Chapter News

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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