President’s Message


Hello and Happy October:

    As always, I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. We have an awesome month in front of us with our normally scheduled meeting next Friday (10/15/21) and then our first PDC of this administration. For those of you that don’t know, Our PDC is scheduled for October 22nd at the AGC building (just like our meetings). The attendance is limited to 20 attendees so please get signed up at your first convenience. The PDC will be both a certification course as well as a refresher. You won’t need to test and certify unless you choose that course. The link, with all the associated details to this course is here. I hope to see you there.

   We sure hated to lose the Alabama Governor’s Conference this year, but the weather just couldn’t be trusted, and the decision was made for safety’s sake and we certainly can’t argue with that. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m looking forward to next year’s conference already.

   On the 15th, we have Justin Shephard coming to speak to us on the topic of, “Post Offer Physical Abilities Testing: Clearing up the Confusion”.  Justin is the VP of Operations for ErgoScience and is a licensed physical therapist. He was scheduled to present this topic at the Governor’s Conference so it should still be hot off the presses. I’ve asked Justin to leave plenty of time for questions, because I’m sure we’ve all had or heard about that “one person or situation” that he might be able to assist us with. Remember, we’re all looking for those bits of information we can use to make us better professionals.

   As for my two cents this month, you know me… Let’s find someone in need and share ourselves with them. Our knowledge, assistance, patience, or perhaps even time. We’re given so much to share, and it would be nearly criminal to hoard it.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s make safety intentional and help others understand the “WHY”.  Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter

Message From The President Aug-Sep 2021

Greetings To All: 

    I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy, and hopeful. We’ve had a busy summer and I don’t know about you all, but I’m glad it’s cooling off a bit and we’re back into yet another year of college football. I know that’s probably not received as good news for all, but I’m trusting it is for most – at least in our great state anyway. Let’s all work to develop and demonstrate that same level of excitement in the coming months for our great association as well. 

    Since my last letter, we’ve met in August with the Tuscaloosa Section for an outstanding presentation by Frank Wampol and an Executive Committee meeting to begin our annual planning and program coordination. We certainly have a lot going on as well as to look forward to in the coming months. 

   On the 17th, we’re excited to have Jeff Marksberry coming to speak to us in Birmingham. Please plan to attend in person if your schedule permits. Some of you may know Jeff already, he currently serves the TVTC as Executive Director. Please let me assure you that this will be a must-see presentation. Jeff’s topic will teach us a lot about incident/accident investigation and the preparation for litigation.  I am confident we’ll all leave with at least one new nugget of information.

   For those of you who know me, you know I’m all about our safety “today”. Tomorrow is gone and tomorrow will soon be the today that we need to focus upon.  So TODAY is where we need to place our attention and intentional acts of safety. Please find someone to assist today – sharing is caring. Our safety is our responsibility and linking ourselves with a great network of professionals like the ASSP will help us all become better.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s be safe on purpose and make our efforts at home and work intentionally safe. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th. Until then – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul

Message from the President July 2021

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, or Good Evening to all.

    I trust this brief letter finds everyone well; these are different times for sure. For anyone who may not know me, I am Paul Thurber, and I will be serving as President for the next couple years. Thanks to everyone for the vote of confidence and in advance for their participation, input, feedback, and support. Like the continuous improvement model has demonstrated, we will need communication, execution, and feedback in order to excel. My commitment to this Chapter will be to communicate often in hopes to rebuild our exciting and effective pre-covid program. I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to offer words of genuine gratitude to our previous President and to the Officers for a job well done. There certainly was not a pandemic preparedness plan waiting for us at the start of 2019 to lead us through all the globally changing parameters.  With that said, a big THANKS to Matt, Tom, Allyn, and Kurt, just to name a few. Because of your efforts, our Chapter is in an excellent position for growth and prosperity.

   Today is a new day and we have an amazing association in the ASSP that is in existance to support its members. We have countless opportunities to network, learn, improve, engage, and fellowship in our future.  In fact, as Timbuk 3 has said, “our future’s so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades”.

   Remember, our association with the ASSP is a little like church. We get out of it in proportion to what we put in. My challenge to us (me included) is to be faithful, committed, engaged, supportive, and most of all – in attendance for the upcoming year(s). Virtual meetings have been good in sustaining our effort; however, the previous mentioned growth comes from our live synergies.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Lets be safe on purpose and make our efforts at home and work intentionally safe.

   Take care and please stay well. We’re in this together; thanks for reading. – Paul

Message from the President – November 2020

Times of Need

I’ve pretty much concluded there’s not much more one can say about how awful 2020 is that hasn’t been already been said/shouted/meme’d a billion times over.  Every idea I come up with about the new norm sounds clichéd at this point – including basic overuse of the term “new norm”, like I just did there.  Sorry about that.  This is the season for giving thanks, though, so there’s no better occasion than now to take inventory of those things we do still have going for us.  Our family and friends become ever more important to us in tough times.  And we to them.  However awful things have been, we still have those gifts for which to be thankful.  Consider, too, all the people we don’t really even know at all who could use more love and support in their times of need.  As safety advocates, our world is built around a professed mission of caring about the welfare of others.  In addition to our knowledge and skills, our values stand front and center.  It is the great gift we have to offer people at work, at home, within our sphere – and outside of it – and it’s never been more needed than now.  I hope that the fellowship of ASSP is part of your support system, as well.  Please join us for our November 20th Zoom Chapter meeting where we’ll feature a presentation on Human Performance by Stephanie Swindle (Southern Company).  We’re really looking forward to her message and we’ll have an invite coming your way soon.  Also, if you have shares for our meeting that I may add to the agenda for that day, please let me know.

Thank you for your gifts – to me and to so many others,

Matt Hollub, President

ASSP Alabama Chapter

Message from the President – September 2020

Greetings ASSP Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you and yours doing well. I continue to look forward to the time when we may meet as an ASSP family, together as one, and in-person. Having said that, our online ASSP Chapter meetings got off to a very fine start last month. OSHA’s new Compliance Assistance Specialist, Francisco Garcia, visited with us during Safe & Sound Week to talk safety programs and give us an OSHA update. He’s a great guy and I think he’s going to be a welcome resource for Alabama companies. In these times, I think our businesses need all the help we can give them. For us, the ASSP family, we are challenged to be just that much better at what we do and how we serve the safety needs of others. We’re all stressed and strained to the max which, unfortunately, presents greater risks for serious injuries and illnesses.

This month, we will get back to holding our ASSP Chapter meetings on our normal meeting days – the third Friday of each month. On September 18th, please join us for an online (Zoom) ASSP Chapter meeting on the topic of fall protection, in observation of OSHA’s Fall Protection emphasis week. You should all be receiving an invitation to the meeting soon and I hope you’ll be able to attend.

Take care out there – of yourself and of others!

Warmest regards,

Matt Hollub
ASSP Alabama Chapter President