The purpose of the Greater San Jose Chapter is to promote the advancement of the safety profession and safety professionals and the development of its members.

Active and inactive members of the Greater San Jose Chapter may access the "Members Only" page using a secure password from our Membership Director. Current job listings, past meeting materials and other timely information is posted there.

Contact Membership Director Jim Beeby at james.beeby@sri.com for your password.


April San Jose Fire Communications Center Tour

In lieu of the monthly meeting at the Biltmore, we have scheduled a field trip to the San Jose Fire Communications Center.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is limited to 20 people; pre-registration is required.

855 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA

Parking is limited in the area. Metered street parking may be available. The Santa Clara County parking garage is available for a fee and is located one block away on Hedding St at N San Pedro St.

Public transportation is available. The nearest Light Rail stop is Civic Center at First and West Mission Streets. The Fire (and Police) communications building is located one block west of the light rail stop at 855 N San Pedro St between W Mission St and W Hedding St.

The entrance is on the north side of the building along the alley just south of the Main Jail. When you arrive at the building entrance, we have been asked to congregate outside. Our President-Elect, Becky Pereira, will call our host when the group is ready to enter.

Reservation deadline is Friday, April 4 at 5:00pm.

Chapter Meeting Online Registration

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Occupational Health and Safety Annual Regulatory Update

This one-day seminar will update attendees on newly adopted and Fed-OSHA regulations. Topics include changes to the following state and federal regulations: electrical safety and NFPA 70E, title 8 reform, carcinogen report of use requirements, electrical safety, elevator safety, process safety management, dust collection systems, respiratory protective equipment, railings and stairways, excavation safety, laser safety, fall protection, machine guarding, crane safety and a review of the most common OSHA citations

Professional Credit

ENVS.859. (0.6 CEUs) CSPs can claim COC points 0.6. MCLE–Minimum Continuing Legal Education State Board of CA–6 hours. This event contains .6 CEUs or 6 hours of technical contact time and is eligible for ABIH CM credit.

About Your Instructor

JAY JAMALI, B.S., CSP, CHMM, CHCM, is the director of Enviro Safetech, Inc., an environmental, health and safety consulting company. He has been providing EHS services in the Bay Area for 20 years and has been an instructor at UCSC Extension since 1990. Mr. Jamali has worked at Superfund sites and has responded to more than 200 hazardous-materials emergencies.


UCSC Extension Silicon Valley,
2505 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Friday, 9 am–4 pm, April 11.
Fee: $395.

To enroll, visit, http://course.ucsc-extension.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=1532370&SectionID=5273955


Slate of Officers for 2014-2015 Chapter Year

The Greater San Jose Chapter, ASSE, is pleased to notify our members of our proposed slate of Officers for the 2014-2015 chapter year. Our by-laws require the slate be posted for a period of 60 days prior to the election.

Chapter members may submit a signed petition nominating an individual for elective office. The petition will require 15 signatures to be valid. The petition shall be accompanied by a written acceptance by the nominee(s) and shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Election Committee (in this case, Tyler Nguyen at safetyengineer@yahoo.com) 30 days in advance of the election. The names and qualifications of such nominees shall be published and distributed to the membership at least 15 days prior to the election.

Because our April meeting will be a field trip, we will not have a formal meeting. Therefore, the election will be held via email. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU RESPOND TO THE EMAIL. Even if a position is not contested, the slate still must be approved. The email will be sent out on April 25 and we will need your reply by close of business on April 28.

As you can see from our slate, we do not have a candidate for the President-Elect position. If you are interested, please contact Tyler Nguyen or Betsy Leff for more information as soon as possible. The President-Elect position automatically moves up to President the next year.

Your Board is made up of volunteers who want to make the most of their membership and who want to give back to the safety, health and environmental community. In addition to the elected positions, we have many chair and committee positions that need you! Please consider giving the gift of your time to further your profession.


PRESIDENT: Beck Pereira (automatically moves to President from President-Elect




DELEGATE: Jennifer Harris

DELEGATE: Tony Farias


Two Scholarships Being Awarded Now!

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Greater San Jose Chapter, is once again offering a $1500 Scholarship.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce the Bay Area Environmental Safety Group will also be offering a $1500 Scholarship this Spring.   We seek qualified and dedicated students in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) related fields.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 21, 2014.  You may submit one application to be considered for both!

Criteria – Who can Qualify?

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who are full-time students attending an accredited degree-granting institution and admitted/enrolled in a safety, occupational health, or environmental related program.
  2. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 12 graduate credit hours and be seeking a career related to safety, occupational health, or environmental management.
  3. Applicants must possess a cumulative, overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Last-term seniors are not eligible.

How to Apply?

Scholarship applicants are required to submit the following original material by April 21 for an award for the following term.

  1. Cover letter requesting consideration for scholarship.
  2. Letter indicating career objectives, activities and related interests in safety, occupational health and/or environmental management and explanation of how the receipt of the scholarship will aid in achieving those goals (maximum 300 words).
  3. Copy of original, official transcript.
  4. Resume, if available.
  5. Two faculty recommendations, preferably from the EHS or related engineering, math, science or technical departments.
  6. Verification from the department chair or academic advisor that the student is officially admitted to an EHS related program and enrolled in the upcoming term.

Applicants may also include the following in their application:

  1. ASSE Student Section and/or Chapter leadership and activities.
  2. Campus extra-curricular activities (especially those EHS related).
  3. Community or personal activities/accomplishments related to safety, health or the environment.

Submit your application electronically to:
ASSE – SJ and BAESG Scholarship Committees Chair: stevenhochstadt@yahoo.com
Questions may be directed to the Scholarship Committee Chair Steven Hochstadt P.E. at the above e-mail.
ASSE Greater San Jose Chapter web site:  www.assesj.org.
Bay Area Environmental Safety Group web-site: www.baesg.org


10th Annual Department of Energy LSO Workshop

August 19-21, 2014 Livermore, California

Save the date and plan to attend the 10th Annual Department of Energy LSO Workshop. This comprehensive workshop is for individuals with laser safety responsibility and interest in a research, industrial or academic setting who want to update and expand their laser safety knowledge. It features presentations
on current laser applications and associated laser safety issues and solutions. Anyone interested in laser safety will not want to miss this unique workshop! The
workshop also serves as the annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy Laser Safety Working Group (DOE - EFCOG).

The Workshop is a 2.5-day meeting and will include both invited and contributed talks. Keynote speaker will be Jeff Wisoff, Principal Associate Director for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate. There will be a Vendor Exhibit and tours of the NIF and Jupiter Laser Facility on the afternoon of August 20th.

Certification Maintenance points will be available. The Board of Laser Safety
will offer a CLSO/CMLSO exam on August 18th, just prior to the Workshop.

The registration fee will be $150 and includes the reception dinner.

For more information, including abstract submission, please contact the
Workshop Chair: Jamie King, king75@llnl.gov or Organizing Chair: Trina Voelker, voelker4@llnl.gov


Fall 2013 Scholarship Award to Kelsey Baker

On January 14, 2014, the San Jose Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers presented the Fall 2013 Scholarship Award to Kelsey Baker. The award included a $1500 check and one year paid membership. Kelsey is a senior at Santa Clara University, majoring in Environmental Science. Her main area of concentration is in Sustainability, and has led many related projects and organizations including "Think Outside the Bottle" and the OCEANS Club. Presenting the award to Kelsey is Steven Hochstadt, ASSE-SJ Scholarship Chair.