Section 10.6

Risk Assessment Committee Operating Procedures

I. Purpose

The purpose and scope of duties of the Risk Assessment Committee are to: 
  1. Advance occupational safety and health (OSH) risk assessment as an integral part of an organization’s risk management process
  2. Promote safety professionals and their competencies in managing a wide range of risks to more effectively demonstrate their value to their organizations
  3. Manage the ASSE Risk Assessment Institute, which includes:
  • Improving risk-related training and education for OSH professionals so they can:
    • Better understand the risk decision-making process.
    • Improve core risk assessment competencies.
    • Get better access to real-world, practical experiences and applications.
  • Facilitating contributions to the development of new evidence-based risk-related policies, processes, and solutions to:
    • Better leverage the expertise of the OSH community in identifying and quantifying risk.
    • Advance risk-related OSH regulatory and legislative initiatives related to the management of OSH risks in the workplace.
    • Identify relevant research topics to increase the understanding of OSH-related risks.  
  • Coordinating and leveraging ASSE’s risk assessment-related activities
  • Facilitating the dissemination of risk-related information and tools relevant to the OSH profession:
    • Collecting and disseminating relevant risk-related research.
    • Collaborating with the key external stakeholders to promote an exchange of ideas. 

II. Membership

The Risk Assessment Committee will consist of eight (8) members. Membership includes:

  1. Chairperson: The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Vice President, Council on Professional Affairs. COPA committee chairs are appointed for one-year terms and may be reappointed for terms coinciding with the individual's term on the Committee. 
  2. Optionally, one representative each from the Council on Professional Standards and Council on Professional Development: The Council vice presidents shall have the option to appoint a representative from the respective Council to the Committee.
  3. Five to seven members-at-large: Members-at-large shall be appointed by the Vice President, Council on Professional Affairs to fill the Committee roster.

All Committee members must be Professional Members in good standing with the Society. 

Members will serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive two-year terms. Reappointments may be made for an additional one-year term when membership continuity is deemed necessary by the Vice President, Council on Professional Affairs.

The Chairperson has the authority to establish subgroups or task forces when necessary. Such subgroups or task forces will be given a specific charter and time period for resolution of issues and shall be promptly discharged upon completion of assignments. 

III. Meetings

Frequency: The Committee shall meet at least twice a year. Meetings may be conducted by telephone conference, webinar or in person. 

Quorum: A quorum exists when at least one-half of the members of the Committee are present at a meeting, one of whom must be the Chair as the presiding officer.  A majority vote of members present shall be sufficient for Committee actions.

Schedule: The schedule of meetings shall be drawn up by the committee chair and agreed to by the committee members.

Agenda: A call for agenda items will be sent to all Committee members by the staff liaison prior to each Committee meeting.  Agenda changes and additions may be made at the beginning of each Committee meeting.

Parliamentary Procedure: Procedures are governed by the Society bylaws and the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order (newly revised).

Business of the Committee: Official business of the committee may be transacted at meetings and by mail, email or FAX ballot. Such ballots require a simple majority of ballots received within a deadline not to exceed seven working days from the date of mailing, email or FAX.

Minutes: Minutes will be prepared for each Committee meeting.

Voting: Each Committee member shall have one vote. 


IV. Miscellaneous

Staff Liaison: The staff liaison is appointed by the Executive Director. The staff liaison is responsible for: 

  • Issuing calls for meetings 
  • Preparing agendas in coordination with the Committee Chair
  • Preparing meeting materials for Committee members
  • Researching proposed action items and obtaining cost estimates where needed
  • Keeping minutes of Committee meetings and preparing and distributing copies to Council or committee members
  • Recommending programs and actions for achieving Committee objectives 
  • Reporting on program progress and expenditures

Budgeting and Finance: The Committee operates within the Society budget, including all support expenses for travel, meeting, and teleconferencing. The staff liaisons will prepare and manage the Committee budget within the guidelines from the Board of Directors annual budget.


Approved By/Date: Board of Directors 10/2017

Replaces Edition Dated: 02/2011

Next Revision Due: 10/2020


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