September 19 meeting – POSTPONED to September 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Posted - Sep 19, 2017

Due to all of the response activities regarding the recent hurricane in the gulf, we have had to postpone our regular meeting on Sept. 19, and move it to Sept. 26. at 6:30 p.m. at River Smiths Chicken and Catfish in Lubbock.  Come at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and networking.

According to an email from Ben Maldonado, our President, we will be doing a Roundtable Discussion on several construction-related issues including:

  • Mulitple employer worksites
  • Fall protection (controlling/exposing)
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Housekeeping
  • New Crystalline Silica Standard

Sorry for the late notice on the meeting change.  Hope to see you there.


TTUHSC hosts Lunch and Learn on Biological Safety Cabinets
Posted - Aug 30, 2017

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Past President South Plains Chapter (2012-2015)

Kate McKee and Bernie Schwartz with ThermoFisher Scientific’speak at TTUHSC on BSCs.

On July 25, 2017 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock again welcomed special guest speaker Bernard (Bernie) Schwartz, Product Specialist with the Laboratory Equipment Division of ThermoFisher Scientific.  Bernie’s presentation was on Biological Safety Cabinets or BSCs.  Kate McKee, MS, Territory Sales Representative with ThermoFisher was also present and assisted in the event. The program was a “Lunch and Learn” with ThermoFisher sponsoring the luncheon. A second hour of training was also provided where he focused on facility and engineering requirements for BSCs. This program was TechLinked to the regional campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Permian Basin and at the El Paso main campus.

BSC’s and their Designations

A BSC is a primary containment device used when working with infectious microorganisms [Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and 3 (BSL-3) agents].  BSCs are designed to provide personnel, environmental and product protection when appropriate practices and procedures are followed. Because it is a primary containment device, it must be routinely inspected and maintained to ensure proper operation. BSCs must be certified annually for sufficient airflow and filter integrity.

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Region III ASSE Response to Harvey
Posted - Aug 28, 2017

Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to all of our Region III colleagues their families and communities that have been and continue to be impacted by “Harvey” and its aftermath.

8/31/17 Update from Region III Leadership

Hello Members of ASSE,

Like all of us, the last several days have left us at a complete loss for words. While the news repeated statements such as devastation, epic, and unprecedented I stood by feeling helpless, anxious and eager. Through the abundance of text messages and emails we all received from friends and family across the country, there is no doubt that we WILL be back…better than ever…and dare we say, it’s going to be honor to play even a small part of that.  Monetary donations can be made thru the following link:

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