Chapter News

Congratulations to Kathleen Crawford

Flash Report: Crawford Joins Cal/OSHA Standards Board

The Governor has made three appointments to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.

Filling a long-time vacancy on the Cal/OSHA Standard Board, Governor Gavin Newsom named construction safety professional Kathleen “Kate” Crawford to the position.  The seat has been vacant since 2018.

Crawford fills the open seat on the seven-member board and is the second management representative.

Director of safety and health at Hensel Phelps Construction since 2015, Crawford is a familiar face in the Cal/OSHA community. She has been an active participant in many rulemaking projects. Previously, she was director of safety and regulatory affairs at Associated General Contractors of California; safety director at Turner Construction; and safety manager at SKANSKA USA Building.

She also is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and on the advisory council for Central Washington University’s safety degree program.

Reappointed are two members: Labor member David Harrison, financial secretary for Operating Engineers Local 3; and occupational safety member Laura Stock, director of UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program.

The Standards Board is unpaid and does not require Senate confirmation. The three appointments were announced late Wednesday the 30th of December.

College Scholarship for the 23rd California Unified Program Training Conference

Free Student Participation Experience for the 

23rd California Unified Program

Annual Training Conference


Where: Virtual Conference (Agenda AND more details coming soon) – Browse 2021 Virtual Conference Speakers
When: February 02 thru March 18, 2021 (T, W, Th each week)

All information is available at:

Our organization represents local agencies certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) as Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs). Our member agencies regulate facilities with hazardous materials, hazardous waste, above-ground storage tanks and underground storage tanks throughout the State.  Every year, the California CUPA Forum, with our partner State agencies, hosts the annual Unified Program Training Conference.  Our last conference had over 3,000 professionals attend from State, Federal, local government agencies; Fire Departments; Environmental Health Departments; Industry & Academia.

Our upcoming CUPA training conference IS GOING VIRTUAL on Tues/Wed/Thurs 8am-5pm, February 2  thru March 18, 2021 with over 150 Training Sessions on various different topics from over 250 speaker presentations.  This years registration comes with one year access to all Training Library Videos.

The Conference Student Committee would like to extend an invitation to college students interested in a career path impacting human health and the environment. Participation in our Virtual Training Conference is FREE for approved students. Current students and recent graduates can submit an On-Line Application and upload supporting documents showing current enrollment or last year’s enrollment. If the college/university is not within California, students must also upload a copy of a California high school diploma.

This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate candidates. We hope your students will be interested and take the opportunity to experience a conference where they can meet and interact with professionals currently employed in environmental regulatory programs. Many students get hired through participating and meeting the professionals.

Student Day applications are due 1/15/21 or until full. 

Apply here:
For more detailed conference information visit the website:

For further information please visit our website  Conference Information is found under the Training Tab. Or contact Sheryl Baldwin, Conference Manager at or Michele Cowdery at

Gary Cantwell, Yuba County Environmental Health Dept, Chair
Kristen Ward, San Bernardino Fire Department
Marjorie Terrell, San Mateo County Environmental Health
Sheryl Baldwin, Conference Manager
Michele Cowdery, Administrative Assistant
California CUPA Forum

Fall 2020 Scholarship Recipient

The Fall 2020 SF Chapter scholarship recipient is Kevin Comerford. Congrats to Kevin!

Kevin is working toward the associated degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Las Positas College and hopes to work in ES&H upon graduation. He already holds a BA in Wood Products Engineering from the State University of New York College and an Associate’s degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College in New York. With his BA in hand, Kevin relocated to Oregon in 2003 and began working in a sawmill. He recalls safety being priority 1 at the sawmill. He became a member of the site safety committee and enjoyed the opportunity to travel to other sawmills, performing walkthroughs and reviewing safety programs. For the past eight years, he has stayed at home with his two children. With the kids now on the same school schedule, he has the time and hopes to re-enter the workforce. Kevin brings a lot of work experience to the program at Las Positas College and is willing to share that information with others. According to Steve McConnell, a professor in the Las Positas Occupational Safety and Health program, “Kevin continues to do well in each class he takes. He should have no problem moving into an ES&H position upon graduation.”

San Francisco Chapter Achieves Platinum Level Recognition

Congratulations on a great chapter year. The San Francisco Chapter has achieved Platinum level recognition for the 2019 – 2020 year.  This recognition is based from the information your chapter submitted in the Chapter Operations Management Tool (COMT) of 6/30/2020.

The work that goes into achieving this level of success is impressive and greatly appreciated by ASSP.  This year provided a new challenge and you adapted to the realities this situation created to protect the health and well-being of your members and local communities.  Your efforts benefit your chapter members and the safety profession as a whole.

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SF Chapter Obtains Gold Level Status for 2018-2019 Chapter Year

The San Francisco Chapter obtained Gold Level status for the 2018-2019 Chapter Year under the leadership of Amanda Shin.

The San Francisco Chapter will be recognized by ASSP Society in the following ways:

  • Listed on the 2020 Award Showcase webpage that will launch later this summer
  • Included in the award showcase video linked on Society’s 2020 Award Showcase webpage
  • Highlighted in a special edition of Chapter Leader Update
  • Highlighted during the virtual 2020 Leadership Conference

Spring Scholarship Recipients

Please congratulate the following scholarship winners for Spring 2020!

Ashley Swan – San Francisco Chapter Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Swan is the recipient of the Chapter’s $500 scholarship for the Spring 2020 semester at Las Positas College. Ashley is a proud woman that is currently finishing her A.S. in Welding Technologies at Las Positas College.  She grew up in her parent’s machine shop, and over the years heard the horror stories of what happens when there is a lack of safety in other shops.  Years later, after starting work in the field herself, Ashley came across many people who openly discussed close calls and permanent scars. She heard about others that never came home from work.  Ashley decided that taking the OSHA classes at Las Positas would help her do her part to ensure everyone goes home to their families at the end of the day, in one piece, and not in a box.  There eventually came a day when an individual she knew didn’t come back from work in one piece.  Shortly thereafter, Ashley had her own close call and realized then how easily safety can be overlooked in the workplace.  She realized how much impact safety professionals have in the workplace; “just someone to be there to recommend that standing on each other’s shoulders is not the best way to change a light bulb”.  Ashley is looking forward to leveraging her experiences and new skills from her OSHA studies to find a meaningful career in safety and health.

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2020 Bay Area Safety Symposium

On Wednesday March 11th we hosted the 2020 Bay Area Symposium.We had our largest turnout yet. With over 400 safety professionals in attendance and over 40 vendors, we had a great event. A big thank you to everyone that was able to attend this year!

Congrats to the following people:

  • Patty Becker – 2020 Chapter SPY Award Winner
  • Karen Bouvier – 2020 President’s Award Winner
  • Mark Stone – 2019 Past President’s Award Winner