President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends of ASSE

Winter in Alabama. It has been unusually cold at times and winter weather descended in unusual fashion a couple of times. Most of us will be glad to see flowers, green leaves and lawns. With Spring comes outdoor work.

In 2017 many landscape employees in the South were injured or lost their life. As your company begins landscaping activities this year, ensure that your equipment has been properly serviced and made ready for the season, that your employees and contractors are properly trained and that you have safety procedures in place. And it goes without saying that we should do the same for our personal landscaping at home. Safety for you and your employees at home is just as important as safety on the job. Maybe a reminder of some kind for employees is in order too.

We have a busy few months in front of us. We currently have an ad hoc Bylaws Review and Revision Committee in place, chaired by former Chapter President, Kurt Friend. They are working on Chapter bylaws updates, including the name change to ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals). Your Section is doing the same. Their work will be published on our website for your review prior to a Chapter vote on the update.

We will schedule a vote on the additional Delegate and changes in Chapter bylaws in March. This will be done at the regular meeting. Watch for updates on the website, social media and in the Chapter newsletter.

The Region 4 Professional Development Conference is in Tuscaloosa, April 11 & 12. We want to see good representation from the Alabama Chapter there. We will also be holding our Chapter Recognition Breakfast on April 12 at the PDC in Tuscaloosa. Student scholarships, Chapter SPY awards, Service Awards and many other activities are planned.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

Yours in Safety and Service,

Wayne P. Jackson

Wayne P. Jackson, MSW, CEAP, CSP

President

Alabama Chapter ASSE