Winter 2017/2018 Greater Chicago Newsletter

Posted: Nov 27, 2017

President’s Message

It has been wonderful to see many new faces at our meetings thus far this chapter year. Since our last newsletter we have held two meetings. The first of which was our inaugural networking social that was held at Lagunitas Brewery on October 19th. This was a valuable opportunity to meet members normally constrained from attending our traditional monthly meetings. ASSE professionals traveled from as far south as South Chicago Heights, IL and as far east as Whiting, IN. It was interesting to see firsthand how our membership is expanding even beyond safety professionals as one such attendee I met is a certified case manager (CCM) in the professional healthcare industry.  Our plan is that this social is the first of a few similar events that we will organize during this chapter year. For our November meeting, we went back to Cucina Biagio for luncheon technical talk focused on the OSHA injury reporting system.  We had a solid turnout for this event and there was great discussion on the implementation of this online system.

During the next two months, in December and January we will be partnering with other organizations for our meetings. In December, during the day on the 7th we will be partnering witht the two other Chicagoland ASSE Chapters for a volunteer event at the Northern Ilinois Food Bank.  Then on Friday, January 5th our chapter will be joining the Society of Casualty Safety Engineers for their annual Worker’s Compensation Update Luncheon.

Just as we have seen new faces these past few months at our meetings I hope many of you can continue to come out and engage with your ASSE chapter.  As always, we welcome further recommendations on how we can further engage you.

Ryan Cole, Chapter President

Former classmates/early career safety pros reunite.

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October 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Oct 09, 2017

President’s Message

Greater Chicago Members!  It was great getting to see a few of you at our Joint September meeting with the Risk Management Professionals, RIMS, in which we toured the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and had the opportunity to network afterwards.  For those of you who were unable to attend I hope you all had a good September and that some of you were able to take advantage of the Chicagoland Safety Conference.

Another event that I got to take part in during the month of September was the ASSE Regional Operating Committee, or ROC for short.  For those of you that do not know we hold these ROCs twice a year and it is an opportunity for all the leaders from the Regional Chapters to get together to share best practices and discuss society happenings.  I have had the chance to attend a few of these in the past and every time I do I get excited and come back with great ideas to try and implement in our chapter, and this one was no different.  One of the items that I took away was a better connection with the leadership from the other Chicagoland ASSE Chapters and a plan to better support and promote each chapter’s events.  In addition to this, as we have often done in the past, the three chapters plan to work together in December to do some community service with The Greater Chicago Food Depository, so keep eye out for details on that.

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Summer 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Jun 27, 2017

President’s Letter

Hello everyone,

Isn’t it nice to be in the midst of Summer getting projects done around the home?  It’s up to all of us in the EHS profession to set the example for our families and co-workers.  Remember your safety glasses and ear plugs when cutting the grass or sawing lumber and don’t forget to have someone help hold the extension ladder for you when climbing.  I’m sure you can think of other home activities where we need to watch out for safety, but you get the point.

This is my last letter as your Chapter President and I have enjoyed my time in this position.  I’ve been active with the Chapter Executive Board for several years now and will continue to do so in a different role.  Over the last couple of years, I have written several times about volunteering, because without a team stepping forward to help plan meetings, work on the website, welcome new Members and other activities, it would be difficult for the Chapter to survive.  I would like to thank everyone that has gotten more active and hope that others will continue to step forward.  At our 2017-18 Chapter Officer election held in May, the following slate of candidates was approved:

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