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NEIL ASSP 2023-2024 Chairs for Elected Office

Hello NEIL ASSP Members! We are proud to announce our NEIL ASSP Chapter Elected Officers in 2023-2024.


Timothy E. Janis, MBA, CHST Safety Training Specialist Construction Safety Council

Tim Janis is a Safety Professional working within the construction industry for 30 years. Tim earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Safety in 1993 from Northern Illinois University. He has worked for a variety of General Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Insurance carriers throughout his career managing and leading the safety efforts on multiple building sector and heavy civil projects. Tim earned his Master’s in Business Administration in 2007 from Benedictine University and worked as a part time/paid-on-call Firefighter for his community fire protection district, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. In spring of 2022, Tim joined the Construction Safety Council as a Safety Training Specialist, teaching many of the CSC safety classes.

Sponsorship Chair

Jaime Feinberg, MPH VP, Partnerships – Insurance, Risk, + Safety Hound Labs, Inc.

Jaime Feinberg, MPH, is a self-described “Safety Nerd”, who brings a unique perspective to the safety profession. For nearly two decades, she has served in various roles, starting out as a safety coordinator in the manufacturing industry and moving into corporate safety manager roles for Fortune® 500 retailers.  Jaime then made her way into the insurance industry serving as Vice President of Risk Control, overseeing the safety and claims services for several group captive programs. As Vice President of Partnerships at Hound Labs, Jaime uses her unique combination of experiences to create strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations to support cannabis testing policies that balance workplace safety with employee fairness and privacy. As a thought-leader, Jaime has been featured on the Psych Health and Safety USA Podcast, in the Insurance Journal, and is a recurring author for the Hound Labs Blog. Jaime has served as an advisory board member for the National Safety Council for several years and is currently a member of their Impairment Advisory Board.  She has recently joined the Avetta Fellows, that includes other notable professionals from diverse fields across the globe.

President-Elect & Treasurer Chair

Jay Braffett, CSP, CRIS Corporate Safety and Health Manager Pipe Strong, LLC

Jay Braffett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  In addition, he also holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University.  He is also a Certified Safety Professional(CSP).  He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of Occupational Safety and Health management.  He has been an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals since he embarked on his safety and health journey.  He has served in the Treasurer position within the organization.  He is husband to his wife Jaime and is the proud father of two boys Isaiah and Jeremiah and one daughter Hannah.   His professional objective is to provide leadership in the field of Occupational Safety & Health.  Striving for safety excellence to ensure workers return home to their families each and every day from work safe and healthy.

Chicagoland Safety Health & Environmental Conference 2023

Hello ASSP Members!

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference (CSHEC)
will be held on September 18-20, 2023, at NIU’s Naperville Campus. The CSHEC
is for EHS professionals, business owners, facility managers, plant managers,
supervisors, safety committee members, human resources managers, municipalities
and others who have safety, health, training, environmental management and
OSHA/EPA compliance responsibilities.

The conference aims to provide timely and relevant environmental management,
safety, health, professional development and OSHA/EPA compliance training.
Since 2016 the conference has drawn 6,600 session attendees and offered 338
sessions that drew more than 2,700 people from 4 foreign countries, 34 states
and 155 Illinois communities working in 467 companies working in 32 industries.

Speaker submissions for the conference are also now open!

For more information, please visit the conference website: Click Here!

Northern Illinois Food Bank Volunteer Event

Hello ASSP NEIL Members!

This month ASSP NEIL Chapter members attend our yearly volunteer event!

Members supported the Northern Illinois Food Bank on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022! This was the 10th year the NEIL chapter assisted in providing meals for our less fortunate neighbors in Northern Illinois.

If you would like to donate, please use this link!

Here are some shots!

ASSP Region V – Governance Changes & Survey

Hello NEIL ASSP members,

By now, you may have heard that there is a proposal to update ASSP’s governance. Earlier this year, a board-level task force examined industry research, trends, and association best practices to develop a recommended proposal that has been approved by the Board of Directors. This proposal calls for ASSP to transition the House of Delegates to an at-large advisory group. This shift, apparently, would align with legal guidance and association best practices, emphasize inclusivity, and position the member-driven advisory group to inform and influence the Board. In addition, this agile infrastructure would allow ASSP to protect and effectively manage our assets, while the versatility in daily operations would safeguard our long-term viability.

Before this change is implemented, however, we would like to hear questions and thoughts from our members that you may have concerning this proposal.  Below is a short survey asking for your opinion concerning the governance change as well as allowing you to communicate to us what questions and concerns each of you may have. 

ASSP Governance Survey

For more information, please see the video below and visit the ASSP governance information page: where you can find explanations and links to email questions.

Further discussion of this governance change will occur during the House of Delegates meeting on September 28th, but the vote itself has been pushed back to give us more time to gather additional data and feedback.

Thank you for your time, we are grateful for your commitment to ASSP.

Become A Sponsor!

Northeastern Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is looking for new sponsors! By becoming a sponsor, you can help build lasting relationships with the Chicagoland Environmental Health and Safety community, network with other local businesses, and get more exposure for your company.

Some sponsor benefits include your company logo and website links on the home page of the NEIL chapter website and opening remarks at the beginning of a sponsored meeting.

To become a sponsor or to learn more click here!