President’s Message – November 2018

Oct 16, 2018

Greetings Everyone:

Fall is in the air and 2018 is racing to an end!  There are several events occurring in the next few months.

Come join us at our next chapter meeting on Monday, November 19 at the private dining room at Southwest Research Institute Cafeteria.  Our guest speaker will be Adam Rubin, CSP from Zachry Industrial.  Adam will discuss the divergent gap between how self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) are marketed versus the ways this equipment is used in the field.

Do you manage safety programs that include equipment guarding and lockout/tagout (LOTO)? If so, you are invited to a FREE Machine Guarding training class coming to the San Antonio Holiday Inn Riverwalk, November 28. Registration is fast and easy at: San Antonio Machine Guarding Training Class (Nov 28). See you there to learn more about machine guarding hazards and solutions.

Finally, you are invited to our chapter Holiday Party on December 4, 2018 at The Well located at 4439 UTSA Blvd.  Please join us as we close out 2018 and recognize eight long service members for 25 years of service with our organization.

Damon Shodrock, CSP

South Texas Chapter President

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Oct 05, 2018

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Free OSHA Training on Machine Guarding

Oct 02, 2018

Georgia Tech is providing FREE training, funded by a Susan Harwood Grant, on machine guarding hazards encountered by manufacturing workers. This full-day course will highlight machine guarding hazards and solutions, plus lockout/tagout (LOTO) hazards found in manufacturing facilities.  The objectives of the course are to:

  • Discuss machine guarding hazards in manufacturing;
  • Evaluate the machine guarding hazards; and
  • Identify appropriate means to abate or reduce exposure to the machine guarding hazards.
Date:  November 28, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk, 217 N St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78205



  • Machine Guarding
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Case Studies
  • Mechanical Power Presses
  • Robotics


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Paige Rohrig, Training Coordinator

Email: / Phone: 404-407-8082

President’s Message – October 2018

Oct 02, 2018

Greetings Everyone!

Come join us at our next chapter meeting on Monday, October 15 at the private dining room at Southwest Research Institute Cafeteria.  Our guest speaker will be Jennifer Choi from Cestusline headquartered in Portland, OR.  Jennifer will overview work gloves and recent innovations to customize task specific gloves for defined industries and hazards.

Named after the ancient Roman battle glove adorned by gladiators in combat, Cestus was created in 2010 after decades of hearing from glove users and seeing firsthand the design flaws of other gloves. Since the company formation, Cestus has provided top-quality hand protection for a variety of industries, thanks to over 30 years of experience in gloves and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  After re-defining impact hand protection in the oil and gas industry, Cestus has been making waves in multiple other job fields including mining, welding, extrication, general utility, and more.

Damon Shodrock, CSP

South Texas Chapter President

President’s Message – September 2018

Sep 07, 2018

Greetings Fellow Safety Professionals:

I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  As we all returned from the Labor day weekend, we were greeted by much needed rain which flooded many low water crossing across south Texas.  The theme of our next monthly meeting on September 17 will be Turn Around, Don’t Drown (TADD).  We will meet in the private dining room at Southwest Research Institute Cafeteria at 11 AM.  Our guest speaker will be singer and song writer Matt Hawk.  The National Weather Service just released a new TADD Public Service Announcement and jingle.  The PSA and 3 versions of the jingle can be found on the NWS website here.  Matt will share the podium with Battalion Chief Will Pritchett, San Antonio Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.  Chief Pritchett and his team will speak on the high hazard nature of swift water rescue.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown,

Damon Shodrock, CSP

President, South Texas Chapter

American Society of Safety Professionals