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Two Safety Experts Honored as ASSP Fellows

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Joel Haight and Pam Walaski are the 2022 recipients of the Society’s highest honor.

Haight, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CIH, FASSP, is professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he conducts research on topics such as human factors engineering, biomechanics and safety engineering. He has been an ASSP member since 1985 and served on the Society’s Board of Directors from 2018-21. Haight has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters and proceedings papers.

Haight is editor of three editions of “The Safety Professionals Handbook,” a key resource for practicing safety professionals. He mentors students and helps them enter the workforce through his professional collaborations in many industries. Haight also provides consultation and training to businesses on process safety management, root- cause analysis and human factors engineering. His work has led to thousands of people being safer on the job.

Walaski, CSP, FASSP, is senior program director for Specialty Technical Consultants Inc. and an adjunct faculty member for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Safety Sciences Department. She will become ASSP’s senior vice president on the Board of Directors on July 1, serving as the Society’s president in 2024-25. Walaski is a published author and widely respected speaker and safety trainer who has been an ASSP member since 2003.

Walaski is a driving force behind the expansion of the safety profession. She helped build a donation to the ASSP Foundation that exceeded $55,000 for recurring student scholarships through the Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Her trip to China in 2010 brought new colleagues into the Society while growing its diversity. And as an early adopter of social media, Walaski uses the platforms to broadly promote occupational safety and health careers.

The new Fellows will be honored at ASSP’s Safety 2022 Professional Development Conference and Exposition, held June 27-29 in Chicago. The global event will bring together thousands of safety professionals to learn about best practices, industry trends and the latest product innovations in the occupational safety and health field.

For more information, visit https://www.assp.org.

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