Chapter News

Lu (Lewis) Li awarded 2021 ASSP Foundation Grant

Chicago Chapter Member, Lewis Li CIH, CSP, continues to impress in the ASSP. A safety engineer with CRRC Sifang America in Chicago, Lewis was recognized as the 2020 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year for his participation with the Chapter and for his dedication to ensuring safe operation in Chicago’s re-invigorated railcar manufacturing industry. Most recently, he was voted in as the 2nd Vice President of the Chapter for the 2021-22 Chapter year. Now, he was awarded the Greater Chicago Chapter Professional Education Grant of $1,000 to help complete his M.S. in Occupational Safety Management at the University of Central Missouri. In this photo, Lewis and his family provides direct words of gratitude for the Chapter’s investment in his future.

The Greater Chicago Chapter Professional Grant & Scholarship are designed to assist professionals and students of safety achieve their professional and academic goals. Whereas the chapter provides the fund, awardees are determined by the ASSP Foundation Board, an entity separate from the Chapter Executive committee. Visit the ASSP Foundation website to learn more about how you can apply for a grant open to both students and professionals. Application period is open from September 15, 2021-January 1, 2022.

OSHA released COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On June 10th 2021- OSHA finally announced in full detail the ETS. Although the ETS is healthcare-focused, OSHA also issued updated guidance to help employers and workers in other industries protect workers who are still not vaccinated, with a special emphasis on other industries noted for prolonged close-contacts like meat processing, manufacturing, seafood, and grocery and high-volume retail. How does the ETS and guidance impact your business? You can call your local OSHA Area Office for more information.

ASSP and the Greater Chicago Chapter Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

May 1st marked the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture in the United States. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

If we take a brief dive in history, it has been more than 100 years since Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage week was first declared and became a significant time for the AAPI community in the US. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the US, and a few decades later the transcontinental railroad, which was worked on by roughly 20,000 Chinese immigrants, was completed.

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Chapter Officer Nominations

We plan on holding our annual Executive Board Committee elections on our MAY 19 Virtual Chapter Meeting (exact time TBD). If 15 or more Greater Chicago Chapter members are in attendance, they will be requested to vote. Without a quorum, we must issue an e-ballot to all Chapter members in the ensuing days after the meeting.

Here is your list of candidates for the 2021 – 2022 Chapter Year beginning in July. Click on the names for their personal election statement.

President- Josh Asiedu, MS, CSP, CIT

1st Vice President- Esmail AlQadhi, MSc, CSP

2nd Vice President- Lu (Lewis) Li, CSP, CSE

Secretary- Angela Chiappone, MPH

Treasurer- Mark Schakowsky

Delegate to the ASSP House of Delegates (1)- Dennis Terpin, PhD, OHST

Delegate to the ASSP House of Delegates (2)- Julius Rhodes, SPHR (withdrawn)

If you have been an ASSP member for over year and would like your name added to the nominations slate, please email Eric Dangoy,, with a ~250 word description.

We need your help! If you’d like to get involved in one of our myriad volunteer roles, contact us for more information!

Virtual Student Presentation Night (and Contest!)

The Chicago Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and the Great Lakes Center of Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Illinois at Chicago would like to invite you to join us for a virtual event that honors current students at local universities whose educational focus is IH, Safety, or related environmental health sciences.

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