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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

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  • 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
  • We recognize our members’ professional achievements, career advancement and work in particular industries through our Member of the Month recognition program. Learn more

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

ChapterWISE

We created ChapterWISE to help coordinate WISE events such as networking, technical talks, and community and student outreach at the local chapter level.

Currently, our ChapterWISE team has 126 WISE members who represent 93 U.S. chapters and 12 countries. The team meets regularly to share ideas, exchange information and discuss upcoming events. We also present the ChapterWISE Distinction Award to recognize local chapters and their leaders for their WISE-related activities throughout the year.

Contact ChapterWISE 

How to Join

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

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

News

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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    ASSP Members Honored by BCSP

    Aug 01, 2019
    ASSP member Stewart Burkhammer received BCSP's Lifetime Achievement Award. Our members, Carl Heinlein, Tye Legleu and Eric Simmons also received BCSP Awards of Excellence.
  • ASSP Members Recognized by CSU

    Aug 01, 2019
    Two ASSP members were recognized by Columbia Southern University (CSU) for their accomplishments and for their commitment to safety and professionalism.
  • Architect looking at plans

    Improving Safety Through Better Design

    Jul 31, 2019
    Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University, working with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, have published a study which aimed to improve awareness among designers about their impact on safety and health management.
  • Workers with checklist

    NIOSH Establishes Chemical Management Strategy

    Jul 18, 2019
    A new NIOSH technical report offers employers a way to categorize chemicals that do not have occupational exposure limits.
  • Motor vehicle fleet

    How to Effectively Manage Motor Vehicle Fleet Safety

    Jul 18, 2019
    ANSI/ASSP Z15.1-2017, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, provides guidance on how to develop a fleet safety program that effectively addresses the risks that drivers face on the road.

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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 Abby Ferri, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Holly A Burgess, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Dr. Jaime Kathryn Ingalls, DA, MPH

Advisory Committee Member Patricia A Reed, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Tanya M Conole

Assistant Administrator Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH

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

ChapterWISE Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM

ChapterWISE Karen E LaRue, OHST

Content Coordinator Heather J Earl, CSP, CPEA, SMS

Government Affairs Chair Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST

Membership Chair Davina T Harrison, OHST, STS

Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE

Nominations & Elections Chair Abby Ferri, CSP

Professional Development Chair Adele L Abrams, J.D., CSMP

Secretary Stacey A Brooks, CSP, CHMM, CPEA

Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Staff Liaison Ashleigh Brookshaw

Technical Question Coordinator Lucy A Miller, CSP

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