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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
  • 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

Common Interest Group Recognition

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  • 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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    Guidelines for Scaffolding Safety

    Apr 18, 2019
    Scaffolding safety has evolved considerably as materials and technology have changed. Understand the requirements in ANSI/ASSP A10.8-2019.
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    Women and Safety Report Offers Solutions to Make Workplaces Safer

    Apr 11, 2019
    ASSP released a report on women and safety in the modern workplace – a follow-up to its Women’s Workplace Safety Summit held last October near Chicago. The report focuses on three main challenges faced by women in the workplace and offers potential solutions.
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    Our Members Make a Difference

    Apr 09, 2019
    Our volunteer leaders play a vital role in our efforts to elevate the safety profession. Here are just a few stories of recent Culbertson Volunteer Service Award winners and how they have made a difference through volunteering.
  • Drone flying

    3 Steps to a Safe and Effective Drone Surveillance Program

    Apr 08, 2019
    Drones have gotten more popular among hobbyists and professionals. But be sure to do these three things before using them in your surveillance program. ​
  • ASSP Communities Lounge

    Visit the Communities Lounge at Safety 2019

    Apr 07, 2019
    The Communities Lounge at Safety 2019 will be located in Booth #1437. Stop by to connect with colleagues, learn from others and share your experience as an ASSP volunteer leader.

Resources

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 Camille P Oakes, CSP, SMS, CIT

Advisory Committee Member Holly A Burgess, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Dr. Patricia A Reed, Ph.D., CSP

Advisory Committee Member Tanya M Conole

Advisory Committee Member Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM

Advisory Committee Member Abby Ferri, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Adele L Abrams, J.D., ASP, CSMP

Advisory Committee Member Allison Short, CSP, CIT

Advisory Committee Member Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST

Assistant Administrator Karen E LaRue, OHST

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

Content Coordinator Heather J Earl, CSP, CPEA, SMS

Government Affairs Chair Kathleen Dobson, CSP, CHST, SMS, STSC

Membership Chair Alyssa K Duncan, CSP, CIT

Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE

Nominations & Elections Chair Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH

Secretary Lucy A Miller, CSP

Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP

Staff Liaison Sarah Amdor

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