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2022-2024Candidate Slate

The Nominating Committee has selected the following qualified candidates for the 2022-2024 elective offices.  These names and qualifications have been published and distributed to the Chapter membership at least 60 days in advance of the election per our Greater Calumet Chapter bylaws.  All members received the slate via email December 21, 2021.  Click here for the complete slate.

December 2021 – President Letter

Dear Members and Students,

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We would like to extend our thanks to our guest speaker Mr. Pete Engelbert for presenting at our November meeting on “Investigating Tips and Tricks.”

It’s hard to believe that December is here and that 2021 is coming to an end. After this month, our Greater Calumet Chapter’s year is half over.  As we reflect, our chapter has been fortunate to have had some wonderful guest speakers share some valuable information and experiences with us.  We, the Board members, hope that each of you have been able to take and incorporate the information presented in both your professional and personal lives.

Our next technical meeting will be held on December 9, 2021 at Purdue University Northwest Student Union Library Building, Room SULB 321.  This month our meeting will be a lunch meeting beginning at 12:00p.  As in the past, we will follow the same format and begin with registration and lunch.  At 12:30p, we will start our meeting with welcoming everyone, providing announcements, and leading into the introduction of the guest speaker. Again, our meeting will also be held via zoom for those who want to participate but feel more comfortable attending in this manner.  The link to join the meeting will be posted on our website as well as in the monthly meeting announcement sent to all our members.

Our guest speaker, Mr. Robert Salinas, will be presenting on “Interactive Distracted Driving,” a topic for the modern times on an exposure that affects everyone of all ages, young and old.  Whether you’re a pedestrian, on a bike, a passenger, or driving any type of vehicle, distracted driving has become a major concern.  This presentation encourages an interactive understanding of how distractions while operating a motor vehicle significantly contribute to accident frequency and severity resulting in property damage, injury, and fatalities.  These losses affect company production and profitability.  More importantly, they can have a permanent effect on friends, family, and ourselves.  This presentation will help provide an understanding of the different types of distractions and how to recognize, reduce, and eliminate these distractions while operating a vehicle.  Mr. Salinas is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP); Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST); Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Loss Control Consultant and Construction Safety Matter Expert (CSME).  He has 36 years of construction and industrial insurance consulting experience; 5 years’ experience as a construction safety manager for the Steel Mills; and has been a member of ASSP for 41 years.

As mentioned earlier in the year, the current board members two (2) year term is coming to an end and the Greater Calumet Chapter will be holding an election to fill the positions on the board. In accordance with our bylaws, we are required to form an Elections and Nominations Committee, which consists of the following individuals:  Chairperson: Terry O’Grady, Shoji Nakayama, and Jim Jaracz. This Committee will be approving the slate of officer candidates for this upcoming election. If interested in holding a position on the board, please let one of the board members know, and we can share the details of the position and the time commitment required. If running for a board position would not work and you are interested in volunteering your time and talents to the chapter, let us know and we can let you know how you can assist.

The board members of the Greater Calumet Chapter would like to wish our students the best of luck on their finals and for those students who are graduating, the best of luck as they begin their next phase in life. Additionally, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  Please mark your calendar for our first technical meeting of 2022, which is scheduled for February 9, 2022.  Further details will be forthcoming.

Again, wishing each of you a best and safe holiday season!  Please stay healthy and safe.  

Sincerely,

Michele M. Crider
Chapter President of the Greater Calumet Chapter

Nomination and Election

Nominations and Elections will be held here soon. The committee consists of:
Terry O’Grady – Chairperson
Shoji Nakayama
Jim Jaracz

The Nominating Committee shall select qualified candidates for all elective offices. Candidate slate will be posted early 2022.

November 2021 – President Letter

Dear Members and Students,

So far this year, we have been fortunate to have two wonderful speakers who touched base on safety issues that we encounter in the safety profession.  In September, we had Mr. Joe Liberti from Cintas who spoke on the revisions to the NFPA 70E, and in October we had Mr. Jim Jaracz, an independent consultant who spoke on the elements of a written fire prevention and emergency action plans and how to incorporate emergency planning within your business.  The Greater Calumet Chapter would like to thank both of them for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our chapter.

