Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group


Join our Women in Safety Excellence member community to connect with like-minded safety professionals and support the inclusion and advancement of women within the safety industry.

Who We Are

ASSP's Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Common Interest Group advances ASSP members and the safety profession through education, mentorship, networking, collaboration, research and innovation.

What We Do

Our diverse and engaged member community promotes the equity and advancement of women in the safety profession. We strive to continuously influence industry to address current and future safety challenges affecting women in the workforce locally, nationally and globally.

  • We offer education opportunities that members can immediately put into practice, as well as leadership opportunities to help our members develop to their fullest professional potential
  • With approximately 2,000 members, WISE provides a vast and supportive community for networking, collaboration and change-making
  • Local, national and virtual networking and collaboration opportunities abound. WISE brings members together to advocate on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues specific to women in the workplace

Why It Matters

The OSH industry and its leaders should be as diverse as all the different businesses and employees it serves. Workers are more likely to respond to safety initiatives that are spurred by people to whom they can relate and trust. Having a diverse group of safety professionals helps ensure this. Furthermore, many women have made great contributions to the safety profession, and we want to ensure that there is a place for more female-led initiatives in the future.

WISE Mentor Program

We connect experienced and rising OSH professionals from within the WISE community to invest in the future of women in the safety profession; create lifelong relationships; and enhance mentees’ business acumen and develop their leadership skills. Mentor and mentee applicants must be members of ASSP and WISE.

Access our guidelines and application

How to Join

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

ChapterWISE: Get involved with WISE at the local level. See if your local chapter has a ChapterWISE program that coordinates events and educational opportunities near you.

Nonmembers: Join ASSP and your desired common interest groups at the same time.


Get the latest news from the ASSP Women in Safety Excellence member community, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy. 

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    May 16, 2018
    Global conversations about reproductive health in the workplace are changing, and some occupational safety and health professionals are taking steps to close the significant gaps in the industry’s understanding of how to support a large employee population: parents.
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    Jayme Hobson, CSP, STS, has received the Safety and Health Recognition Award from the Iron Workers International Union.


Leadership Opportunities 

Go beyond belonging to WISE and join our volunteer advisory committee, which helps advance our many initiatives, such as ChapterWise, mentoring, our annual retreat, awards and honors, member recruitment and more. Alternatively, consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which leads to occupying the office of administrator after two years. Leadership positions within ASSP help members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society.

Learn about ASSP elections

Women In Safety Excellence Advisory Committee

Administrator Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Administrator Abigail M Ferri, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Advisory Committee Member Kristin Herman, CSP, CHMM, CPEA

Advisory Committee Member Kathy A Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM

Advisory Committee Member Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST

Advisory Committee Member Angela D Banerjee, CSP, ARM, ALCM

Advisory Committee Member Christina R Roll, CSP

Assistant Administrator Abigail M Ferri, CSP

Assistant Administrator Christina R Roll, CSP

Awards & Honors Chair Kristin Herman, CSP, CHMM, CPEA

ChapterWISE Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM

ChapterWISE Jennifer M Schmaltz, CSP

ChapterWISE Karen E LaRue, OHST

Content Coordinator Heather J Earl, CSP, CPEA

CoPS Body of Knowledge Chair Maribeth A Anderson, CSP, ASP

Government Affairs Chair Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST

Member Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Member Angela D Banerjee, CSP, ARM, ALCM

Membership Chair Davina T Harrison, STS

Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE

Nominations & Elections Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Professional Development Chair Adele L Abrams, J.D.

Secretary Stacey A Brooks, CSP, CHMM, CPEA

Social Media Chair Angela D Banerjee, CSP, ARM, ALCM

Staff Liaison Ashleigh Brookshaw

Technical Question Coordinator Lucy A Miller, CSP

Treasurer Maureen M Johnson, CSP

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