Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We aim to provide an organizational culture that is diverse, inclusive and advances equity across all aspects of our Society. We know that bringing together, listening to and incorporating a wide range of perspectives makes us stronger and workplaces safer.

Across our organization and within each of our member communities, we strive to create safe and welcoming environments where differences related to factors such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ability and education are not only accepted but celebrated. We want all members to be treated with respect and to know their voices are heard — particularly those who are most frequently marginalized or silenced in other areas of their lives. We want to nurture a culture in which all stakeholders embrace opportunities to learn and grow so everyone can excel.

These are the ideals to which we aspire.

However, in listening to our members and learning from our 109-year history, we understand that achieving this culture of safety and equity requires more consistent and purposeful action. We must do more to challenge long-held assumptions and understand how unconscious bias can influence decisions and actions so we can transform our culture and better support our members as they participate in our communities and as they practice occupational safety and health and help their organizations improve.

In the past two years, we have taken several steps to promote diversity and inclusion, such as adding language on diversity to guide our elections process, reaffirming our Society Operating Guideline on diversity and hosting a summit to address issues related to gender in safety. Last month, for the first time in our history, we issued a statement calling for social change to stop violence against Black people and to address racism and other systemic barriers that impact personal and professional lives. We have also created learning opportunities to help our members better understand how societal issues such as racism and systemic inequities can impede career advancement, undermine workplace safety and disenfranchise workers.

While these are all positive developments, we know this is only the beginning of our work. That’s why in June 2020, our Board of Directors voted to establish a board-level task force that will help clearly define our goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. Our president and our CEO will actively participate in this group as it develops an action plan to present to the board in January 2021. We believe this plan will help us better support a diverse membership reflective of our entire profession. We are also establishing a staff team to address these issues internally.

As our efforts get underway, we will reach out to our colleagues in safety organizations as well as our partners, sponsors and supporters to join us in this effort as we learn, exchange insights and share experiences that will lead to a stronger ASSP and a more impactful profession.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Our task force will guide the development of a recommended strategy and action plan to help ASSP better support a diverse membership reflective of the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.

The members of the task force, include Deborah Roy, Co-chair, Jennifer McNelly, Co-chair, and Kristin Amlie, DeAundra Brabham, Ryan Clayton, Tiffany Felix, William Geddings, Bryce Griffler, Kahlilah Guyah, Krystle Hodge, Massimo Navarretta, Oscar Paredes, Monique Parker and Christine Waters.

ASSP considered more than 80 applications from members with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.  All members who expressed interest in helping ASSP better support a diverse membership reflective of the occupational safety and health profession, will continue to be kept informed and engaged in task force progress.

Questions about the ASSP task force and the selection process may be directed to

Download the position description

Engage in Our Common Interest Groups

Our common interest group member communities provide an accessible, virtual and diverse network of peers brought together by shared experiences, to become better safety professionals and promote inclusive safety cultures. These communities represent OSH professionals from different age groups, ethnic backgrounds and genders and facilitate their collaboration with one another, encourage their interest in the OSH profession, and promote their success and recognition within the industry.

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