The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently formed a practice specialty branch to satisfy growth and interest in utilities and agriculture workplace safety.

The new Utilities Branch - part of ASSE's Construction Practice Specialty - will provide a forum for safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professionals to network and develop best practices in safety and health issues affecting electrical, solar, and wind generation; natural gas production and distribution; water/wastewater; telecommunications; public works; and other utility areas.

Until new branch officers are selected, the society's Construction Practice Specialty Administrator Michael Hayslip, PE, CSP, will serve as the Utilities Branch chair. Hayslip is an executive director at

ASSE is currently looking for members to join the branch's advisory board, write e-newsletters, and submit content and Web links for consideration. For more information, contact ASSE Staff Liaison Rennie Heath at