Applications for the ASSP Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship and Grant Program are being accepted

Posted: Nov 01, 2017

This is a reminder that applications for the ASSP Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship and Grant Program are being accepted until December 1 at 11:59pm EST! Be sure that all applications are turned in before the due date to be considered for an award.

This coming year more than $350,000 will be available to members of the safety community, including multiple Impact Scholarships of $10,000 or more in value.

Learn more about the program and complete your application online at

OSHA’s Dan Hobelman provides Top 10 List of Frequent Violations at Chapter Meeting

Posted: Oct 31, 2017

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

On October 25, 2017 the ASSE South Plains Chapter once again hosted Mr. Dan Hobelman, Compliance Officer with the Lubbock Area OSHA Office for the annual

Dan Hobelman, Compliance Officer with the Lubbock Area OSHA Office, speaks at the ASSE Chapter meeting in October 2017.

OSHA Update. ASSE members and guests met a new location, Red Zone Café in Lubbock.

During this year’s annual OSHA update, Dan provided an excellent presentation on FY17 preliminary data on OSHA’s Top Ten Violations and then provided a quick overview of OSHA’s new Silica standard for the Construction industry. The following is a summary of the Top 10:

#1 – Fall Protection in Construction Work (29 CFR 1926.501)

OSHA requires employers to provide fall protection when working at heights of 6 feet or more.  The type of fall protection system (guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems) used depends on the work being done.  Most OSHA violations were on fall protection in residential construction including working on roofs with unprotected edges and open sides. Read More

Getting into compliance with the New Emergency Preparedness Rule for Medicare/Medicaid Providers and Suppliers

Posted: Oct 23, 2017

By Renee Witherspoon, MS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Past President (2012-2015) ASSE South Plains Chapter and Chair of the Lubbock County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

On September 8, 2016 the final rules on the Emergency Preparedness (EP Plan) Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Providers and Suppliers was published in the Federal Register.  With the compliance deadline a little less than a month away on November 15, 2017, providers are scrambling to get the last details of their emergency plans together to meet the four core elements of the regulation.

The four core elements are:

  • Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Communication Plan
  • Training and Testing

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