ASSP Hawaii Chapter Election

May 22, 2020

Voting will take place from May 26, 2020 to June 9, 2020.



The foundation of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is its members, who work diligently to promote safety and education in the interests of safety. With the expansion of current and future technologies, the numbers and types of workplace hazards continue to grow significantly. Because Safety professionals work in such diverse areas today, I feel that ASSP must continue to offer occupational safety and health tools that enable Safety professionals to successfully mitigate hazards, both today and tomorrow. I want to help members grow professionally and be better at what we do. I personally will strive to become more involved in ASSP’s vision and mission. I am excited about our Chapter’s future. I am honored to receive your consideration for the position of President. Thank you.


A native of Newport, Kentucky, Rob McCarthy began a diverse Naval career spanning 30 years. With hard work Rob went from E-1 to O-4 where he served in a variety of assignments to include aircraft Squadron Ground Safety Officer. Rob holds a B.S in Professional Aeronautics and M.S in Occupational Safety Management  from Embry-Riddle University.

Currently, Rob serves as the Safety Director at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Safety Directorate. He is the current Vice President for the ASSP Hawaii Chapter and served on as President of the local AIHA.

Vice President

Jeremy Nixon, CSP

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the ASSP Hawaii Chapter Vice President.  I believe safety professions are extremely important to the success of organizations.  At the most basic level, they provide the means for workers to accomplish required operations and make it home unharmed to their loved ones.  Safety methods are force multipliers by retaining healthy and experienced workers and promoting continuous process improvement.  Safety professionals need the opportunity to develop and build leadership skills that inspire personnel and management abilities to run core programs ensuring success.  My goals and the chapter’s goals align with the common purpose to promote safety and facilitate the advancement of safety professionals throughout Hawaii.  I became a local chapter member in 2017 and met many wonderful people through the organization.  In 2019, I joined the executive council as the chapter Secretary.  This role gave me the experience and knowledge needed to perform as the Vice President.  If elected as the Vice President, I will listen to the professional concerns of the community to identify the most important priorities.  These priorities will be my focus when coordinating future events with the executive council and ASSP’s partners.  Thank you for your time and for considering me as your ASSP Hawaii Chapter Vice President.


Jeremy has been a member of ASSP and the National Safety Council since 2015.  He earned his Associate and Certified Safety Professional certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in 2018.  Additionally, he holds an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and is enrolled in his final course to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Studies with the University of Maryland Global Campus.  Furthermore, he earned the National Safety Council’s 2019 Rising Star of Safety.


Cesar Contreras, ASP, CHST

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Hawaii Chapter has provided me with guidance, support and various networking opportunities. The future of our profession will be driven by our ability to understand and incorporate technology that enhances risk identification and risk mitigation. This past year my role as Social Media/Newsletter Chair I had the distinct opportunity to help our Chapter. I ’m honored to receive your consideration as Chapter Secretary and will support our Chapter Vision to the best of my abilities. Mahalo.


Cesar currently holds B.S in Safety Management from Columbia Southern University. He has is former US Marine and currently is a Safety Engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction.

A member of the Aloha Shriners and Honolulu Freemason, Cesar enjoys giving back to the community thru philanthropy. Enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his son Ezikiel.


Joe Albinio, CHST, STSC

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Hawaii Chapter has provided our community with Professional development opportunities and support for local Safety and Health efforts. This past year as the Chapter Treasurer, it was my responsibility to provide financial transparency for our Chapter to ensure we can continue our mission. I’m honored to receive your support and consideration for Chapter Treasurer.


Joe is a graduate of the Occupational Environmental Safety Management (OESM) program at HCC. He is currently the Director of Safety & Loss at King & Neel. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and supporting the community.


Terri Watkins, CSP,SMS,OHST, CSMP

The members of our Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) very work diligently to educate others on the importance and value of safety, and to promote safety as an integral investment in everything we do. Because today’s Safety Professionals work in such diverse areas through a myriad of occupational safety and health challenges, I truly feel that our ASSP Chapter must continue to offer occupational safety and health tools that enable Safety Professionals to successfully mitigate hazards, both today and tomorrow. My goal is to help all our members grow professionally and to be more proficient at what we do in Safety, as well as in how we do it. I continue to be excited about our Chapter’s bright future, and I am honored to receive your consideration for the position of Delegate. Thank you.


Terri Watkins currently serves as the Occupational Safety and Health Division Head for Pearl Harbor holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Development from the University of Southern California.

Member At Large

Adam Cotton, CSP, CHST

The strength of the ASSP Hawaii Chapter resides in the 286 members that create value in providing safer and healthier working conditions for the Employers and Employees of our beautiful State.  The past two years as a member of the ASSP Hawaii Chapter Executive Committee has been an amazing opportunity, and it is my privilege to continue to serve and be a sound voice for our Members. We have an opportunity this year to help guide our Community during these challenging times. I’m grateful to receive your consideration for the position of Member At-Large. Mahalo.


