Nominate someone awesome!

We are seeking nominations for the AZASSP Chapter Safety Professional of the Year and the Executive of the Year. If you know someone that should be recognized for their efforts in Safety and Health for the past year, please submit the linked nomination. This is an opportunity to recognize a colleague you know who has gone above and beyond for the advancement of the safety profession or providing employees a safe and healthy workplace. It’s a way to thank your company leadership for their commitment to protecting workers. Please reach out to nominations@az.assp.org if you have any questions about the process. We are more than happy to assist with the required paperwork.

Suicide Prevention in Construction

Last month, September 6th to 10th was OSHA’s Suicide Prevention Stand Down week. This press release from the CDC highlights that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide compared to other industries. There are a number of resources out there to help you develop training programs, provide information to workers, and factual information to support this hazard in the Construction industry.

Join us for our quarterly Construction section meeting where Suicide Awareness will be presented. You can register for that free virtual event here.

Bylaws Revision

We have made some changes to our bylaws, the rules that govern how the chapter operates. The current bylaws can be viewed here. We have made 2 changes. First, any requirement within the by-laws that required a member to be a Professional Member was changed to standard Member. Second, we reduced the positions on the Executive Board from 9 to 7. The Bylaws chair was removed as an executive board position and the Awards & Honors and Nominations and Elections positions were combined into the Awards, Honors, Nominations, and Elections Chair. You can view the revised bylaws here. The revised changes have been approved by chapter leadership. We will be voting on these changes to the bylaws at our October Technical meeting. The bylaws state any changes must be presented to membership for 30 days prior to the vote. If we do not have the required number of members to approve a vote, we will be sending an electronic vote. If you have any additional questions, please contact president@az.assp.org or bylaws@az.assp.org.

Technical Meeting Update

Hello! We were hoping to start in-person meetings this upcoming September, but due to the recent rise in COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths we have decided, as an organization of Safety Professionals, to hold our first 3 meetings this chapter year virtually using our GoToMeeting platform. This will utilize the same system as last year. When you register for a technical meeting, your registration approval email will contain a link for the GoToMeeting.

We are hoping that improved vaccination rates, use of masks, and adherence to public health guidance will lower infection rates and we will be able to meet in person starting in December with a big Christmas meeting. We will keep you updated on meeting status here on the website and in upcoming newsletters. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We miss seeing everyone in person just as much as you do!