President’s Message – August 2018

Aug 06, 2018

Greetings Fellow Safety Professionals:

While you are likely busy promoting safety in your workplaces or enjoying a much-needed summer vacation, the August meeting for the South Texas Chapter will not held this month.  Instead many of our members will be attending the Region III Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Oklahoma City, OK, August 20 -22.  Check out the 2018 Region III Promotional Video.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Come join us at our next chapter meeting on Monday, September 17 at the private dining room at Southwest Research Institute Cafeteria.  Our guest speaker will be singer and song writer Matt Hawk.  The National Weather Service just released a new Turn Around, Don’t Drown (TADD) Public Service Announcement and jingle.  The PSA and 3 versions of the jingle can be found on the NWS website here.  The PSA and jingle were filmed outside of San Antonio at a low water crossing along the Medina River.  The singer Matt Hawk, a local from Lytle TX, has a very touching story as to how he came to write the TADD jingle.  His story goes back to one of the many tragic nights in May 2015 where a local high school girl from Devine lost her life at a low water crossing driving back from Prom.

Have a safe summer,

Damon Shodrock, CSP
President, South Texas Chapter
American Society of Safety Professionals

ASSP Introduces Jennifer McNelly as New Executive Director

Jul 24, 2018

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) will welcome Jennifer McNelly as its new executive director on Aug. 16. She was introduced to staff today at ASSP headquarters and will become the Society’s eighth executive director since ASSP was founded in 1911. McNelly brings 30 years of association, government, regulatory and business experience to a role charged with advancing the organization’s mission to create safe work environments by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

McNelly will work with the Board of Directors to execute ASSP’s strategic plan for growth while building on the Society’s 107-year legacy and addressing the evolving needs of the professional occupational safety and health community. She will lead 75 staff members and more than 37,000 safety and health professionals worldwide.

“Jennifer is a strong fit for ASSP and will help continue our growth and champion our new brand,” said ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, ASP, CPP. “Her breadth of experience and proven success will be a key asset to our global members as we highlight the value of our profession, strengthen the Society’s position as a leading voice and foster a collaborative culture of member engagement, performance, accountability, innovation and service.”

President’s Message – July 2018

Jul 10, 2018

Greetings Fellow Safety Professionals:

This summer is well underway!  Just like the seasons, change is constant.  As the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) profession is always evolving, so is our 100+ year old organization.  The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is now the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  This change became official at the annual Professional Development Conference in San Antonio last month.

The South Texas Chapter will continue the rich history to influence the future of safety.  We work hard to advance the profession and the individuals who choose it by supporting their efforts to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

Come join us at our July 16 chapter meeting.  Our guest speaker will be Chief Patrick Zepeda with the City of San Antonio, Office of Emergency Management.  Chief Zepeda will discuss emergency preparedness with special emphasis on the 2018 hurricane season.

Have a safe summer,

Damon Shodrock, CSP
President, South Texas Chapter
American Society of Safety Professionals

President’s Message – February 2018

Feb 12, 2018

Greetings Everyone!

Now that it is February, June is quickly approaching! Which means that SAFETY 2018 – SAN ANTONIO is almost here!

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to support the upcoming ASSE Society Professional Development Conference! There are currently three different volunteering areas, which include:

President’s Message – January 2018

Jan 08, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

As Safety Professionals, it is our job to protect people, property, and the environment. On top of that, we want to advance the Safety Profession!

But, how do we do that? I believe that we start by improving ourselves!

Moreover, the South Texas Chapter is here to support you! In the upcoming year, we will be providing our members more professional development opportunities for leadership, networking, and conferences!