Hello GBC Members – after receiving an overwhelming willingness and interest from our membership to volunteer we’ve been searching for opportunities. Unfortunately with the current COVID-19 crisis and restrictions on volunteering in person we came up with the next best opportunity to support local causes.
- Rosie’s Place is an incredible organization that does invaluable work as the nation’s first shelter dedicated to supporting women at risk. The Greater Boston Chapter will be collecting donations and leveraging our relationships with trusted distributers and manufacturers of masks and hand sanitizer to help protect both Rosie’s Place’s at risk guests and staff by supplying them with their greatest need.
- Our Healthcare Heroes have been tirelessly working to save lives and help people on a daily basis under unimaginable stress and conditions. The Greater Boston Chapter has partnered with local restaurants in the Boston area and is collecting donations to provide individually packaged meals to some of our local hospital’s Emergency Room & COVID wing staff. Let’s help continue to recognize these heroes and say thank you in a way they always appreciate.
These organizations have been hit extremely hard during this crisis with lower donations and the inability of volunteers to support them. Please consider donating to these causes through our GoFundMe page and promoting the GBC members commitment to supporting our communities.
The US job market has taken a hit due to widespread layoffs and furloughs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, the Executive Board wants to remind everyone that society has a defined Hardship program. You can count on ASSP at this time of challenge. Society will extend a 1-year complimentary membership, with full membership benefits. The form is available here for submission. Please tell a friend or member that the Greater Boston Chapter is here to assist. We can connect members looking for employment with job postings and encourage the sharing of open positions so all can apply. We are stronger as a group.
The Awards Committee would like to recognize Jim Ciaramitaro as the 2019 Safety Professional of the Year for the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals. The committee reviewed the volunteer work and commitment of many individuals during the review process and is pleased to recognize Jim for his commitment to the chapter and our safety profession.
Jim Ciaramitaro, CSP, Retail Safety Director, Retail Business Services joined the Greater Boston Chapter in 1988, marking his 32nd year of volunteer service to our profession. Jim, a Professional member, leads our chapter as our Program Committee member where he obtains Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for our technical meetings. Jim pushes the Executive Board and Program Chair to obtain our speakers biography’s and pertinent information weeks ahead of the meeting date, so the chapter can apply for the CEU’s that our membership needs to retain our professional designations. Jim’s engagement with Society’s Education Coordinator in the CEU process also keeps him informed of any changes Society makes that the chapter must respond to continue providing the CEU’s and guidance for our technical meetings
In 2018, Jim also took on the role of Student Affairs Chair for our Student Sections at UMass- Lowell, during changes within the university department. Jim oversaw the administration of our GBC Scholarship program through announcing its availability, organizing the judging committee and awarding two scholarships to worthy students in the occupational safety and health field.
The Greater Boston Chapter is proud to announce Jim Ciaramitaro, CSP as the 2019 winner of the Safety Professional of the Year.
Technical Meetings and in-Person Events Postponed Indefinitely
Effective immediately, Boston ASSP is postponing its technical meetings and in-person events.
The Executive Board met on March 19th to discuss our contingency plan and identify activities we can undertake to support our medical community, the public and our membership. We will reschedule our events once the collective health of our community, nation and world is stabilized. We are researching the hosting of web-based technical meetings and will publicize our offerings.
Our chapter will follow the federal, state and local guidance to minimize the effect of the pandemic.
Think ahead, plan for our collective future and volunteer to lead our fellow professionals.
What an evening! The Greater Boston Chapter hosted a social on January 16th, 2020 at X1 in Braintree, MA. A nice group gathered with 23 individuals taking part in the kart racing. The racing was fast and furious,,, well for us. With speeds up to 45 MPH on their indoor track, everyone had their heart pumping. The top 12 racers with the best times in the qualifiers then competed in the Grand Prix. A fun evening overall. Many members indicated they want to go back… Maybe we can organize such a race more than once every 10 years.