The 15th Biennial Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference was held on October 9th and 10th at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The conference was hosted by the American Society of Safety Professionals-Hawaii Chapter (ASSP Hawaiʻi).
ASSP was established in 1911 to support the efforts of occupational and environmental safety and health (OESH) professionals to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. Today the international organization has more than 38,000 members in 80 countries.
The Hawaiʻi chapter of ASSP’s membership is made up of both professionals and students. Chulee Grove, an OESM professor at HonCC, shares that student members can form a Student Section under the guidance of a chapter. HonCC OESM students formed their own section in 2007. Grove, who has been an instructor at HonCC since 1991, is the Section’s advisor.
“The college’s section is made up of OESM majors who are ASSP’s student members,” stated Grove. “The Student Section’s officers are elected by their peers.”
A list of current Chapter Officers, as well as HonCC’s Student Section officers may be viewed on the Hawaiʻi AASP website. HonCC alumnus Tristan Aldeguer, CSP, CHST, is currently serving as the Chapterʻs President.
For the past 30 years, ASSP Hawaii has hosted the Biennial Pacific Rim Safety & Health Conference to foster workplace and environmental safety in Hawaii and across the Pacific. More than 75 exhibitors and 40 speakers were featured at the Conference.
In addition to providing OESH workforce with professional development opportunities, the conferences facilitate networking opportunities, provide updates within the field and showcase the latest technology in safety equipment.
Five HonCC alumni currently serve as Chapter Officers of the ASSP Hawaiʻi Chapter.
As mentioned earlier, Aldeguer, is currently serving as the Chapter’s President. The 2009 HonCC OESM graduate is currently employed as the Health Safety Environmental Manager at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.
Marie Aldover is the Conference Chair Person for this year’s conference. The 2010 OESM graduate is also the Membership Chairperson for the ASSP Hawaiʻi Chapter. Aldover currently works as an OSHA/EPA Specialist with Oahu Transit Services, Inc.