DOL Trade Release

Posted: Oct 08, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Approves New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols to Protect Workers from Airborne Contaminants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.

The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators.  Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration, and a more streamlined sampling sequence.

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Central FL Chapter Scholarship and SPY Award – Nominations Due 11/1

Posted: Sep 29, 2019

Central Florida Chapter Scholarship

Did you know the Central Florida Chapter also has a local scholarship/grant program?  Completed applications (see below) must be submitted by COB November 1, 2019 to Heather Earl at  The winners will be presented with their awards at the December Chapter Meeting.

ASSP Central Florida Member Grant Application 2019

Central Florida Chapter Soliciting Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award Nominations

The Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award is awarded annually to an ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field while also advancing the OSH profession overall. The award is named for Edgar Monsanto Queeny, who exhibited unwavering commitment to workplace safety after a tragic industrial explosion in the late 1940s destroyed Monsanto’s Texas City plant, killing 512 people, including 145 employees. The tragedy moved him to place a greater emphasis on safety in the company’s operations. To this day, the firm’s safety record reflects his deep personal commitment to protecting workers. Through this award, Monsanto Company proudly supports our members efforts to create safe work environments that will lead to a safer, stronger future.  There are Chapter, Regional, and a Society-level SPY awards.  If you are interested in nominating a peer or yourself for this award, please contact Awards and Honors Chair Heather Earl at for assistance.  Chapter SPY applications are due November 1, 2019.

ASSP Annual Scholarship Application Period Open

Posted: Sep 25, 2019

Online applications for ASSP Foundation grants and scholarships are available starting Sept. 15. Since 1990, the ASSP Foundation has awarded scholarships and professional education grants to students and professionals who are starting or continuing their OSH education. In 2019, the ASSP Foundation awarded a record $407,873 with nearly 150 awards each year ranging from $500 to $15,000 each.

Applicants must be current ASSP members. Applications are accepted online through Dec. 1, 2019. Only one application need be filled out to be eligible for all available awards. Awards will be announced April 15, 2020. Users will need to create a new user name and login, since ASSP have changed vendors from previous years. Direct link to application here.


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