ASSE Names Regional Safety Professional of the Year

For his contributions to occupational safety, health, and the environment and the SH&E profession, ASSE Region I (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) recently named Dave R. Parsons of Salem, Ore., as Regional Safety Professional of the Year. A former NAOSH Champion in 2005 and 2007, Parsons has been an ASSE member for almost 15 years and actively involved with the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter.

At the chapter level Parsons has served as vice president, president-elect, and president; chaired the chapter professional development committee, the chapter brown-bag lunch series, and dinner meetings sub-committees; served as sponsorship committee chair for the 2003 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference and executive committee co-chair for the 2005 GOSH; and served as chapter and regional nominations and elections committee chair. He is also the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Chair. He received the Columbia-Willamette Chapter SPY Award in 2005. He also serves on the national ASSE Public Relations Committee.

"Dave has continuously contributed his time and energy to Region I, the Society, and the SH&E profession," said ASSE Region I Vice President Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI. "Presenting Dave with his well deserved recognition is one of the best memories of my service as regional vice president."

Parsons is a safety and loss control consultant for the Associated General Contractors (AGC), Oregon Columbia Chapter. He presented and co-presented with other AGC safety team members to train the Wilsonville-West Linn and Salem-Keizer School Districts on safety and also participates with the Salem and Keizer Chambers of Commerce to assist with the training needs of the faculty and students. Parsons also is on the Construction Advisory Committee (CAC), which is a partnership of employer representatives and OROSHA, to review safety issues in the construction workforce and to develop best practices. He also chairs the Fleet Safety Committee whose goal is to develop a best practices pamphlet for non-CDL drivers in the construction industry.

The Regional SPY Award is given to an ASSE professional member who demonstrates technical expertise in the broad field of safety and a thorough knowledge of the operational aspects of their safety employment; participates at various levels of the Society; helps advance the SH&E profession through professional contributions such as fostering professional development, public/community services, instructing at educational institutions, involvement in codes and legislation, articles written, and working with allied groups; and leadership in establishment, maintenance, and improvement of technical or Society programs.

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