ASSE Name Change and Dues Increase announced at Region III ROC Meeting in February

ASSE Region III Vice President (RVP), Steve Gray met with Chapter Leadership at the Regional Operating Committee (ROC) conference call on February 17, 2017.  Chapter President, Ben Maldonado, and Chapter Past-President, Renee Witherspoon were in attendance.

Rick McCain and Steve Jablon provided updates on the 2017 Professional Development Conference (PDC) which will be held on September 11-13, 2017 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas.  Although the PDC Conference Committee has received many submissions for speakers, they are needing additional sponsors and exhibitors.  Steve asked that each Chapter bring in at least two sponsors or exhibitors to the conference to assist.  Go to to register.

Coming up on April 7-9 is the Student Leadership Conference in Edmond Oklahoma.  It’s the largest event in ASSE for students, so the Student Leadership Planning Committee would like to ask if each Chapter in Region III could step-up and make a monitery donation that would help offset the cost to students.  The planning committee anticipates the cost for local students to be $60/person or $125/person for students that may have to travel and stay in a hotel.

The big news is that ASSE is considering a name change in an effort to rebrand the Society.  This name change will also include a logo change.

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Brian Bailey speaks on OSHA’s New Walking and Working Surfaces Standard at January Meeting

Brian Bailey, OHST, speaking at the South Plains Chapter meeting in January.

ASSE Professional Member and President of the ASSE Panhandle ChapterBrian D. Bailey, M.Eng., OHST, was the speaker at the January 17, 2016 meeting of the South Plains Chapter.

Brian is the Senior Safety Consultant at Xcel Energy in Amarillo and spoke about OSHA’s recent update to Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces.”  This final rule became effective January 17, 2017, and has several compliance deadlines coming later in the year and in following years.

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Tier II Reporting: Recommendations for Error-Free Submissions in Texas

by Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, South Plains Chapter President (2012-2015) and member of the Lubbock County LEPC

March 1st, 2017 is the deadline once again for the annual submission of the Tier II Report for 2016. The Tier II Report is required under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act or EPCRA.

As of September 1, 2015 the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program has moved to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), so some new requirements and updated contact information and addresses have been added. Below is our new contact information for Texas filers.

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