Our next technical meeting is scheduled for November 11, 2021 where our guest speaker Mr. Pete Engelbert will be presenting “Investigating Tips and Tricks.”  Most of us know the basics of investigations. The literature is replete with standardized questions and forms. But do we know how to conduct an investigation that is rock solid and will stand up in court as definitive? In this presentation, we will look at scientific method and how it applies to investigations.  The use of evidence gathering and preservation will be explored.  The value of correct sequencing and photography skills will be highlighted. Pete will pass on over 33 years of tips and tricks on how to build an airtight conclusion to unplanned event that occur on a jobsite. Pete Engelbert holds multiple degrees including criminalistics, biology, geology and mathematics as well as soft sciences.  As well as being a member of ANSI Z9 Ventilation, Pete is also on the ASTM E34 committee on Safety and numerous other standards under ASTM, ANSI, NACE, SSPC and ISO work groups.  A past Secretary of our Chapter, he is also on several ASSP practice specialties including the Asst. Admin. of the IH Practice Specialty. Pete has conduct investigations of personnel accidents, fatalities and engineering failures around the globe and taught investigation to OSHA departments in India and Tanzania.

Our meeting will be held at Purdue University Northwest Student Union Library Building in Room SULB 321.  We will start with a hot breakfast and registration at 7AM, and at 7:30AM we will begin our meeting with welcoming everyone, providing any announcements, and lead into introducing our guest speaker.  For those who choose to attend virtually, please click on the link to attend.  We hope that everyone’s schedule will allow you to attend either in person or virtually.  Please save the date!  We look forward to seeing everyone.

As mentioned in the last “Presidents Letter,” the Greater Calumet Board will be completing their second year of their two-year term. At the end of this year, the chapter will be holding an election for new board members. If anyone is interested in a position on the board, please let one of us know, and we will be happy to provide the details of the commitment involved. A Nominating and Elections Committee and Chair will be determined and opened board positions will be made available to everyone.  If a board position does not work and you would still like to assist the chapter in a volunteer capacity, please see one of the board members, and we will be happy to let you know how you can assist.

The Greater Calumet Chapter would like to welcome some new members to our Chapter:  Mr. Bob Zalud, Mr. Brian Gereg, Mr. Carlos Vazquez, Mr. Christopher Evers, Ms. Dorothy Farris, and Mr. Rob Marotta.  We look forward to meeting each of you in the near future. 

We hope to see each of you at our November meeting, whether it is in person or virtually. We hope that everyone stays healthy and safe. 

Again, mark your calendar for November 11, 2021 at 7AM for our upcoming technical meeting!

Sincerely, Michele M. Crider
President of the Greater Calumet Chapter

September 2021 – President Letter

Dear Members and Students:

As we begin our year, the Board hopes that everyone is staying healthy.  During this summer, we met on several occasions to provide a schedule that would offer alternative opportunities for all to be able to attend our monthly meetings. I am happy to say that we have scheduled a variety of topics and times for this year’s technical meetings which we hope will work for everyone’s busy schedule.

As we move toward the start of this year, the Greater Calumet Chapter will be hosting our meetings both in person and virtually.  In person meetings will be held at Purdue University Northwest Student Union Library Building. Our first meeting will be held in Room SULB 321 on September 9, 2021 where our speaker Joseph Liberti will be presenting on the 2021 revisions to NFPA 70E.  Joe is the Senior Regional Manager of Protective Apparel at Cintas Corporation.  Joe consults with local and national companies to design PPE programs for various hazards including electrical safety, flash fire, and molten metal.  Since 2002, his primary focus has been electrical safety solutions for compliance with NFPA 70E, the standard for electrical safety in the workplace.

As in the past, our meetings will begin with registration and breakfast at 7:00 am, allowing members and students to socially reconnect with one another.  At 7:30 am, we will begin our meeting welcoming everyone, providing announcements, and leading directly into the introduction of our presenter. For those who choose to attend via Zoom, click on the link provided to attend.

This year’s ASSP Leadership Conference is scheduled for October 21, 2021 through October 22, 2021.  This event will be held virtually.  There are many opportunities, within this event, to engage in leadership development and networking amongst our fellow safety professionals.  Registration is open to all members.  We encourage everyone to consider attending this event as it is a great opportunity professionally. Please visit the ASSP website for further details regarding the conference.

This year, the Greater Calumet Board will be completing their second year of their term.  At the end of this year, the chapter will be holding an election for new board members. If anyone is interested in a position on the board, please let one of us know, and we will be happy to provide the details of the commitment involved.  If a board position does not work and you would still like to assist the chapter in a volunteer capacity, please see one of the board members, and we will be happy to let you know how you can assist.  Further details of the election processes will be provided at a later date.

We look forward to this upcoming year.  Even though we are still encountering many unknowns with this pandemic, we are encouraged that this year will be even more successful than the past.  With everyone’s support and positive energy, we will conquer and persevere.  Again, please mark your calendar for our first meeting of the 2021-2022 year on September 9, 2021.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! Please stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Michele M. Crider

Chapter President of the Greater Calumet Chapter