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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 2.3: Diversity Policy

I. Policy Statement

ASSP believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, and the betterment of ASSP and the occupational safety and health profession. ASSP also believes that opportunities exist to grow the member leaders of the organization through diversity. To achieve and maintain a diverse organization, it is not only the right thing to do, but also a necessary action to ensure that ASSP effectively succeeds in accomplishing its mission and vision.

To achieve and maintain a diverse organization, ASSP has adopted this policy with the following specific value statement:

“We will encourage the ongoing equal opportunity for participation of all within the Society without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or physical challenges. We will also foster a culture that values and responds to the rich diversity of its staff and members.”

II. Policy Goals

The goals of this policy are to:

  • Maintain a multidimensional, diversified staff and membership reflective of the entire profession.
  • Encourage staff and volunteers to adopt an inclusive language and presentation style that positively reflects and supports the cultural diversity ASSP strives to develop and maintain.
  • Develop and maintain programs to accommodate members with physical challenges.
  • Enhance the quality of member learning through the provision of culturally, socially and gender inclusive education in areas such as publications, professional development offerings and teaching methods.

ASSP’s rationale to adopt such a policy is that our global organization will rely greatly on occupational safety and health professionals to meet the rising changes and increasing responsibilities that face the profession. This policy will help ASSP provide the technical support and leadership necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world. The ability of the profession to meet these challenges will require the full participation of all current and future ASSP members.


Approved By | Date: Board of Directors | 12/2019 Replaces Edition Dated: 01/2019

Next Revision Due: 12/2022