Continuing Education Needs Survey

Posted: Jan 29, 2018

The University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) is planning to offer continuing education courses to support the professional development of our graduates and health and safety professionals in the Houston region. The courses will be designed to prepare individuals for professional certification (e.g., CIH or CSP), as well as provide continuing education credits for those already certified. We wish to serve the profession the best we can and help our graduates and other professionals advance their careers, make Houston workplaces safer and more productive and help support our local economy.

Your answers are anonymous.

You will be able to see the combined results of all respondents upon completion.

Here is the link to the survey:

Thank you for your time and input.

Volunteers Needed – 2018 Science and Engineering Fair

Posted: Jan 29, 2018


2018 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Dates

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2018
  • Check-in: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Competition: Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, March 3, 2018

Volunteers are needed on the afternoon of the 23rd. Students will begin arriving at 4:00 p.m. on that day to begin setting up their projects and then the Rules & Safety Committee members will begin walking around to assess these projects.  Volunteers are free to stop by for a couple of hours that day either at 3:30 p.m. or after they get off of work. Free parking will be available in the parking lots directly across the street from the fair exhibit hall (U of H Athletic & Alumni Canter).

ASSE members who would like to assist and serve as volunteer are encouraged to contact Robert Gussman at either 832-424-7196 or .  All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and certificate (Annual Awards & Honors Banquet).

Here is the link to the fair’s website:

PPE Donations – Hurricane Harvey

Posted: Sep 11, 2017

Region III and Gulf Coast Chapter are working together to provide PPE donations to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Please see details below:

In the Houston area – Medsafe is warehousing all donations.

1. If anyone wants to ship donations

a. Email Cindy ( using PPE Donations as the subject line. Let me know what is being shipped in terms of items and volumes. And the method of shipping so we can try to keep track of everything.

b. Ship/Drop off to: MEDSAFE 4200 Underwood LaPorte, TX 77571 Attn: Burk Shaw, President – ASSE Hurricane Harvey PPE Donation2.

If anyone wants to do a direct purchase of supplies, you can contact MEDSAFE at 800-330-9240 or 281-476-5392. You’ll need to inform the staff at MEDSAFE that you are purchasing PPE suppliers for the ASSE Hurricane Harvey PPE Donation.

MEDSAFE is providing the supplies as close to cost as they can. If you do not have an account with MEDSAFE then you should expect to pay by credit card – otherwise it will delay getting the order processed due to setting up the account. MEDSAFE has a “wish list” of PPE from us to make it easier on their folks and anyone who wants to donate items. To make it easier MEDSAFE has created an account where you can purchase online.

In the Corpus Christi area – REPCON is warehousing all donations. If you’d like to ship or drop off items please email me the list of items (same as above using PPE Donations as the subject line). The address is: REPCON Inc 1138 Heinsohn Rd Corpus Christi, TX 78405

Hurricane Harvey ASSE Fund

Posted: Aug 31, 2017

Fellow ASSE Members,

Many of our communities have been gravely impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the associated flooding in the Houston area. As our families, friends and loved ones recover from this horrible event, please know that the Gulf Coast Chapter’s Executive Committee is committed to help in any way possible. A fund has been established to help our members in need. Please take a few moments to read the message from Steven Gray, ASSE Region III V.P. on how we can all help those members who need it most during these difficult times.

Hello Members of ASSE,

Like all of us, the last several days have left me at a complete loss for words. While the news repeated statements such as devastation, epic, and unprecedented I stood by feeling helpless, anxious and eager. Through the abundance of text messages and emails I received from friends and family across the country, I echoed time and again, we’ll be back…better than ever…and dare I say, it’s going to be honor to play even a small part of that ASSE was founded to help prevent accidents – however, when natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey occur, I believe its our obligation to help those in need.  There is no better time than now for us to join hands and help our members and others in the community affected by the storm.  We have an great organization that is built to do amazing things.  ASSE Region III will be coordinating efforts to support volunteer and donation efforts. We hope to help our fellow members directly impacted by the storm first, then their families and then hopefully help the entire city. So here we go.  You donation will directly help in one of the ways below:

