April Chapter Meeting
Meeting Flyer (pdf)
April 4, 2013
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Aon, 199 Water Street,
11th Floor, NYC
Please RSVP via email to Leslie Radanovich at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, March 28, 2013.
More Information go to our Meetings & Event page
All items subject to change
If you would like to make suggestions or provide safety technical information for the New York City Chapter Newsletter contact Dan Orlowski. If we use your information you will get listed as the contributor.
Mr. Shaun Carvalho
In this month’s newsletter we would like to recognize Mr. Shaun Carvalho The NYC ASSE CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Mr. Carvalho works for Shamut Design and Construction as their Corporate Safety Director, to find out more information about Shaun- March 2013 - Shaun Carvalho (pdf)
Region VIII Medium Chapter of The Year 2011-2012 Award
Please accept my sincere gratitude for awarding the New York City Chapter the Region VIII Medium Chapter of The Year 2011-2012 Award. As the past president of the Chapter for the 2011-2012 term, I felt highly honored to learn that our Chapter has been selected for this Award.
This Award, however, would not have been possible without enthusiastic assistance and unyielding support of past Chapter Presidents: Peter Amato, Dina Vazquez and, especially, Carl Schnee, whose diligence, dedication and knowledge of the Society's rules and procedures were absolutely invaluable during my presidency.
The Chapter of the Year Award is the result of hard work and dedication of the entire Chapter, and we are extremely grateful for the Society's recognition of our efforts in pursuing the cause of our entire organization. It is overwhelming to see that our hard work and endless efforts to promote safety have been recognized.
Again, I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thank you for recognizing our Chapter's work.
Member Get A Member Campaign
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Thank You Letters to Mr. John Conte and Ms. Kathryn Bowdish regarding the Hurrican Sandy relief fundraiser.
Thank you letters (pdf)
Please join us for our Annual Golf Outing! See attached flyer for details. The outing will be held at Pelham Bay/Split Rock Golf Course on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00am. Lunch and free beer will be provided. Cost is $125.00 per individual.
Golf Brochure 2013 (pdf)
Good Afternoon NYC Chapter Members:
The following individuals will be running for elected positions for the 2013-2014 year:
President and Delegate #1– Doug Pollock
Doug Pollock is currently working for Sciame Construction and has been since 1981. He has held positions as a Laborer, Foreman and Superintendent before going into the field of Safety and is now Sciame’s Corporate Safety Director.
Doug is a Certified NYC Site Safety Manager and an Adjunct Professor at NYU where he teaches Construction Safety Management. He also sits on the Building Trades Employers Association Safety Committee. Doug has been a member of the ASSE since November 1, 2008. He belongs to the Construction Specialty. Last year he was Vice President. He has previously held the following elected officers positions of Secretary and Treasurer.
Sciame Construction Company
14 Wall Street
NY, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 232-2200
Fax: (212) 809-1223
Vice President - Leslie Radanovich
Leslie is currently working for Site Safety, LLC. She has five years of experience in construction, manufacturing, facility management and transportation. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University in 2008. Leslie holds the Certified Safety Professional and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist certifications. Prior to becoming Vice President, Leslie held the position of NYC Chapter Secretary for two years.
Site Safety, LLC
21 West 38th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Treasurer - Dan Orlowski
Dan Orlowski is a construction health & safety professional with over 6 years of experience. He is currently employed as a site safety manager with Site Safety, LLC and has been since 2008. He is involved in a wide range of functions in construction safety management including but not limited to safety audit inspections, loss control services, formulation of health & safety plans, and for the past year has been the site safety manager on a major construction project in lower Manhattan. Dan has led the complete oversight and management of three high profile construction projects as the supervising safety manager for Site Safety, LLC. Dan graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2006. He has been an active member of the ASSE NYC Chapter since May 2009, and has previously held the position of ASSE NYC Chapter Newsletter Editor.
Secretary - LaToya J. Stevenson
LaToya Stevenson is currently working for Tiffany & Co. as the Manager of Occupational Safety and Health Services. She has previously worked for Abbott Laboratories- Nutrition Division and Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety.
LaToya received her Bachelors of Science from Cook College, Rutgers University and a Masters in Public Health from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ) School of Public Health. LaToya has been a member of the ASSE- New York City Chapter since 2011. This is her first office held in the organization.
Tiffany & Co.
200 Fifth Ave.
NY, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 230-6083
Fax: (914) 462-3673
Delegate #2 - Shaun Carvalho
Shaun Carvalho is the Corporate Safety Director for Shawmut Design and Construction and has worked for them since 2003. Shaun is an authorized OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer and American Red Cross authorized trainer for lay responders for First Aid, CPR and AED in the workplace. He holds a BS in Safety Studies from Keene State College and is an active member of NYC ASSE. Shaun has been a member of the ASSE since March 1, 2003, and last year held the elected position of President. He has previously been Vice President and Treasurer and held the following chair positions: Government Affairs and Golf Committee.
