Chapter News

Annual House of Delegates Meeting — Virtual Meeting June 10th 2020

Jun 02, 2020

This year the ASSP House of Delegates will be meeting Virtually on June 10th .

There the delegates will be voting on seven (7) bylaw revisions including:

 Compliance updates, as advised by ASSP legal counsel

 Revisions to the Counsel on Practices and Standards

 A revision to professional membership requirements for elected leaders.

Below are the links to the Red-Line Bylaw Changes, FAQ and Registration for the annual meeting. Anyone can attend the virtual meeting –although only your Chapter Delegates can vote.

Bylaw Changes:

FAQs :


If you have any questions or would like to share your opinion, please contact Teresa Bonillay our Chapter Delegate at: for submittal to National for clarification.

Voting will be open until July 6th so please have your questions/comments in before then. A brief discussion will be held before the virtual speaker at the next chapter meeting on June 9th .


May 31, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the recently elected officers and delegates for our San Diego ASSP Chapter !

To say the least, these individuals will have a challenging term coming up—all the more impressive that they came forward to lead us for the coming year.

President: Scott Simerson automatically succeeds to the President position (Currently Steve Workman)

President-Elect: Wesley Williams, CHST

Secretary: Dusty Walton-Bowen, MBA, CSP, ARM, CHST

Treasurer: Chris Malicki, OHST, CHST, COSS

Delegates (2 allowed):

  • Scott Simerson
  • Steve Workman


MANY thanks to all the members submitting votes this year, as the turnout was satisfying.

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government

Apr 27, 2020

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government

The Federal government has released updated Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, which is used by States, local, tribal, and territorial governments to help protect workers and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Version 3.0 of the Guidance now includes “workers who anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that may cause workers illness or injury” as essential critical infrastructure workers. This language was added at the request of AIHA, which also led a group letter from the following organizations:

  • American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc (ABOHN)
  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

To view AIHA’s media alert on this matter, please visit

To view the updated guidance, please visit (PDF)

SD County COVID-19 Planning and Response Efforts for Business

Mar 13, 2020

COVID-19 Planning and Response Efforts

Dear Business Owner/Operator,

The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health would like to share with you the attached correspondence related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten.

For up to date information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit

Thank you,

Department of Environmental Health

2020 SD ASSP Professional Development Conference Program Finalized — Early Bird Price Ending SOON

Jan 30, 2020

Our Professional Development Conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 approaching, with Early Bird registration discount ending February 15th !!

Program Link:  SD_ASSP_PDC_Program_and_Registration_Information-final.pdf

We have again put together a very strong program of exceptional speakers covering a broad range of currently relevant topics to maintain your professional knowledge at the forefront with CEUs:

  • Earthquake Early Warning & Recovery
  • Krista Geller: Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to Cultivate and Sustain a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture
  • The Opioid Crisis: Protecting Workers at Risk (e.g., law enforcement, emergency responders)
  • Preventing, Responding & Surviving Workplace Violence or Active Shooter
  • Lunch and keynote speaker: Dr. John Howard, Director NIOSH
  • Hazardous Materials, CUPA Requirements
  • Successful Safety Programs at Local Shipyards
  • Six Lies About Work Safety Pros Believe
  • Ergonomics Made Fun & Easy for Employees
  • Monica Zech: The Real-Life Dangers of Texting and Driving!


Raffle, takeaways, and a wide variety of EHS vendor and service providers  Early Bird registration will close on February 15th.  We also have discounted group rates, and student rates.  REGISTER AT:

We’re happy to be returning to the comfortable and centrally-located Jacobs Conference Center located at 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA after last year’s successful experience  (  Meal catering again by Kitchens for Good in support of their social mission of training workers for the culinary industry and providing nutritious food to our SD community.

NOTE: Due to construction work, the traditionally ample free parking is unfortunately restricted during our event—so please consider this in your planning.  Fortunately, the Jacobs center is immediately adjacent to an MTS transit center hub for bus and trolley transportation.

We hope to see you there — and honestly feel that our conference continues to be a fantastic VALUE packed into an enjoyable and informative day networking with other EHS pros !!


San Diego ASSP Chapter PDC Conference Planning Committee