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International Leadership Lecture: Worker Dignity, Health, and Safety

Posted: Feb 15, 2019

April 11th, 2019 at 4:00PM

Today 14 US workers will die because of job injuries – women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. These do not include those workers who die from occupational diseases, estimated to be 50,000–60,000 each year. A renowned worker rights advocate and our keynote speaker, Dr. Gerard Ayers, OHS & E Manager, C & G Division CFMEU Victorian Branch from the Australia’s largest construction union visits ECU. He will engage us in a discussion around awareness and action of these issues in preparation for International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD), which takes place annually around the world on April 28. IWMD is a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

Gerard has worked in the construction industry for over twenty-five years.  He started work as a builder’s labourer, and is now the OHS&E Manager of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division – Victorian/Tasmanian Branch).  Gerard has also worked in the NSW Branch of the CFMEU.  He has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in OHS, and Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management.  He sits on a numerous committees and boards that address all manner of issues to do with OHS, has written numerous articles and has presented many papers (both locally and internationally) on a vast range of OHS issues.  He is also a guest lecturer at Melbourne University, RMIT and Federation University, and is a strong advocate of the right of workers to be involved in workplace OHS decision making.

This is event is being hosted by the ECU Student Section of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Master of Science Program in Occupational Safety, and the Department of Technology Systems. Our partners include the ECU Student Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Construction Management Student Association.

Please visit the North Carolina Chapter website, by clicking here to register for this event.

Keeping Professionals in the Know

Posted: Feb 15, 2019

Tarheel Chapter Meeting – February 14th, 2019

Topic:  New ISO 45001 Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Description: In March 2018, after a five year process involving more than 70 countries, a new international Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, was published.  The standard seeks to set a new benchmark in global OH&S and will result in companies significantly reducing their workplace injuries and illnesses while dramatically improving employee productivity and quality, leading to increased profitability.

Speaker:  Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.  Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Ed served in that capacity from April 2006 to November 2008.  During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness, and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history.  For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues.  He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, DC, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994.  Ed has been named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.

North Carolina Chapter Meeting – February 14th, 2019

Topic: NC Dept of Labor – General Industry Update: State of OSHA – Safety in North Carolina

Description:  Update provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division.  Offering an in depth look at how North Carolina is performing nationwide for safety, as well as providing a perspective at what has been done to improve programs throughout the state and what is on tap to continue the progress statewide.

Speaker: Andy Sterlen, MESH, C-MESH, IH-MESH, OCSS – North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administrative Division

Andy Sterlen is an environmental, safety & health professional with over 20 years of experience in industrial hygiene in the Chemical Industry. After graduating from NC State University, he began his career as a process chemist in the field of polymer chemistry where he was introduced to plant design and engineering which included integrating and maintaining a process safety management program. After 4 years, he returned to graduate school at NCSU in Pulp and Paper and Chemical Engineering after which he returned to industry as a plant manager and lead engineer and honed his professional safety skills by creating and managing an effective Process Safety Management program and chemical hygiene plan. After 13 years he joined NCDOL as a Health and Safety Education Specialist where instructs several widely varied topics from chemical hygiene and PSM to crane inspections and steel erection. Andy has MESH certifications in General Industry, Construction and Industrial Hygiene and is an OSHA Construction Safety Specialist.

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HOD Vote – Fall 2018

Posted: Nov 05, 2018

Delegates,

The House of Delegates has voted to approve the proposed bylaws changes, including

1. Changing the title of Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer

2. Updates to the Nominations & Elections section

3. Remove the Bylaws committee as a standing committee

Voting began on August 30, 2018 and concluded on October 13, 2018. 49% of the delegates voted. The voting breakdown is as follows:

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