February 2021 – President Letter

Dear Chapter Members and Students,

Happy New Year to all!!

It’s hard to believe that we are off and running in 2021. During this pandemic, many changes in our lives have occurred, and we have learned to persevere through the toughest times and still learn how to interact with one another as well as share our experiences within the health and safety world. Reflecting back over the first half of the year, we were fortunate enough to have had some wonderful speakers providing us with a wealth of information that could be utilized in our professional lives. The Greater Calumet Chapter would like to extend our sincere appreciation to each of them for sharing their expertise. We hope that each of our members took something from them and benefited from their knowledge. The Greater Calumet Chapter is very excited as we have a host of wonderful speakers scheduled in the upcoming months.

We will continue hosting our monthly technical meetings via Zoom. The link to join is available below and on our Chapter website. We will continue following our standard format where we will open the meeting at 7:00am, allowing members and students to socially reconnect with one another. At 7:30am, we will begin our meeting welcoming everyone, providing any announcements, and leading into the introduction of our guest speaker.

Our next meeting will be held on February 11, 2021. Our guest speaker Angela DeLong Banerjee will be presenting on “Slip, Trips, and Falls.” Data and studies show slip/trip/falls are the second most common employee incident type. When most victims have been walking for decades, why is this still a problem? What are we missing that’s tripping us up? We’ll explore tactics to reduce employee and public slip/trip/fall exposures as well as factors to review in your incident analyses. The session related to same-level falls will include the “people factors” which you may or may not be able to control, as well as the indoor and outdoor conditions to target for risk reduction.

Angela is a CSP and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University as well as the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) designations. As the Director of Loss Control at Acuity, Angela oversees Loss Control training, quality auditing, system enhancements, and resource development for 54 field Loss Control Representatives.

She has worked in loss control, safety consulting, and customer training within insurance companies for 25 years. Her field experience includes risk assessment, driver and employee safety consultation, and safety management training for trucking companies, construction operations, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, warehousing, and many other industries.

An article In December’s issue of the Professional Safety Journal of the American Society of Safety Professionals (PSJ) shares a current ASSP member’s vision of OSH professionals providing services pro bono in their communities with charities they support. Because of his personal desire to help, the inception of “Safety for NonProfits Inc.” (S4NP) was established. I encourage everyone to take a moment to either read the article or visit their website at www.s4np.org to learn more about how you can help.

Just a friendly reminder that there is still time to sign up for the 2021 Indiana Safety and Health Conference and Expo. This virtual event will be held March 1, 2021 through March 3, 2021. This event provides a wide range of educational sessions as well as continuing education credits. If interested, go to their website at www.INSafetyConf.com. The virtual conference is presented by the ASSP Central Indiana Chapter and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in partnership with INSafe and the Coalition for Construction Safety. There is still an opportunity to take advantage of the “Early Bird Discount” which ends on February 1, 2021.

We continue to encourage our members of the Greater Calumet Chapter to share professional experiences and skills amongst other members and students within our chapter. If interested in volunteering, please contact one of our board members, and we can let you know how to assist.

Our following technical meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone virtually February 11, 2021!


Michele Crider

President of the Greater Calumet Chapter

November 2020 President Letter

Dear Members and Students:

Hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!

We would like to extend our thanks to our guest speaker Mr. Greg Byrne for presenting at our October meeting on Hot Topics in Fleet Safety – Technology & More.

Our next technical meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2020.  Our guest speaker is Mr. Jim Seneczko of AFC International.  His topic is See What Can’t be Seen,” a discussion about the complex world of gas and vapor detection instrumentation for toxicity assessment and risk analysis. As safety professionals, it is our responsibility to reduce or mitigate the risk involved when gas and vapor hazards could be encountered. These types of instruments have become the gold standard for the detection and quantification of toxic and combustible gases and vapors. Please save the date!

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October 2020 President Letter

Dear Members and Students,

Hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!

We would like to extend our thanks to our guest speaker Brian Oczepak for presenting at our September meeting on “Leadership – Utilizing ASSP Leadership Opportunities to Transform Your Personal Leadership Performance.”

Our upcoming technical meeting will be held on October 8, 2020. Our guest speaker is Mr. Greg Byrne from Nationwide Insurance.  His presentation will encompass current trends in auto accidents including the impact of COVID and nuclear verdicts.  Additionally, he will discuss how technology is leading the way in fleet safety including: advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), dash cams, telematics, driver apps, gamification, and distracted driving prevention.  Greg has a BS in Engineering Technology.  His career began as a construction safety consultant for major insurers in the Chicago areas.  He has over 15 years of consulting with long-haul truckers in fleet safety.  As a Senior Consultant he directs Nationwide’s loss control efforts in fleet safety and coordinates Nationwide’s customer telematics trials and programs.  Please save the date!

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