15th Biennial Pacific Rim Safety & Health Conference 2018, Pre-Conference & Post-Conference Seminars

The ASSP Hawaii Chapter Safety & Health Conference is FAST APPROACHING!

Registration to  is STILL OPEN!

Click HERE to be a part of the states largest Safety and Health Conference.

Keynote speakers include Bruce Blankenfeld, PWO Master Navigator for the Hōkūle’a and Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET, Senior Safety Consultant for SafeStart.

Bruce Blankenfeld serves as PWO Navigator and crew training coordinator, has volunteered for maintenance of Hōkūle’a, and was a crewmember when the canoe swamped in 1978 after departing Honolulu.  Bruce served as a fisherman during the 1980 voyage from Tahiti to Hawai`i, which was 2,500 miles long. (Retrieved from )

Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP CET is in his second term as ASSP Region II Vice President (VRP), and has appeared as a speaker at multiple conferences.  He is a United States Marine veteran and was awarded the Monsanto Queeny ASSP Safety Professional of the Year for 2018. (Retrieved from and )

Download the Conference Program below!



Pre-Conference Seminar

“Beyond Zero Injuries” and “The Bad Side of Town” will be on Monday, October 8, 2018.  Registration is still open and cost is $145.

Click HERE to find out more.

Post-Conference Exam-Prep Courses

Dan Snyder of SPAN Safety Workshops is holding a joint Exam Prep course for BCSP’s ASP and SMS exams.  Course is scheduled for October 11 and 12, cost is $800. Local ASSP, AGC members and BIA Members get a $100 discount per participant using the discount codes listed in the flyers.

Click HERE to take advantage of this opportunity.


ASSE Hawaii Chapter Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am

Oct 09, 2017

Aloha & Hafa Adai,

Reminder… ASSE Hawaii Chapter meeting is scheduled for  Thursday, October 19th.  The meeting starts at  11:30 am, we encourage you to bring your lunch and enjoy our guest speaker.

ASSE Hawaii Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2017

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA)

94-487 Akoki Street Waipahu


Officers’ Reports

Committee Reports

Technical Topic – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and AED’s in the Workplace

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills 1,000 people in the US every day….many of those happen in the workplace. Come learn about the difference between a ‘Heart Attack’ vs. SCA, what does CPR and an AED actually do for the victim of SCA, why it’s important to be prepared and what are the American Heart Assoc (AHA) and Hawaii State guidelines for having an AED Program”.

SCA emergencies can occur in the workplace  ’Learn about the latest AED technology, laws and best practices….how they might impact your business….and what you should do about it

– Presented by Brian Duffield Regional Account Manager Physio-Control, now part of Stryker

Hawaii Chapter Meeting – Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 18, 2017

ASSE – AIHA presents:

“Gas Detection Made Easy In Confined Space”

by John M. “Jack” Fernandez, CIH, CSP, CMC

The confined space standard allows for a permitted confined space to be reclassified as a non-permitted space if you eliminate the hazard. One the tools that can be used when dealing with a hazardous atmosphere is the 4 gas meter that can measure oxygen concentrations, exposure limits of the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL), among other high hazard contaminants in a confined space. Join us as we host, Jack Fernandez, CIH, CSP, CMC as he discusses the 4 gas meter and its uses when entering into a hazardous atmosphere in confined spaces. This presentation will give you the skills to use a 4 gas meter and understand and interpret the results. (3 Contact Hours)

John M. “Jack” Fernandez is the founder and President of Industrial Hygiene Professionals, Inc. (IHP) and provides the overall management and technical expertise for the company.  Mr. Fernandez has a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health and over 30 years of experience in the health and safety profession. He has been certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) since 1992. He is also certified as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and as a Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Mr. Fernandez has numerous other certifications/credentials including OSHA-authorized outreach instructor for the Maritime Industry and Asbestos Project Designer.


Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA)

94-478 Akoki Street

Waipahu, Hawaii 96797



Friday, September 29, 2017

12:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Hawaiian Time


Cost:  $50.00

Click here to Register Now

**Join us after for a networking event from 4-5 pm.
Light pupus will be provided, bring your own beverages. 
Alcoholic beverages are allowed.**

Introducing Our New 2017-2018 Chapter Officers

Apr 21, 2017

Here are our new 2017-2018 Chapter Officers with their bios and platform:

Mary Sullivan – President

Mary is Director of Training and Client Services for Lawson and Associates, a professional safety consulting firm.  Her career has taken her through several safety related positions before joining the construction field.  She is also an instructor for the UC San Diego OSHA Training Institute.  Mary’s education includes a B.A in Biology and an M.S. in Biology.

“I joined ASSE Hawaii Chapter shortly after I entered the construction safety field in late 2006. I have been an active member, volunteering to serve on the board as the Membership Chair and Member at Large, followed by Secretary and then Vice President.”

Tristan Aldeguer – Vice President

Tristan is an Army veteran, served in the Iraq War as a nuclear, biological and chemical warfare specialist.  He is a construction safety veteran with 14 years of experience; he is currently the Health Safety & Environmental Manager with Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company.  He is an instructor for UC San Diego OSHA Training Institute, sits on the Hoisting Machine Operator Advisory Board as vice chair, and is the incoming chair of the HIOSH Advisory Committee.  He also is the chapter conference chair having hosted the OSHA Hawaii One Day Workshop and is working on PacRim 2018.

