Lu Li wins the 2020 ASSP Chicago Safety Professional of the Year Award


In 2016, the CTA Board approved a major deal with China-based CSR/Sifang America Joint Venture to supply the city with the next generation of electrified railcars and in November 2020, CRRC Sifang America Inc, the subsidiary local facility of CSR/Sifang America Joint Venture delivered its first 10 prototype passenger rail cars to the city of Chicago on schedule amidst a global health crisis. From the start, ASSP Greater Chicago Chapter member Lu Li has been part of a stellar CRRC Sifang management team that reintroduced rolling stock manufacturing in the Chicago Far South Side after a nearly 60-year absence.

 Mr. Li oversees engineering implementation, equipment application, environment, occupational safety, and health. His management experience as a safety professional is integral to keeping production ‘on track’ and on time despite pandemic and supply chain challenges. Before joining CRRC in Chicago, he possessed 10 years of EHS management experience across various manufacturing facilities in China including rolling stocking fabrication, automatic process line, and electrical connector assembly. During his career, he attained management skills in risk assessment, ISO14001/18001, EHS program implementation, wastewater treatment and management, accident investigation, IH exposure assessment, and Safety Management Systems.  

Lu Li holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Despite his growing professional successes, he remains committed to safety education. Mr. Li is not only actively enrolled in an M.S. Occupational Safety Management program at the University of Central Missouri, he is also the Enterprise Instructor of Wuhan University of Technology School of Safety Science and Emergency Management. As a professional who has negotiated workplace safety and health in both China and the US, he knows sharing experiences and knowledge is key to growth between international communities. To this end, Mr. Li works with several universities in China with safety-related major to develop student exchange programs with ABET-accredited universities in the U.S. with safety and industrial hygiene programs. He believes that emerging safety leaders with a quality safety education coupled with international experience have the resources to better serve our society and our workers.

From the Executive Committee of the ASSP Greater Chicago Chapter, thank you for your contributions to workplace health and safety and we wish you continued success! 

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