Chapter News

2024 Corporate Safety Award Program

(Submission Deadline: May 24, 2024)

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals is accepting applications for its 2024 Corporate Safety Award Program. This award recognizes companies or government agencies who have demonstrated a commitment to employee health & safety.  To qualify applicants must have achieved an OSHA DART (Days Away From Work, Job Restriction or Job Transfer) Incidence Rate below the national average for their company’s/agency’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.

The DART Incidence Rate Calculator and Comparison Tool are available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

To obtain a DART rate using the Incidence Rate Calculator, you will need to enter the number of hours actually worked by all employees at your company/agency, the number of cases involving days away from work only and the number of cases involving job transfer or restricted work activity only, then select the most current year and an Area, Supersector, and Industry that best represents your company.

Qualifying applicants will be recognized at the virtual meeting in June and their company name/logo will be featured on an awards video posted to the ASSP NOVA LinkedIn page.

Please submit completed applications by C.O.B. May 24, 2024 to:

ASSP NOVA Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award

Now Accepting Nominations!

Dear NOVA Member,

The ASSP NOVA Chapter is now accepting nominations for NOVA Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award for the 2023-2024 ASSP NOVA Chapter year.

Nominate a fellow Chapter member you think has any of the following:

  • Exceptional or unique operational aspect of their safety employment
  • Demonstrated stellar technical expertise in safety
  • Demonstrated outstanding contributions to Chapter activities including committee chair and/or officer and/or demonstrated leadership in establishing, maintaining, and improving Chapter programs
  • Provided extraordinary service to members
  • Other unique contribution that advanced the safety profession

Nominating Procedures 

The nomination submission should include the following items:

  • The completed SPY nomination form and/or letter of endorsement from the nominating Member. You may self-nominate or nominate another member.

Click here for a nomination form. or complete the fillable nomination form below.

  • A one to three page resume of the nominee’s background.
  • A petition that lists in the order obtained the nominee’s achievements.  Achievements should be limited to the past 3-5 years.

Please submit your nominations by COB Friday, December 1st, 2023.  Nominations are due electronically to  

Upon selection of a final candidate, the following items will be required for submitting a Regional SPY Application by the end of January, but are not needed before the December deadline:

  • A letter of endorsement from the nominee’s immediate employer supervisor.  This should be one page or less.

Additional Information on the Chapter SPY Application Process and criteria can be found here.

Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating a Chapter SPY!

Sara Hoover
Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Fillable Nomination Form

    All fields are required.

    Candidate’s Information

    Candidate’s Name

    Candidate’s Title

    Candidate’s Company/Organization

    Candidate’s Phone

    Candidate’s Email

    Briefly describe nominee’s current or recent ASSP activities.

    Resume of Candidate’s professional background & activities

    (1 to 3 pages)

    Photo of Candidate

    Letter of Endorsement from Candidate’s Immediate Supervisor

    (1 page of less)

    Letter of Endorsement from nominator

    (1 to 2 pages)

    Nominator’s Information

    Nominator’s Name

    Nominator’s Title

    Nominator’s Company/Organization

    Nominator’s Phone

    Nominator’s Email

    By submitting this form, you have reviewed the petition and believe all statements to be accurate, and a faithful reflection of the candidate’s safety activities in the Society, for an employer and in the community.

    Introduction to the ASSP NOVA 2023-2024 Season

    To all NOVA Chapter members:

    Hello, and welcome to the start of the 2023-2024 ASSP NoVA Chapter season! Over the summer, your Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have been meeting and working to provide a schedule of events and meetings to generate increased value for your membership. According to the results provided by our members through the summer survey:

    • 85% have a preference to attend in-person meetings (assuming a convenient time/location).

    We are VERY EXCITED to hear that most of the respondents would like to attend the meetings. This enables us to garner more interest from speakers who all enjoy a live audience and interactive discussions on their subject of expertise.

    We are actively looking for meeting locations across Northern Virginia in order to make meetings more convenient to attend. However, we NEED YOUR HELP! If you have access to a meeting space that can host about 20 or more participants, please reach out to me ( or the Contact Us page on our website.

    • 75% have a preference for Morning (7a/8a start) or Lunch (12p start) meetings.

    You will be seeing most of our meeting start times at 7 a.m./8 a.m. or Noon. Note: this is dependent on speaker availability.

    • 55% have a preference for social outings on the weekdays.

    We have 2 of these coming up this Month!

    1. Evening at the Ballpark: Nationals Game for Charity: Sept. 6th CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    a. 5:30 p.m. start with Food and Beverages located at the Budweiser Brew House Tables and tickets to the 7:05 p.m. game!

    b. This was made possible by generous donations from Milwaukee Tool, Magid Glove, and OccuMedX. Let’s show our sponsors we appreciate their support by SHOWING UP and making it a night to remember!
    c. All proceeds go to the students of ASSP Region IV to attend this month’s PDC.

    2. Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Sept. 21st CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    a. 7:00 a.m. Breakfast/Warm Up; 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start; Lunch served around 12:30 p.m.
    b. Whether you are an avid golfer or just enjoy the outdoors, this is always a great day to enjoy each other’s company.
    c. All proceeds go to the ASSP Foundation.

    • The most popular topics of interest were: Regulatory Updates, VOSH Updates, IH, and Environmental.

    Here is the tentative schedule for this season:

    10/19/23Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
    11/16/23Air Quality Index Basics
    12/14/23Toys for Tots Bowling
    1/10/24OSHA Recordkeeping
    3/21/23Hearing Conservation
    4/18/24Heat Stress
    5/16/24VOSH Update

    Your Board of Directors and Program Chairs are working to provide a great season of learning opportunities and camaraderie. We fully encourage all NoVA Chapter members to participate and get the most out of their membership. We hope to see you at our social events this month and at the meetings throughout the year!


    Richie Haehn CSP, CHST
    ASSP-NOVA President