Section 11.2

PRACTICE SPECIALTY AND COMMON INTEREST GROUP OPERATING PROCEDURES

I. The purpose of each practice specialty or common interest group is to promote the advancement of the safety Profession and to foster the professional well-being, needs and development of its members within its area of the safety profession. Each practice specialty or common interest group shall assist in developing and supporting the Society's strategic plan and assist in accomplishing the mission, purposes, goals and objectives of the Society.

II. In fulfilling its purposes, the practice specialty shall have the following objectives:

NOTE: These objectives may be adapted or expanded to suit the specific needs of an individual practice specialty or common interest group, as long as they support the Society objectives outlined in ASSE Bylaws.

  • To promote the growth and development of the Society.
  • To promote the growth of the specialized branch of the safety profession served by the practice specialty or common interest group.
  • To develop and disseminate technical and professional information and material, which will carry out the purpose of the practice specialty or common interest group, including serving as a resource and reference body in its area of expertise for the Society and its members.
  • To provide forums for the interchange and acquisition of professional knowledge among the practice specialty or common interest groups membership

In fulfilling both the purposes and objectives, the practice specialty or common interest group shall develop and publish timely and relevant technical content. 

III. MEMBERSHIP

Qualifications for Membership

  • The practice specialty or common interest group shall be composed of individual members of the Society having similar specialized interests.
  • Members of the practice specialty or common interest group must be dues-paying members of the Society, in good standing.
  • Practice specialty or common interest group membership shall have no geographical boundaries.
  • Membership in a practice specialty or common interest group is personal and non-transferable.

Admission

  • Entry into a practice specialty or common interest group shall be on an individual basis as outlined in these operating procedures.
  • Any person interested in practice specialty or common interest group membership may apply by submitting an application to the Society.
  • The Society shall notify each applicant and the practice specialty or common interest group of the applicant's membership.

Practice specialty or common interest group Membership Termination

  • Membership in the practice specialty or common interest group shall be terminated by resignation of membership in the group.
  • Termination of membership in the Society, or
  • Non-payment of fees.
  • Any member of whose membership in a group is terminated due to resignation or non-payment of fees shall be restored to membership only by following the procedures outlined for the admission of new members.

Membership Privileges:  All members of the practice specialty or common interest group are eligible to vote on all matters and to participate in all activities of the group.

IV. ORGANIZATION

1. The practice specialty or common interest group is a part of the Society and will follow the requirements specified in the Society Bylaws and Society Operating Guides.

2. The Headquarters of the practice specialty or common interest group shall be Society Headquarters.

3. The practice specialty or common interest group activity year shall be consistent with the Society's activity year.

4. The practice specialty or common interest group Administrator is a member of the Council on Practices and Standards. The practice specialty Administrator may designate, in writing to the Vice President-Practices and Standards, a proxy from the same practice specialty or common interest group to serve at meetings of the Council on Practices and Standards, if the assistant administrator is also not able to attend.

V. OFFICERS

1. Elected officers of the practice specialty or common interest group shall be:

  • Administrator
  • Assistant Administrator

Each elected practice specialty or common interest group officer shall be a Professional Member of the Society before running in a contested election. 

Elections of practice specialty or common interest group officers are addressed in the Society Bylaws. 

2. Duties of Officers

The term of elected officers (Administrator and Assistant Administrator) shall be for two years beginning July 1.

The Administrator shall be the Chair of the practice specialty or common interest group and:

  • Preside at meetings of the applicable advisory committee, regular or special business meetings, and serve as the representative of the practice specialty on the Council on Practices and Standards.
  • Serve as a delegate to the House of Delegates.
  • Appoint such committees and task forces as are necessary to carry out the  objectives and activities of the group

The Assistant Administrator shall:

  • Act for the Administrator in his/her absence or inability to perform and assist at other times as requested.
  • Assume the office of the Administrator as necessary.

VI. NOMINATION, ELECTION, REMOVAL OF OFFICERS AND FILLING OF VACANT OFFICES

Elections of practice specialty or common interest group officers are addressed in the Society Bylaws. 

Practice specialties and common interest group leadership are expected to take a lead in encouraging qualified professional members to run in contested elections addressed by the Society Bylaws.

When an elected officer fails to perform his/her respective duties, the impacted practice specialty advisory committee can notify the Vice President, Council on Practices and Standards. 

The Vice President shall seek to develop a plan in conjunction with the impacted advisory committee to rectify the situation.

If no satisfactory resolution can be reached, the practice specialty advisory committee shall call for a meeting of the group (advisory committee members) and present a motion to the assembled members seeking the officer's removal.  A simple majority of those in attendance is needed to approve the removal.

If the impacted group’s administrator or assistant administrator is removed from office, or is unable to continue serving in office, the vacancy for the remainder of the established term shall be filled per the requirements in the Society Bylaws.

VII. COMMITTEES

1. The Advisory Committee shall be a standing committee with the following specific responsibilities:

  • The advisory committee shall serve as advisors to the elected officers in the management and operation of the practice specialty or common interest group.

Other committees may be established by the administrator for the purpose of carrying out detailed activities, which meet the objectives of the group and with the Society’s Strategic Plan.

VIII. FEES AND FINANCES

1. Fees shall be in addition to Society dues.

2.  Fees are payable to the Society by each member's annual renewal date.

Fees are reviewed and approved by the Council on Practices and Standards.

IX. MISCELLANEOUS

1. The Society symbol may be used on correspondence, publications and other official Council on Practices and Standards documents, in accordance with the provisions for use and reproduction in the Society Bylaws.

2. The latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the transaction of business at all meetings unless otherwise provided in these Operating Procedures.

X. AMENDMENTS

1. Amendments to these Operating Procedures from different groups may be proposed by majority vote of the Council, which are then required to be reviewed by the ASSE Board of Directors.

2. Properly approved amendments shall take effect immediately following final official action or on the date specified in the amendment.


Approved By/Date: Council on Practices and Standards, Board of Directors (3/4/2016)
Replaces Edition Dated: 2011
Next Revision Due: 5/2018

 
 

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