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Executive Director:
Cookie Mckee

A Message from the ARSC President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many owners, contractors and Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils, Inc. (ARSC) members for their support of reciprocity and their commitment to workplace safety. It is these efforts that have allowed us to make great strides in providing quality training over the years so that many workers may return home safely after a day of work. We also discuss personal responsibility and practicing safety while off the job during our training. We delivered 302,617 reciprocal training units in 2011!

ARSC has set ambitious goals for 2012 and I have a great team to work with to meet those goals. This team is comprised of the ARSC Executive Committee, the ARSC Board Members and the various committees that function within ARSC. A list of these committees and the Committee Chairs are posted on this website. I feel confident that any one of them would appreciate all input and ideas you may wish to share.

ARSC completed major revisions of both the Basic Orientation PlusÒ and the Basic Orientation Plus – RefresherÒ in 2011. Those materials have been placed in service and are available at each of the member locations at this time. These new materials contain training in the recently adopted Hazard Communication GHS standards and many other enhancements. We also completed a revision and complete validation of the test questions used in these programs to ensure that they reach our target audience and are not discriminatory. We adopted a reciprocal Fire Watch program in February 2012 and the Curriculum Committee is currently working on several additional reciprocal programs to add to our existing list of programs available in the 2012 calendar year.

Our ARSC third-party formal audit process continues to be ongoing and is current ensuring that all members remain in compliance with our stringent Board adopted Common Guidelines.

ARSC continues to strive for consistency of program quality, content and the reduction of costs for our owners. This reduction of cost is extremely important in today’s world economy and competition.

Many of our members have become more diversified in the programs and services they provide and in the different types of industries they serve. Our success can be attributed to the member organizations involvement and commitment to ARSC. Many of these members share programs, time, talent and resources with ARSC to allow us to expand into areas that will meet the objectives of owner plants across the country. If there is a program or service that you are interested in please check with your local safety council to see if they have it. If not chances are they can get it for you.

Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your ARSC President for 2012 and I look forward to continued improvement and meeting our goals and mission statement during a busy and successful 2012.

I remain at your service,

Russell Melancon Jr.
ARSC 2012 President