The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers Celebrates North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
CRANFORD, NJ — Local members of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (NJASSE), a state affiliate of the oldest and largest safety society, are concerned that the number one cause of on-the-job and off-the-job deaths continues to be transportation incidents – all modes. Therefore, in celebration of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) which runs from May 7-13, 2017, the NJASSE along with thousands of other organizations, will be working to raise awareness of the importance of preventing on-the-job and off-the-job accidents, by distributing transportation best practices information and urging all to heed to traffic rules and regulations.
In 2015, there were 6,296,000 million vehicle crashes resulting in 35,200 people dying (7% increase over 2014) and injuring 3.9 million more. In the U.S. alone, car crashes cost all of us $242 billion each year. Males made up approximately 70 percent of those who died in transportation accidents in 2015, 30 percent were female.
As for weather conditions, in the U.S. the majority of crashes occur during normal weather during daylight hours. The top factors causing fatal crashes are 1) failure to keep in proper lane or running off road; 2) driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed limit; 3) DUI; 4) failure to yield right of way; 5) distractive driving and inattentive (texting, talking, eating, etc.); 6) operating erratic, reckless, careless, or negligent manner; and, 7) failure to obey traffic signs, signals or officer.
The State of New Jersey’s experience is not unlike that of the nations. In fact, in 2015, there were over 240,000 motor vehicle crashes. 562 motor vehicle related deaths which represents 1.54 motor vehicle fatalities per day. Of particular concern were the 173 pedestrian fatalities, which represent nearly 31% of all motor vehicle fatalities, which is 17% higher than the national average of 14%. There were over 55,000 teenager motor vehicle related incidents in 2015 and in that same year 59 teenagers lost their lives on New Jersey roadways.
Distracted driving is a behavior dangerous to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Distractions including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating and using/looking at a GPS injured an estimated 391,000 people in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, while killing 3,477 others. For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes in the U.S., 10 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted at the time of their fatal crash.
Businesses can and are doing their part by reviewing their driver safety policies, most are including an element that would prohibit workers from conducting business on a cell phone while driving, mandating seat belt use and developing work schedules that allow employees to obey speed limits and to follow hours-of-service regulations.
We all need to continue to do our part to curb these preventable tragedies. We urge you and your readers to support NAOSH Week this May 7-13, and throughout the year by urging your friends, family and co-workers to drive smart. The tangible and intangible losses due to transportation crashes are extremely high. Click here for more information on NAOSH week and click here for a presentation on distracted driving.
NJAIHA/NJASSE Summer Review Course: CIH and CSP
May 01, 2017
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to study for the CIH and CSP exams? Do you need certification maintenance points to meet your re-certification requirements?
Once again this year the biggest bargain in town for Safety and Industrial Hygiene education is the NJAIHA/NJASSE Summer Review Course!
The New Jersey Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (NJAIHA) along with New Jersey Chapter of the American Safety Society Engineers (NJASSE) is offering a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene/Safety Review Course. The course is designed to provide basic training in some critical areas of industrial hygiene and safety and will likely be beneficial for those entering the field as well as those who are just looking to sharpen their skills in certain technical areas.
In addition, many of the people who have attended the program have found it to be very helpful in preparing for the CIH and CSP examinations. Certified Industrial Hygienists have the opportunity to obtain CM points per lecture (0.167 points per contact hour). Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the lecture sessions, depending on their individual training needs. People who need certification maintenance points must sign an attendance sheet for each session. Use the following link to our full course information: http://www.njaiha.org/events/njaiha-summer-review-course/
AHMP NJ April Meeting
Apr 17, 2017
The NJ Chapter of the AHMP will hold its next meeting on April 25th at Montclair State University. The topic is “This Wheel’s on Fire”: Energy Market Cycles in a New Era. An update of the current energy and regulatory markets. The speaker is Tina Davis, Managing Editor, Energy and Commodity, Americas, Bloomberg News. Click HERE for more information and to register.
