Academics Practice Specialty


Join the Academics Practice Specialty for access to a network of safety subject matter experts within academia, as well as relevant industry education and information.

AcademicsWho We Are

ASSP’s Academics Practice Specialty member community is committed to advancing occupational safety and health (OSH) in academic and higher education settings. If you’re an ASSP member — and also an OSH student or academician — we’ll help you grow professionally. We’ll also work to influence OSH educational strategies, research, accreditation, professional certification and international academic research.

What We Do

For ASSP members within the Academics Practice Specialty community, we provide the following:

  • Networking opportunities via social media groups, conference calls, and in-person meetings like the annual Professional Development Conference and annual Academic Forum so you can connect with other academicians
  • Professional development opportunities, including OSH education, mentor relationships that facilitate sharing knowledge, and volunteer and leadership opportunities to build your skills and enhance your resume
  • Publish the Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research online twice a year, to peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical manuscripts, reviews and editorials devoted to OSH issues and practices

Why It Matters

We believe educating and connecting OSH academics and OSH students — as well as advocating for OSH research, accredited and sound OSH academic programs, and professional certification — help to ensure that OSH is a formal and well-respected course of study that later translates into viable careers and business operations that make workplaces safer and healthier.

How to Join

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

Non-members: Join ASSP and your desired practice specialties at the same time.


Get the latest news from the ASSP Academics Practice Specialty Group, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy.

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    Seven Cs for Safety Success

    Dec 12, 2018
    E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., shares “Seven Cs for Safety Success” and how each can help create a culture where employees actively look out for each other’s safety and well-being.
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    DOL Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda for OSHA and MSHA

    Dec 09, 2018
    Department of Labor (DOL) has published its fall 2018 semiannual regulatory agenda covering OSHA and MSHA rulemaking activities forecast for the coming 12 months. Our federal representatives at the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. have compiled a summary of key issues relevant to OSH professionals.
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    ASSP Members Launch Safety & Health Historical Society

    Dec 01, 2018
    Three ASSP members founded Safety and Health Historical Society, an educational organization devoted to documenting the historical accomplishments, events and products that helped advance the protection of people, property and the environment.
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    Study Finds Disparity in Effectiveness of OSH Regulations for Miners in Developing Countries

    Nov 29, 2018
    In a recent IOSH-funded study conducted by Cardiff University, “Representing miners in arrangements for safety and health in coal mining: A global perspective,” researchers examined “the history of representation on OSH and the nature, operation and context of present-day arrangements for worker presentation on OSH in coal mining.”
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    Changing the Hidden Safety Culture

    Nov 14, 2018
    A “Leading Thoughts” article by Robert Pater examines the hidden aspects of safety culture and their effect on an organization. He also outlines 10 steps leaders can take to identify and address these underlying issues.


Leadership Opportunities

Go beyond belonging to the Academics Practice Specialty 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. Our leadership positions help our members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society. 

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Academic Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Lu Yuan, Sc.D., CSP

Assistant Administrator Helmut W Paschold, Ph.D., CSP, CIH

Awards & Honors Chair Miaozong Wu, Ph.D., ASP, ARM

Content Coordinator Qingsheng Wang, P.E., CSP

Government Affairs Chair Jan K Wachter, CSP, CIH, Sc.D.

Professional Development Chair Jack Odunga Ogutu, Ph.D., CSP

Secretary Michael F O'Toole, Ph.D.

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

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