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January 2008

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2 President's Note... What are your Safety Goals for 2008? 3 4 Do you plan to do more safety training? Conduct more audits? Work on making your organization more safety-focused? Do more safety incentives? (Insert yawn here). Do you sometime feel strange when you congratulate a group of workers for reducing accidents by 40%......huh, it's okay that you only had six this year, at least it was an improvement over last year. I challenge you all this year to focus on the Positive! Recognize those who turn in a safety suggestion, those that report a near miss, ideas to improve housekeeping, meeting attendance, and give praise to those who remind others to be safe and to Supervisors who actually set the example. Catch someone doing something right in 2008. Too often when you tell an employee that they must attend safety training the response is an agonizing groan. I've heard this groan from men whose job is to dig ditches in the pouring rain! Stop the torture! I challenge you all to look for ways to make training fun. It does not have to be boring. Do something innovative and surprising. Statically when employees have fun they learn more and their accident rate drops. At our January meeting I'd like to hear YOUR ideas on ways to create a Vibrant Safety Culture. Let's spice things up in 2008. Happy New Year to you All. Debbie Meurs Triad Chapter President, 2007-08

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Professional Development Opportunities

Topic: The Business/Finance side of Safety When: January 15, 2008 Location: Winston Salem--Lone Star Restaurant 504 Hanes Mall Blvd. Winston-Salem (directions at Speaker: Kim DuVall Time: 11:30am Networking 12:00pm Lunch 1L00pm Adjourn RSVP: Cyndia Matthews [email protected]

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Kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" 2008 Poster Contest

Beat the last minute rush and get your ASSE "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest entry in now. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is urging its members' children to pick up their crayons and enter its 6th annual kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest for ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The contest opened September 19 and runs through Valentine's Day, February 14, 2008. It is open to children 5 ­ 14 with top prizes to be awarded to those in each of the five age groups that best illustrate being safe on the job in their poster. ASSE members and chapters can also sponsor schools, community organizations or children from their workplace in the contest. The contest is aimed at educating children on the importance of safety and health at work and better acquainting them with the job their parents and ASSE members do as occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners. Children in five age groups -- 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; 3) ages 9-10; 4) ages 11-12; and 5) ages 13-14, are invited to create and submit posters no larger than 11 x 14 that best illustrate being safe at work. The first place winner in each age group receives a $1,000 savings bond, the second place winner receives a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond. All entrants receive a prize and are invited, along with their families and all ASSE members, to attend the ASSE poster contest awards ceremony and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week events in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 5. Visit for contest rules, news release and entry form or contact ASSE's PR Manager Diane Hurns at [email protected] All first place posters will be featured in the annual NAOSH poster distributed worldwide for the May 4 - 10, 2008 NAOSH Week.

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Some of the most frequent and debilitating injuries out there are back injuries. It's not always the heavy loads that cause them, sometimes it's just being in a hurry and not paying attention to the way you lift or move. Here are some tips to help prevent back injuries:

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Stretch your legs and your back before lifting anything. Don't overdo it--don't try to lift something too heavy for you. If you have to strain to carry the load, it's too heavy. Ask for help! Make sure you have enough room to lift safely. Clear a space around the object before lifting it. Try keeping the item close to your body. Carrying at arm's length puts more strain on your back.

Have a plan. Look around before you lift, and look around as you carry. Make sure you can see where you are walking. Know where you are going to put down the load. Avoid walking on slippery, uneven surfaces while carrying something. Joy Tice KSI Safety and Environmental

California Safety Engineers Donate Funds To Help Fire Victims

Des Plaines, IL (December 20, 2007) -- SAN DIEGO, CA (December 20, 2007) ­ The Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) presented close to $6,000 to the Salvation Army-California Wildfire Fund last night at its annual holiday event in Fullerton. The donations from ASSE members came pouring in less than two weeks after the chapter requested help for the victims of the California fires.. Following the devastating California fires the Orange County Chapter sent out a call for help to its members to assist the victims of the fire, including businesses. The chapter set up a California Wildfire Recovery Task Force aimed at helping their community recover. Members of the task force include: Debra Hudson, president, Orange County Chapter (chair of the task force); Scott Myles, secretary, Orange County Chapter; Andy Cuthbert, president-elect, Orange County Chapter; Matthew Jacquel, president, San Diego Chapter; Cindy Reyes, president-elect, San Diego Chapter; Timothy Johnson, treasurer San Diego Chapter; Robin Thorne, president, Long Beach Chapter; Darryl Smith, president, Valley Coastal Chapter; Ed Becker, president, Los Angeles Chapter; Louis Therrien, past-president, Los Angeles Chapter; Darren Walrath, president, Bakersfield Chapter; and Lynn Bishop, president-elect, Bakersfield Chapter. "Our members, some of them victims themselves of the fires, went above and beyond in responding so quickly to this call for help," Orange County Chapter President Debra Hudson said. "We want to thank all of our members and participating chapters for their fast response during this time of need." In addition, member service recognition awards were given at the event to local members with more than 25 years of dedicated services to the chapter and for their commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. The members included: Stephen Chiascione, William K. Jones, Charles Kasnow, Howard Ozar and Jack Taylor. Raffle prize monies collected along with unwrapped toys donated last night by members will go to the Orange County Rescue Mission-Operation OC Fire Relief Fund. Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It's more than 31,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. The Orange County Chapter has more than 450 safety professional members from various companies and industries in the surrounding area. For more information please go to or

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President Debbie Meurs City of Greensboro 336-373-2167 Debbie.Meurs

Treasurer Todd Beck, CSP RF Micro Devices 336-678-8835 [email protected] Secretary Van Johnson Lorillard Tobacco 336-335-7215 [email protected] VP-Membership Bill Harris, CSP Lorillard Tobacco 336-335-6693 [email protected]

Programs Cyndia Matthews Cook Endoscopy 336.744.0157 ext. 6398 [email protected]

Website Drake Evans, CSP Senn Dunn 336-346-1385 [email protected]

President-Elect Ron Graves Key Risk Management Services, Inc. 336-605-7312 [email protected]

Newsletter Angie Kalbaugh Valspar Corporation 336-887-4690 [email protected]

Delegate Bill Harris, CSP Lorillard Tobacco 336-335-6693 [email protected]

January 15, 2008-Winston Salem Lone Star Restaurant--Kim Duvall--Business/Finance Side of Safety February 19, 2008-A&T University/Greensboro-Topic & Speaker TBD March 18, 2008-Plant Tour of City of High Point Waste Treatment Facility-Networking at 5:30/meeting at 6pm April 15, 2008-Greensboro Imperial Gourmet-Fred Allen-An Employee Driven Health and Safety Program May 15, 2008-Koury Convention Center-Statewide Safety Conference & Luncheon 12:00-1:30pm June 17, 2008-Greensboro Imperial Gourmet-Topic & Speaker TBD

January 16, 2008 ASSE WEBINAR*: Working with NFPA 101--the Life Safety Code® 11:00am ­12:30pm CST January 20-26, 2008: Seminar Fest--Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas NV. Visit January 30, 2008 & February 6, 2008 ASSE WEBINAR*: The Coming Workplace Shortage Crisis - Exploring the Future of Worker's Compensation (New 2-part Webinar) 11:00am--12:00pm CST February 4-8, 2008: 28th Annual Occupational Safety and Health Winter Institute, presented by the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education & Research Center. Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, FL. For more information, visit February 27, 2008 ASSE WEBINAR*: Lean Six Sigma--Innovative Safety Management 11:00am ­12:30pm CST June 9-12, 2008: Safety 2008--Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. *To sign up for Webinars visit for registration details.


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