Puget Sound Chapter 2018-2019 Officer Election

Posted: Apr 18, 2018

Text: Chapter elections for the 2018-2019 officers will be by e-vote. Ballots will be sent by email, click here for the nominees for the Puget Sound Chapter Officers. Officers will take office July 1, 2018.

Any question about the election process should be directed to the Ryan Lancaster,, Chapter President.

Proposed Amendments to Chapter Bylaws

Posted: Jan 02, 2018

This past August, ASSE members made the historic decision to change the organization’s name to the American Society of Safety Professionals.

ASSE members voted to amend Society bylaws to reflect the new name. As a separately incorporated entity, our chapter needs to hold a separate chapter member vote to change the name in our bylaws, as well.

To learn more about these proposed changes:

We will hold a member vote on these proposed changes at an upcoming meeting of the chapter.

ASSE Communities Recognize Safety Professionals of the Year

Posted: Jul 05, 2017

Congratulations Morgan.  This is well deserved.

Industrial Hygiene – Morgan Bliss, CSP, CIH Puget Sound Chapter, Assistant Professor, Central Washington University

Full details:

ASSE Communities Recognize Safety Professionals of the Year


New Washington Distracted Driving Law goes into effect July 23, 2017

Posted: Jul 05, 2017

No hand-held cell phone use

  • Drivers may not use hand-held cell phones while they are driving, stopped in traffic, or at a stop light. This includes tablets, laptops, games, or other hand-held electronic devices.
  • Drivers may not watch video while they drive.
  • This does not apply if a driver is contacting emergency services.
  • Drivers can use hand-held devices when they are parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic.


Hands-free use is allowed

  • Hands-free use, such as through Bluetooth, is allowed as is a single touch to start a function. Start GPS or music before you drive.


Dangerously distracted

  • You can also get a $99 ticket for other types of distractions such as grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.


Not included

  • Some things are not included in the law. Transit and emergency vehicle drivers are exempt. Drivers of commercial vehicles must follow federal laws.
  • Two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment are not included in the law.



  • The first ticket will cost at least $136. Get a ticket again within five years, and those tickets cost at least $234. Unlike current law, which exempts cell phone violations from being reported to insurance companies, all violations will be available to insurance companies.

Calling all Puget Sound Chapter Members. CWU and the SHM Program need your support!

Posted: Feb 23, 2017

Support to procure EHS-related books, manuals, codes, and study guides for the Central Washington University’s (CWU) Safety and Health Management (SHM) Program.

The SHM Program at CWU, which is part of the Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction Department at CWU, is housed in the Hogue Technology Building. Employers regard it as one of the best four-year safety degree program in the western United States. Many of our graduates work in the greater Portland area. The program has grown recently admitting 36 students each year, and even more in the coming years.

The program currently has a 2,000 square foot state-of-the-art laboratory space (Capital Safety SHM Lab). With the growth in enrollment, the SHM program’s dedicated lab space was considerably inadequate to meet the lab-intensive program needs. Hence, based on the program’s request, CWU recently dedicated an 800 square foot space (SNC-Lavalin SHM Classroom) to the program, which has been converted into a Lab Classroom with a reading room. The reading room has new book shelving compartmentalized by major SHM specialty areas. These topics include; Construction, Industrial Hygiene, Process Safety, Risk Management, Ergonomics, Emergency Planning, and Basic Principles. The books will serve as up to date reference material for students to further their education in safety and be a viable resource for our department, as well as surrounding departments.

I am writing to request your assistance to procure EHS-related books, manuals, codes, and study guides for the reading room. The project is taken on by the ASSE Student Section this year and it has become our goal to better the learning environment for the classes that follow. An amazon wish list has been created with the support of NIOSH, OSHA, NFPA, and ACGIH’s recommendation materials. Certain materials have been selected that are relevant to the SHM program here at Central Washington University. We encourage each ASSE chapter to pledge to the program and help foster its ever expanding growth by forwarding this request to its members. The wish list is only advisory, any other materials that are thought to enhance the major will graciously be accepted.

It would be most desirable for the library to be filled by the beginning of next fall quarter (early September 2017) for the upcoming cohorts to have access to them. For further information please contact the ASSE Club Special Projects Coordinator at Central Washington University, please see contact information below. The list can be found at Amazons registry under CWU ASSE the wish list is titled SHM Reference Material. A mailing address is also provided below for your convenience.

Thank you for your generosity,

ASSE Club Central Washington University

Search Amazon: CWU ASSE – SHM Reference Material

Special Projects Coordinators:

Sefra Mendall

Lucas Winkleman

Shipping Address:  400 East University Way, MS 7584, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7584, Attn: Sathy Rajendran