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DES PLAINES, IL (September 15, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Kathleen Dobson, CHST, LEED AP, of Smiths Creek, MI for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference. 

Dobson is currently the director of multiple divisions at Alberici Constructors and reports to the company’s Chief Operations Officer. Dobson is responsible for managing safety efforts on the projects within those divisions, as well as for developing educational programs for the field and office staff. Ultimately, Dobson must ensure that the company’s efforts in the realm of safety are communicated to all personnel and that workers are properly educated and prepared to perform their daily tasks. She travels extensively to project sites throughout the country and is predominantly based in Michigan and Missouri. Dobson began her career in safety and health while working a temporary assignment as an occupational health nurse at a manufacturing company, where she learned the critical nature of safety in the daily lives of workers. Her first official safety, health and environmental (SH&E) role was at J.S. Alberici, Inc., a union construction company. Dobson’s hard work and dedication throughout her career has resulted in numerous employees returning home from work injury and illness-free each day.  

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Dobson is a long-time member of ASSE and is an active member of the Greater Detroit Chapter. She has achieved the designation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and Construction Health and Safety Technician. She was appointed to Commissioner of the Michigan Construction Safety Standards Commission in 2008 by the state of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm and is an adjunct professor at Oakland Community College in the Construction Management program.  

When asked about being honored as one of 100 women making a difference in safety, Dobson stated, “I am proud to be part of this elite group of women and I am honored to be recognized by my peers.” 
The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession as part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary. 

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession. The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace. For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.  

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.

For more information, please go to www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety. 

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