Address: 3 E 54th St 8th Floor NY, NY 10022.
2013 PDC Brochure Final (pdf)
We’ve built an excellent program with the theme “From Safety Leader to Business Partner”. I am pleased to announce the program will consist of presentations by the following 4 outstanding business leaders:
ASSE President-Elect, Kathy Seabrook – Successfully Aligning SH&E and Business Initiatives
Thomas F. Prendergast, President, New York City Transit and Interim Executive Director, MTA – Critical Role of Safety Leaders in Organizations
Bill Lenczuk (along w/ Patrick Mills) – current NJ ASSE member – Giving a first hand account of post-Sandy relief efforts
John McBride, an ex-NJ ASSE member – Returning from Florida to discuss how to Advance your Safety Career.
Hope to see many of you there!
NYC Chapter Secretary
February 27, 2013 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 8:30am, ASSE, AIHA and SENY “P.A.L.M. (PCBs, Asbestos, Lead & Mold) Meeting Series + Safety Issues” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Damon Baumann, 2012-2013 AIHA NY Metro Chapter Presiden, introduced eash speaker: Vickie L. Pane, John Gorman, Mark Maddaloni, Neil Fedlscher, Eckardt Johanning and Mark Drozdov. Next, Frank Gesualdo, ASSE Region VIII Area Director and SENY PDC Chair, briefly introduced the Safety Executive of New York and explained how to become a member. He also announced the upcoming Professional Development Conference on April 10, 2013 at The American Museum of Natural Hisotry.
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"Gain an Advantage Over Your Peers. Because the CSP credential is high quality, as demonstrated by its compliance with internationally recognized standards for certification of persons, most holding it have created an edge for themselves. As recognition for the CSP credential grows among employers, government agencies, peers and the public, those holding it have a competitive advantage for safety positions and assignments.Ts." (Board of Certified Safety Professionals)
The ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Western Pennsylvania Chapter and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania are hosting a CSP Review Workshop on January 21, 22, & 23, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. The instructors for the workshop are from Langlois, Weigand and Associates, one of the top test prep companies in the country. This company has more than a 90% passing rate for the attendees of their review workshops. The Registration includes: 3 days of review, a 120 page review workbook, and a calculator. The Early Registration for the workshop is as follows:
Early Registration Rates - Save $100 and register by January 8th.
ASSE Member Rate - $535.00
Non-ASSE Member Rate - $795.00 (includes a one year ASSE membership)
Visit the Chapter's website at http://westernpa.asse.org/events/event/csp-workshop-2013-in-western-pa/ to get more details, hotel information and register for this valuable workshop. Space is limited to the first 35 attendees.
Don't delay, register today
Make getting a Professional Designation a goal in 2013.
ASSE Event Flyer (pdf)
Please join ASSE NYC Chapter for our Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraising Event on Thursday, 11/29 at 5:00pm! This event is part of our chapter's ongoing efforts to raise funds for those most affected by the storm. Please see attached flyer for details. Donations can be made at any time at http://www.asse.org/foundation/contribute/donation.php.
Please contact me if you have any questions about ways to donate or next week's event.
Hope to see you all there!
NYC Chapter Secretary
For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, email@example.com
To help communities, businesses face Hurricane sandy, the American society of safety engineers Offers Safety Tips, Resources
Des Plaines, IL (October 29, 2012) — To help people and businesses prepare for Hurricane Sandy the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is providing tips and lists of resources to help.
ASSE notes there are three critical phases of crisis management when it comes to dealing with a dangerous storm: vulnerability assessment, response management, and, business continuity. To prepare for contingency situations it is suggested that companies/communities integrate emergency preparedness into an organization’s overall safety management system; to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the organization to determine the probability and impact of a loss; to activate an up-to-date response management plan in the face of an emergency; and, assist their organization in its efforts to recover from a crisis/disaster. Other areas to consider include being in compliance with emergency response codes; know how to garner assistance from federal and state agencies; conduct a nuclear, biological and chemical risk assessment; have an internal and external communications plan, and, emergency response training.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but ASSE also recommends businesses 1) do a risk assessment – this can range from self-assessment to an extensive engineering study; 2) do emergency planning – assess how your company functions, both internally and externally; 3) plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible and develop a continuity of operations plan that includes all facets of your business; 4) define procedures – define crisis management procedures and individual responsibilities in advance and make sure those involved know what their responsibilities are, train others in case you need back-up help and review your emergency plans annually; 5) coordinate with others – meet with other businesses in your building or industrial complex and talk with first responders, emergency managers, community organizations and utility providers; plan with your suppliers, shippers and others you regularly do business with; and, 6) emergency planning for employees –find out what people need to recover after a disaster as they will need time to ensure the well-being of their family. For instance, do they need shelter, medical help, food, etc.?
