• August 8, 2017
    7:30 am - 8:45 am

We see the signs in airports, malls, and large public venues; “If you see something – say something”; but what are we supposed to be seeing? These are questions many of us ask ourselves. There have been workplace shootings and public shootings. Our children learn about the concepts of “Run-Hide-Fight” in elementary school. There are now four types of workplace violence categories identified in the workplace; OSHA named three, the FBI added one. In this session we will discuss the various causes of workplace violence, what employers and employees can do to minimize some types of workplace violence and learn awareness techniques such as those taught to fighter pilots to help us be more vigilant of our surroundings.

Our Speaker: Cathi L. Marx, ALCM, COSS, COSM, CHS-V is the President of Aspen Risk Management Group and a 27 year member of ASSE. Cathi started her career in safety in 1984 when she enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves at the Concord Naval Weapons Station; Port Safety and Security. Her eight years in the reserves gave her the foundation to begin her safety career in Occupational Safety. She has taught active shooter / situational awareness to hundreds of employees across the Country, has conducted threat and risk assessments at dozens of places of worship and local business to identify and reduce their vulnerabilities to attack.

  • August 17, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Presented by Gary Couture, MS-OSH, COSS

Construction is an ongoing and never-ending reality at a major commercial airport. At any given time, a wide variety of construction projects may be in various stages of progress using multiple contractors and subcontractors working both night and day shifts. Overseeing the safety and health of those construction workers, while ensuring there is no disruptions to airport operations or hazardous exposures to the traveling public can be a daunting task. As the Construction Safety Program Manager at the San Diego International Airport, Gary Couture has successfully managed that process for over 10 years, maintaining a total recordable injury rate (TRIR) of 0.55, compared to an industry average of 3.7. Come learn about the processes and programs he utilizes to achieve this amazing record.

Gary Couture has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, and is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist. Gary served 24 years in the US Navy as a certified nuclear propulsion components welder and as a specialist in submarine repair quality assurance, shipboard firefighting, damage control, and nuclear, biological and chemical warfare defense, retiring in 1997 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. After his naval service, Gary worked in the home-building industry where he served as Division Safety Manager of a national home building company for six years. In 2006 he transitioned to his current position as the Construction Safety Program Manager for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. He currently serves as a Chapter Delegate and is the Newsletter Editor for the San Diego chapter of ASSE. Gary is the proud father of four daughters and a foster-daughter, and grandfather of 25 grandchildren!

  • September 12, 2017
    7:15 am - 8:30 am

As the federal and state government prepares to implement new workplace silica exposure regulations, affected employers are forced to make adjustments to their work practices to more accurately recognize silica and other respiratory hazards in the work place, and also develop effective control methods to protect their workers.

Industry, meaning manufacturers, have responded by investing heavily in technology and innovation across power tool, power tool accessories, and hand tool lines.

This discussion will be from the perspective of a well-known, worldwide manufacture of hand and power tools that has recognized the need of industry and developed cost effective control measures that will enable employers across many different industries to adequately protect their affected workers.
About our Speaker:
Mike Schrager has been working with Milwaukee Tool for the past 3 years and currently serves as Market Manager.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He grew up a “garage kid” always working on projects with his family. He spent his entire earlier life in the midwest, moving from Indiana to Wisconsin and finally Chicago before packing his bags and heading west. With the tool industries rapid innovation and fast-paced drive, Mike feels that Milwaukee is the perfect career fit.  He is also an avid sailboat racer and enjoys downhill skiing in the winter.

  • September 23, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd.. buy me some peants and cracker jacks.. I don’t care if I ever get back.. cuz.. it’s root root root for the Padres, if they don’t win it’s a shame.. cuz it’s 1….2… 3…strikes you’re out at the ol’ ball game!!!!!!

Join ASSE and celebrate another year of fantastic major league baseball.

Overlooking Third Base, the Skyline Patio features gorgeous views of downtown San Diego and combines a semi-private place for us to socialize and enjoy the game.  Enjoy all-you-can-eat food and beverages and kick back and relax.

Date:  Saturday, September 23, 2017
Game time:  6:05PM
ASSE  Member: Each $60
ASSE Family Member: Each $60
Member: Each $65
Registration after August 12th: Each $70

REGISTRATION ENDS 9/9/2017 (paying via paypal is paying with a credit card)


  • October 10, 2017
    7:30 am - 8:45 am

Confined Space Fall Rescue – What an effective rescue plan means to your Company

This discussion, led by Michael Murphy, 3M Fall Protection Specialist for Southern California, will include a classroom style discussion of confined space fall rescue challenges and solutions, and will then be followed up with an equipment demonstration utilizing the latest innovations in retrieval systems including tripods, winches, harnesses, davit arm systems, etc. 

Speaker info

Michael Murphy graduated from Illinois State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Public Health and Minor in safety.  Since then, he has served as a Safety Specialist, Fall Protection Specialist, and Sales Manager for a number of well know safety related companies.  He is well known for his technical knowledge of a wide range of safety equipment, especially fall protection rescue gear.


  • November 14, 2017
    7:15 am - 8:45 am

Our speaker is Danielle Moore a partner of Fisher Phillips.

She also co-chairs the Fisher Phillips firm-wide Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council. Danielle represents and counsels employers in the cannabis industry in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination,harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as preparation of employment handbooks and policies, and general preventive advice.

Danielle also regularly conducts management training and lectures one mployment issues.

In 2015, Danielle began working alongside a leading cannabis analysis laboratory whose main focus is to provide accurate information and product quality assurance to ensure the quality and safety of recreational and medicinal cannabis products across many states. Danielle is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Associationand is a local member of Women Grow, and has lectured on employment law issues specific to the cannabis industry.Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and is President of the Lawyers Club’s North County Chapter.

Danielle teaches an employment law course at San Diego State University and serves on the Human Resources Advisory Board for the University. Danielle is “AV” Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently named one of San Diego’s 2014 and 2015 “Top Attorneys,” one of 2014 and 2015’s “Best of the Bar,” as well as one of the “Top 40 under 40 Best and Brightest Minds of San Diego.”