“As Vice-President of the ASSE Hawaii Chapter, my goal is to provide Chapter members with meaningful, locally available professional development training at a fraction of the cost, increase membership dialogue by using social media and improve on our community outreach amongst business leaders.  Have you ever asked yourself, what is the benefit of paying my Chapter Dues? What is in it for me  “WIFM”..  my goal in the next two years is to hopefully provide members with a tangible benefit.”

Alexis Pangilinan – Secretary

Alexis is a HSE professional at Hawaiian Dredging Construction company. A recent graduate of the Occupational Environmental Safety Management program at University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College. She is a professional member of ASSE’s Hawaii chapter, WISE Hawaii Chapter and Chairman for the WISE Hawaii Mentoring Program.

“’What does safety mean to you’ I took this to heart. I realized that it’s not only ensuring the safety of each worker but also creating the culture. Thus it becomes a way of life on and off the job. It’s being the liaison between the field and management to ensure the relationship is a healthy one.”

Daniel Kaui – Treasurer

Daniel was born and raised on Kauai.  He left home after high school and served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps in Aircraft Maintenance and six of those years were in Safety and Quality Assurance.  After his Military service, he earned a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Safety and a Graduate Safety Certificate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.    He also obtained his FAA Airframes and Powerplant Certification.  Daniel worked four years as Aircraft Safety Inspector, seven years in Construction Safety and currently provides safety coverage for High Risk Training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam .

“I have been a member of ASSE since March 2008. I would like to help our chapter grow to become one of the role models of ASSE nationwide.”

Adam Cotton – Delegate

Adam grew up in a small town in Montana called Cascade.  Located at the mouth of the Missouri River and in the Rocky Mountains, outdoor activities and sports were a common way of life.  He lettered in football, basketball, and track all four years of high school and after graduating, with 42 kids in his senior class, he went to college at Montana Tech on a full ride scholarship to play football.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health.  After college, he did not dive right into the safety professional role, but instead managed a YMCA fitness center and was also an assistant coach for Montana Tech’s football program.  His safety career started a few years later in Phoenix Arizona with a civil contractor doing work that ranged from underground utilities to waste water treatment plants.  While bass fishing with a college friend, he was introduced to Hensel Phelps Construction Company and before long he was working for HP in Northern California on various project from San Jose to Fresno.  Work was picking up in Hawaii and Guam, so after 4 years with the company he was asked to relocate to the island of Kauai.  It didn’t take long before he was chasing pigs in the hills and fish in the ocean and settling in to the island lifestyle.  Currently Adam is the Director of Safety & Health for Hensel Phelps and oversees all their work from Hawaii to Guam.  When they have free time, his fiancé and he will most likely be chasing waves with their boards or chasing dinner with their bows and arrows.

“I have been involved with ASSE for some time now and always look forward to the wealth of knowledge provided by the facilitators and attendees.  I don’t think I would be where I am today without the guidance and mentorship of the people involved with the local chapter.  Through the Hawaii Chapter, I hope that I can also contribute to making Hawaii a safer place to work, live and play.” 


Joaquin Diaz – Delegate

Joaquin has over 18 years of occupational safety and health management experience. He is responsible for the development and oversight of the HDCC’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Management Systems. Joaquin and his team of 21 Safety Professionals are serious in their commitment to promote and ensure workplace safety.

Joaquin is skilled at developing and implementing practical solutions for complex problem and is recognized for his ability to achieve positive results through teamwork and effective leadership. With excellent communication and negotiation skills, “hands-on” field safety experience and an understanding of the construction process, Joaquin plays an important role for both preconstruction and construction teams to identify and prevent or mitigate potential safety issues.

  • 2008 to Present: HSE Director, HDCC
  • 2001 to Present: Owner, Progressive Safety Concepts, Hawaii
  • 2000 to 2008: Regional Safety Manager / Senior Safety Administrator, Dick Pacific Construction Co., Hawaii
  • 1999 to 2000: Safety Manager, M. Shiroma Painting, Hawaii
  • 1999: Safety Manager, Four Square Builders, Hawaii
  • 1996 to 1999: Safety Representative / Supply Administrator, U.S. Marine Corps, Hawaii

“I always serve the best interest for the Hawaii Chapter and I will do everything I can to make sure that our Chapter’s voice is heard.”

Zoe Williams – Member-at-Large

Zoe Williams is the manager of Quality Assurance for Hawaii Gas.  In her role,  Zoe is responsible for overall compliance strategy including the standardization of procedures and policies as it pertains to industry and federal regulations.  She also leads the Company’s emergency preparedness.

Zoe previously served for eight years as the manager of Environmental Health & Safety at Hawaii Gas where she developed programs that helped reduce the OSHA Recordable Injury Rate by 70% and vehicle incidents by 30%.

She holds a B.A. in Physics from Bryn Mawr College.  She became a Certified Safety Professional in October of 2012.

“Aloha, I have been a member of Hawaii ASSE for ten years, but only in the last few years can I truly say I was an active member.  The main reason I’ve gotten more involved is because I’ve slowly started learning about what ASSE has to offer and it’s motivated me to be part of the future of our chapter.  I’m excited about the potential we have for engagement and leadership.  The most important thing we need to focus on is communication; making sure our members are in the know about chapter happenings and even more important, solicit input from our members on what they think will make our chapter better.  I hope to be an effective conduit for two-way communication between membership and the Executive Committee; I look forward to your feedback!”



April 2017 Chapter Meeting Cancelled

Apr 20, 2017

April 2017 Chapter meeting has been cancelled.  The next Chapter meeting will be on June 29th and more information for that meeting is forthcoming.

Establish a Safety Fund

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.