Following a catastrophe, ASSE suggests businesses do a hazard evaluation and assessment on structural security; safe entry; clean-up safety; air quality assessment; ventilation; interior, exterior exposures; protection equipment – for fire and smoke alarms; possible electrical hazards; health/sanitation; office furniture; lighting; solid/hazardous waste removal; power checks; mainframes; machine inspections; and surfaces to prevent falls. It is also recommended that businesses use existing federal guidelines to help resume business operations and to develop and distribute new emergency procedures.
The following links to key resources will help everyone prepare for Hurricanes and other contingencies:
National Weather Service – National Hurricane Center The National Hurricane Center is responsible for tracking and predicting weather and providing up-to-date advisories, video briefings and audio podcasts on current and impending storms.
OSHA’s Hurricane Preparedness Website OSHA’s Hurricane Preparedness Website contains information for businesses on how to create an evacuation plan for their workers and prepare supply kits in case a hurricane or other major storm should hit their local areas. This outlines the warnings and watches used for hurricanes, including the five categories used to rate the strength of a hurricane.
OSHA’s Hurricane Response Webpage OSHA’s Hurricane Response Webpage includes a link to OSHA’s Hurricane eMatrix, which features information for business owners on hazard exposures and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the CDC NIOSH provides detailed information for employers, including assistance CDC/NIOSH can provide employers and employees involved in hurricane recovery, medical recommendations for emergency responders and assessment tools for hurricane response.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) The Small Business Administration provides useful tips for business owners to develop a plan to protect employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters and re-open for business as quickly as possible.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Hurricane Preparedness Website The EPA provides information to help the public understand hurricane dangers and what can be done before a hurricane comes ashore. Also available is information on how to recognize possible environmental hazards after a hurricane and what you can do to protect you and your family's health. It also provides information for commercial buildings and schools.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) FEMA has several web links dedicated to preparing for a disaster in various phases, providing the public with tips for planning, preparation, and mitigation – before, during, and after a disaster. Also includes survivor assistance links that provide direction on applying for assistance resources, disaster area applications, and response and recovery assistance.
Ready.gov Provides preparation tips for before, during and after a hurricane. Visitors can also find a list of additional relevant publications and web links.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook Provides first responders with a go-to manual to help immediately mitigate hurricane-related hazmat accidents.
American Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Preparedness Guide The American Red Cross provides instructions for how to respond for all phases of a hurricane and educates the public on additional threatening hurricane hazards, including flooding, storm surges, high winds and tornadoes.
National Hurricane Survival Initiative This site provides a checklist for business owners to prepare for a hurricane, as well as links to other useful hurricane preparedness sites.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE’s 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment and manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. Please go to www.asse.org/newsroom for more information.
Please complete the attached ASSE NYC Chapter Member Survey by Tuesday, July 10, 2012. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions! All completed surveys can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASSE Member Survey (pdf)
The American Society of Safety Engineers began following the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that occurred in 1911. Every year, the New York City Chapter commemorates this tragic event in order to remember the lives that were lost and support the continued growth and development of workplace safety and health. In 2011, in order to honor the centennial of the fire, the New York City Chapter held a dinner at the NYC Fire Museum and several members attended the memorial outside of the Asch Building, now part of New York University.
This year, the NYC Chapter is seeking donations to raise money for a sculpture to be built to memorialize the 146 lives that were lost that day in 1911. The NYC Chapter has collaborated with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Coalition to spearhead fund raising efforts to pay for the artist and sculpture.
Please donate to this noteworthy cause.
Suggested donations are listed on this page. All who donate will be recognized during the dedication ceremony. Donations can be submitted online at nyc.asse.org or sent to Dan Orlowski, our 2012-2013 Chapter Treasurer. Checks can be sent to Site Safety, LLC, 21 West 38th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Thank you very much for your support.
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, ASSE has more than 32,000
occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and the environment in all industries, government, labor and education. ASSE is a 501 (c) (6)
not for profit organization.