New Jersey Chapter Elections – Joe Leuzzi, Platform Statement
Apr 14, 2017
My name is Joe Leuzzi, and I’m running for Treasurer of the NJ Chapter of ASSE. I have been a member of ASSE since 2004, and am interested in further developing myself as an EHS professional with a great organization. I believe this is a great platform that will allow me to share my past experiences and influence others on the importance of what we do every day as EHS professionals.
I have an environmental science background from Rutgers University. I began my career working as an EHS professional with a local EHS consulting firm, PHASE Associates. During my time as a consultant, I was able to manage various projects and had a great opportunity to develop my career in the safety and industrial hygiene field completing projects for various companies that included food and beverage, research and development, specialty chemicals and manufacturing. I moved on from consulting and had an opportunity to spend more than 10 years at Sanofi, a large pharmaceutical company as an EHS Specialist. There I was able to further develop my safety and industrial hygiene experience and have my first true exposure to the environmental field and environmental program management. After a great career with Sanofi I had an opportunity to manage all EHS programs and build my experience with Rust-Oleum Corporation, a large paint and coatings manufacturer, and soon after that I worked as the EHS Manager at Anheuser-Busch, a global food and beverage manufacturing company. I recently accepted a position with Merck as an Associate Director, Safety & Environment in the Global Safety and Environment department.
NJ AIHA April Meeting
Apr 04, 2017
On April 20th NJ AIHA will recognize Past Presidents at their dinner meeting. Before Dinner Session: Indoor Air Quality Assessments and Their Related Legal Issues. After Dinner Session: Legal Aspects in Litigation Involving Industrial Hygienists or Industrial Hygiene Work. Click here for the meeting notice and registration information.
Habitat for Humanity 5k: Join the NJ ASSE Team
Mar 01, 2017
5k Race to Build
Habitat Bergen is hosting its 5th Annual 5k Race to Build on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Overpeck County Park. Registration will begin at 9 am and the race will begin at 10 am. The fee is $25 per person. Click HERE to register. Those who register in advance of race day will receive an event shirt.View Certified Course Map here.
Stop by the NJ ASSE table the morning of the run. Please email Lauren Cranmer if you plan to attend so we can get you a gift for the run. Bring your family!
Pickup your Race Packet in-store at Road Runener Sports
Paramus on 3/29 or 3/30 between 5-8 PM – race participants get 25% discount or $10 off $30 purchase! Habitat Bergen will receive $1.75 from Road Runner Sports
for every packet picked up in-store!
Save the Date: ASP and CSP Review Courses
Feb 14, 2017
The NJ, Penn and Philadelphia Chapters of ASSE are pleased to present ASP and CSP review classes. The tentative dates are November 13-15, 2017 for the ASP Course and November 16-18, 2017 fro the CSP Course in Bordentown NJ. More information to follow.
WISE Annual Open Call
Jan 23, 2017
The WISE (Women in Safety Engineering) annual open call is happening this Wednesday at 2pm EST and is featuring ChapterWISE and Mentoring. All are invited to call in. Please join the call by registering through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2936154920795148802
2017 SENY PDC March 22, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
The 2017 SENY PDC will be held on March 22nd. There will be presentations on Safety & Health Management Systems , OSHA Update, Recordkeeping & Preparation and Injury & WC Case Management. Click HERE for more information.
New Jersey AIHA Dinner Meeting January 19th
Jan 03, 2017
NJ AIHA has a dinner meeting planned for January 19, 2017. There will be two presentations. The first topic is What’s the State of Worker Safety and Health? – This presentation will summarize the latest government statistics on workplace injuries and illnesses, focusing on the latest trends and the New Jersey story. An update will also be provided on the latest BLS resources for safety professionals. The second topic is A Proactive Ergonomics Program and Ideas for Effective Implementation – Soft tissue injuries, both chronic and acute have become one of the most prevalent types of work related injuries and illnesses facing business. Proactive efforts allow safety and health professionals to address soft tissue risk factors before they can have detrimental impacts on the business partners we serve. Please visit the NJ AIHA website for more information.