IU Section

Seeking Speakers for the 2017 Indiana Health and Safety Conference

Posted: Aug 01, 2016

2017 Indiana Health and Safety Conference & Expo Speaker Submission Instructions

The Central Indiana Chapter of the ASSE and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce we are now seeking qualified speakers for the 2017 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo, February 28-March 2, 2017, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s conference theme is “Everyday Heroes.” Please note: we are NOT seeking keynote speakers for this conference.

We are also seeking exhibitors for the exhibition hall, particularly exhibitors with participative demonstration capability.   If you are interested in getting your message to nearly 1,000 of the Midwest’s most influential EHS professionals, this is your opportunity!  Please visit www.INSafetyConf.com for further information on vendor registration.

The 2017 Indiana Safety and Health Conference will provide a forum for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals to:

  •  Identify key issues facing SH&E professionals
  • Expand their knowledge and professional skills
  • Prepare for the challenges in the SH&E fields
  • Engage in the dialog concerning the profession
  • Identify emerging issues relevant to SH&E

The committee is particularly interested in advanced, technically-oriented and practical presentations.

Turning in a presentation abstract does not guarantee you a spot on the agenda. The conference planning committee will decide from the submitted presentations which are appropriate for the 2017 agenda.

Information that is required to complete the CFP form includes:

  • All speaker(s) contact info
  • Speaker biography (in paragraph format; further instructions on form)
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation description (max 200 words)
  • Presentation learning objectives (three bullet points)
  • Presentation abstract for brochure (three bullet points)
  • Education level
  • Appropriate employer size of session attendee
  • Other information as requested on form


Access the CFP form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Safety17_CFP

The due date for the CFP form to be returned is August 12, 2016. Due to promotional and continuing education deadlines, late entries will not be considered.

Please read the following important information in its entirety.

Benefits of Speaking at the 2017 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo

  • Exposure to 800+ total attendees
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise/knowledge in the safety, health and environmental field
  • List of attendee contact information (mail and phone number) in advance of the conference and final list after the conference
  • Opportunity to network with potential new clients, consisting of c-level executives, company decision-makers, purchasing managers, and safety professionals
  • Complimentary full conference registration, including all networking and meal functions
  • One night complimentary hotel stay
  • Name and company listed on all promotions
  • Contact information featured on conference web site


Speaking Requirements

Speaker proposals are evaluated objectively by the Indiana Safety and Health Conference Planning Committee with consideration of the following criteria:

  • Degree to which the proposed session meets the conference/program objectives, as outlined above
  • Presentation skills and experience of the speaker
  • Desirability of the topic to the conference attendees


Successful applicants must comply with all provisions and guidelines outlined in this email and on the CFP form. The proposal must articulate the specific qualifications and experience of each presenter to speak on the proposed topic(s) and include: education (degree, institution, area of study), professional credentials (licenses, certifications, designations) that are recognized and/or accredited as well as documented experience that demonstrates expertise in the subject area of the proposal. There is no set list of credentials or degrees.

Proposals to present also must contain sufficient detail to allow the selection committee to understand the learning objectives and how the proposed session will meet those objectives.

Demonstrations/Visual Aids

All use of demonstrations must comply with federal and state safety regulations, as well as the rules and regulations outlined by the conference venue (Indiana Convention Center). Lack of compliance with any safety regulations will disqualify you from speaking at future Indiana Safety and Health Conferences.

Multiple Submissions

No more than three proposals (including workshops), from any one speaker will be considered. Please complete a separate application form for each proposed submission/workshop.

PowerPoint Presentations

All PowerPoint presentations must follow certain stylistic guidelines if they are provided to you by the Indiana Chamber, to include amount of info per slide, size of text, etc.

Speaker Payment Policy

No speaker honorarium or fees will be paid to any breakout and/or workshop speaker for this conference. We do not cover meals outside of those provided at the conference, nor provide a per diem.

Speaker Travel Policy

We will provide up to one night (one room per speaker) at the conference hotel only (Courtyard Marriott and Springhill Suites Marriott in downtown Indianapolis) for speakers traveling from outside of central Indiana. All other travel costs incurred are the responsibility of the speaker (subject to change).


Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are available for the conference. View benefits here. You may also contact Jim Wagner at jwagner@indianachamber.com or (317) 264-6876 for more info.

Indiana University ASSE Section Wins 2015-16 Outstanding Student Section Award

Posted: Jun 17, 2016

The Indiana University, Bloomington ASSE Student Section has been selected as the recipient of the 2015–2016 MSA Outstanding Student Section Award. The 2016 OSSA Evaluation Committee was extremely impressed with the section’s application. The student section was strong in all three critical areas – Professional Development, Research, and Campus and Community Involvement. The quality of research conducted by the members was outstanding and the committee was impressed with the desire to take the research and potentially present it at the ASSE Professional Development Conference in Atlanta this June. The OSSA evaluation committee members were also impressed with both the number and quality of the technical meetings that were held. The IU Bloomington ASSE student section may be small, but it has accomplished a great deal.

As this year’s winner, the section was invited to send a student representative to SAFETY 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia to collect the award personally. The monetary honorarium and plaque will be presented during the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday, June 26, at 12:00PM. This year’s House of Delegates meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel Grand Ballroom from 12–3:30PM.

The student section will also be recognized at the 2016 Future Safety Leaders Conference, to be held November 3-4, 2016 at the Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Information on this year’s conference will soon be available at http://www.asse.org/fslc.

