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Patrick J. Walsh, CSP
Pat Walsh is currently a safety consultant to construction and general industry companies. He is an OSHA instructor at UT Arlington and an expert witness in lawsuits involving OSHA standards. Pat was elected as President-Elect of the Central Texas Chapter in May 2013, and he will become the Chapter President in June 2014. He has been a professional member of ASSE since 2000, and earned the CSP designation in 2008.
He entered residential construction in 1978 from active duty Army, and has been a superintendent, estimator, project manager, and site safety manager. Moving to Austin and into commercial construction in 1984, he has broad experience in most types of construction. He has been full-time in safety for 16 years and was Corporate Safety Director for a large general contractor for 12 years. Their safety program won the ABC National Safety Excellence Award in 2006.
Paul Cradeur, CHST
Paul Cradeur is currently Safety Director for Capital Excavation Co. He is an OSHA Outreach trainer, first aid/ CPR trainer, and Certified Firefighter 1. He has been a professional member of ASSE, and has been active in the Associated General Contractors safety committee since entering the safety profession in 2001. He has been a professional member of ASSE since 2001, and he earned the CHST designation in 2004.
Capital Excavation is a regional commercial general contractor, and Paul covers their projects from Austin to San Antonio. Capital won the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award in 2004. He has served in several leadership positions in the AGC safety committee and prior to that, in his law enforcement assignments. He joined Capital Excavation in 2001 after serving in corrections and law enforcement for 14 years in East Texas and Louisiana.
Carolina Modesto, CHST
Carolina Modesto has over 15 years of experience in safety and is currently the Austin Area Safety Coordinator at Commercial Metals Company, which is a vertically integrated, Fortune 500 steel company that recycles, manufactures, fabricates, and trades steel globally. Carolina manages the safety program for about 250 employees in manufacturing and distribution. She analyzes workplace processes to effectively control hazards, conducts safety training and incident investigations, and promotes a constructive safety culture through employee interaction and proactive safety management. These initiatives have significantly reduced workplace injuries at the branches under her responsibility.
Carolina has been a professional member of ASSE since 2009, and earned the CHST designation in 2011. She actively participates in the Austin AGC Safety Committee and serves on two sub-committees: one that focuses on Hispanic workers and another that coordinates the professional speakers for the AGC Chapter meetings. During OSHA’s 2010 Safety Fair in Houston, TX she volunteered as a Spanish language instructor providing outreach training to Hispanic workers. She has also served as Director of Professional Development and President of the Austin Area Translators Association. As a freelance translator, she converts safety related documents into her native Spanish. Carolina is member of ASSE’s Common Interest Group SPALW, Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce.
Sara Martin is currently the senior EH&S Specialist for Hospira, Inc., in Austin. Sara is responsible for development and implementation of safety systems and programs for their pharmaceutical manufacturing plant for 1400 employees. Hospira, Inc. is an OSHA VPP plant, and Sara has the lead role in planning and implementing the industrial hygiene program for employee exposures to noise, air contaminants, and radio frequency. Other leadership roles include: back up Radiation Safety Officer for the plant, adherence to and documentation for internal and external regulatory standards, coordinating plant ergonomics program, member of the plant Incident Review Board, and participation in employee involvement teams. She has been a professional member of ASSE since 2012.
Sara has been a full-time safety specialist and manager in the bio-medical industry since 2003, principally with a national bio-medical testing laboratory. She was responsible for a broad range of plant safety programs and government regulatory programs. A key achievement was a substantial reduction of repetitive motion injuries over a 6 year period. She has earned advancement through increasing levels of responsibility and leadership roles since 1994, leading to measurable cost reductions and process improvements.
David Tally, CSP
David Tally is a Past President of the Central Texas Chapter. David currently represents CTC as a Delegate to the ASSE Board of Delegates.
Scott Sloan, CSP
Scott Sloan is a Past President of the Central Texas Chapter. Scott currently represents CTC as a Delegate to the ASSE Board of Delegates
Joe Garza, CHST
Joe Garza is currently President of the Central Texas Chapter. Joe will serve as Nominations Chair for Central Texas Chapter with the incoming Officers.
E-mail Chapter Secretary Jason Allgood with a thumbs up or thumbs down at Jason_Allgood@amat.com. You can also vote during the next chapter meeting.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was founded October 14, 1911, in New York City, with 62 members. Originally named the United Society of Casualty Inspectors, its philosophy was to promote "harmonious action in safety work and educate members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention." Throughout its growth, this non-profit organization has dedicated itself to advancing the safety profession and enhancing the knowledge and capabilities of safety practitioners.
ASSE has played a key role in the development of many important national programs and standards. Society members have served on federal committees, supported key safety and health legislation, and sponsored safety awareness and professional development activities.
In 1948, ASSE worked with the National Safety Council to research plastic eye protection. In 1964, the Society provided important information for the revision of the Walsh-Healy Act. In 1971, President Nixon appointed three ASSE members to various Occupational Safety and Health Administration positions, including the Assistant Secretary of Labor.
ASSE also signed a contract with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop an accidental potential recognition program. In 1968, the United States Congress passed legislation commemorating National Safety Week as an observance of important safety and health issues.
The Society continues to expand its focus both in the United States and abroad, with chapters in Puerto Rico and the Middle East, and a section in the United Kingdom. ASSE has evolved into a multifaceted, service-oriented organization offering a broad spectrum of programs encompassing safety and health education, standards, legislation, publications and marketing.
In 1993, ASSE celebrated another milestone in its growth when staff moved into the headquarters to 25,000 square feet and provides space for continued Society growth, including office space, committee meeting space, a resource center and classrooms for on-site seminars. This expansion is part of ASSE's continuing efforts to anticipate and plan for growing membership needs.