February 2018 Newsletter
Posted - Feb 05, 2018

Meeting Invitation:

Come to the Hawkeye Chapter’s March Technical meeting as Dave Sullivan tells us what changed with the 2018 version of NFPA 70E, and why so many people are saying many company’s electrical standards may need to be reviewed (and possibly updated).

Location: IAMU Building (Ankeny, IA)

Date: Monday, March 5th


Lunch – 11:30 am

Presentation: 12:00 noon

Menu: Fried Chicken, Smoked Cheddar Mac, Salad, Cookies, and beverage

Topic: “NFPA 70E-2018 (What changed?)”

Speaker: Dave Sullivan (Sullivan Training & Consulting)

Please RSVP on the Chapter Website by Friday, March 2nd so we have an accurate head count for Lunch!


Chapter News:

Platinum Award

The Hawkeye Chapter was officially notified that we are receiving the Platinum Award for last year’s performance!  This is the highest honor a Chapter can receive, and it reflects the excellent work and participation from all our Chapter members.

February Technical Meeting

Despite the forecast for snow, 18 Hawkeye Chapter members joined us today for the February Technical Meeting.  Justin Slapnicka (Holmes Murphy) presented practical ideas for improving your company’s safety incident reporting program.  He mentioned that FEAR and management’s REACTION were the two major reasons why employees are afraid to report safety incidents in a timely fashion.  Employees must feel free to report issues without temper tantrums or retaliation.  Additionally, the management team must be careful with their feedback to avoid stifling response (or micromanaging the situation).

Prior to the meeting, the Hawkeye Chapter members present voted unanimously to accept the Bylaw Amendments that were proposed (related to the ASSE to ASSP name change that takes place in early June of this year).


Student Section News

You are invited to come bowling with our ISU Student Section in the Memorial Union (ISU Campus) on February 15th at 6:15 pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet our Hawkeye Chapter Student Section members and encourage some energetic up-and-coming safety professionals!

We’ll have fun bowling in the Memorial Union bowling alley, and we just might sneak in a bit of pizza and pop too!



Free Webinars and Training Videos coming soon:

Feb 7: How to Develop a Medical Emergency Response Plan.  National Safety Council is hosting a free webinar on February 7th at 10:00 am to help get your organization ready for a medical emergency in the workplace.

Mar 1st: Ladder Safety – Plan, Provide and Train to Save Lives.  Little Giant ladders is offering a free webinar to discuss the new OSHA safety regulations regarding ladders.  The webinar will be on Thursday, March 1st at 11:00 am.

Mar 5-9: Silica Exposure in the Workplace.  OSHA Training Institute Education Centers is allowing the public to view a one hour safety video for free by registering online.

Ballot for the Hawkeye Chapter 2018-2019 Executive Committee:

President: Nathan Berry

Vice President: Justin Slapnicka

Treasurer: Lidsay Gomez

Secretary: Rich Gassman

Membership Chair: Josh O’Brien

Delegate: TBA

Student Section: Joshua Jacobsen

Govt. Affairs: Joanna Wilson

*Non-elected positions: Past President: Joe Korpi, Professional Development Conference Chair: Mary Prisby

If you would like your name to be added to the ballot, please notify Joe Korpi (

January 2018 Newsletter
Posted - Feb 05, 2018

Jan 2018 Hawkeye Chapter Newsletter

Final Call for February meeting: 

RSVP today for our upcoming ASSE Hawkeye Chapter February Technical Meeting and Bylaw Update Vote (Monday, Feb 5th @ IAMU building).

As you know by now, the American Society of Safety Engineers will be changing their name to the American Society of Safety Professionals after the Safety 2018 conference in June.

As such, our Chapter bylaws need to be updated to reflect this legal name change.  The motion to amend our bylaws, and the proposed language have been posted on our Chapter website.

We will vote on the bylaw update after lunch and before our presentation.

Following the vote, members and guests will hear the presentation by Justin Slapnicka (Holmes Murphy) on revitalizing your incident reporting and investigation program.

Lunch: 11:30 am

Vote on Bylaw Update: 12:00 noon

Presentation to follow

Presentation: “Restarting your incident reporting and investigation program after your ‘Near Miss’ initiative fell apart”

Presenter: Justin Slapnicka (Holmes Murphy)

Menu: 3 Cheese Chicken, Millionaire Potatoes, Veggies, Cookie, and beverage

Please click HERE to RSVP by end of day TODAY (Friday, February 2nd) so we have an accurate head count for lunch.

Chapter News:

Last month, Hawkeye Chapter members and guests had an opportunity to tour Skarshaug Testing Laboratory in Ames, IA.


It was fascinating to see how they tested voltage gloves, insulating rubber blankets, lineman’s poles, and other electrical safety devices!



Coming soon…In our next newsletter, we will list our Ballot for the upcoming chapter election of officers to the Hawkeye Chapter 2018-2019 Executive Committee.

Upcoming Meetings:

February 5th (IAMU, Ankeny)  “Restarting your incident reporting and investigation program after your ‘Near Miss’ initiative fell apart”  (Justin Slapnicka)

March 5th (IAMU, Ankeny): “What do I need to know about NFPA 70E – 2018?” (Dave Sullivan)

April 2nd (Fudruckers, WDM): Goverment Affairs Update & Chapter Elections (Duane Otto)

May 10 (Pioneer, Johnston): Hawkeye Chapter Professional Development Conference

Proposed Amendments to Chapter Bylaws
Posted - Jan 05, 2018

This past August, ASSE members made the historic decision to change the organization’s name to the American Society of Safety Professionals.

ASSE members voted to amend Society bylaws to reflect the new name. As a separately incorporated entity, our chapter needs to hold a separate chapter member vote to change the name in our bylaws, as well.

To learn more about these proposed changes:

View the motion

View a copy of our chapter’s bylaws with the proposed amendments

We will hold a member vote on these proposed changes at an upcoming meeting of the chapter.

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