Leftwich Addresses Safety at 2014 Professional Development Conference

June 4, 2014

Aaron Leftwich, director of environmental health and safety at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), served as a speaker for the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) in Chennai Madras, India.

Aaron Leftwich, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at WSSULeftwich spoke on the impact of environmental health and safety training to safeguarding the workforce.  He explained the advantages of applying Lean Six Sigma principles to the assessment of training needs and methods of calculating an organization's return on investment of the training.  His presentation was delivered as part of a four person panel session composed of executive representatives from the U.S., the United Kingdom and India.

The two day event also featured presenters from Australia, Germany, Kuwait and Spain covering environmental health and safety topics of interest to a variety of industries.    Sessions covered such topics as behavior based safety, ergonomics, global leadership and global trends in occupational safety and health.

This was the first professional safety and health conference administered by the Society in the Republic of India.  Chennai is also the birthplace of the India's first ASSE Chapter and home to more than 350 American companies, supporting the $100 billion in trade between the two nations, and more than 1,000 foreign companies.  ASSE worked closely with the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the only bilateral chamber of commerce within the nation.

Leftwich joined WSSU in 2012 after serving as a safety and occupational health specialist with the U. S. Department of Labor.  He has been a professional member of ASSE since 2007.  In October, he served as a member of an eight person team of safety and health professional members from the ASSE that comprised the People to People Ambassador Programs' Safety Professionals Delegation to India. Leftwich is also a member of the N. C. State Safety and Health Steering Committee.

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