IU Section

Use the Contact Us page to email the chapter leadership team.

  • President
    Angela Gomez

  • Vice President
    Ashley Woods

  • Secretary
    Simona Terek

  • Treasurer
    Keilyn Mendez
  • Faculty Advisor
    Kevin Slates, Ed.D, MPA, BS, CSP

Section News

Permit Writer (Indianapolis)

Safety Management Group is seeking a Permit Writer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The key function of a Permit Writer is to put Safety at the forefront of their job, prioritize clients’ needs, work well in a team setting, be self-managed, and be flexible when it comes to change.

Overview of Job Responsibilities

  • Complete work permits (hot work, CSE, trenching, and Safe Work permits)
  • Monitor work area during the duration of open permits
  • Provide general HSE support (i.e., job observations)
  • Site safety observations, including documentation of findings
  • Facilitate corrective measures where warranted
  • Representing the contractor or Owner in progress meetings
  • Write permits that align with current construction projects
  • Verify compliance with safety policies and procedures as required by law and the Owner

Requirements

  • 5+ years of Construction permitting experience
  • A degree in safety or related is preferred
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of confined space, hot work, and general permitting

For more information visit Permit Writer.

Safety Advisor (Mt. Vernon, IN)

Safety Management Group seeks a Safety Advisor – Owner’s Rep in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

The key function of a Safety Advisor is to put Safety at the forefront of their job, prioritize the client’s needs, work well in a team setting, be self-managed, and be flexible when it comes to change and travel.

Job Requirements

  • Timely response to EHSS incidents involving 3rd party contractors
  • Including but not limited to Incident reports, pictures, witness statements, etc.
  • Immediately communicate with field personnel or management to resolve violations of EHSS and Life Saving Rules. (Note: This may also include deciding to STOP WORK.)
  • Conduct field safety audits on a daily or project-based schedule
  • Input and track audit findings to closure
  • Assist the contractor safety leader with RCAs, 5-why, etc.
  • Serve as backup for TCON (badge system) and orientation

Requirements

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health, Construction, Engineering, or related field preferred but not required (related/comparable work experience)
  • 5+ years in a plant or construction-related environment
  • Have or ability to obtain OSHA 500/501
  • Experience in Industrial Chemical Construction 
  • Experience with 29 CFR 1926, 1910, 1904, including field audit experience
  • Experience with JSA’s and LOTO 
  • Knowledge of rigging, scaffolding, fall protection, crane, and other large construction equipment
  • Proficient computer skills

For more information visit Safety Advisor.

2024 Indiana Safety and Health Conference

Registration is open for the 2024 Indiana Safety Conference and Expo. The conference is scheduled February 26-28, Monday – Wednesday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Register at www.insafetyconf.com/registration, early bird pricing ends on February 1, 2024.

The Governor’s Workplace Safety Award and the Everyday Safety Hero Award applications are now open and due January 12, 2024.  For more information visit DOL: GWSA Home (in.gov). The Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards Luncheon will be on Wednesday, February 28 12:00-1:30PM.

For more information on the annual conference, visit Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo (insafetyconf.com).

Fire Safety Month Coloring Contest

Thank you to the children of several of our Chapter members for submitting your coloring sheet for Fire Safety Month. Participants will receive a gift card from the Chapter.

For our next contest, send a picture of yourself, family or co-workers participating in a fire safety/prevention activity. The winner will receive a $50 gift card.

All entries must be submitted by November 1 to asspceu@gmail.com. Only one entry per ASSP member, the winner will be announced in the November newsletter.

ASSP Foundation News – Central Indiana Chapter Scholarships

In memory of past president Jim Kriner, the Central Indiana Chapter routinely contributes to the ASSP Foundation to provide two scholarships for college students studying occupational/environmental, safety and health with Indiana universities (ISU, IU, Purdue). Through the ASSP Foundation, each year the Chapter awards a $3,000 scholarship and a $2,000.

The 2023 Central Indiana student member recipients are Hannah Dobler and Emmanuel Alvarez.

ASSP Foundation Scholarship, funded by ASSP Central Indiana Chapter, in memory of Jim Kriner, $3,000

Hannah Dobler
Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelor’s Degree Program: Occupational Safety

ASSP Foundation Scholarship, funded by ASSP Central Indiana Chapter, in memory of Jim Kriner, $2,000

Emmanuel Alvarez
Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelor’s Degree Program: Environmental Health and Safety

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Foundation is awarding $334,500 in academic scholarships and career development grants to 153 individuals to help them achieve their educational and career goals in the occupational safety and health profession.

“For over 30 years as ASSP’s charitable arm, the Foundation has helped thousands of students and professionals continue their education in workplace safety and health,” said ASSP Foundation Chair Trish Ennis, CSP, ARM, CRIS. “The consistent support from donors shows that safety and health careers are vital in helping to protect workers everywhere.”

