Region III News

ASSP Suspends Travel until after April 30: Southwest Chapter Postpones April PDC

ASSP has joined the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and has postponed in-person classes and shifting to virtual committee meetings. They are recommending that Chapters follow these recommendations. For more information on planning and preparedness on COVID-19 see, “The Safety Professional’s Role in Planning for a Pandemic.”’

On March 13, ASSP canceled all travel for Society Members until after April 30, 2020 due to precautions taken to mitigate potential spread of the COVID-19. That means Society Staff members that were planning to attend the upcoming April 24 Region III Regional Operating Committee (ROC) meeting will no longer be allowed to travel and participate face-to-face.

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February 2020 Regional Operating Committee Update

On February 7, 2020 Jim Rainwater, MS, CSP, Region III Vice President presided in the Regional Operating Committee (ROC) conference call.

Several items were discussed, including Arkansas Chapter’s approval of by-laws for adoption of the Northwest Section, the upcoming Student Leadership Conference on April 3-5, and upcoming chapter due dates, including the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) nomination that was due for Chapters/Region on February 2. For Resources on the SPY award, see https://www.assp.org/membership/awards-and-honors/individual-awards/assp-safety-professional-of-the-year-award.

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45 days to Certification: Impossible to Possible

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Region III ARVP Communication

Travis Lane, CSP, Fort Worth Chapter Treasurer achieves the Gold Standard in Safety. “Sometimes, fear brings wings to the feet.”

This past August, I had the opportunity to attend our Region III Regional Operating Committee (ROC) meeting in Oklahoma City.  One of the highlights of attending any ROC event is getting to meet and network with some of our great Region III leaders and share ideas.

One of the leaders I had the privilege to met was from our Fort Worth Chapter, current Chapter Treasurer, Travis Lane.  Travis has an amazing story about how he achieved his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential despite overwhelming circumstances.

Here’s his story…

On April 6, 2018, he opened and email from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) stating that as of July 2, 2018 they were no longer going to accept his Associate’s Degree in Safety as meeting the minimum educational requirement to obtain the CSP. A bachelor’s degree would now be the standard.

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