr. Charley Bishop is the NE Section Chairman. We will help Charley with his first meeting by attending as a chapter. So please try to attend his first meeting which will be at the Honda Facility in Lincoln, AL. There will be a Honda tour after them meeting which should be interesting. More information on this July meeting will be forth coming.

The 2024 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is fast approaching. Registration is open and many have already registered. The cutoff in the past was 400 attendees and last year registration closed on July 28, 2024. The conference will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL from Monday August 26 through Wednesday August 28, 2024. One of the guest speakers will be Mr. James Spann, the Weather Authority, for Birmingham’s television station ABC 33/40. He does a really great presentation on weather including some tornadic events he has covered over the years. Bruce S. Wilkinson is the other key note speaker. Mr. Wilkinson is a leadership, communication and culture implementation strategist as well as a professional motivational keynote speaker and trainer. He is the chief executive officer and chief culture officer of Workplace Consultants, Inc. and Wilkinson Seminars and Presentations. There will be two pre-conference classes. Friday August 23 the class is OSHA 7005 Public Warehousing and Storage, a full day class. Saturday August 24 will be a half day class, OSHA 7845 Recordkeeping Rule Seminar. For more information see the University of Alabama Conference Registration website at https://calendar.ua.edu/department/college_of_continuing_studies.

This fall Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), UA Safety State and Alabama Chapter ASSP will have a half day seminar/PDC on Silica. We hope to cover the OSHA regulations, engineering controls with equipment demonstrations, health effects during this seminar. Continuing education credit will be issued for this event. The final location is TBD. Checkout our monthly newsletter for updates on this seminar/PDC as we finalize this event.

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

Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President

Message From The President May ’24

Warm weather is also fast approaching which means that heat stress illnesses could become an issue. OSHA has made it a priory to make heat stress part of their warm weather inspections. If you would like to participate in Heat Stress Trainer then the Alabama Chapter of ASSP along with the University of Alabama and Safe State will be conducting a half day Professional Development Conference for a Heat Stress Trainer Class through a Harwood Grant. This will be a free PDC event and will occur at the AGC facility 5000 Grantswood Road Irondale, AL. The class will start at 8 AM and end by noon on May 17, 2024. Breakfast will be provided. This class will take the place of our normal monthly meeting and will be limited to the first 40 who sign up. Signup information will be provided in announcements shortly. If you want any information on this PDC event email me at tteneyck@ua.edu or our Secretary Mr. Vincent Scott at secretary@alambama.assp.org.

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 was still open and the early bird registration fee was still in available. For registration details visit www.RegionFourPdc.com. This conference offers CEUs for attending. The website also has the hotel registration information for this event.

The Region IV ROC meeting will be the day before this conference. I will be attending and will share any valuable information I get from this meeting. Other Chapter Presidents will be in attendance so a chance to discuss issues or ideas that can be brought back to our Chapter.

The 2024 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is fast approaching. Registration is now open and many have already registered. The cutoff in the past was 400 attendees and last year registration closed on July 28, 2024. When they say 400 attendees, they mean it and I think the close date when 400 is reached this year will be earlier and may be as early as late June. If you are thinking of attending this event do not wait until the last minute. The conference will be held from Monday August 26 through Wednesday August 28, 2024. One of the guest speakers will be Mr. James Spann, the Weather Authority, for Birmingham’s television station ABC 33/40. He does a really great presentation on weather including some tornadic events he has covered over the years. Bruce S. Wilkinson is the other key note speaker. Mr. Wilkinson is a leadership, communication and culture implementation strategist as well as a professional motivational keynote speaker and trainer. He is the chief executive officer and chief culture officer of Workplace Consultants, Inc. and Wilkinson Seminars and Presentations. For more information see the University of Alabama Conference Registration website at https://calendar.ua.edu/department/college_of_continuing_studies.

BCSP is now requiring Ethics credits when you recertify your CSP. ASP holders may also have an Ethics requirement. If the Alabama Chapter conducts a half day fall PDC on Ethics is there interest from our CSP and ASP holders in attending this PDC? Send an email that you are interested to either MR. Vincent Scott at vincent.scott@kratosdefence.com or myself at tteneyck@ua.edu and we will see what we can setup for an Ethics PDC. There may be a cost associated with this training but we will try to keep it at a minimum cost.