Mine Safety Appliances Co. and ASSE are proud to present the IU section with a $6,000 award.  $4,000 of the funds are to be used as a scholarship fund for at least two deserving members of the section, as selected by Indiana University, Bloomington, within the 2015-2016 academic year.  Further, $1,000 of the total award will be granted to an instructor or professor to further student research (i.e. seed money to buy equipment to be used by students in a research project).  The remaining $1,000 will be used to fund travel of the section’s student representative, to and from the ASSE Professional Development Conference to receive the award.

Congratulations IU ASSE Student Section members for your outstanding efforts and accomplishment!

Pictured below at Safety 2016 House of Delegates meeting in Atlanta, GA (from right to left):  Chet Brandon Chapter President-Elect, Christina Merriott Chapter President, Willie Sease IU Section President, Nick Zaberdac IU Section Vice President and Vince Plank Chapter Past President.

OSSA Award Safety 2016 HOD

4th Annual CI ASSE Annual Golf Outing

Posted: May 04, 2016

It was a beautiful day at West Chase Golf Club in Brownsburg last Friday.  We had 17 teams at this year’s event and 75 attendees for lunch.  Lonnie Bedwell’s story is remarkable and the food from Dawon’s Too was excellent too.  This event has increased in popularity each year since the inaugural outing in 2012.  Thanks again to our sponsors and golfers.


Our 2016 ASSE Golf Outing Sponsors


Faculty Spotlight : Randy Evans – Occupational Saftey and Health manager for IU

Posted: May 03, 2016

Mr. Evans is the occupational health and safety manager for all of the Indiana University campuses statewide. Mr. Evans detailed his departments’ everyday duties as well as the extent for which his departments’ responsibilities reached.  Mr. Evans also discussed the contributions of his colleagues, and attributes their combined successes to the various backgrounds from which they came.  Those backgrounds include environmental health, Construction, and Industrial hygiene. 

“Seeing is believing”-Edge Safety Eyewear Training

Posted: May 03, 2016

Edge Eyewear is a state of the art eyewear safety company based out of Oregon. Indiana University students had the pleasure of attending a safety tutorial presented by Neil Powell, an Edge eye wear representative, where students received great training, a certification and a free pair of safety glasses.  The certification workshop included the following objectives: To provide an understanding of ANSI standards relating to safety eyewear and to educate individuals on the major myths vs. facts pertaining to safety eyewear The training tutorial was based of ANSI Z87.1+ 2010, which is a test for minimum performance measure for eyewear protection.  Edge eyewear was tested at ICS Laboratories INC against the ANSI Z87.1+2010 standard, where it excelled against the likes of other brands in the industry. The Safety eyewear passed many impact tests including, high mass impact, high velocity impact and penetration test and looked flawless after all three tests. The brand also passed all optical test including luminous transmission, refractive power and resolving power test associated with ANSI standards.

IU Safety Program Welcomes New Professor – Dr. Todd Smith

Posted: May 03, 2016

1. Please provide a brief description of your professional background and of your position within Indiana University-Bloomington’s Department of Applied Health Science.

I began my career in the safety field after I completed my Master of Science in Safety Management degree at West Virginia University in 1995.  That summer, I started working as a safety consultant for a small safety consulting company out of Columbia, South Carolina, while living in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The next spring, I took a position in Chapel Hill, NC with RISCORP (a company out of Sarasota, FL), which was soon purchased by Zenith Insurance Company.  I worked for Zenith Insurance full time as a safety consultant in North Carolina until 2006.  In August of 2006, I started my doctoral degree at the University of Georgia, College of Public Health.  At UGA, I taught occupational safety and health and injury prevention courses.  I was also a graduate research assistant within the Workplace Health Group working on large research projects with Dow Chemical and Union Pacific Railroad and on various firefighter safety projects.  I continued to work part-time for Zenith Insurance as a safety consultant until 2009.  I graduated with my doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2010.  I took a position as an Assistant Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Once on board, I became the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management Program, which we began developing in 2010.  We started enrolling students in 2012.  I led that program until the summer of 2015.  I started here at IU-Bloomington in the safety unit in August 2015.

Dr. Al Capuano : “Recommendations for Students”

Posted: May 03, 2016

Background and position with IU-Bloomington’s Department of Applied Health Science.

I taught high school (Health Science) for three years and then went to Kent State University as a graduate assistant in 1967.  I finished my Masters in 1968 and then taught at Kent State University for the next eight years.  In 1976 I took a leave of absence from KSU and went to Brigham Young University on a teaching fellowship.  I completed my Doctorate in 1978 and started my safety career in Louisville, Kentucky working for a cement manufacturer.  For the next 34+ years I worked in safety for ICI Americas, Inc. – Wilmington, DE (seven years), and then finished my safety career from 1987 through 2009 at The Heritage Group in Indianapolis.  After I retired, I started my own consulting company and became an Adjunct Professor at Indiana in 2009.  In 2015 Indiana University gave me the opportunity to become a Visiting lecturer.”

Christina Merriot – ASSE Central Indiana Board President Presentation

Posted: May 03, 2016

On Monday, November 9, 2015, we had the pleasure of having the Central Indiana ASSE Board President and safety representative for the Milestone Contractors LP, Christina Merriott, to speak at our student chapter meeting. Christina began her career as an estimator for MC, and then transitioned into a safety role five years later. She also went on to tell of personal experiences working in the profession, shared funny stories, and reflected upon her professional career paths and gave recommendations for those of us just starting out.