President’s Message

Message From The President – March 2020

Dear ASSP Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you doing well.  And while we’re on the subject of doing well, I guess this would be a good time to talk about staying well and preparing for an outward spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  As safety and health professionals, people will understandably be looking to us for guidance on how to reduce risks and deal with local communicable infections.  Linked here are two very fine articles released by ASSP on how to prepare for what may come next.  We are seeing respiratory protection products, particularly N-95 and 100 filtering facepiece units in critically short supply.  Clearly, the direct and ripple effects of COVID-19 will continue to teach us lessons on how to better prepare for these situations in the future.  For now, however, I’d suggest you get a look at both of these articles for some good guidance on creating contingency plans and training your people on how to respond to what’s happening now.

The Safety Professional’s Role in Planning for Pandemic

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf [who.int]

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Message From The President – February 2020

Dear ASSP Colleagues,

I want to express my thanks to all who helped make our Chapter PDC a successful one this year. Our hosts at AGC provided us with a great meeting space that enabled us to bring our attendees and exhibitors together in one big room. We had a record number of exhibitors this year who added value to our PDC with their on-hand services and expertise.

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Message From The President – January 2020

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020!

Our Chapter is kicking the new year off in a big way with a great new PDC on January 16th. We’ll be meeting at the AGC Conference Center and our topics will include:

Qualified Crane Operators – Get up to speed with the most current requirements for crane operators and strategies for compliance.

Aerial Lift Operator and Training – The new ANSI standards for safe use and for training include new classifications for lifts (now MEWPs) and requirements that will change lift designs and how we use them. These revisions are comprehensive and will impact employers across the map.

Sling and Chain Inspection – Failure to properly set up a load and lift can have disastrous outcomes. Get up to speed, or get refreshed, on the procedures that responsible employers must perform to ensure that every lift is a safe and successful lift.  

You can get registered for the Chapter PDC on our events page. As usual, breakfast and lunch will be provided and CEUs are awarded for attendees. Exhibitor space is also available.

I hope to see you all there! Let’s join together to make 2020 one of the best learning years ever for the ASSP Alabama Chapter.

 

Sincerely,

Matt Hollub, CIH, CSP

President, ASSP Alabama Chapter

Message from The President – December 2019

Season’s Greetings!

It’s that time of year where we give thanks for all the goodness and blessings that have come our way.  We all celebrate the season in our own ways – with friends, with family, with reverence and grateful hearts, and with the hope for better days ahead.  This time of year also comes with a myriad of distractions and challenges for so many of us.  That’s why it becomes all the more important for us to maintain our focus on working safely and helping others to get through their workdays without injury.  So maybe this would be a good time to take a moment and check in on our employees and colleagues – perhaps giving a bit of added attention to those who may be struggling.

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Message From The President – November, 2019

Dear ASSP Colleagues,

For most of us, safety is more than just a job that we go to each working day. If we hold safety as a value that affects how we think and act, we become 24/7 ambassadors for a better way to work and live. With that, we are also challenged to set positive examples we hope others will follow. Which brings me to Danny Callies who, along with George Pierce (retired, Alabama ABC), has been reaching out employers and organizations to raise awareness of workplace safety and health rights in general industry, construction, and mining. “If you see something, say something”, is their message.

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