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Our Society Operating Guidelines describe in detail the manner in which American Society of Safety Professionals is structured and governed. They are intended to accompany and be consistent with ASSP bylaws.

Section 11.3: Practice Specialty and Common Interest Group Formation and Dissolution

I. Group Formation

Groups may be formed and shall operate according to the Model Operating Procedures approved by the Council on Practices and Standards and the Board of Directors. Petitions to form practice specialties or common interest groups shall be approved by the Council on Practices and Standards and the Board of Directors.

Requirements for formation of a practice specialty or common interest group are as follows:
1. A written business case shall be submitted by the requesting member(s). It must include:

  • the business need
  • outline the fit with ASSP strategy
  • the purpose and objectives
  • the proposed activities, including a three year tactical plan and schedule
  • a list of officers for the first term of office after the group is approved; officers must be professional members of ASSP
  • Potential impact and risks
  • Anticipated resources and financials

2. A documented listing of 500 members committed to joining the new group.

Criteria to be used in evaluating the petition include the alignment of the proposed group to ASSP's mission and practice specialty/common interest group defined value; consideration of other organizations serving this space; applicability to the ASSP strategic plan; required resources; and the size of the segment of the total ASSP membership which would be served by the new group.

II. Practice Specialty or Common Interest Group Dissolution

Any group whose membership falls below the minimum requirement of 500 members for three consecutive months, who are out of compliance with standard operating procedures or whose activities are contrary to or detrimental to the objectives of ASSP as determined by the Council on Practices and Standards or the Board of Directors shall be placed on probation for a specified period by the Council on Practices and Standards or Board of Directors. A group placed on probation shall show evidence of steps taken to correct the cause of probation. Such evidence shall be reviewed by the Council on Practices and Standards throughout the probationary period.

If the group has not resolved the cause of probation after the conclusion of the probationary period, the matter shall be brought before the Council on Practices and Standards, which may then, with approval of the Board of Directors, dissolve the group.

Approved By/Date: Board of Directors | 12/2019
Replaces Edition Dated: 03/2016
Next Revision Due: 12/2022