Chapter President’s Message

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the website for the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  Although we are just over half-way through the calendar year, when the clock struck midnight on July 1st, ASSP began their new chapter year.

As we look back on the 2023-2024 chapter year, I would like to thank Ned Fitter, who served as chapter president for two consecutive years and guided us to ‘Platinum Status’ in both of those years.  I would also like to thank our membership who elected me to serve as your president.  I am honored and I hope that I can live up to the high standards that were set forth by Ned and the many other chapter presidents that have dedicated time to develop the Chesapeake Chapter into what it is today.

The Chesapeake Chapter is one of the most active chapters in ASSP.  We have monthly meetings, which are a combination of hybrid and in-person meetings.  These meetings are a blend of technical knowledge, tours of facilities, and social/networking meetings.  We also team up with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Chesapeake Section for a professional development conference.

All of this could not be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of the volunteer members of our executive committee (EC), which meets just once a month.  However, we need your help!  Currently, the EC is in need of members to fill some very important roles on our many committees.  Most of these roles only require a few hours of your time, each month.  If you are interested, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.  All chapter members are welcome, and encouraged, to sit in on an EC meeting.

I hope to see you soon at an upcoming Chesapeake Chapter event.

Thank You,

James Woodward Sr.
ASSP Chesapeake Chapter President


Welcome and thank you for taking the time to join us at ASSP Chesapeake Chapter. There are many great reasons to join our chapter such as sharing of technical knowledge, professional development opportunities and networking. These interactions help to provide guidance, techniques and solutions to help OSH professionals prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management. Another advantage is the free subscription to the professional journal Professional Safety, which offers in depth articles on best practices, leadership, standards, policy and regulation. Membership also helps you tap into a powerful audience with ASSP Media Solutions and other means to develop professionally. Our chapter is 392 members strong and still growing!

The ASSP organization itself is the oldest and largest professional safety organization. With more than 37, 000 members worldwide, it is a global association of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals that advances the interests of its members and the profession.

Please feel free to contact us at membership@chesapeake.assp.org if you have any questions. Thanks again for taking the time to join us and we hope to see you again!