2019 Indiana Safety and Health Conference/Expo

Posted: Dec 14, 2018

Registration is open for one of the Midwest’s largest occupational safety and health conference. The 2019 Indiana Safety and Health Conference/Expo is scheduled for February 26-28 (Tuesday – Thursday) at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

The Conference Partners are excited to bring these back one of our past keynote speakers, six-time Pro Bowl center and Super Bowl champion Jeff Saturday.  The other keynote speakers are well-known in the occupational safety and health field:  Dr. E. Scott Geller, PhD and Regina McMichael.

The expo will host 100+ safety/health exhibitors while the conference will feature 65 concurrent sessions on General Safety Concepts, General Industry, Construction, Workers Compensation, Emergency Preparedness, Sustainability, Technical Skills and Supervisor Safety.

On February 28, the 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards will be provided for small, medium and large construction and general industry employers. The annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards provides recognition for companies based on best practices for eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.

For more information visit Indiana Safety and Health Conference.

Northern Ohio Family of Presidents Recognized

Posted: Nov 05, 2018

OSH Generations: Pat, Iris & Brian McCon

Nov 01, 2018

OSH Generations is about family and the safety profession. Many OSH professionals have parents or children who are also in the profession. Our members share their stories of the people who influenced them to enter the safety profession or those who they inspired to become safety professionals. Here are the stories of Pat McCon, CSP, CHMM, CFPS, Iris McCon, COHN, and Brian McCon, members of our Northern Ohio Chapter.

Iris, Brian and Pat McCon are all members and past presidents of the Northern Ohio Chapter. All three got into OSH through back doors.

Pat joined the volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania when he turned 18, following in his father’s footsteps. He didn’t really try hard to get a full-time firefighter job since his ambition was to work in the steel mill and be a lifetime volunteer. It didn’t work out that way.

In 1981, Pat was promoted to the plant fire protection department at the massive Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. plant in Aliquippa, PA. By this time, he was a Pennsylvania state fire academy field instructor, and the company needed someone to train the 600 members of its plant fire brigades in the then-new OSHA Subpart L requirements. The plant began to close a year later.

After a stint at several part-time jobs, including serving as an EMT for the local private ambulance service, a job opened up at the Insurance Services Office. Five years later, Jones & Laughlin (then rebranded as LTV Steel Co.) called Pat back to work to be the plant fire marshal at the Cleveland Works. Over time, his responsibility changed from fire protection to safety, becoming a safety engineer then area safety manager, and finally going the environmental route by supervising water treatment plants. He concurrently spent another 20 years as a part-time firefighter/EMT in Portage County.

By 2001 the steel company was again in financial trouble, heading toward bankruptcy and perhaps closure. Zurich Insurance was looking for someone with manufacturing, fire protection and safety experience. This was the right place at the right time. Pat has been at Zurich ever since, serving as senior risk engineer and manufacturing industry practice leader.

Meanwhile, Pat’s wife, Iris, was also taking a roundabout route. A registered nurse, Iris had to forego hospital nursing because of a back injury she suffered during nursing school. She spent time as a doctor’s office nurse, but that role was neither personally nor financially rewarding. She landed opportunities to serve as an occupational health nurse at the construction sites now known as “Power Alley,” the two units of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station and the coal-fired Bruce Mansfield Power Plant along the Ohio River.

She then took a job with many hats at the Mackintosh-Hemphill foundry in Midland, PA. There she served as the plant nurse, the personnel manager and the safety manager. From there it was off to Greenville, PA, to the RD Werner Co. ladder manufacturing plant. When Pat was offered the job in Cleveland, she naturally moved along. She was hired as an occupational health nurse at Matrix Essentials, which later became a Bristol-Myers Squibb location and finally ended up with L’Oreal.

Nearly 25 years later, she continues to work as the occupational health nurse, but injuries are rare, so she spends a lot of time helping the safety director and performing human resources functions.

Iris and Pat’s youngest son, Brian, was a diesel mechanic. After a horrible vehicle crash, it became apparent that he wouldn’t be able to continue servicing big trucks. He took advantage of his physical rehabilitation time to complete his degree and consider his career options. After graduating from Youngstown State, he worked in economic development with the city. He then took a claims adjusting job with Crawford and Co., quickly rising to the position of manager at the Atlanta-area office.

When he moved back to Ohio, one thing led to another. Zurich was looking for someone with insurance and fleet knowledge, leading to two McCons working for Zurich as risk engineers.

Brian is the past president of ASSP’s Northern Ohio Chapter. Iris was president a few years ago and serves as the scholarship coordinator. Pat was president in the 1990s and works on the programs/education committee.

All three “blame” ASSP for providing the networking and educational opportunities that led to successful careers.


Establish a Safety Fund

Posted: Aug 19, 2015

Donors can establish a named academic scholarship or professional education grant fund through the ASSP Foundation. Scholarships and grants advance the safety profession and provide national recognition for the donor. The Foundation manages the administrative details of this program and works with the donor to provide qualified award recipients each year.

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