Chapter News

San Francisco achieves Platinum Level Status for 2017-2018 Chapter Year

The San Francisco Chapter accepted an award for the 2017-2018 Chapter Year for achieving Platinum Level Status. The platinum chapter designation is awarded to chapters that meet rigorous standards of excellence as established by ASSP. They are considered to be strong role models for other chapters to emulate.

A big thank you to the San Francisco board and chapter members for making this happen!

NIF Tour

This Tuesday, the SF Chapter hosted a tour of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore Labs. We had a fun group of members that were able to join us for the tour. Thank you to Tiffany Barnett, our VP of Programs for helping us plan and organize the tour for our members.

Are you getting the most out of your ASSP Membership? We would love your feedback. Please talk to one of our board members at the next event you attend. If you are interested in more tours like these, please let one the board members know at our next monthly meetup.


Spring 2019 ROC Meeting

Last week Amanda Shin (SF Chapter President), Jonathan Scruggs (SF Chapter President Elect), Allie Frazier (SF Chapter, Construction Section Chair), and Tiffany Barnett (SF Chapter, VP of Special Events) represented the San Francisco Chapter at the Region I Operating Committee in San Diego.

The Region I Operating Committee meets twice a year to discuss, share and update the committee on chapter news/updates. Region I is comprised of local chapters from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. It is a great opportunity to learn and share how other chapters are engaging their membership. Chapters are able to share ideas, and come back to their chapters with new and exciting ideas.

Our next ROC Meeting is scheduled in October 2019 and will be hosted by the Alaska Chapter in Anchorage, Alaska.


2019 Bay Area Safety Symposium

Last Thursday, March 7th was the 2019 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:

  • Louis Renner – 2019 Chapter SPY Award Winner
  • Peter Libeu – 2019 President’s Award Winner
  • Steve McConnell – 2019 Past President’s Award Winner

February USS Hornet Tour

On Tuesday, February 12th the San Francisco Chapter hosted a private tour of the USS Hornet. The tour was led by resident docent Thomas Burnt who served in the United States Airforce. Thomas provided a historical background about the USS Hornet and focused on safety related items on the ship. He also discussed many of the challenges that the sailors faced while manning the ship. Below are some photos from our tour!

Thank you to those who made it out on the gloomy day, we hope to see you at our next event in April!

Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Each year the SF Chapter gives scholarships out to students studying in the Occupational Health & Safety Field. See the Fall 2018 scholarship recipients below. Congrats!

Tawnee Newton is the Fall 2018 recipient of the San Francisco Chapter’s $500 scholarship at Las Positas College. Pictured is Steve McConnell, Instructor/Student Affairs Committee presenting the scholarship to Tawnee on behalf of the San Francisco Chapter.

Tawnee is nearing completion of the Occupational Safety and Health degree at Las Positas College and was excited to be awarded the Chapter’s scholarship. She is looking forward to learning more about safety and health as she completes her Associates in Science degree. Tawnee aspires to a career as an Operator or Safety professional at a refinery following completion of her degree. She believes the knowledge gained from the Occupational Safety and Health program at Las Positas will help her succeed in any position she may have at a refinery. The courses have provided her a much better understanding of safety and health issues and what make safety and health programs successful.

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October 2018 Chapter Happy Hour & Networking Event

On October 9th the SF Chapter hosted a Happy Hour Networking Event at District Cocktail & Wine Bar in Old Oakland.

We had a great turnout! Approximately 20 safety professionals showed up to network and hang out with other amazing safety professionals in the Bay Area.

(from left to right): Animesh Basu, Paolo Parra, Amish Waland, Tiffany Barnett (VP of Programs) & Jonathan Scruggs (President Elect)

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Kick-Off Technical Meeting: Chapter Year ’18-’19

We had our first technical meeting of the year on September 19th at Trader Vic’s in Emeryville. Our speaker was Clyde Trombettas from Cal-OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Unit. We had a discussion about the use of PSM Standard’s Recognized And Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) requirements in the State of California.

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Summer Planning Meeting

Our kick off summer planning meeting went very well! Members of the new executive board met in mid-July to start planning the 2018-2019 chapter year. We kicked off the summer by holding a BBQ at the Balena Bay Yacht Club in Alameda. We also presented Past-President of the SF Chapter, David Paoletta, with an appreciation plaque from ASSP society. His name was also added to the President Award Service and Leadership plaque for the SF Chapter. Congrats David, and on behalf of the SF Chapter, thank you very much for your service!

Please check out our website. We have updated the calendar with upcoming events, from September 2018-June 2019. 

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Tami Galt, Past President (chapter year 2017-2018) presents David Paoletta (president chapter year 2017-2018) with an appreciation plaque for his service with the SF Chapter.

SF Chapter Executive Board Members. From left to right (top row): David Paoletta, Alice Yu, Amanda Shin, Joe Moulton; From left to right (bottom row): Jonathan Scruggs, Tami Galt, Michael Boyle, Carlton Jones