How your VOS Board has personally dealt with the Covid 19 event?


Answered By VOS Member Warren K. Brown

What did you do this last week that was different from what you might have done last year during the same period?

Staying home, shopping at times for older folks, lots of webinars and zoom meetings even when retired, wore mask when away from my house and more cooking and clean up but hit a few restaurants at early afternoon so few other customers there! Occasionally encounter those who still wont wear a mask!

Have you experienced changes physically, mentally or emotionally during this event?

Actually losing some weight and doing the 12 hr fasting; I have not seen a lot of difference in being retired and staying home-the meals are the hardest since you have to determine what you are gonna eat, buy the stuff, prepare the stuff and worst, clean up afterwords.

Have you observed changes in those around you?

Some people seem more irritable but you don’t make a lot of face to face contact except on zoom and go-to-meeting; it is difficult to talk to them about anything but the meeting subject.

Has your work environment changed such as home versus regular workplace for example?

Mine hasn’t since being retired I spend a lot of time at home anyway-the closing of the library and senior center messed with a few meals and classes but I worked with our yoga instructor and she is now doing a zoom session 3 times a week so getting some organized exercise! Music class has occasionally met outside at a members party patio and my art class has met by zoom on a regular basis.

What has been your most difficult personal change during the crisis?

Food-as I described earlier and hard to do exercise alone after being at the senior center regularly for the last 6 years.

Have your plans for activities such as travel, visiting or other leisure activities been adversely affected?

Haven’t been near an airport since February-planned trips for holidays are in limbo-have not been inside anyone’s house since early march; the virtual world has kept me surprisingly busy-just signed up for virtual ergo conference at reduced rate.

2020 Newsletter

The 2020 VOS Newsletter is now available! Click here to download!

This newsletter’s contents are:

  1. VOS President’s addresses
  2. Treasure’s Report 2020
  3. VOS Scholarship-Kelsie Finch
  4. In The News
  5. Howard Talks Tech
  6. OSHA Interpretation
  7. S, H & E Information Update
  8. VOS Scholarship Request
  9. 2019 Event Pictures
  10. VOS Oral History Project
  11. Join VOS Letter
  12. VOS By Laws Change Proposal(ACTION REQUIRED)

Mid Year 2017 VoS Newsletter

The 2017 VOS Mid Year Newsletter is now available! Click here to download!

This months newsletter contents are:

  1. VOS Presidents address
  2. Treasure’s Report 2017
  3. ASSEF 2017 Report
  4. Member Profiles
  5. Member News
  6. 2017 VOS Scholarship Recipient
  7. What does it mean to be a Veteran
  8. Using Portable Fire Extinguishers
  9. S, H & E Information Update
  10. Awards
  11. Pictures at Denver ASSE PDC June 2017 & Indianapolis NSC Congress September 2017
  12. Haws Webinar
  13. David MacCollum Interview
  14. Construction Safety Design Solutions

July 2016 VoS Newsletter

The 2016 VOS July Newsletter is now available! Click here to download!

This months newsletter contents are:

  1. VOS Presidents address
  2. Report from the Treasurer
  3. VOS Visionary Scholarship by ASSEF
  4. Awards for Members at 2016 AIHce
  5. Proven Persuasion for Supervisors
  6. S, H & E Information Update
  7. Learning to Deal With Haz Waste Disp
  8. Keep Your Balance
  9. Construction Safety Design Solution
  10. Slips, Trips & Falls 2016

Documents Relating To The West (Texas) Fertilizer Plant Explosion.

June 2016 Update:

After the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its report of the fire and explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, TX, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) concluded that the fire, which preceded the explosion, was started by parties unknown. Click here for the official release on this conclusion.

Download the official report and the video here:

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Veterans of Safety Recognizes Dave MacCollum For Lifetime Safety Advocacy

At age 90 I am a little slow in thanking the Veterans of Safety for honoring me with a plaque in recognition of my lifetime advocacy for design-based safety.   As a member of the VOS fraternity for nearly 45 years, I have felt that it is and has been the meeting place for the most dedicated stewards of safety.  I have been humbled many times by the blessing bestowed on me by the VOS.  In 1969 VOS awarded me joint VOS and ASSE First Place recognition for a technical paper and then later twice again.  It was an honor to present a lecture on an Introduction to Design-based Safety.  Many thanks to those who traveled from far and near the day you presented the plaque.

With over 62 years as a specialist in engineering for safety, I stand in awe of the dramatic progress in safety.  These life-saving changes are largely due to the the use of alternate safer design, appliances and methods.

 VOS has always fulfilled my vision for safety.

I have a vision that by stopping accident occurrences, we stop the flow of unnecessary loss of red blood.

I have a vision that all work places can  be made safe.

 I have a vision that products, machines and systems will not b e judged by the number of people killed or injured but by the lives they save.

Thanks go to many Veterans of Safety who made a fraternity that is dedicated to making a safer world.

Fraternally yours,

David V. MacCollum