Chapter News

Millersville University Named 2022 Outstanding Student Section of the Year

For the first time in over 20 years, our student section at Millersville University has been named the Outstanding Student Section of the Year. The student section is part of the Region VIII Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

The group was strong in all three critical requirements — professional development, research, and campus and community Involvement.

The committee that reviewed applications was impressed with the section’s submission. “The quality and quantity of research conducted by the members was outstanding along with the organization of the application and the number of technical meetings this student section participated in.” Faculty advisor Betty-Jo Bowers and the student section will receive $5,000 to fund scholarships and research.

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Derek Helms Named Safety Professional of the Year

Derek Helms, Director of Safety for Tray Pack Operations for Perdue Foods, has been awarded the Safety Professional of the Year Award by the Delmarva Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

The award is presented annually by the Delmarva Chapter to an ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievements in the occupational safety and health field while also advancing the profession overall. The Delmarva Chapter provides professional development and leadership opportunities to safety and health professionals on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“Derek has earned this recognition with his passion and daily commitment to safety and the well-being of our associates,” Frank Cruice, Senior Director of Corporate Safety and Security for Perdue Farms, who endorsed Derek’s nomination. “Derek has more than 13 years of experience as a practicing safety professional. He has driven safety improvements both within Perdue and with Delmarva chapter member companies by helping foster professional development and instructing at educational opportunities that enrich participants experience and knowledge.”

Derek, based in Salisbury, Md., joined Perdue in 2008 as Safety and Security Manager in Perry, Ga. He currently serves as the Delmarva Chapter President and was previously its Vice President.

Derek will now compete with other local chapter safety professionals for the ASSP’s Region VI Safety Professional of the Year Award.

Please join us in congratulating Derek on his recent achievement!

Jameson Huntley

Jameson Huntley has been an ASSP Delmarva Chapter member since 2018. Last month he passed the Board of Certified Safety Professional’s Associate Safety Professional exam. Originally from Massachusetts, Jameson is a 2016 graduate from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and was an ASSP Connecticut Valley member. Jameson is currently the Safety Manager at Burris Logistics in Federalsburg, MD. Jameson is glad to have his brain take a break from studying, but is looking forward to continuing his education and earning his Certified Safety Professional certification.

The members of the Delmarva Chapter congratulate Jameson on achieving this professional milestone and wish him only the best as he works to achieve his CSP.

President’s Message – April 2020

It seems to me our roles in support of our company’s worker safety culture are increasingly a “journey” rather than a “destination”.  I was thinking about it this weekend and suddenly had a flashback to my Sophomore high school English class of all things!  My teacher, David Senecal, is likely sitting up in his grave saying – “I told you this was important!!!”  I liken our “safety journey” as a direct retelling of the classic late middle age saga – The Canterbury Tales published in 1400 by Geoffrey Chaucer, where a group of 30 pilgrims traveled the 60 miles from London to the St Thomas Becket shrine at Canterbury Cathedral over a week-and-a-half period.  They were a motley mix of all levels of society and trades – Knights, Lawyers, Millers, Reeves, Cooks, Merchants, Monks, Nuns, Physicians, Seamen and even some unescorted Women; quite radical for that time!  They decided to have a contest in telling the best story, as judged by the Tabard innkeeper who joins the group, with the winner receiving a free dinner at the Tabard Inn, the de rigueur restaurant of the time, when they returned to London.

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