Presidents Message – Winter 2018

Posted: Jan 31, 2018

We are now 8 months into the 2017-2018 chapter year.  It has been another great year for the North Carolina chapter.  We have continued to grow our network by joining the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as the social media platform MeetUp, and have a brand new platform on LinkedIn that we are working to build.  Our professional membership has grown to 434 professional, with an additional 20 student members of our chapter.  That is an impressive 454 members that belong to the North Carolina chapter of ASSE.  It was just February 2nd, 2017 that we announced we had surpassed 400 members.  We have added over 50 members in the last 12 months and are well on our way to 500 members.

In September 2017 I conducted an analysis of our membership.  At that time 136 of our members were from Wake County, with Durham County accounting for another 32 members.  We have members in 56 of the 100 counties within North Carolina.  We also claim members throughout 8 states within the United States, and one member from the United Kingdom.  Those are impressive numbers, and we are very proud of our members and our footprint.  You are the reason our chapter continues moving forward in the right direction.

Society and your chapter executive committee are working hard as we transition our organization from the American Society of Safety Engineers to the American Society of Safety Professionals, move to be more inclusive of our immense industry that requires us to wear multiple hats and does not always identify us as engineers.  There will be many changes coming over the next year with the name change officially taking effect at Safety 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

In December we held a Toys-for-Tots collection drive focused on raising funds to procure bike helmets and PPE for children who receive new bicycles, scooters, skate boards, etc. for Christmas.  We raised an impressive $850 for the drive, which was an additional $545 over the previous year’s drive.  That allowed us to buy 30 helmets and 8 sets of knee and elbow pads for children of all ages in the Triangle area.

For the second half of this chapter year we would like to hold a drive to collect PPE for the local Habitat for Humanity programs.  They need gloves, hardhats, safety glasses, vests, etc.  I know that we will come together yet again to donate to a worthy cause to help keep volunteer workers safe as they build homes for those in need.

The North Carolina chapter reached Platinum chapter status for the first time ever during the 2016-2017 chapter year, and we are certain to repeat for the 2017-2018 chapter year.  This is a prestigious honor. There are 141 chapters within our society, but only 33 chapters achieved this honor.  As chapter President over those periods I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the great safety professionals that have served as members of the executive committee.   Each member has volunteered their time to execute at a high level and bring new and exciting ideas to the table.  Each member of the executive committee accounts for vital elements to keep our chapter moving forward and growing.  With a membership of over 450 members I want to extend the open invitation to each and every one of you to get involved.  If you care about expanding the knowledge base of our members there is a place for you on the EC.  If you care about networking and communicating with our members and sharing our message there is a place for you on the EC.  If your specialty is note taking, accounting, web design, social media, or event coordination there is a place for you on our EC.  Our executive committee meetings are always held one hour before our technical meetings each month.  They are open to every member that wants to see the process or share their ideas opening with our committee.  Our whole purpose is to educate and assist our members and our community in aspects of environmental, health and safety.

We have three technical meetings left to close out this chapter year (February 15th, March 8th, and April 12th).  Check out our events page to book mark those meetings on your calendars, https://nc.asse.org/event/.   May is the annual North Carolina State Safety Conference, https://ncsafetyconference.com/, and June is our year end celebration and officer installation ceremony that is always open to all members to attend to celebrate as we close another chapter year and install the officers that will lead the chapter for the following year.  We hope to see you at an upcoming event and maybe even an executive committee meeting.

Stay Safe!

 

Sincerely,

Christopher S. Hinson, CIH, CSP, CHMM

North Carolina – ASSE Chapter President

President’s Message – Fall 2017

Posted: Sep 06, 2017

A new chapter year is upon us.  This is the 62nd year for the North Carolina chapter that was first chartered on December 13th, 1955.  The North Carolina chapter has a rich history of safety professionals that have led the efforts over the years.  As a safety professional, I care about the well-being of people, property, and the environment.  As a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, I care about the sharing of knowledge with my fellow safety professionals.  A career is a lifetime of learning and I believe that if we, as safety professionals, share in the knowledge and the experiences we have accumulated then we can in turn make each other stronger, and hopefully prevent accidents in the workplace.  The North Carolina chapter has assembled a strong slate of technical meetings for the 2017-2018 chapter year.  My hope is that from these meetings our members will learn something new, something that will help them in their professional career and something that will keep the people, property, and environment in which they oversee safe.

