Emerging Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group


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Join our Emerging Professionals in Occupational Safety and Health member community to connect with the next generation of safety professionals.

Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group -01Who We Are

The Emerging Professionals in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Common Interest Group is dedicated to investing in the future of ASSP and the safety profession by identifying, connecting and developing leaders who are just entering the field or approaching mid-career.

What We Do

Our Emerging Professionals member community provides countless opportunities for members to connect with great resources and great people while learning the skills it takes to be a great safety leader.

  • We provide a unique lens into the future of the safety profession by engaging students and entry-level to mid-career safety professionals within ASSP
  • With approximately 4,000 members, Emerging Professionals provides a vast and supportive community for networking, collaboration and change-making
  • Local, national and virtual networking and collaboration opportunities abound, bringing together members to advocate on OSH

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Why It Matters

The OSH industry and its leaders should be as diverse as all the different businesses and employees served. Workers are more likely to respond to safety initiatives that are spurred by people to whom they can relate and trust. Having diverse safety professionals helps ensure this. Through your involvement with this group you will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to be successful safety professionals.

Emerging Professionals Mentor Program

We connect rising OSH professionals within the Emerging Professionals community with experienced professionals to help sustain the future of the profession; create lifelong relationships among members; and enhance mentees’ leadership skills and business acumen. 

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How to Join

ASSP members: Log in to your ASSP account to upgrade your membership.

Non-members: Join ASSP and your desired common interest groups at the same time.


Get the latest news from the ASSP Emerging Professionals in OSH member community, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy. 
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    ASSP Communities Recognize 2021 Safety Professionals of the Year

    Sep 06, 2021
    ASSP's practice specialties and common interest groups recognized members for their ongoing efforts and contributions to the Society.
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    Members Raise Funds to End Lung Disease in ALA Fight for Air Climb

    May 31, 2021
    Members of our Central Florida Chapter and ChapterWISE recently participated in the annual American Lung Association (ALA) Fight for Air Climb, in which they climbed 1,000 steps at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL, and raised $3,600 to support ALA’s fight against lung disease (including COVID-19).
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    ASSP Members Honored by BCSP in 2020 Awards

    Mar 01, 2021
    BCSP recently announced the 2020 recipients of its most prestigious awards, with four ASSP members honored.
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    ASSP Appoints Members of DEI Task Force

    Nov 18, 2020
    ASSP has formed a board-level task force to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the Society and throughout the occupational safety and health profession. The 14-member advisory group gathered for the first time on Nov. 18.
  • ASSP Aims to Remove Barriers to Safety and Health

    Jul 31, 2020
    ASSP is taking steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the Society and throughout the occupational safety and health profession. The formation of a board-level task force this summer represents ASSP’s renewed commitment to principles of fairness, respect and equal opportunity for all.

Leadership Opportunities 

Go beyond belonging to Emerging Professionals and volunteer for a position on our Advisory Committee. Or consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which after two years leads to the office of administrator. As a volunteer leader, you can lend your time and expertise to our many initiatives while developing transferable leadership and team-building skills. Leadership positions within ASSP help members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society.

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Emerging Professionals In OSH Advisory Committee

Administrator Melissa W Rohrer, ASP, CHST

Advisory Committee Member Emily M Becker, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Jacklyn Matsanka, ASP

Advisory Committee Member Peter Evans

Advisory Committee Member Sarah Gayle Early, M.S.

Assistant Administrator Patrick John Wolocko, CSP, CHST

Membership Chair Bryce J Griffler, CSP, ASP

Mentoring Committee Brent Joseph Kahle, CIT, GSP

Mentoring Committee Zachary L Gentry

Mentoring Committee Ruben Garcia

Professional Development Chair Morgan M Bliss, Ed.D., CSP, CIH

Professional Development Chair Trynitie Thornton, CSP

Secretary Elle Field McDougall

Staff Liaison Sarah Amdor

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