Chapter News

Calling All Construction Safety Professionals

Sep 12, 2018

ASSP Southwest Chapter is on the move!

Announcing the development of the ASSP Southwest Chapter’s Construction Section (Due early 2019).

We are looking for safety professionals working in the construction industry that would like to be a part of the development of this group. This effort is being led by Mitchell Smith SMS, CHST, STS, STSC. Mitchell is the past Chair for the Construction Section of the California San Francisco Chapter of ASSE.

Please send your contact information If you would like to be a part of the development of this group or If you are interested in possibly attending one of the upcoming Construction Section meetings.


ASSP SW Chapter Risk Assessment Study Group

Aug 14, 2018

Would you like to learn more about risk assessment techniques from your peers or want to help mentor others on techniques you have found beneficial?  The Southwest Chapter is starting a Risk Assessment Study Group that will meet in conjunction with our technical meetings.  We will meet for 30 minutes after the chapter technical meetings meeting in an informal setting and discuss various risk assessment techniques.

If you are interested in attending, please email Greg Bordner at

Presidents Message – August 2018

Aug 14, 2018

Greetings Everyone!

A historic year is upon us. On June 1, 2018 we officially changed our name to American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). I am honored to be the 1st President to serve the Southwest Chapter of the newly named ASSP. Everyone by now knows the history of this storied organization which began in 1911. What you may not know is that our chapter began in 1937, only 26 years after national. A tremendous history for a volunteer organization and none of it would be possible without you. It is no secret that we would not have come this far if it weren’t for the countless number of volunteer safety professionals who took time away from their families, jobs and hobbies and dedicated valuable time to this chapter. I speak for the entire Executive Committee and current volunteers by saying thank you.

President’s Message – December 2017

Dec 07, 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost in the books. Some of us take this time to reflect on the year. We analyze challenges we faced, challenges we overcame and maybe a few mistakes along the way.

The safety profession is one of those challenges. During our visit to SEOSU I had the opportunity to say a few words. I simply asked the students “Why, did you choose this career?”. Before they could answer I went on to explain that next to an attorney we were number two on the dislike list. After a good laugh, they shared their driven desire to create a safer work environment and to help people. What challenges will they face? How will they over-come them? Will they make mistakes?

Welcome from Donnie Chambless, Southwest Chapter President 2017-2018

Jul 24, 2017

As you know ASSE was founded in 1911 and is currently the oldest professional safety society in the world.  ASSE represents more than 36,000 members worldwide.  The Southwest Chapter alone boasts nearly 600 members plus a student section of some 60-100 students located at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant OK.

If you missed it, read that again. More than 36,000 people care so much about another human’s safety and health on the job that we dedicated our lives to the profession. We wake up daily ready to tackle whatever lies in our path to ensure a safer work environment.  While we sometimes feel like we are alone in that task, I assure you we are not.  150 chapters, 8 regions, 40 sections and 70 student sections worldwide prove that.