SASC – Southern Arizona Safety Council History


On May 2, 2003, at the request of David Baker, the following individuals-Associations met to discuss the potential of holding joint Safety Meetings:

  • Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT)
    • Jim Kuliesh – Executive Director, Gino Sollenberger – Safety Committee Chair
  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
    • Janet Reeves – President
  • Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA)
    • Sharon Powers – Safety Committee Chair
  • Arizona Division of Occupational Safety & Health (ADOSH)
    • Mark Norton – Assistant Director
  • City of Tucson Central Safety Services (COT)
    • Janet McLay – Safety Manager, Brandy Kadous – Coordinator Safety &Training
  • State Compensation Fund of Arizona (SCFAZ)
    • Gerry Coley
  • Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP)
    • David Baker – Safety Supervisor, Art Whittemore – Safety & Security Coordinator
  • Tucson Utility Contractors Association (TUCA)
    • Mike Flynn – Safety Committee Chair

During the initial meeting it became clear that there was an abundance of local Safety Committees, training opportunities, and a constant search for safety related presenters in the Southern Arizona area. Unfortunately, many good programs and training opportunities were not well publicized. The group decided to work together to build an organization that would take advantage of the existing Association Safety Committees, and Safety Organizations to share the wealth of local safety knowledge and training opportunities.

The outcome was the formation of the Southern Arizona Safety Council (SASC). The first quarterly meeting was held on August 19, 2003.


SASC was formed to assist the various Safety Associations and Organizations with:

  • Providing a regular scheduled meeting that would allow individuals with safety functions to meet and discuss safety related issues
  • Provide speakers and presentations that would benefit the safety community
  • Publish information regarding the various Safety Classes sponsored by the member Associations and organizations
  • Provide local classes from the OSHA Training Institutes
  • Requesting ADOSH to provide information and updates at each meeting


There is no formal registration or application to be involved in or to attend an SASC meeting. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. There will not be a fee or any monetary charge for attendance at an SASC meeting.


SASC meetings are to be held quarterly on the 3rd Tuesday of the middle month of each quarter (February, May, Augut, & November). The following Associations, Organizations and specific groups would consider the SASC meeting to be their respective Monthly Safety Meeting:

  • American Society of Safety Professionals – Southern Arizona Chapter (ASSP)
  • Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA)
  • City of Tucson Central Safety Services (COT)

The following groups will support and assist the SASC organization:

  • Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT)
  • Arizona Division of Occupational Safety & Health (ADOSH)
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance


A committee will be established to:

  • Arrange for and conduct the quarterly SASC meetings
  • Identify and arrange for speakers and presenters
  • Provide information regarding local Safety Training classes/courses

The committee must have at least one representative from the following:

  • American Society of Safety Professionals – Southern Arizona Chapter (ASSP)
  • Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA)
  • Arizona Division of Occupational Safety & Health (ADOSH)
  • City of Tucson Central Safety Services (COT)

The committee can add additional members as needed. All committee members should be a member of a local Association, Organization, Group, or Business that is involved in safety.


Jesse Atencio

Andy Bogar
American Road Maintenance

Gerry Coley
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance

Chris Honan
City of Tucson

Mark Norton
Norton Safety Services

Sharon Powers
Powers Safety Services

Leo Quesada
Southwest Gas Corporation

Jesse Torres
Granite Construction, Inc