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Embracing Our Community

James R. Thornton, CSP, CIH, FASSP, FAIHA, 2023-24 ASSP President and ASSP Foundation Chair
Mar 01, 2024

Jim Thornton

In our strategic plan, we have established that our mission is to be the community that protects people, property and the environment. This mission reflects our role as the guardians of workplace safety in various domains as well as our ability to influence organizational performance and support long-term business sustainability. It indicates the understanding that our responsibilities range from ensuring the well-being of individuals in workplaces to safeguarding our surroundings.

We have long recognized the critical importance of sustaining a vibrant member community in achieving this mission. To create community, we strive to provide you with meaningful experiences that deliver lasting value so that you continue to engage within ASSP and help us improve the practice of safety, promote our profession and grow our Society.

As a Society, we want to empower you professionally while providing opportunities for you to create lasting personal connections that will enrich your career. We aim to create opportunities for you to engage with and learn from others in our professional community, share insights and experiences, and contribute to the continued improvement of worker safety, health and well-being across all industries and around the world.

Our community provides support that encourages your professional and personal growth and advancement throughout your career. We promote collaboration and knowledge exchange through our chapters, common interest groups and practice specialties. Through our events and activities, we foster a sense of shared purpose. And by harnessing our collective expertise, we position ASSP as a strong advocate for industry advancements, a trusted advisor that influences regulatory and business decisions, and a key industry leader driving positive change.

As a community, our work also provides a window into the OSH profession, demonstrating the rewards that come from helping ensure that all workers return home to their loved ones safe, healthy and well each day. Through the ASSP Foundation, our charitable arm, we award academic scholarships that help us nurture a sustainable pipeline of future professionals, as well as career development grants that enable current professionals to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities. These activities help us reach a wider range of individuals whose diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives will continue to enrich, inform and expand our community, and they advance our efforts to promote the OSH profession as a rewarding career.

By referring to ourselves as a community, we further amplify our belief that workplace safety is a collective effort that involves all stakeholders working together to eliminate hazards and reduce risks. Whether you are an ASSP member, an organization, a worker or a member of the broader OSH community, we firmly believe OSH is a joint effort that requires collaboration, communication and a sense of duty to one another.

In addition, by living our CLEAR values in all we do—community, leadership, excellence, accountability and respect—we demonstrate our commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, and we position ourselves as a trusted source to our employees and our organizations, as well as to policymakers and the public.

Our journey as a community dedicated to safeguarding people, property and the environment is guided by a clear mission, a commitment to our members and a shared vision of advancing the practice of safety. Through our strategic initiatives and unwavering dedication to our CLEAR values, we reinforce our role as guardians of workplace safety and advocates for industry advancements.

As we continue to foster collaboration, share knowledge and support each other’s growth, we amplify the collective impact of our efforts in promoting the OSH profession and driving positive change across industries. By acting with integrity and pursuing excellence, we demonstrate that by working together, we can create a safer, healthier and more sustainable future for all. Thank you for being an integral part of our community and for your ongoing commitment to our shared mission.


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