Chartered in 2007 as a non-profit corporation in the State of Arizona, the Arizona Safety Education Center (ASEC) is the culmination of several years of effort by the Safety Professionals in Arizona.
Recognizing the need for an educational center devoted to the Safety and Health profession a group was formed to research the opportunities available to establish a single point for Safety education that includes OSHA compliance training, technical Safety training, and courses leading to degrees in Occupational Safety and Health.
The following is from our Articles of Incorporation and summarizes our beliefs in the importance of advancing the education of all individuals in Safety and Health.
"ASEC is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and education purposes. Its primary purpose is to provide safety, health, and environmental education and training. Further, the primary purposes for which ASEC was formed is to provide education and training to safety, health, and environmental professionals, students, and the general public, to provide scholarships, fellowships, and grant funds to such professionals and students, and to contribute funds to the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and to the American Society of Safety Engineers in furtherance of their nonprofit objectives."
The ASEC TeamKatherine Gosiger, President
Katherine's background is in utilities as she worked in telecommunications for Regional Bell System Operating Companies and AT&T Communications. She served as a safety director for the Communication Workers of America, Local 7019 in Phoenix. Katherine also worked for the City of Phoenix managing safety and health concerns in Water Services.
She is a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and during her chapter year, the chapter was recognized as Large Chapter of the Year. She is a recipient of the 2011/2012 Arizona Chapter ASSE's Safety Professional of the Year Award. She is past president of the Arizona Governmental Safety Association.
She has an extensive OSHA background and is currently a safety compliance supervisor at the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH).
Harold Gribow, Treasurer
MS, CSP, ARM, ALCM
Harold Gribow is a safety consultant and a faculty member and Curriculum Manager for the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a master's degree in safety management, and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He has earned Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) certifications.
Vicki is a native of Arizona and a safety professional with over 25 years of experience in occupational safety and health. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). She is a past President of the Arizona Chapter of ASSE and has served on the Chapter Executive Board for more than 20 years. Vicki is also a past recipient of the Arizona Chapter ASSE's Safety Professional of the Year Award. She has implemented behavior based safety systems in a variety of manufacturing settings, including food, drug, chemical and automotive. Vicki has conducted behavior based safety training at manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She has also been actively involved in writing a VPP application; implementing successful employee participation systems; and developing training to support the achievement of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) designation.
David L Bellmont, Vice President
CSP, CPCU, ARM
David has worked in the insurance and safety field for over 20 years and has been the Treasurer of the AZ Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers for over 15 years.
Larry Gast has been a safety & health professional since 2001 specializing in general industry, construction, accident investigations, OSHA compliance and safety and health management systems & programs. He currently works as a Safety Specialist at ADP in Tempe. Most recently, he was the Safety & Risk Manager for a midsize construction company in Arizona with 10 branches located throughout the west and a safety & health consultant and trainer. He retired as Assistant Director for an OSHA-approved State Plan, the Arizona Division of Occupational Health and Safety (ADOSH) in June, 2017. As Assistant Director, he had oversight and management responsibility for Safety & Health OSHA Compliance, Elevators, Boilers, and the OSHA-Discrimination (Whistleblower) Programs. He also served for five months as the ADOSH Acting Director in 2013. As a Compliance Safety & Health Officer (CSHO) with ADOSH, he conducted 327 jobsite inspections and several workplace fatality investigations before receiving promotion to assistant director in May, 2012. Prior to ADOSH, he was as a loss/risk control consultant with the Arizona State Risk Management Division and Arizona's largest workers' compensation carrier, SCF Arizona (now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance).
He earned an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and a master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix. He has taught industrial safety as an adjunct faculty instructor at Mesa Community College and conducted numerous OSHA training classes. An active board member of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) since 2003, Larry also served as the Arizona Chapter President in 2011/12 and the Membership Chair in 2017/18. He is currently a board member of the Arizona Safety Education Center in Tempe, providing OSHA-Authorized Training through the UC San Diego-Extension Occupational Safety & Health training program. Larry is an OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for construction & general industry (10- & 30-hour) courses through USCD.
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