The 2023 awards include $305,500 in academic scholarships for 107 graduate and undergraduate students preparing for or supplementing their occupational safety and health careers at 52 colleges and universities. The ASSP Foundation is awarding $29,000 in career development grants to 46 safety students and professionals who are working to advance their careers through certification, conference attendance and similar learning opportunities. Career development grants will continue to be awarded throughout the year.

For more information visit ASSP Foundation Awards $334,500 in Scholarships and Grants and ASSP Foundation | scholarship awards.

2023 – 2025 Chapter Officers

Finding and developing new leaders is vital to sustaining the CI-ASSP Chapter. Actively involved and passionate leaders enable ASSP chapters and sections to provide valuable programming to members. Thoughtful succession planning ensures that the CI-ASSP Chapter continues to thrive under excellent leadership. Please welcome the 2023-2025 officers to the Central Indiana ASSP Board of Directors. They will begin their 2-year term on July 1!

President: Mark Frye, CSP, CHMM

President Elect: Karl Weiser, CSP, ARM, CHST

Vice President: Daniel Brewer, M.S., CHST, GSP

Secretary: Jeff Fox, CSP, CIT

Treasurer: Vince Plank, CSP

Past President: Greg Anderson, MS

Future Leaders Golf Outing Scholarship Recipients

Proceeds from the 2022 Future Leaders Golf Outing provided six $2,000 scholarships to Central Indiana Chapter Student Members. The recipients attended the 2023 Indiana Safety Conference and were awarded the scholarships at the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon. Congratulations to our recipients!

Andrew Brownfield – Indiana State University
Kenny Burnell – Purdue University
Evan Grinder – Indiana University
Aylin Minjares Lemus – Indiana University
Josh Reiter – Indiana University
Abbi Williams – Purdue University

2023 GOVERNOR’S WORKPLACE SAFETY AWARD RECIPIENTS

The Central Indiana ASSP Chapter congratulates these Hoosier employers on their recent accomplishments.

Education and Outreach Award – Gaylor Electric, Noblesville, IN

Partnership Award – Lippert Plant 50, Goshen, IN

Innovations Award – GE Aerospace Lafayette Engine Facility, Lafayette, IN

Rising Star Award – Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, IN

Rising Star Award – Oneal Manufacturing Services, Indianapolis, IN

For more information on the Governor’s Workplace Safety Award, visit DOL: GWSA Home (in.gov).

The Chapter also congratulates the 2023 Everyday Safety Hero Award recipients.

  • Jennifer Gurtner, Channel Technician, Cardinal Glass, Fremont, IN
  • John Sanders, Group Leader, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc, Lafayette , IN
  • Brandy Marsh, EHS Leader GE Aerospace Lafayette Engine Facility, Lafayette, IN
  • Mary Schrock, Laboratory Technician, CountryMark Refining, Mt. Vernon, IN
  • Larry Guitierrez, Site Manager/HSE Committee Chair with The Skillman Corporation, Merrillville, IN
  • Josh Beckedahl, Machine Team Lead with Major Tool & Machine, Indianapolis, IN

NEWS RELEASE: Hoosier Companies, Individuals Honored for Workplace Safety, Health

2023 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year

Kristi VanSoest was awarded the Central Indiana ASSP Safety Professional of the Year Award.  This award is presented to a Central Indiana ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the occupational safety and health field while also advancing the occupational safety and health profession overall.

Site Safety Representative (Indianapolis)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION (SUMMARY)
Seeking construction site safety representatives with at least 5 years practical experience in a fast paced, self-directed environment. Ability to successfully interact with all levels of construction personnel is a must.
Multiple positions available. Past training experience required. OSHA 510 certification or equivalent prerequisite required and OSHA 500 certification a plus. With several positions available, local and regional positions exist. The location of the work could potentially require applicants to temporarily relocate to the area where work will be conducted and extended stay facilities will be provided. Technical degree, transcripts, references, and sample of technical writing will be required.
Our company is a 24+ year national consulting group.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include the following, but are not limited to)
• Develop and maintain the expertise to provide instruction in technical areas of safety training.
• Perform site safety audits, complete comprehensive report of findings, including corrective plans and recommendations to ensure compliance.
• Prepare detailed reports of findings using appropriate forms, diagrams, photos and narratives to provide a clear understanding of exposures.
• Examine work sites to identify hazards in the workplace and on work sites and look for sources of potential injury to those at or near location.
• Conduct OSHA compliance and safety assessments.
• Project management to ensure project goals are met as well as technical excellence, quality and client satisfaction.
• Perform accident and injury investigations to identify safety violations and determine root cause and corrective actions.
• Manage client relationships and services on an ongoing basis.
• Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety or related field of study with 5 years of experience OR 10 years of relevant safety experience without a degree.
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to develop professionally prepared technical report and documents.
• Knowledge of Construction OSHA (29 CFR §1926) standards and regulations.

For more information visit Site Safety Representative.