Welcome to the website for Western Carolina Chapter of ASSE. Our website is dedicated to providing current information to help Safety Professionals in Western North Carolina. The website is offered in cooperation with The American Society of Safety Engineers.

The Western Carolina Chapter wants your participation. We meet monthly in Hickory, North Carolina and offer programs throughout the year to keep safety professionals in the area involved and aware of what is happening in the world of Safety.

As you explore this website, please take note of the calendar tab to stay informed of coming events. Contact us if you have questions or you wish us to see additional information about safety.

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Western Carolina Chapter Presents 2015 ASSE Western Carolina Safety School
“Prevention is the Key to Safety Success”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

This is the 21st  year for the ASSE Western Carolina Safety School in Hickory.  We proudly host the School again at the Crowne Plaza. The theme for the School is “Prevention is the Key to Safety Success” and will leave participants with good information on how to be safe at work and at home.

8:30am Opening Comments - Rick Kilpatrick, Chapter President
8:40-9:00am NC Commissioner of Labor - Cherie Berry
Commissioner Berry will update us on the state of
9:00-9:15am “Western Piedmont Safety Council”
Safety Talk Contest Winner
9:15-10:15am The Importance of Industrial Hygiene Monitoring with Instrument demonstration - Michelle Mann North Carolina Department of Labor
10:15-10:45am Break/Vendor Visits
10:45- 12:00pm Ergonomics - Defining Ergonomics, understanding how the body works, Recognizing risk factors and how work station setup and work methods relate and how ergonomics can be applied to the workplace. Jeff Hoyle - N.C. Ergonomics Research Center
12:00- 1:00pm Lunch/Vendor Visits
1:00-2:00pm “ You Can’t Fix Stupid” Turn The Lights Back On
Want to turn the lights off on your safety culture? Then go and blame the worker. Call out the fact that injuries are their fault - and lose the chance to learn.
Dr. Timothy Ludwig Appalachian State University
2:00-2:15pm Break/Vendor Visits
2:15-3:00pm Leading and Lagging Indicators: Traditional measures, modern analytics. Dr. Shawn Bergman Appalachian State University Center for Analytics Research Education
3:00-3:45pm Behavior Based Safety: “Finding the Risk being taken in your operation.” Danielle Kretschmer Appalachian State University
  Grand Door Prize Drawings
  Closing Remarks and Adjourn-Curtis Daniels President Elect


The Hickory Crowne Plaza is located on L-R Blvd., Exit 125, off I-40. After exiting I-40, travel south and the Crowne Plaza is located on the left. The fee is $55.00 which will include materials, breaks, and buffet lunch.

To register, please download and send the registration form to Gary Barger:
email: gbarger@shurtape.com
828-267-8522 office
828-639-9884 cell

You can also register using the Paypal form below.

Multiple Attendees


Western Carolina Safety School - April 9, 2015 - Vendor Booth Registration Payment
Please use the Paypal below to regsiter and pay for your vendor booth.

Vendor Fee & Meals
Vendor Booth and Meal Options
Safety School Vendor Fee


NCDOL Annual Safety Awards Banquet Reservation - Hickory Crowne Plaza - June 25, 2015
Please use the Paypal below to regsiter and pay for your reservation.

Group Reservations


2010 Shooting Star Award