Serving the members of the Southern Colorado ASSE Chapter


SOCO ASSE Summer Fun

This summer, the SOCO ASSE is hosting its 4th annual Safety-Tee-Off Golf Tournament as well a half day professional development conference. Check out the website for details and registration.


Fall Protection Best Practices

At the SOCO ASSE meeting, on March 20th (the group met at Champs at Briargate for a dinner meeting), the topic of fall protection best practices was discussed. Many great ideas and policies were brought to the table and members shared their methodology for communicating and training staff in fall protection requirements and applications. Some of the items that stood out were:

Honeywell has their employees, who will be working on their radio/communications towers, go through a specific physical requirement to ensure that they have the capability to perform the work. Climbing communication towers is a physically demanding job and takes a specific kind of individual to perform that word. Ensuring that the employees are capable of accomplishing their tasks prior to being released into the that there will fewer chances of accident or injury.

Colorado Springs Utilities trains their employees using some interesting hands-on demonstrations and knowledge tests. During the training the give groups of employees scenarios that the employees then need to identify what equipment they will need, how to install the equipment, and demonstrate they know how to use and implement the system they chose.

If you have any other best practices you would like to share, please comment.

Student Funds Available

Did you know that ASSE has scholarships available to individuals who are looking to receive degrees in safety or other related fields of study? Many of these scholarships are funded by the various chapters within the organization and are open to anyone across the country. The ASSE Foundation has detailed information and requirements regarding the scholarship opportunities. There is money available for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. This is a great opportunity for students to gain funds to help them reach their goals and complete their education. I encourage all students or individuals who are seeking a degree in environmental, safety and health (or related field) to look at all that ASSE has to offer. For questions, refer to the ASSE Foundation FAQ web page.

If you have additional questions regarding the ASSE and its membership or benefits, contact one of the chapter officers.

2012 ASSE Region II Spring ROC

Just finished attending the Spring ASSE Region II Regional Operations Committee (ROC) in Salt Lake, UT. This group is composed of ASSE Region II Chapter Presidents and/or other officers. The ROC is designed to create direction and planning for the regional operations and continuing to promote the mission and goals of the society. Region II is composed of the following chapters:

 I would like to thank the Utah ASSE Chapter for hosting the event. The ROC is held in conjunction with the student leadership conference. This conference allows student members to learn more about the safety profession, what ASSE is about, and develop skills that will assist them once they finish their schooling.

This ROC was a great success, both on the student side and the operations side. I am excited for the future of this organization. Many items were discussed and some of the topics/future business plans include:

  • A new fully funded Region II scholarship
  • The creation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter (formerly the Northern Colorado Section)
  • Review of the budget and allocation of regional funds
  • The viability of virtual student sections
  • Introduction of new RVP (Michael Lorenzo)
  • Future business model and operations of region II

As with any society, you get out of the organization what you put into it. This society is composed of environmental, safety and health professionals and is a volunteer based organization. It is due to the efforts of these volunteers that the society has grown and worked to promote the safety and health of individuals and companies around the globe. I would encourage any member to become more involved within their local chapter or section and to look into leadership and officer positions to expand their area of influence and leadership skills.

Troy Bridges
Vice President
Southern Colorado ASSE Chapter

Ethics in the Safety Profession

Ethics in the Safety Profession

Many of us are consumed with our daily routine, whatever that may entail, and fail to take a step back to see if we, as safety professionals, are adhering to an ethical standard. What is that standard? Who dictates the standard? How do I know if I am complying with the ethical standards of the safety profession? Check out this short presentation by Trish Ennis (CO ASSE) on ethics and safety professionals.

Ethics for the Safety Professional

Additional information:

ASSE: Code of Professional Conduct
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP): Code of Ethics
Professional Safety Journal: Promoting Integrity

2012 Kids Poster Contest Winners

Here is the 2012 Kids Poster Contest winners and final poster.


ART Presentation

On February 2nd, SOCO ASSE member, Tulio Pena gave a presentation on Active Release Techniques (ART).

What is ART? According to their website; “ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.”

Some highlights of Tulio’s presentation included:

  • Fellow SOCO ASSE member Mary Betsch helped pioneer the use of ART in the workplace
  • ART is recognized through OSHA (direct from Washington D.C.) as massage/first-aid for recordkeeping purposes
  • Many companies that utilize ART as part of their health and wellness program have seen a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of work comp claims