The American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) group seeks to advance members in their profession through education, mentorship, networking, collaboration, research, and innovation.
Every two years, WISE celebrates individuals who lead this advancement, and Timber Products is thrilled to have such an awardee on its staff.
Tanya Haakinson, Safety Director of Timber Products, was honored in March with the WISE Award at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The award recognized Haakinson’s work in coordinating training and development between the safety and HR worlds.
In nominating Haakinson for the award, the Southern Oregon Chapter of ASSP president Michael Hill wrote that Haakinson has been instrumental in building a partnership between ASSP and the Society for Human Resource Management. The partnership boosted HR professional attendance at ASSP events, which exposed these professionals to safety best practices.
Haakinson has been part of the safety community since 2012. She serves as the program chair on the Southern Oregon Chapter of ASSP and as the Southern Oregon WISE chair, planning regular safety events for the chapter and increasing mentorships among female safety professionals.
ASSP notes that its WISE group plays a particularly important role in that it finds workers are more likely to respond to safety initiatives that are led by people to whom they can relate and trust. Supporting a diverse group of safety professionals helps improve safety for workers everywhere. Mentorships, in particular, are critical in encouraging more women to enter into the safety profession. ASSP also seeks to encourage more female-led safety initiatives, such as the ones that Haakinson has championed.
In her role at Timber Products, Haakinson has led numerous safety initiatives, such as ensuring that each location has a full-time safety professional. She has also rolled out new leading indicator safety performance scorecards for each division, and a qualitative ergonomics program at three divisions.
“This award means a lot to me! It's an award given by your peers in the Safety Community. It's an honor to have been chosen, as there are many notable WISE members in each state.” - Tanya Haakinson