Adam graduated with a B.S in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech University and has worked for Hensel Phelps Construction since 2008.  Currently he is the Director of Safety & Health covering the Pacific Region.

Past President/Delegate

Joey Garza, CSP

Bylaws Change. Past President to serve as Delegate.

COVID-19 Best Practices for the construction site

Mar 31, 2020

April Technical SeminarApril 9 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm via gotowebinar (see registration link below)


Join us on April 9, 2020 at 12:00 for a Webinar training as we discuss COVID-19 and the best practices implemented on your Construction project.

Gov. David Ige signed a third supplementary proclamation, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr. 30. Essential workers are exempt. To ensure that the state continues to provide essential, core services, there are exemptions in the following categories: Healthcare services, grocery stores and pharmacies, food production and farming, public and private schools, restaurants offering take-out services, hotels and motels, construction, and essential government functions


Topic: COVID-19 Best Practices for the Construction Site

Target Audience: Construction Safety Professionals, Risk Managers, HR and Operations personnel

Time: April 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Facilitator: Tristan Aldeguer, CSP, CHST  Past President ASSP Hawaii Chapter

Information: In this webinar we will discuss best practices used within the Construction industry to manage your construction site during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Training of personnel
  • Social Distance
  • Sanitation
  • Health Reporting
  • COVID-19 Audit
  • Safety Equipment/Supply

Register Now


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General Session Training: Corona Virus – Possible Impact to Our Workplaces

Mar 12, 2020

ASSP HI Chapter General Session – Corona Virus

Thu, Mar 12, 2020 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (HST)Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code: 355-402-245 New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:


March 12, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  |  BIA- Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St, Waipahu, HI 96797

The World Health Organization and the United States have declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. As a result, businesses will need to prepare for the impact the coronavirus may have on the workplace.  Because the virus has an incubation period of at least two weeks and can be transmitted person-to-person, it has deadly potential. Join us for an informative session to help businesses be ready to deal with a potential outbreak.

This session will cover:

  • What is the coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
  • What are the best safety and health practices in the workplace?
  • What are the elements of a pandemic business continuity plan?
  • What are the truths and rumors of the coronavirus?
  • What are our government agencies doing?

Mary Silva is a senior risk engineering consultant at Crum & Forster.  Ms. Silva is a 30+ year safety professional who has worked in the insurance, telecommunications, petrochemical/oil & gas, and construction industries.  Ms. Silva holds a BS from the University of Oklahoma in Chemical Engineering, Pre-Med. She currently holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and is also a BCSP Ambassador which serves to spread the benefits of certification.  Ms. Silva is very active in volunteering with the American Society of Safety Professionals and is the chair for the annual professional development conference committee. She also is the speakers’ committee chairperson for the 2020 Pacific Rim Safety & Health Conference. David Silva, owner of Silva Performance Solutions, Inc.  As a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and Intelligence Operations Officer,David has been trained to win conflicts and wars while providing humanitarianassistance and disaster response.  Coupled with his high energy and thought-provoking training delivery, he’s a natural fitto meet your workplace training needs. He is experienced at motivating groups withsolid content, pointed stories and a great sense of humor.  His experience comes from a 28 year United States naval career and educated with a  Bachelor of Science, Masters in Business Management and a Certificate in Organizational Change.

Business Continuity Planning for Pandemic Events

Feb 28, 2020

Planning for a pandemic event by
business and industry are essential to minimize a pandemic’s impact.
In this class we will develop your own
Pandemic Policy using the supplied template provided to all students
April 3, 2020 – 8:00 to Noon – Construction Training Center of the Pacific-

Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation

Feb 23, 2020

Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation 2020 Training Schedule

Construction Safety Trenching Excavation

There is NO COST to attend


Oahu – April 13    Oahu – May 13    Guam – May 27    Guam – May 28

Oahu – June 30    Hilo – July 9    Kona – July 10    Maui – July 23    Maui – July 23

Kauai – August 4    Oahu – August 14 


Excavation:  –  Hazards & Risks  –  Prevention & Abatement  –  Competent Person’s Role

Relevant OSHA Standards & NEP  –  Soil Tests & Analysis  –  Protective System Requirements

Site Evaluation/Inspection


The Building Industry Association of Hawaii has been awarded a federal Department of Labor grant to provide education and training to address occupational safety and health hazards encountered in trenching and excavation.

Employees and employers who work in jobsites with trenches and excavations are invited to attend! As a result of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Trenching & Excavation, increased enforcement presence is expected at work sites throughout the nation to reduce and eliminate hazards associated with trenching and excavation. Of particular significance to local companies, state Inspectors will initiate inspections whenever they observe an open trench or an open excavation, regardless of whether violations are readily observed. Guam and Hawaii have begun.

Building Industry Association of Hawaii

95-487 Akoki Street, Waipahu, HI 96797