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Winter 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Jan 17, 2017

President’s Letter

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the winter weather.  I recently put new tires on my car, so I’m appreciating the extra traction whenever snow is falling.

As we head towards new OSHA and EPA administrations under President Trump, I’m starting to wonder how things will change.  In his campaign, Donald Trump said he would roll back two regulations for every new one that gets introduced, but will he apply this to safety and environmental regulations too?  If so, what regulations might we see getting introduced and which ones would be rolled back?  One thing I do anticipate is a greater emphasis on utilizing programs like VPP and OSHA Consultation.  We saw these pushed during the President Bush era, so it would be no surprise to see something similar.

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Fall 2016 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Sep 06, 2016

President’s Letter

I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately in different parts of our country and something I see going on everywhere is a lot of road construction.  Many of us see this as an inconvenience that causes longer drive times to and from work or for weekend getaways. If you are speeding through construction zones, please keep in mind that fatal crashes occur in these areas about every 15 hours, with rear end crashes making up the majority of the total incidents.  Too many people are going too fast for the road conditions. As safety leaders, we need to be responsible to encourage safety with our co-workers and families both on the job and away.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Mar 15, 2016

President’s Letter

Happy Spring everyone!  It’s great to finally see all of the snow melting away and to look forward to warmer weather.  Something I start to see each year at this time are business and residential roofs being repaired or re-shingled after the Winter weather managed to expose problems such as roof leaks.  Whether you work in construction safety or are hiring people on your own to do this work at home, please watch out for the safety of the people performing these jobs.  There are a lot of serious injuries and fatalities each year in the roofing industry.  This is work that needs to be completed, but we need to make sure it is done safely.

It is also the season to cast votes!  I firmly believe that everyone should show their preferences, whether it is for local, state or national elections or for the votes going on in ASSE.  All of you should have received e-mails recently about voting for Bylaw updates for the Greater Chicago Chapter.  The voting closes on March 26th, so please make sure to let us know whether you approve of the changes.

We now also have an election slate for the upcoming Greater Chicago Chapter 2016-17 operating year. Here is the slate that has been proposed for a vote at the monthly meeting scheduled for May 10th.  Please come to the meeting to let your preferences be known:

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