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

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ASSP’s Consultants Practice Specialty member community is comprised of occupational safety and health (OSH), security and/or environmental professionals who work as external consultants, those interested in consulting as a career option, and those seeking to improve their skills for acting as internal consultants to their organizations.

What We Do

We focus on helping our members understand the business of safety consulting: how to operate or support a consulting business and tackle the unique challenges of consulting. We promote and help our members develop non-technical skills and knowledge, and we aim to showcase the value that internal and external consultants can bring to an organization.

In addition to networking opportunities, we:

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  • Publish the Consultants Business Development Guide
  • Facilitate one-on-one structured mentoring for members
  • Host open webinar calls focused on needs of consultants
  • Provide professional development and educational opportunities
  • Fund a professional development grant through the ASSP Foundation
  • Generate discussions about current business challenges
  • Sponsor members as presenters and topics of interest to consultants at ASSP’s annual professional development conference
  • Help connect organizations with consulting needs to resources who may help, whether through formal consulting or informal information sharing

Why It Matters

Consultants are critical to the promotion of safety. Whether internal or external, OSH consultants need comprehensive technical knowledge, knowledge of how to influence others, and understanding of how consultants align with organizational safety and business goals. External consultants also need to know how to run a business, which requires knowledge and skills in areas such as marketing, finances, contracts, legal issues, human resources and risk management/insurance. The Consultants Practice Specialty helps members acquire these unique skills and add greater value to the companies they serve.

Seeking an OSH Consultant

Are you looking for a safety consultant for a specific OSH task? The Consultants Practice Specialty may be able to assist you in finding a consultant that fits your needs. Please complete the request form and someone will be in contact with you.

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Professional Development Grant

Consultants often pay for professional development — conferences, certification, classes — out of their own pocket. As a member of the Consultants Practice Specialty, you are eligible for our professional development grant through the ASSP Foundation. We welcome donations to the fund as well. Grant Fact Sheet for more information.

Consultants Practice Specialty Mentor Program

Our mentoring program helps connect experienced safety consultants and those professionals who are newer to the safety consulting field, so each party can gain knowledge and skills relevant to both the occupational safety and health field and consulting practice specialty. In order to qualify, mentor and mentee applicants must be members in good standing of ASSP, as well as the Consultants Practice Specialty. We match mentors and mentees in March and September and review the match after six months. Each mentor/mentee match is assigned a guide to help with the process and a detailed individual development plan it created for each match. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn and share best practices and lessons learned for new consultants who are entering private practice.

Access our guidelines and application

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.

News

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

  • N95 respirator on a table

    OSHA Guidance on N95 Shortage

    Apr 03, 2020
    OSHA has issued interim guidance to help address nationwide shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators.
  • Woman working on a laptop at home

    Safety News You Need: Business Continuity

    Apr 03, 2020
    Responding to and recovering from a crisis effectively requires planning and a range of tools designed to help you keep your workers safe and your business running. This edition of Safety News You Need shares resources for developing a business continuity plan.
  • Man with flu resting on couch

    COVID-19: CDC Guidance on Returning to Work

    Apr 02, 2020
    With the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, what steps should you take if one of your workers has the virus, and when should they be allowed to return to work? The CDC offers guidance on prudent timelines for different scenarios.
  • N95 respirator

    How to Qualitatively Fit Test Your Respirators

    Mar 26, 2020
    A new video provides comprehensive guidance on OSHA fit testing procedures featured in Appendix A of 1910.134 to help ensure a proper fit.
  • Woman safety professional briefing staff

    7 Elements of Effective Risk and Crisis Communication

    Mar 26, 2020
    When a crisis occurs, effective communication can help ensure your audience is safe and informed. These seven points can help you craft an effective risk or crisis communication strategy.

Resources

Leadership Opportunities

Go beyond belonging to the Consultants 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. Leadership positions within ASSP help members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society.

Interested in leading?

Learn about ASSP elections


Need help?

Contact ASSP’s Member Communities staff

Consultants Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Andrew W Johnson, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Mery P Sennett

Assistant Administrator Alexis F Westin, MSC, CSP, ASP, OHST

Awards & Honors Chair Deborah B Shewitz, CSP

Awards & Honors Chair Deborah R Roy, MPH, CSP, COHN-S, CIT, FASSP

Government Affairs Chair J Terrence Grisim, CSP, ARM, CDS, CPSM

Government Affairs Chair John F Leyenberger, CSP, ARM, CPCU

Member Carol J Robinson, CSP, CIH

Membership Chair Bill Vargo, CSP, ASP, ARM

Mentoring Committee Chris Ross, P.E., CSP, OHST

Mentoring Committee Brent A Knight, CSP

Nominations & Elections Chair J Terrence Grisim, CSP, ARM, CDS, CPSM

Professional Development Chair Carol A Keyes, CSP

Professional Development Chair Gregory G Zigulis, CSP, CIH

Secretary John C Suter, CSP, CIH, ARM

Social Media Chair Alexis F Westin, MSC, CSP, ASP, OHST

Social Media Chair Lance Roux, CSP

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

Standards Chair Peter J Engelbert, CSP, CIH, CHST

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