Attendance was down at our 2016-2017 meetings.  I hope that you will find interest in the meetings we have scheduled for this year and chose to come out and learn and network with one another.  As we continue to grow as a chapter, with well over 400 members, the executive committee wishes to spread our reaches.  In 2015-2016 we joined Twitter and launched a new website.  For 2017-2018 we have joined the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, our first foray into networking with other local organizations that may have a need for increased safety knowledge.  We have also joined the MeetUp community to advertise our meetings to a new audience.  The North Carolina chapter sponsors the student chapter of ASSE at East Carolina University.  Our students are the future leaders in our profession and we should assist in their development as future safety professionals.  Campbell University hosted us in March 2017 and will be hosting us again in November 2017, which is exciting since they now have a new School of Engineering.  There is a strong interest in ensuring safety is a part of the curriculum for the engineering students, and this could perhaps grow into a second student chapter in the coming years.

I am excited to lead the chapter this year as your formally elected chapter president.  I hope that the executive committee can continue to build upon the momentum that we had to finish out the 2016-2017 chapter year, and our hope is that we will get to see many of you throughout the chapter year.

 

Christopher S. Hinson, CSP, CHMM

Chapter President

North Carolina ASSE

Presidents Message – Summer 2017

Posted: Jun 15, 2017

June 30th, 2017 marks the end of the 61st chapter year for the North Carolina chapter.  It has been my privilege to lead the chapter to the finish line after taking over the responsibility mid-year.  The 2016-2017 year was not my year to plan, however it was meant to be a break from the norm.  A year filled with multiple socials with the intent being to increase networking among members of our chapter.  We did get to see some new faces at each social that we held this chapter year and it was great to see those members.  But the trade-off was that we lost some of the routine faces that we were used to seeing at our monthly technical meetings.

The North Carolina chapter has now grown to 434 members, a milestone in itself.  We also welcomed new members from the military, who we are greatly honored to have within our chapter.  However, we have a tremendous geographical footprint of coverage.  The Western Carolina chapter is located in the Hickory area, the Tarheel chapter is located around the Charlotte metro area, and the Triad chapter covers the Greensboro, Winston-Salem area.  The North Carolina chapter is centrally located in the heart of the Research Triangle Park but our member territory spans north to Virginia, south to South Carolina and all the way to the outer banks of North Carolina.

It is a difficult balance to maintain.  We understand that it is difficult for you to justify an hour plus drive to attend a one hour monthly technical meeting.  Likewise, we know you understand it is difficult for members that volunteer their services to the executive committee to drive more than an hour to host a meeting.  Luckily we have the annual North Carolina Statewide Safety Conference each May in Greensboro, http://ncsafetyconference.com/, as well as the Region VI Professional Development Conference (PDC) that we get to see a lot of our members at each September in Myrtle Beach, http://region6.asse.org/pdc/.

The 2017-2018 technical year resumes in September.  We have locked in a full lineup of wonderful speakers presenting on a wide array of topics to help us stay abreast of the evolving safety profession.  The calendar for the 2017-2018 chapter year is already posted on the website; please click here to download a copy.  We hope that when your schedule permits, we will see you at a monthly meeting.  We love networking with our visitors and professional members.

Presidents Message – Chris Hinson

Posted: Jan 10, 2017

Welcome to 2017!  In many cases, a new year often means a new chapter in our book of life.  That is how I choose to view things.  On Monday, January 2nd, our chapter president, Liz Dillon, announced her resignation as a result of increased responsibilities and travel associated with her role at Heritage Environmental Services.  We will miss Liz, but we are thankful for what she did for us in the first half of her term.  We had two informative technical meetings, two wonderful socials, a special speaking event to the pharmaceutical science students at Campbell University, and a holiday fundraiser.  For the first time in several years, the North Carolina Chapter participated in the Toys for Tots cause.  As a chapter, we raised $305 and were able to purchase 13 bicycle helmets to keep local children in our area safe while riding their shiny new bicycles they received for Christmas.

President’s Message – Elizabeth Dillon

Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Hello, my name is Liz Dillon, and I’m excited to be your Chapter President for the 2016-17 ASSE Chapter year.

As I’ve been preparing to take on the role President for this chapter year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what ASSE is to me and the members I know personally. What I hope to learn from those of you I haven’t met yet is…what is ASSE for you, and what do you want it to be?