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James Thornton Receives ISEA Distinguished Service Award

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James R. Thornton, CSP, CIH, is the recipient of International Safety Equipment Association’s (ISEA) 2016 Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award.

Thornton is director of environmental health and safety for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The award, named after Robert Hurley, former CEO of Fendall Inc. and ISEA board member, is presented each year to someone who has advanced and promoted workplace safety and health.

“The Distinguished Service Award is reserved for a special individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of workplace safety and health,” says ISEA President Daniel Shipp. “Over his distinguished career, [Thorton] has shown an unwavering commitment and deep passion for worker safety, and serves as the ‘moral compass’ to make sure that risks to workers are appropriately identified and mitigated to ensure that workers go home safely to their family at the end of their shift.”

Thornton is a professional member of ASSE’s Greater Tidewater Chapter and is chair of ASSE’s Council on Professional Affairs. He was appointed by former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to chair the OSHA Maritime Advisory Committee for Safety and Health and has received the U.S. Department of Labor’s Distinguished Service Award for his work with OSHA.

Colonial Virginia Chapter Hosts Roundtable at OSHA Conference

The Colonial chapter of ASSE started this roundtable meeting for all of the local chapters (NOVA; NCC; Star Valley & Greater Tidewater) several years ago as a pre-conference session at the VA State OSHA conference. There were 35 people at the meeting!!!

Drive Smart Virginia, ASSE Colonial & Greater Tidewater Joint Field Trip April 11, 2017

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As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Colonial Chapter annually partners with DRIVE SMART Virginia for a crash test and tour of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More than 80 people attended the 2016 meeting. The group viewed a crash test of a 2016 Dodge Challenger and was briefed on IIHS research by Dr. David Kidd of the Institute. This year, the event will be held on April 11th and all Virginia ASSE members are invited to attend.

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