2015 Professional Paper Award Winners Announced

ASSE’s Editorial Review Board has selected the recipients of the 2015 Professional Paper Awards. The awards recognize the top-rated member-written articles published in Professional Safety. This year’s recipients are Brian S. Hammer, M.P.A., CDS, Stephanie G. Pratt, Ph.D., M.A., and Peggy Ross, M.S., R.N., CSP, COHN-S/CM, CPE, first place; Dave Walline, CSP, second place; and Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, and Demetria Powell, third place. Visit the Professional Safety archives to read their articles.

Peggy RossSU Stephanie PrattSU.Mar 2015Brian Hammer SUBrian S. Hammer, M.P.A., CDS, risk management consultant, fleet, with Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance, Stephanie G. Pratt, Ph.D., M.A., coordinator of NIOSH’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, and Peggy Ross, M.S., R.N., CSP, COHN-S/CM, CPE, corporate manager, environment, health and safety for Baxter Healthcare Corp., received the first-place award. Their article, Fleet Safety: Developing & Sustaining an Effective Program With ANSI/ASSE Z15, appeared in the March 2014 issue of Professional Safety. This article discusses how ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2012 provides comprehensive guidance on fleet safety program elements and can be used as a foundation for auditing an existing program.



Second-place recipient Dave Walline, CSP, is president of Walline Consulting Ltd. His article, Prevention Through Design: Proven Solutions From the Field, was published in the November 2014 issue. To propel a prevention-through-design culture change, OSH professionals must strive to partner with design engineers to incorporate data-driven learning from past mishaps and proven (risk mitigation) solutions into new designs or redesigns. In addition, by helping to dispel myths surrounding safe design, OSH professionals will increase their value to organizations.




Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, associate professor in the Occupational Safety Program at East Carolina University and Demetria Powell, a graduate student and research assistant in the Occupational Safety Program at East Carolina University, co-authored SH&E Problem Solving: Are Higher-Order Controls Ignored?, which appeared in the February 2014 issue of Professional Safety. The third-place article reviews incident investigations to identify the types of controls most often recommended and implemented by safety professionals and their organizations.