DES PLAINES, IL – As businesses, schools and communities go green, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) occupational safety and health professional members are working with their organizations to incorporate safety practices in line with green initiatives.
A recent ASSE Hospitality Branch report noted, “While greening efforts eliminate or reduce some traditional risks, they may increase existing risks or introduce new ones for workers.” To address this issue, the ASSE Chicago chapter is providing educational work-safety programs for the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative. Other ASSE members are also sharing their greening experiences with the society.
ASSE Chicago members Allen Borzych and Neil Silins, through the chapter’s Outreach Committee, are providing safety, health and environmental (SH&E) training to students in the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, an organization aimed at “developing a skilled workforce ready to meet employer demands in the new green market and to capture new employment opportunities for Chicagoland low-skilled individuals.”
The ASSE Chicago chapter also works with the local Economic and Employment Development Council, an organization that provides training for the unemployed seeking jobs and for those formerly incarcerated. The ASSE members provide an Introduction to Safety presentation.