ASSE to Become American Society of Safety Professionals
BY CHRISTINE TORRES
Published August 24, 2017
After a membership vote, ASSE is dropping the “E” in favor of “P.” The American Society of Safety Engineers decided that the term “engineers” needed to be swapped out with the term “professionals,” and that change will be reflected next year when it launches its updated logo and website in conjunction with Safety 2018 – a conference on what is taking place in the occupational, safety and health industry.
The name change was first approved by a special council in June, and about 14 percent of eligible ASSE members voted over a 45-day period that ended Aug. 13. Results showed 74% of members wanted the change.
“Engineers made up our entire membership when we were formed,” ASSE president Jim Smith said, “but today the occupational safety and health profession encompasses many disciplines." ASSE says the updated brand shows a clearer vision that will better reflect the organization’s current membership and position it for growth. The study also found that a new name would help eliminate confusion about who could join the society.
Changes will go into effect in June 2018, when ASSP debuts a new website and makes the conversion to its new name in alignment with Safety 2018, which is slated for June 3-6 in San Antonio, Texas.
“Workplace safety is constantly evolving, so our society must adjust as well to remain strong and relevant while growing our profession,” Smith said. “Our profession includes more occupations and industries than ever before. Our members are knowledgeable about everything from risk assessment and hazard control to workers’ compensation and organizational management, not to mention the more traditional aspects of safety management and engineering.”
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.
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