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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. 

  • Businesswoman giving presentation to a group of colleagues

    Four Keys to Changing Your Safety Culture

    Nov 04, 2019
    In his Business Class column in Professional Safety Journal, Peter Susca, M.S., examines the influence of Organizational Culture on occupational safety and health and identifies some key steps safety professionals can take to integrate safety into the business culture.
  • Confined space warning sign on sidewalk

    Six Questions That Help Define Confined Space Safety

    Nov 04, 2019
    More than two million workers operate in confined spaces every year. Answering a few key questions can help you ensure that workers stay safe in confined spaces and that your organization has proper procedures in place for emergency rescue.
  • Two businessmen in an office meeting

    Four Elements of a Successful OSHA Consultation

    Oct 24, 2019
    Before you begin an OSHA consultation, keep these four elements in mind to help ensure a smooth and successful process.
  • Industrial worker welding

    OSHA Final Rule on Beryllium Standards

    Oct 04, 2019
    OSHA has issued a final rule on its beryllium standards for construction and shipyards that extends the compliance dates for ancillary provisions to Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Businesswoman giving presentation

    How to Implement and Evaluate Leading Indicators

    Oct 03, 2019
    OSHA’s recent guideline explores leading indicators as a safety and health metric, and explains how they can help your organization improve performance and create an action plan for implementation and review.

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

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 Camille P Oakes, CSP

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 Kathleen Dobson, CSP, CHST, SMS, STSC

Membership Chair Alyssa K Duncan, CSP, CIT

Membership Chair Lindsay K Bell, CSP

Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE

Nominations & Elections Chair Abby Ferri, CSP

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

Secretary Margaret M Smith, CSP, CIT

Secretary Lucy A Miller, CSP

Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS

Staff Liaison Ashleigh Brookshaw

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