Nominations Are Open for 2018-2019 Hawaii Chapter Officers

Posted: Feb 06, 2018

Aloha ASSE Hawaii Chapter Members,

As the Past President of the Hawaii Chapter, one of my duties is to chair the nominations and elections committee for the coming year election. Per our bylaws, our President Mary Sullivan has selected Mahea Villanueva as her appointee, and I have selected Robert McCarthy as the third member of our committee. Now that the committee is established, our next step is to inform all of you – the members that nominations are open for the following elected positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Member at Large and
  • 2 Delegates to the House of Delegates positions

If you know of someone who you believe would make a good officer, and they wish to be nominated, please send one of us a nomination notice. You may also self-nominate. Following nominations, qualified candidates will be asked to prepare a platform statement that will be sent to members and posted on our website. Information on qualifications and respective duties of the 7 elected positions are provided below. We will be publishing a preliminary slate of qualified nominees for the 2018/2019 fiscal year on March 15th.

Please Note – There are other non-elected and non-voting positions on our Executive Committee which are open to volunteers, so if you are interested or you know of someone who is interested in other opportunities to be involved in the leadership of our chapter, please let us know as well.

Terri Watkins, Chairperson
Mahea Villanueva
Robert McCarthy
Nominations and Elections Committee
ASSE Hawaii Chapter


Qualifications: Each elected Chapter officer shall have been a Society member in good standing for at least one year prior to taking office; exceptions must be approved by the Regional Vice President. However, only a Professional Member or Member may hold the offices of President, President‐Elect, or Delegate to the House of Delegates.


The President shall:
a) Preside at regular and special meetings of the Chapter Executive Committee and the membership.
b) Represent the Chapter at meetings of other organizations where official representation of the Chapter is desirable.
c) Be a representative for the Chapter at the Area Operating Committee or Regional Operating Committee meetings.
d) Provide leadership for programs and activities for the Chapter during the term of office.
e) Appoint such committees as are necessary to implement the objectives of the Chapter.
f) Submit Annual Report of Chapter activities to the Regional Vice President and Society Headquarters by August 15th.
g) Submit the names of Chapter officers and delegate(s) elected for the ensuing year annually by June 1st to the Regional Vice President and Society Headquarters.
h) Ensure the proper implementation with approved governance practices.

The Vice President shall:
a) Succeed to the office of the President and carry out its duties if the President is unable to serve.
b) Succeed to the office of the President automatically at the end of the operating year as defined in Article VI, Section 4.
c) Assume responsibilities for the work of Committees as assigned by the President, including the development and revisions of the standard operating guidelines and governance practices.

The Secretary shall:
a) Maintain Chapter records and correspondence.
b) Record and distribute minutes of Chapter meetings and Chapter Executive Committee meetings.
c) Notify Chapter members about meetings.
d) Retain Custody of the Chapter Charter.
e) Assume the duties of the Treasurer as necessary.

The Treasurer shall:
a) Maintain all financial records of the Chapter.
b) Supervise the receipt and disbursement of funds as directed by the Chapter Executive Committee.
c) Maintain Chapter funds in a depository approved by the Chapter Executive Committee.
d) Submit a completed Chapter Dues Report by March 1st and to Society Headquarters.
e) Complete the Chapter’s audited income & expense statement and any IRS tax documents for the fiscal year ending March 31st. Transmit fiscal report and any tax documents on or before May 31 to Society Headquarters.
f) Assume the duties of the Secretary as necessary.

The Delegate(s) to the Society House of Delegates shall:
a) Operate in accordance with House of Delegates Operating Procedures and Society Bylaws.
b) Keep the Chapter informed of House of Delegates actions and proposed actions.
c) Act on House of Delegates mail ballots on behalf of the Chapter.

The Member at Large shall:
a) Provide advice and counsel to the President.
b) Serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee.
c) Working with the President, help ensure compliance with policies and procedures and all relevant legal and ethical standards, including policies and standards governing society relationships.
d) Act as a representative or spokesperson for the organization at the President’s request.
e) Act as a mentor and coach to senior volunteers and emerging leaders to help them strengthen their leadership skills and develop professional networks of value to the organization.




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.

Confined Space Initial and Refresher Courses in November 2017

Posted: Oct 23, 2017

Aloha All,

This is to announce the following confined space entry courses to be held at the Pearl Country Club, Aiea, Hawaii:

8-Hour Confined Space Safety / Shipyard Competent Person Course Refresher
November 16, 17, 20,  2017 – $175/each
24-Hour Confined Space Safety / Shipyard Competent Person Course
November 13–15, 2017  – $455/each


Training start and end times are now 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Registration for the refresher course is limited to previously trained and designated SCPs and previously trained non-marine confined space workers and supervisors. This course covers both work ashore and onboard vessels and includes confined space requirements as per OSHA general industry, construction, and maritime; the ANSI standard; EM 385-1-1; and NAVSEA.

Attached are the announcements, registration form, and payment information. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.


PLEASE register ASAP if you would like to attend any of these courses.  All courses are filled on a first-come-first served basis. 


Payment and head shot photos are due with registration. To receive your photo ID card at the training, please email a photo in a .JPEG format (passport style headshot). Photo can be taken with any smart phone.

 You can send your registration forms, payment, and photos to:


Joz Cruz at  

 Click on OR copy/paste this link:

1) Go to the event on the calendar and click on the desired event.

2) Click on “Details”

3) You will find list of 4 documents for registration/payment

4) Any questions, please contact Joz Cruz at

Cancellation/Refund Policy – For all courses:

Reservations cancelled on or before November 9, 2017  will be fully refunded. Cancellations received between November 10-12, 2017 will be charged a $50.00 materials fee. Cancellation notification must be in writing by e-mail. The deadline for cancellation is November 12, 2017. Cancellations after this date and all “no shows” are billed the full tuition. Substitutions are allowed when requested in writing and approved/confirmed by IHP, Inc..

I am looking forward to seeing you all there!

John M. “Jack” Fernandez, CIH, CSP, CMC
Industrial Hygiene Professionals, Inc.
508 West O’Brien Drive
Hagåtña, Guam 96910 Guam Tel: (671) 734-0749
Guam Fax: (671) 989-0749 Guam Mobile: (671) 688-1447
Saipan Tel: (670) 322-1447 Philippines Mobile: (63) 905 301 0615

Save the Date: 15th Biennial Pacific Rim Safety & Health Conference

Posted: Oct 17, 2017

ASSE Hawaii Chapter Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am

Posted: Oct 09, 2017

Aloha & Hafa Adai,

Reminder… ASSE Hawaii Chapter meeting is scheduled for  Thursday, October 19th.  The meeting starts at  11:30 am, we encourage you to bring your lunch and enjoy our guest speaker.

ASSE Hawaii Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2017

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA)

94-487 Akoki Street Waipahu


Officers’ Reports

Committee Reports

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