Drone use in Industrial and Electrical Inspections the Topic for May

Posted: May 31, 2019

Mr. Mike Cardenas (left) and Dr. David J Hemmert with FIZUAS demonstrating capabilities of drones.

On May 21, 2019 the ASSP South Plains Chapter welcomed Dr. David Hemmert, Mike Cardenas and Jake Martinez with FIZUAS Lubbock. FIZUAS is one of the industry leading experts of small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) products, sensors, and accessories.

The cost of the lunch for all attendees was provided by FIZUAS – so a big thanks goes out to the entire FIZUAS team for their support of our Chapter!

The discussion and presentation centered on industrial inspection in the electrical and energy industry, but also discussed applications in emergency management and in safety for confined space entry. Being able to evaluate and diagnose problems remotely by the use of drones is and will continue to be a major advance in the safety profession.

A question was asked about becoming a drone pilot.

Drone pilots flying for hobby/recreational purposes Read More

Safety Directors from Local Area Businesses provide insight at Safety Summit

Posted: May 05, 2019

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, South Plains Chapter Past President

Texas Mutual’s Safety Summit Panelists (L to R) Pat Niekamp (moderator), Scott Ramsey, Bill Brown and Javier Rodriguez.

On April 30 the South Plains Chapter ASSP participated in the Texas Mutual’s, WorkSafe Texas Summit in Lubbock. One of the highlights of the event was the Panel Discussion with:

Pat Niekamp, Founder of the Texas CEO Magazine was the moderator for the panel.

The panel provided their insight on how they promote a positive safety culture. Safety cultures are the values, norms and everyday behaviors of an organization that can either promote or discourage safety.

All of the panelists agreed that top management must be involved in the safety program to have a positive safety culture. Read More

Erica McDowell speaks at the March ASSP Chapter Meeting

Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Erica McDowell with TDEM speaks at the March ASSP meeting.

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, ASSP South Plains Chapter

Our March 19, 2019 ASSP South Plains Chapter hosted a luncheon meeting with Erica McDowell, Lubbock District Coordinator for the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM). The luncheon was sponsored by Texas Mutual’s WorkSafe Texas Summit on April 30.

We also had another special guest attend our meeting ASSP Region III North Area Director Stephanie Johnson, CSP, CHMM. Stephanie is the EHS Area Manager for AT&T Services in Dallas and serves an important position for our Region. Thank you Stephanie for participating in our meeting.

Erica’s presentation provided key Federal, State and local resources where we can get assistance in our emergency planning and preparedness activities. Read More