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Holidays, Traditions and COVID-19

We have learned to rethink our approach to everyday activities, but with the holidays around the corner modifying traditions can be hard to do. The CDC provides detailed guidelines for safe holiday party planning during COVID including a list of risk factors to consider beforehand:

  • Location and duration of the gathering
  • Number and crowding of people
  • Behaviors of people
  • Traveling to see family

For many of us who have families overseas or across the country, the last risk factor of traveling to spend the holidays with your family can be an overwhelming decision these days. Holiday traditions are certainly difficult to manage during COVID times, but for now, a Zoom holiday party will be the safest choice. 

Let’s be grateful for what we have this year, cheers to 2020, and “Salud” for a safer and better 2021!

President’s Message – November 2020

November 6, 2020

Hello Safety Pros,

The winds of autumn are being felt throughout much of the country. A reminder to prepare for winter, natural disasters and the impact of COVID-19 during this season as recommended by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html)

The change of seasons feels predictable and at the same time unprecedented. COVID-19 continues to impact our family, friends, workforce and the world. National and global unrest are intertwined with the pandemic, which brings additional uncertainty.

Please know that I, among others, understand your concerns and emphasize with you during this very difficult time. We keep hearing that “we’re in this together,” and indeed, we are. How we respond to the situation is very much within our control.

One of the keynote speakers at a recent ASSP leadership conference had a quote we can put into practice: “You cannot change the circumstance, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself that is something you have charge of.” –  Jim Rohn

Stay positive, stay safe, stay warm – my thoughts are with you this fall.

Stay safe,

Carmen Julia Castellon, ASP
President, Greater Chicago Chapter
American Society of Safety Professionals

Deadline approaches to apply for an ASSP Scholarship or Grant

UPDATED 11/23/2020: Deadline pushed back from Dec 1st to January 1st.

“Being awarded this scholarship will alleviate the burden of living expenses and fees for school as I am finishing up my degree. I have worked extremely hard over the past few years to learn and grow as a safety and health professional so that I when I start my career, I will be well informed and can make a difference.”

Morgan Lawson, GSP
Associate EHS Specialist at Textron Marine & Land Systems
2019 Recipient, Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship

Three weeks remain to apply for funding through the ASSP Foundation. The ASSP Foundation can help put your next professional development course, non-OSH-related college coursework (MBA, Accounting, Leadership Studies, etc.), certification support (prep, exam, materials) within reach.

Even better, your Greater Chicago Chapter supports the ASSP Foundation by offering both a college student scholarship and professional development grant for professionals where Greater Chicago members will always receive first consideration!

Get ready now! The deadline to apply is January 1st.