Chapter News

ASSP Scholarships and Grants-application deadline December 1.

Sep 08, 2018

Since 1990, the ASSP Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and professional education grants to students beginning their studies in occupational safety and professionals seeking to continue their education. We offer nearly 150 awards each year ranging from $500 to $15,000 each. More than 1,300 safety students and professionals have advanced their careers, thanks to the generosity of the safety community.

How To Apply

Applications for both scholarships and grants are accepted online from September 1 through December 1 each year. Only a single application must be filled out for either program to be eligible for all available awards. If selected for an award, you will be matched with one based on the criteria set forth by the fund’s donor. Scholarship and grant applicants will be notified in April as to the status of their application. Funds are disbursed shortly afterwards for scholarships, or upon receiving documentation of professional education for grants.


If you have any questions or want to review your eligibility please view the frequently asked questions, or contact the Foundation at or +1 847 699.2929.

Wes Lashbrook elected ASSP Practice Specialty Assistant Administrator-Industrial Hygiene

Jun 13, 2018

Congratulations to our own Wesley Lashbrook, MS, CSP, CIH, who has been elected  ASSP Practice Specialty Assistant Administrator – Industrial Hygiene.

Wes has played a significant role for Mount St. Helen’s  Section and Columbia-Willamette Chapter.  He has been a Professional member for 34 years and has been Chapter House Delegate, served on many committees including ByLaws and Development Committee, and was Chapter President.  He has also been very active in the industrial hygiene community and a member the American Industrial Hygiene Association

He is the Senior Partner, Safety Professional and Industrial Hygienist for G.E.W. LLC. He has a M.S. in Environmental Health Management and Adult Education from Oregon State University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) both in Comprehensive Practice (by examination).

For more than thirty years he has assisted numerous organizations throughout the United States, in both the public and private sector. He managed from inception to commercialization – projects including: interactive risk assessment software; a mass/energy balance for optimizing EHS resources and a comprehensive EHS cost analysis model.

His past and present professional leadership positions and awards include, among many others:

  • Vice Chair and Chairman AIHA National Safety Committee
  • Secretary AIHA National Occupational Environmental Medicine Committee
  • Education Chair, Ptld Area, Pacific NW American Industrial Hygiene Assoc.
  • President, Silicon Forest Safety Professionals
  • Director, Pacific NW Semiconductor Safety Association
  • Industry Chair, Benton County (OR) Hazardous Materials Response Plan
  • Board of Directors of the Silicon Forest Safety Professionals
  • Northwest Liaison – Semiconductor Safety Association

In addition to his other professional duties, Wes spend 43 years as a Reserve officer in the United States Air Force where he enlisting as an Airman Basic and retiring at the rank of Colonel. He is a veteran of both the conflicts in Bosnia and Iraq. He currently assists the USAF as an Academy Liaison officer assisting applicants for the United States Air Force Academy.

November Chapter Meeting: Blog Post from Jeff Dalto with Supplemental Training Material

Nov 13, 2017

Jeff Dalto gave a presentation at our November Chapter Meeting on the ANSI 490 standard and Effective Safety Training. Jeff has created a blog post that directly maps to and supplements the presentation he gave at the meeting. It includes two full-length recorded webinars that cover both (1) Effective Safety Training and (2) Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. He has also added a series of related free guides for downloading and articles for reading. Please see the link below.[]


2017 National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down May 8-12

Apr 20, 2017

The Chapter is partnering with OSHA Training Education Institute, Oregon FACE, AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter, and Oregon OSHA to raise fall hazard awareness in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.  Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The 2017 National Fall Prevention Stand-Down occurs May 8 through May 12. The Chapter encourages members to participate or organize events during the week to increase fall hazard awareness.

On May 12, Oregon and Washington partners are offering free training.
Time: 8:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Sheet Metal Institute, 2379 NE 178th Ave, Portland, OR 97230

Click here to register.

For a flier with additional information click here. For resources (videos, fact sheets, toolbox talks) check out  OSHAOR-FACE  and  CPWR websites.