Region III News

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

Posted: Mar 16, 2020

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.

Pursuant to these new travel restrictions, our Region III ROC meeting will be virtual this year and will continue to hold our meeting on April 24, 2020, since many have already set aside this date. A calendar invite will be sent to Chapter and Region leadership. If you are not sent an invite and would like to attend, please contact your Chapter or Region Leadership team.

In addition, the Southwest Chapter will be postponing their Professional Development Conference (PDC).  Please cancel any associated hotel reservations. Region III is working with the hotel to change the dates to 2021, so that we can hold the 2021 face-to-face Spring ROC at their facilities next year. Once we have those dates, we will notify our membership.

If you have questions, please contact our Region III RVP, Jim Rainwater, CSP, If Jim is not available, contact, Stan Gregory, CSP, South Area Director, or Stephani Johnson, CSP, CHMM, North Area Director for more information.  See link below for a copy of Jim’s letter to the Region.

Region III 2020 Spring ROC Meeting Virtual

February 2020 Regional Operating Committee Update

Posted: Feb 08, 2020

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

Mark Hansen, CSP. PE, CPEA, CPSA, CPE, Region III ARVP Committee on Professional Affairs completed the minutes of the meeting, and a copy of those are provided below.

Our next ROC will be a face-to-face meeting in DFW area on April 24, 2020 at the A-Loft hotel, 122 East John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, Texas. Details coming soon.

02-27-2020 ASSP Region III ROC Conference Call

45 days to Certification: Impossible to Possible

Posted: Nov 03, 2018

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…

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