2018 SPY

Daniel L. Ashworth has been selected as the 2018 Region VI Safety Professional of the Year by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  Ashworth is the Group Lead in the Industrial Health & Safety Department of BWX Technologies Inc. in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The qualities and achievements that Ashworth exhibited to secure the top honor include:

  • Demonstrating technical expertise in the broad field of workplace safety, and possessing a thorough knowledge of the operational aspects of his safety employment.
  • Making outstanding contributions as a two-term President of the Star Valley Chapter, including his work on several regional ASSP projects.
  • Displaying leadership in fulfilling the office of Chapter President, interacting with members from 27 counties in central and southwest Virginia.
  • Contributing to the advancement of the safety profession by fostering professional development within the Chapter and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Eastern Kentucky University.

The American Society of Safety Professionals, founded in 1911, is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.

ASSP is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 38,000 members in 80 countries around the world.  While our name has changed, our mission remains steadfast: We continue to work hard to advance the profession and the individuals who choose it by supporting their efforts to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Our members serve on federal committees; support key safety, health and environmental legislation; participate in international safety and health efforts; and raise awareness of OSH with the public.

ASSP members create safer work environments by preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Besides recording less lost time and lower workers’ compensation costs, organizations with strong safety performance enjoy increased productivity, a better reputation and higher employee satisfaction.  But our work is not yet complete. ASSP members continue to work with businesses, employers, employees, regulators and legislators on all levels to increase workplace safety for all — an initiative of which we won’t tire until every worker returns home safely.