Friday, December 2, 2011

ASSE's WISE Group Names Hawaii's Mary Silva One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

December 02, 2011 | Targeted News Service

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 1 -- The American Society of Safety Engineers issued the following news release:

The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Fairmont Specialty Group'sMary Silva, CSP, of Mililani, HI, for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE '100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety' project. Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.

Silva has been an active member of the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field for more than 20 years. Last spring she joined Fairmont Specialty Group, which provides specialty niche property and accident, health insurance and surety products, as their Senior Loss Control Specialist.

In addition to her work in the insurance field, Silva has worked in construction, and in oil and gas safety, most recently as safety manager at the Maryl Group, Inc, one of Hawaii's most prominent residential developers. While at Maryl, she was responsible for ensuring a safe, compliant work environment throughout all of the company's Hawaii operations.

During her tenure at Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, Silva helped the company achieve a 90% reduction in the cost of workers' compensation claims from 2005-2008, along with the reduction in the number of injuries from 123, down to 14. This accomplishment resulted in Silva being selected by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as its 2007 Safety Professional of the Year.

Silva has also improved the safety records of other prominent Hawaii-based corporations including Verizon, Fireman's Fund Insurances, and BHP Hawaii, where as safety, health and security coordinator, the company saw the loss ratio in both frequency and severity of incidents dropped by more than 50 percent.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Silva is an active member of ASSE's Hawaii Chapter and ASSE's Region I. She has served the Hawaii chapter as its treasurer, president-elect, president and delegate. Silva has also been a driving force behind the chapter's biennial Governor's Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference. Through her work with her chapter, they achieved Chapter Star recognition for two years in a row and received the Small Chapter of the Year award in 2009.

Silva holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering/Pre-Med from the University of Oklahoma.

"It is absolutely such an honor to be considered and to be honored in the company of such phenomenal women, some of whom I know very well," said Silva of her inclusion in the WISE '100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety' project.

The '100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety' project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession as part of ASSE's (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession. The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace. For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.

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