ASSE Announces 2013-14 Chapters of the Year & Gold-Level Chapters

164311723ASSE has awarded three chapters with the 2013-14 Chapter of the Year award in the small, medium and large category. In addition, the Society has given 67 chapters the ASSE Gold-Level standard of excellence. The chapters will be honored at the Chapter Recognition Luncheon during Safety 2015 in Dallas, TX.


Chapters of the Year

Snake River Chapter (small): With more than 120 members, the Snake River Chapter rotates its meetings between breakfast, lunch and dinner to capture different segments of the membership at times that work best for them. The professional meeting content includes combustible dust, NFPA 70E as it relates to OSHA, and a visit by ASSE President Trish Ennis. Video recordings of technical sessions are then posted on the chapter’s website. Conferences also play a big role with the chapter. The chapter is a founding partner and helps coordinate the annual Safety Fest of the Northwest, which provides about 60 free safety classes; past president Brent Smith was honored with the Instructor of the Year award. The chapter hosts a professional development conference, which includes a 1-day Safety Trained Supervisor Exam prep class. Additionally, the chapter is involved with the NAOSH Week poster contest that gains public attention through sponsorship and a local awards ceremony.

Kuwait Chapter (medium): The Kuwait Chapter was last recognized as the medium Chapter of the Year for the 2007-08 chapter year. With almost 250 chapter members, the Kuwait Chapter has hit impressive milestones for its members. A few of the chapter’s achievements include providing more than 5,000 professional development hours to its members and organizing the sixth annual ASSE GCC HSE Excellence Award program. The chapter has also been involved with the NAOSH Week poster contest and been involved in environmental efforts by organizing Ozone Day and World Environment Day activities. The chapter also participated in ASSE’s Member-Get-a-Member campaign to recruit 92 new ASSE members.

Northwest Chapter (large): With more than 800 members, the Northwest Chapter carefully considers how it communicates with members to ensure that its message is heard. Beyond the basic chapter e-mail list, the chapter manages multiple e-mail lists that include guests, sponsors and exhibitors. Using these various lists, the chapter sent out 54 different communications during the chapter year—35 just to the chapter roster—including 11 newsletters. In addition, the chapter uses LinkedIn and Twitter social media outlets (chapter events are live tweeted). The chapter’s meetings are broadcast using WebEx and are recorded so that members who are unable to attend have access through the chapter’s website. Community service is also a big part of chapter activities. The chapter participated in the Lakeville High School career fair, the Minnesota Safe Kids coalition, which gets safety messages out to children in the community, scholarships for its student sections, as well as providing annual contributions to the ASSE Foundation. The chapter takes a two-pronged approach to professional development. It hosted a professional development conference that included half-day workshops, concurrent sessions and a gala dinner to celebrate its 70th anniversary. It also holds an ASP/CSP prep class in the fall that is webcast. There were 35 participants and 13 reported that they had achieved an ASP or CSP. In addition to traditional scholarships, the chapter provides a scholarship that reimburses the application fee for someone who passes the ASP/CSP.


Gold-Level Chapters

ASSE chapters complete an annual report of chapter performance every year that focuses on member engagement, community outreach, professional development and leadership training. Gold-Level Chapters excel in all of these areas and deliver an exceptional ASSE experience to their local members. To view the complete list of Gold-Level Chapters, including the Silver- and Bronze-Level Chapters, click here.