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

Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President

Message From the President April ’24

Spring is here and so far the severe weather has been limited across the state. April and May tend to be two months with the most severe spring weather events. Evaluate your facility emergency action plan’s severe weather procedures to be prepared for any severe weather which may impact your area. It will also be a good time to make sure you are prepared at home as well.

Warm weather is also fast approaching which means that heat stress illnesses could become an issue. OSHA has made it a priory to make heat stress part of their warm weather inspections. Evaluate your facility heat stress procedures and practices to get ready for the hot summer.

If you need some valuable training on heat stress the Alabama Chapter of ASSP along with the University of Alabama and Safe State will be conducting a half day Professional Development Conference for a Heat Stress Trainer Class through a Harwood Grant. This will be a free PDC event and will occur at the AGC facility 5000 Grantswood Road Irondale, AL. The class will start at 8 AM and end by noon on May 17, 2024. This class will take the place of our normal monthly meeting and will be limited to the first 40 who sign up. Signup information will be provided in announcements shortly. If you want any information on this PDC event email me at tteneyck@ua.edu or our Secretary Mr. Vincent Scott at vincent.scott@kratosdefense.com.

The April 19, 2024 Alabama Chapter Recognition Luncheon is fast approaching. This is the first recognition luncheon event held since 2021. 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, Mr. Vincent Scott. Please try to attend this special event. You will need to register to attend this event by Monday April 15, 2024 and registration information will be in this newsletter as well as other mailings sent out this month.

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. The early bird registration with a lower cost ended on March 29, 2024. For registration details visit www.RegionFourPdc.com. This conference offers CEUs for attending. The website also has the hotel registration information for this event.

The 2024 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is fast approaching. Registration is now open and many have already registered. The cutoff in the past was 400 attendees and last year registration closed on July 28, 2024. When they say 400 attendees, they mean it and I think the close date when 400 is reached this year will be earlier and may be as early as late June. So if you are thinking of attending this event do not wait until the last minute. The conference will be held from Monday August 26 through Wednesday August 28, 2024. One of the guest speakers will be Mr. James Spann, the Weather Authority, for Birmingham’s television station ABC 33/40. He does a really great presentation on weather including some tornadic events he has covered over the years. More information is provided on the University of Alabama Conference Registration website.

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

Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President

Message From the President March ’24

Spring is almost here which means our severe weather potential ramps up for the southeast. Be weather aware for these events which unfortunately will occur several times in March, April, and May. It might be a good time to evaluate your facility emergency action plan severe weather procedures to be prepared for any severe weather which may impact your area. It will also be a good time to make sure you are prepared at home as well.

Our March 15, 2024 Chapter meeting will feature Ms. Maveline Perez, Civil Engineer and Assistant Area Director for the Birmingham OSHA Area Office. This meeting will be held at our usual location, the AGC facility at 5000 Grantswood Road in Irondale, AL. Ms. Perez will discuss what they will be doing over the coming year as well as her experiences working for OSHA. She will be available to answer your questions so please bring them to the meeting.

The 2024 Central Alabama Construction Conference is almost here and will be well attended. It will be held at the Hyundai Training Center in Montgomery, Alabama on Thursday 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 open at their website, uab.edu. 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. This is the first time the event has been held since 2019. 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, Mr. Vincent Scott. Please try to attend this special event.

I would like to again 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 www.RegionFourPdc.com. There is an early bird registration with a reduced conference registration fee. This conference offers CEUs for attending. The website also has the hotel registration information for this event.

The 2024 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is fast approaching. The conference will be held from Monday August 26 through Wednesday August 28, 2024. One of the guest speakers will be Mr. James Spann, the Weather Authority, for Birmingham’s television station ABC 33/40. He does a really great presentation on weather including some tornadic events he has covered over the years. More information will be provided as registration opens.

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

Thomas Ten Eyck, CSP
Chapter President