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Escambia County Supports NAOSH Week 2009

Thanks to the efforts of the ASSE Pensacola Chapter, the Board of County Commissioners recognized May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day in Escambia County, Florida.

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, or NAOSH Week, occurs every year during the first full week of May. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) joined with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in 2002 to raise the public's awareness of occupational safety, health and the environment in North America during NAOSH Week. This is just one tool the almost 100-year-old ASSE and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote occupational safety aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Several organizations representing thousands of businesses have partnered with ASSE and CSSE to support NAOSH Week, including U.S. federal agencies such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reach millions of people around the globe on the importance of being safe at work.

On behalf of the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, District Two Commissioner Gene M. Valentino presents the NAOSH Week 2009 proclamation to Pensacola Chapter President Maralee Sartain.
   

FL ASSE Member, OSHA, Others Sign Alliance To Address Workplace Violence

Des Plaines, IL (March 5, 2009) — In 2007 workplace homicides in the U.S. increased by 13 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Pensacola chapter this week is partnering with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several major organizations to “reduce and prevent exposure to workplace violence” in Florida.

OSHA, ASSE, EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional (EAP) Association Big Bend Chapter, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Program, the Northwest Florida Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., will formalize an Alliance today to provide workers from all industries with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to workplace violence.

“We look forward to working with OSHA, the Alliance partners, our ASSE members, employers and communities throughout the greater Pensacola area in raising awareness of this major issue and working to prevent any future injuries or fatalities,” Maralee Sartain, ASSE Pensacola chapter president said today. The signing will take place during the ASSE Pensacola Chapter meeting 6 p.m. tonight at the Pensacola Civic Center.

“I am especially pleased that we can come together like this to not only recognize that this is a major issue, but to continue to work together as a team to help employers and employees recognize that there are ways they can address this issue,” James D. Borders, OSHA area director for the Jacksonville Area Office said today.

Read the rest of the ASSE Press Release...

Pensacola Chapter President, Maralee Sartain reads the OSHA Alliance on Workplace Violence as partners prepare to sign the agreement. From left to right, Joseph Cundiff represents the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, Patricia Vanderpool representing EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC, and the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, James D. Borders OSHA Area Director, Anita Sue Godwin with Sacred Heart Health System, and Deborah Dicken, Chapter President for the Northwest Florida Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. Not pictured was Melvina MacDonald President of the EAPA Big Bend Chapter which Joe Roesler, OSHA Jacksonville office had acquired signature on the way to the event this evening.
The signing begins with Patricia Vanderpool exercising here therapeutic humor during the formal task of signing the documents that she graciously signed twice on behalf of the two organizations she represented.
A final pose which includes Joe Roesler, ASSE President Elect from the North Florida Chapter.

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