ASSE was founded on October 14, 1911 in New York City as the United Society of Casualty Inspectors (USCI) with 62 members. This was just after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City fire that occurred on March 25, 1911, when 146 female garment workers died – many in the factory and many who jumped from the ninth floor to their deaths onto the concrete over 100 feet below rather than burn alive. The factory was housed in the Asch building in New York City. At the time of the fire the factory fire exit doors were locked and the doors that were not locked only opened inwards and were effectively held shut by the onrush of workers trying to escape the fire. At the time of the fire the only safety measures available for the workers were 27 buckets of water.
Further hindering their escape was the fact that the ninth floor fire escape in the Asch Building led nowhere and collapsed when used. Factory workers waiting for help at the windows for the rescue workers watched helplessly as the firefighters found their ladders were too short to reach the stranded workers and the water from the hoses could not reach the top floors. As the clothing materials fed the fire workers tried to escape anyway they could.
Though most people were outraged with the death of 146 garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, mostly young girls, there were no regulations in effect that would have saved their lives. The fire did lead to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Women’s Trade Union League. It also affected the onlookers who watched helplessly as the workers jumped out the windows to their deaths, some in groups, that spring day. FrancesPerkins, the first female cabinet member and Secretary of Labor, began her commitment to workplace safety and health soon after witnessing the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The Department of Labor building in Washington, D.C. is named after her.
Another example of dangerous workplaces during the time was the fact that prior to the establishment of the Bureau of Mines by Congress, 13,228 miners were killed in U.S. coalmines between 1906-1911.
In 1914 the USCI name was changed to the present American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and headquarters were established in New York City. Information about ASSE and its benefits spread by word of mouth as more states passed workers compensation laws and insurance companies hired more inspectors. As the SH&E profession grew over the decades so to did the practitioners’ commitment to increasing workplace safety resulting in an increased public awareness of occupational safety, health and environmental issues and their impact on everyone’s quality of life.
In 1924 the first two chapters received their charters: New York City (then known as the Metropolitan Chapter) and Boston.
In 2011, 100 years after its founding, ASSE has more than 34,000 members who work across all industries around the world protecting people, improving business and safeguarding the environment. The Society relocated to Chicago in 1924, moved to Park Ridge, IL,in 1967 and has been headquartered in Des Plaines, IL, since 1985.
ASSE is guided by a 16-member Board of Directors, which consists of 8 regional vice presidents; three council vice presidents; Society president, president-elect, senior vice president, vice president of finance and executive director. ASSE has 17 practice specialties, 151 chapters, 28 sections and 58 student sections.
Setting The Standard For Safety
ASSE is secretariat for several American National Standards Institute﴾ANSI) committees and projects. ASSE organizes the committees that develop and maintain the standard(s﴿, ensures that the revision process is timely and in accordance with ANSI procedures and publishes the final product of the consensus process. ASSE serves as secretariat for the following:
ASSE Foundation Mission Statement
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession.
The Foundation currently supports these initiatives:
Disrupting an underground utility line during construction can be inconvenient, expensive and even dangerous, but it is easy to avoid. Before starting an excavation or trench, putting in a drywell, installing an inground pool or even planting a tree, find out the location of underground utility lines and cables. Contact the New York City/Long Island One Call Center at 1-800-272-4480 for this information before you dig.
The requirement to "Call Before You Dig" can be found in New York State General Business Law article 36 and Public Service Law section 119B.
WHAT: In case of emergency "ICE" is a proactive effort designed to provide emergency personnel with next of kin contacts via a patients mobile/cellular phone situations.
WHY: Police, fire and other emergency personnel across the U.S. are using this free service - checking cellular phones if those injured are incapable of providing the necessary medical information.
HOW: Make sure your contact is easy to reach. If you add more than one "ICE" contract, than add a numeric order. Make sure "ICE" contacts have a phone list of family members, primary care physician and main work contact. Provide "ICE" contact with medical conditions, such as allergies, current medications, and previous medical procedures.
Follow these easy steps: In your cell phone address book, enter a new contact. Enter the letters "ICE", then type in your contact's name followed by their number.
One of the many highlights from Safety 2012 this year in Denver was Tuesday's General Session presentation by Dr. Lowell Catlett, a professor at New Mexico State University. His lively, 45 minute presentation entitled, "The Economic Behemoth", was both entertaining and informative. In it, Dr. Catlett talked about the conditions that led to the economic downturn while forecasting the sectors that may grow - or become obsolete.
Whether you were able to join us live in Denver or needed to sit this conference out, as a valued ASSE member we thought Dr. Catlett’s presentation was one you ought to see - or see again!
So from now until August 3rd you can view Dr. Catlett's General Session presentation by logging into the ASSE Member’s Only site. Just go to http://www.asse.org/membersonly/ and login with your member ID to freely enjoy this exciting presentation.
Thanks for being an ASSE member and we hope to see you next year in Las Vegas at Safety 2013!