We WANT to help, we NEED to help and CAN help in several ways –                                                                                                                                                

  • We can help replenish groceries
  • We can assist with lodging while you were displaced
  • We have members with extra room in their home for you to stay
  • We can help replacing clothing for you and your families that may have been lost
  • We can help with salvaging damage to your home


If you notice above – WE CAN is used over and over again.  That’s because WE CAN do anything and WILL DO what it takes to help our members affected by this storm across the Texas Gulf Coast in the Coastal Bend Chapter (Corpus Christi), Gulf Coast Chapter (Houston Area) and Sabine Neches Chapter (Beaumont area).In times like these there are only so many words that soothe. Unrelenting thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness can prove to the be the change we want to see in the world. I know we all are ready to help. Let’s roll.Next steps to come as we receive responses. THANK YOU to this incredible team. Together we will make it through.

All the best,

Steven Gray & your Regional Leadership Team

To make donation, please click here.

On behalf of the ASSE Gulf Coast Executive Committee, thank you for your support. If you are a member who has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey please let us know at

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Disaster Relief Information

Posted: Aug 28, 2017

Dear Members and Colleagues,

Our thoughts and hearts are with all of the people of Houston and surrounding areas during these difficult times. This page is provided to consolidate available resources for disaster relief. Please feel free to distribute as much as possible. If you have any other resources to add, please send an email to We will continue to keep our website updated with links and resources. Stay safe!

Please join the ASSE Region III Hurricane Harvey Facebook page for up to date information and to connect with members offering / needing help:

Options to try for RESCUE:

From Authorities: If your home is taking water, shut off power via the breaker box. Elevate yourself above water, and use wood (i.e., 2×4) to shut the breaker. DO NOT go into attic if water is rising in your home unless you have an ax to break through the roof. Get on your roof instead. Call for emergency services using the information below.

1) Call 911 for life threatening emergencies.

2) If you need a rooftop rescue, call 911 or 281-464-4851 (U.S. Coast Guard) if 911 is busy.

3) If you or someone you know are in need of rescue, please download the Zello app (, type in Texas search and rescue, and then search for any search and rescue close to your vicinity. This will connect you with officials on the ground there that can navigate help your way.

4) Click here: Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Request – EMERGENCY EVACUATION ONLY

5) The U.S. Coast Guard (Houston) – 713-578-3000

6) Cajun Navy – Contact them via Facebook

Utility / Power Providers:

1) Texas-New Mexico Power –

2) CenterPoint Energy –

Recovery Safety Tips and Resources: 

OSHA Flood Preparedness and Response

AIHA Flood Response Resources

OSHA Fact Sheet: Tree and Debris Removal

OSHA Fact Sheet: Disaster Cleanup and Recovery PPE Matrix

OSHA Fact Sheet: Using Portable Generators Safely

OSHA Fact Sheet: Mold Hazards during Disaster Cleanup

American Red Cross: Hurricane Safety Checklist

OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup

Working Safely Around Downed Electrical Wires

CSB - AFTER HARVEY: Precautions Needed During Oil and Chemical Facility Startup

OSHA Fact Sheet: Keeping Workers Safe during Disaster Cleanup and Recovery

NIEHS - Protecting Yourself While Removing Post-Disaster Debris from Your Home or Business

OSHA Fact Sheet: Filling, Moving and Placing Sandbags During Flooding Disasters

OSHA Fact Sheet: Mold Hazards during Disaster Cleanup

AIHA Health & Safety Issues in Natural Disasters

Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide For Cleanup of Flooded Homes

NIESH Resources

OSHA and Interagency Resources for Hurricanes and Floods

Selecting Mold Remediation Contractors

Harvey Home JSA


Other Resources:

Disaster Relief from FEMA to register for housing for those displaced:

FEMA: 1-800-525-0321 (

Flood Control: 713-684-4000 (

Houston American Red Cross: 713-526-8300 (

Houston TranStar (transportation and emergency services): 713-881-3244 (

TX National Guard: 1-800-527-3807

Office of Emergency Management: 713-881-3100

Texas Department of Transportation (