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President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for electing me as your president for 2017. I promise to work hard to make this a successful year for our local section. A big challenge is to attract new members, especially Millennials.


The results of our election are in and are as follows:   President-Elect: Chris Bradshaw (a former treasurer), Treasurer: Margaret Phillips (she volunteered for a second tour as treasurer), and 1st Year Director: Bryan Stolte (a past president of OKAIHA).  Congratulations to all! In addition, Rachel Butler, with  Marshall Environmental  Management, Inc. volunteered to be the OKAIHA secretary and was appointed to fill the position left vacant by Shannon Herrera when her husband, a U.S. Navy member, was transferred out of state. We wish Shannon and her husband good luck in their next phase of their careers.


Our next activity will be a lunch meeting on April 18 at Abuelo’s restaurant in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. Our guest speaker will be Cheri Marcham, a Director of the Board of  Certified Safety Professionals who will speak about the Certified Safety Professional examination development process. See the ad inside this newsletter.


April 28 is Worker Memorial Day. We will honor the workers who died in work-related accidents in Oklahoma in 2016 and their families. There will be an activity, hosted by the Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor, in the State Capitol at 11:30 am. We want as many OKAIHA members as possible to attend. Dr. Marshall is representing OKAIHA in the planning committee. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.


OSHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Safety Council, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have announced June 12-18 as Safe + Sound Week. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs through the Safe + Sound Campaign. Throughout this week, organizations of all sizes and any industry are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program--management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to sign-up for email updates on the event. Additional resources to assist participants in planning and promoting Safe + Sound Week activities are under development.  Please forward this information to your employers and encourage them to participate.


Jorge Delucca, - 2017 OKAIHA Local Section President