Welcome to the ASSP Tarheel Chapter website! The Chapter is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and has over 300 members within the Carolinas. We currently meet on the first Thursday of each month. Networking from 11:45-12:00 pm. Meeting from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. Presentations address a variety of safety, health, and occasionally environmental topics. See the Events section of the website for more information on upcoming meetings.

If you should have any questions contact any of the Tarheel Chapter Executive Committee members.

Chapter Safety Professional of the Year is Kara Van Blarcum

The 2024 Tarheel Chapter Safety Professional of the Year was awarded to Kara Van Blarcum.

“Ryan Cate encouraged me to join our local ASSP Chapter when I expressed an interest to him in learning more H&S for when I go on audits so I could do both the Env. as well as the H&S side when a single auditor is needed, and joining helped me develop that skill set. I encourage anyone else who is interested in developing a new skill set to find an organization and/or peers to help you grow as well. Thank you to Ryan, for the great advice who we continue to miss, and to the Tarheel Chapter for this recognition!”

Please join us in congratulating Kara on this well-deserved award!

ASSP Foundation Update

Applications for ASSP Foundation academic scholarships ended on February 15, 2024.

There is also an ASSP Foundation Career Development Grant Program and ASSP Foundation Family Scholarship options and both of these deadlines are 12/31/2024.

More details on these scholarships can be found: ASSP Foundation | Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available for students within the occupational safety and health field, preparing for their careers or looking to supplement their careers with additional college coursework.  Programs of study must be either directly related to the occupational safety and health field or will be utilized to support the occupational safety and health field. This can include a variety of degrees. If your degree is not directly related to occupational safety and health, you will be asked to clarify how you will be using your degree to support the field of occupational safety and health.

Proposal Response for Emergency Response Workers – Comment Period Extended

OSHA’s proposal to update an existing standard and expand safety and health protections for emergency responders, including firefighters, emergency medical service providers and technical search and rescue workers. ASSP is collecting comments:

  1. Please submit any comments to Scott Baranowski, Scottbaranowski@mindspring.com by 4/26/24.  Scott will consolidate and forward to ASSP.
  2. Even though the deadline for the comment period is 6/21/24, ASSP wants time to consolidate all the comments prior to submittal.
  3. The proposed rule was issued on February 5, 2024