American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

Definition - What does American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) mean?

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), formerly the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), is a non-profit organization that aims to improved factory-worker safety, and reduce fatalities, injuries and illnesses at work. In doing so, ASSP aims to drive better business reputation, increase production and reduce non-productive times, and reduce worker turnover and healthcare costs.

ASSP plays an important role in the health and safety landscape by protecting workers through education and advocacy around safety standards.

Safeopedia explains American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

ASSE was established in 1911 in New York, following the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire tragedy where 146 factory-workers were killed. It is one of the oldest organizations of its kind. In June 2018, it changed its name to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Since its inception, the organization has been expanding. As of 2019, it included more than 37,000 occupational health and safety professionals around the world.

ASSEP arranges annual conferences in which thousands of participants from around the world gather to exchange views, gain safety education and certifications, join seminars and symposiums, engage in networking opportunities, make media connections, and learn about standard developments and publications. ASSP has been accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and provides the following certification programs:

  • Certificate in Safety Management
  • Executive Program in Safety Management\
  • Global Safety Management Certificate Program
  • ISO 45001 Certificate Program
  • Managed Fall Protection Certificate Program
  • Risk Assessment Certificate Program
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