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.

Rights to Employee Representation During Inspections

OSHA published a final rule clarifying the rights of employees to authorize a representative to accompany a compliance offer during an inspection of their workplace.

According to the final rule, a non-employee representative may be “reasonably necessary based upon skills, knowledge or experience,” which may include knowledge or experience with hazards or conditions in the workplace or similar workplaces, or language or communication skills to ensure an effective and thorough inspection.

“These revisions better align OSHA’s regulation with the OSH Act and enable the agency to conduct more effective inspections, “OSHA says, adding that its “regulations require no specific qualifications for employer representatives or for employee representatives who are employed by the employer.”

Nominations for Elections 2024 – 2025


Michelle Hyatt, COSS (Certified Occupational Safety Specialist) is the HSE Specialist for IPEX USA LLC (P2) in Pineville, NC and has worked in the safety industry for over 11 years.  She has served on the Executive Committee for the Tarheel ASSP Chapter for the past 2 years.  She currently is responsible for the health, safety, and environmental activity programs for a thermoplastic pipe fittings manufacturer. The facility is scheduled to be fully automated by end of year 2024. Michelle has been involved in the designs and training regarding the implementation of the automated equipment. Michelle’s responsibility during this multi-million-dollar implementation, has been to ensure machines are designed with healthy ergonomics, safety features, and environmental considerations for the overall success of the facility.  Her previous experience also included HSE Consultant for KPA, and Safety Specialist for Wheel Pros (Hoonigan Industries).  Michelle has an extensive history of volunteer service to her community and to her church and is looking forward to continuing her support of the members and leadership of the Tarheel ASSP Chapter.

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