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Are you a safety professional that would like to get BCSP publication credits?

Are you a safety professional that would like to get BCSP publication credits?
One way the Utah Chapter can help our members earn BCSP recertification points is by publishing your articles in our newsletter. Here’s how it works. If you wrote or co-wrote a safety related article (that is at least 1500 words) and you would like to be published in our Utah Chapter newsletter, send your article to our newsletter editor who will review it and work with you to get it published in one of our next editions of our newsletter. Each year within our chapter you could earn up to 1 point for a single author and 0.5 points if you are one of multiple authors. We love learning from you so please send your submissions to Newsletter@utah.assp.org

Generous Coat Drive Efforts Rewarded

For our annual Coat and Blanket drive – John Wojciechowski of the Utah Safety Council & Doug Handy were able to take the donations to the Road Home Shelter. 

The Road Home Shelter was very, very grateful and thanked us for our efforts and donations.  This will make Christmas and the holidays better for so many.

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2021 Utah Safety Professional of the Year (S.P.Y.)

Douglas R. Handy, CSP was this year’s recipient of the Utah SPY award.

Doug has dedicated countless hours of service to the Utah Chapter of ASSP. His accomplishments and passion for safety will always be remembered. Doug retired earlier this year and leaves large safety shoes to fill. Congratulations Doug!!

Excerpts from nominating letters:

“Doug has been one of the most professional, dedicated and knowledgeable safety professionals I have worked with throughout the many years … Doug’s enthusiasm for safety is truly contagious he is one of most optimistic people I have ever met; always seeing the best in people and situations. He leaves a trail of young safety supervisors working towards becoming true Safety Professionals all along his safety path.  He constantly looks for opportunities to raise people up and to use the current environment as a learning opportunity, not only protecting the employees now but working with them to build and spread safety into the future.”

“Doug’s dedication to people and their safety goes far beyond the workplace. Doug and his family spend countless hours working with the church, the schools, and all types of organizations dedicated to helping people and families better their lives.  Doug’s dedication to his church, family, friends and community are second to none!  I honestly have no clue where Doug finds the time and energy to help as many people as he does.”

“Doug’s dedication and enthusiasm are already sorely missed just a few short weeks into his retirement. Thankfully his mentorship to so many will ensure that his lessons will continue to be passed on, ensuring that everywhere Doug touched will continue to be influenced.

I whole-heartedly recommend Doug Handy for any and all safety recognition. There is no one within the state of Utah that I can believe has more of a passion for safety and has spent their entire career ensuring that so many are able to return home safely each night.”


Brad Whitworth

Brad Whitworth was a long time Member of our the ASSP and our Chapter, and even a longer time Safety Professional.  He impacted countless lives in Safety, Sports and just life in general.

Brad was a Safety Professional for 25 years out of his 34 year career with UPS> He was the Safety Manager/Director over various States and areas of the Country, as well as working on the UPS Corporate Safety Team where he was able to travel and enhance Safety processes in China and other parts of the world.  Brad was a preminiate speaker and trainer, as well as respected presenter at conferences of large groups, down to the safety of the one individual.  His influence is long remembered.

His family was his key to life, with his wife of 39 years – Kelly and their 7 children, and now 10 Grandchildren.

Brad also left his legacy in various sports, but focused on Football, where he assisted Boise State and the University of Utah as a Strength Coach, and where he helped coach and mold defenses and Linebackers for High School aged youth.

Brad was well educated and had the ability to be an expert in many topics, and yet use his emotional intelligence and personality to truly affect people’s lives in all aspects of life.

What an incredible life to celebrate.  He will be missed, yet his legacy will long live on.https://www.larkinmortuary.com/obituary/view/bradley-kelly-whitworth–37

Utah ASSP Celebrates Life and Service of Dedicated Safety and Health Professional

Ben Gerlach – Dedicated to serving others and saving lives – 30 years as member of ASSE/ASSP

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Utah Chapter of American Society of Safety Professionals, I would like to express our sincere condolences. Some of the words that have been used to describe Ben’s legacy are highly competent, kind, caring, and dedicated. A great professional and person. The symbol of a safety professional in word and deed. He was a beloved colleague within the chapter and a great leader. His contributions have made us better and helped save innumerable lives and prevented countless injuries. I am personally grateful to have known Ben and to have learned from his example. He will be missed.

-Trevor Hinckley-

Obituary – https://www.russonmortuary.com/obituaries/harry-b-gerlach-jr/11918/