Healthcare Practice Specialty


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

Who We AreWho We Are

ASSP’s Healthcare Practice Specialty develops healthcare safety education programs and technical materials. It also identifies and promotes research around emerging healthcare safety technologies to better serve occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in the healthcare industry. These include individuals working for hospitals, extended-care facilities, medical clinics, doctors’/dentists’ offices, psychiatric facilities, substance abuse facilities, paramedic operations and industries providing goods or services to medical facilities.

What We Do

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

  • Networking opportunities via social media groups, conference calls and in-person meetings like the annual Professional Development Conference so you can connect with top industry professionals
  • Professional development opportunities, including healthcare- and safety-focused education that you can immediately put into practice, mentor relationships that facilitate sharing knowledge and volunteer and leadership opportunities to build your skills and enhance your resume
  • Safety-related, healthcare-focused content and information that you can also immediately put into practice, share with employers and colleagues and use to create safe, productive work environments

Why It Matters

Workers in the healthcare industry face an abundance of health and safety hazards. We connect safety professionals within the healthcare industry with timely, educational and relevant information to help them improve worker, patient and facility safety.

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 Healthcare Practice Specialty, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers and calls for action or advocacy.

  • ASSP Members Appointed to NSC Board of Directors

    Dec 01, 2019
    Two ASSP members, Travis Parsons and Glenn Trout, were recently appointed to National Safety Council’s (NSC) board of directors. As board members, they will work to enhance safety on the road, at work, and in a local capacity to advance NSC's mission.
  • Group of workers in a poultry processing plant

    Let’s Talk Turkey: A Day in the Life of a Poultry Safety Professional

    Nov 26, 2019
    Behind every piece of poultry brought to the market is a safety professional working to implement measures to protect the workers processing the poultry as well as the consumers eating it.
  • Businessman giving presentation in a conference room

    Four Tips for Developing Effective Safety and Health Training

    Nov 15, 2019
    How can safety professionals ensure that each employee has the knowledge they need to do their jobs safely? Here are four tips to get you started on developing a safety, health and environmental training program that meets the needs of your workforce.
  • ISO Technical Committee 283 meeting in Kigali Rwanda

    Global Focus on Safety Management Systems Grows: Report From ISO TC 283

    Nov 11, 2019
    At its recent meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, ISO Technical Committee 283 continued its development and enhancement of the ISO 45000 family of standards.
  • 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.


Leadership Opportunities

Go beyond belonging to the Healthcare Practice Specialty and volunteer for a position on our advisory committee. Alternatively, consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which leads to occupying the office of administrator after two years. 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?

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Healthcare Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Cory B Worden, CSP, CSHM, CHSP

Advisory Committee Member Duane Allen Beasley, CSP, CHSP

Advisory Committee Member Megan I Melville, OHST

Advisory Committee Member Wesley Powell, CSP, CHSP

Advisory Committee Member Anita M Stone, M.S.

Assistant Administrator Maralee R Sartain, CSP, ASP

Content Coordinator Maralee R Sartain, CSP, ASP

Government Affairs Chair Christopher T Noll, CSP, ARM, CPP

Membership Chair Holly A Bollin, M.S., ASP

Social Media Chair Mark A Shirley, CSP, CHMM

Social Media Chair Maralee R Sartain, CSP, ASP

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

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