Local 21 Member Stephen Brooks Receives Award

Stephen Brooks (center), Buddy Newbold, Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, (left) and Jeffery Camplin, VP of the Council on Practices and Standards (right).

Stephen Brooks (center), Buddy Newbold, Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, (left) and Jeffery Camplin, VP of the Council on Practices and Standards (right).

 

Stephen Brooks, a safety officer and Local 21 member in San Francisco since 1999, was honored in June with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Utilities Practice Specialty’s 2016 Safety Professional of the Year award.

The ceremony took place at the ASSE Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA., on June 28.

Brooks was one of the founding committee members of the Utilities Branch Voluntary Advisory Committee in June 2010. Volunteering to be branch chair, Brooks led the recruitment efforts to bring the branch into existence.

Under his leadership, membership increased until the branch petitioned the ASSE Council of Practices and Standards to become a full Practice Specialty. This status was granted in June 2014. Brooks continued as administrator through June 2015 when his tenure ended. He continues to be an active part of the Utilities Practice Specialty Advisory Committee as the Government Affairs Member.Stephen’s ASSE activities has provided excellent networking opportunities with safety professionals at utilities across the country and internationally.

Brooks is a certified safety professional (CSP) and a member of the Local 21 Health & Safety chapter. He started his safety and health career in December 1980. The first half of his career was spent in the private sector as a multi-line safety and health consultant for two insurance companies.  Since 1992, he has worked in the public sector at a joint powers authority and for two Bay Area cities, Oakland and San Francisco. He holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations and is currently a Safety Officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.