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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

April 2021 – President Letter

Dear Members and Students:

The Greater Calumet Chapter hopes all is well with everyone.  Since our last correspondence, we have been fortunate to have had three wonderful speakers. In February, Ms. Angela DeLong Banerjee presented on “Slip, Trips, and Falls,” and in March, Mr. Jeff Brassel presented on “The Importance of Water Supply Analysis in an Era of Aging Infrastructure.”  In April, we had Mr. Brian Rempert present on “Ventilation-Effectiveness of Removing Airborne Virus Utilizing the veriDART System.” The Chapter would like to extend our gratitude to them all for sharing their expertise. In turn, the Board Members hope that everyone took something from them and benefited professionally from their knowledge.

Our next technical meeting will be on Thursday, May 13, 2021.  Northwest Indiana Business Round Table (NWIBRT) will be hosting a Virtual Spring Safety Seminar 2021 “Maintaining Employee Engagement and Focus.” This topic is important for companies in today’s competitive workforce.  Engagement helps reduce turnover and can make employees feel passionate about their jobs. You can register through this link. Registration is free for all ASSP members.  This safety seminar will be held virtually through Zoom.  All times are provided in CST.  If interested, NWIBRT is still seeking sponsors for this event (please refer to the registration link).

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us and preparations for next year (2021-2022) will begin soon.  The Board of the Greater Calumet Chapter hopes that its members benefited both professionally and personally from the presenters this year.  Ideas of topics for the upcoming year are welcome.  If anyone has suggestions or knows of anyone that would be willing to present, please get in contact with one of the Board Members and we will reach out to them to see if they are available to assist next year (2021-2022).  We are also looking for ideas where our Chapter can be more present amongst the local businesses within our community.  If anyone knows where our assistance would be beneficial, please let us know, so we can work toward providing the support to that individual business.

In our announcements at our March meeting, we mentioned that the chapters within the ASSP organization were getting ready for election of new officers.  According to the Greater Calumet Chapter Bylaws, we hold our elections every other year.  With that said, the current Board has one more year to serve this Chapter.  Next year, we will need to begin the process of electing new officers. The Board continues to reach out to each of you to consider volunteering your time to the Chapter.  Board positions, at the chapter level, can further provide opportunities to enhance leadership skills and share professional expertise with everyone.  Consider assisting the Chapter and becoming a Board Member where your ideas and expertise can further enhance this Chapter in a positive direction.  If interested, please let the Board know, and we will inform you on how you can assist.

The Greater Calumet Chapter Board hopes that everyone continues to be safe.  We hope that you will be able to participate in the Spring Seminar hosted by NWIBRT on May 13, 2021.

Sincerely,

Michele M. Crider
President of the Greater Calumet Chapter