The Southwest Area Safety Association is looking for new members.

The dues-collecting group, which focuses on workplace safety, meets monthly for networking, training and to learn from guest speakers. Meetings are hosted at Southwestern District Health Unit.

"Any agency that wants to learn more about safety or be a part of this training and education, is welcome," SASA President Sherry Adams said.

The hope of SASA is that the information will be taken away from the meetings to help reduce workforce injuries.

"Different people bring different perspectives from the jobs they do, but the bottom line is, how can we as an agency decrease the number of workforce related injuries?" Adams said.

At their January meeting Friday, SASA hosted Marathon Oil.

"They talked about what they do in the event they have an incident and the steps they take to make sure everybody's safe," Adams said.

Training and education at the meetings also focuses on safety aspects.

SWDHU, for which Adams serves as executive director, has participated in meetings and provided safety insights, as well.

"We may talk about, how do you keep flu at bay with infection control measures?" Adams said. "It's interesting because we have such a diverse group of partners who participate."

SASA was launched in 2004. Originally, it was safety officers from different agencies throughout the region, Adams said. The group has since expanded, though.

Current members include Able Inc., CHI St. Alexius Dickinson Medical Center, City of Dickinson and others.

"It's also bringing in different people who may be responsible for the safety component of their work or a safety leader in their work, and they bring this training back to their group," she said.

Participants not only learn from each others' experiences, they learn from their mistakes, as well, Adams said.

"They might have put into place some policies or procedures and now they've shown that they work," she said. "Our hope is that we bring back those things and have a win-win for a bigger group."

SASA also participates in community events such as Dickinson State University's homecoming parade and Trick or Trunk, where members hand out safety-related items to children.

The association is currently seeking new members. SASA currently boasts about 40 members, with more than 20 usually participating in monthly meetings, Adams said.

Membership costs $150 per calendar year to be a member, with the cost prorated for when the person or group is joining.

For more information or to join, visit www.ndsasa.org, or contact SASA Treasurer Kari Shea at (701) 227-7604.