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ASSE Becomes Secretariat of the International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO)

Posted in on Mon, Feb 8, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (February 8, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today that the Society will assume the role of secretariat for the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO). Founded in 2001, INSHPO is a not-for-profit group of international organizations with ‘practitioner members’ devoted to advancing and practicing occupational safety and health.

INSHPO was created with the objective of promoting and developing the occupational safety and health profession worldwide; facilitating the exchange of information among member organizations; encouraging further development of occupational safety and health at a professional level; and, engaging with other bodies in the field of safety and health in areas of common interest. ASSE, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH-UK) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) were the founding members of the INSHPO network.

“The INSHPO organization allows practitioner organizations from around the world a venue to promote, develop and access information pertinent to the profession of occupational safety and health,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said today. “We hope as INSHPO grows we can gather and share more SH&E best practices as we continue to enhance SH&E efforts worldwide.

“Occupational safety and health issues and concerns are not limited by country borders,” Patton continued. “Worldwide provision of services, migration of workers and the conduct of international corporate activities lead to the reality that almost all occupational safety and health professionals’ efforts are international in scope.”

Long-term objectives for INSHPO include gathering data from other countries on competence standards for occupational safety and health practitioners and providing that information to members.

In addition to ASSE, CSSE, and IOSH, INSHPO has 13 member and 3 affiliate organizations comprised of occupational safety and health practitioners. INSHPO membership is open to generalist professional safety and health practitioner organizations throughout the world, but not open to individual practitioners. For further information on INSHPO, visit its website at http:// or contact ASSE’s Liz Harmon at 847-768-3451 or

Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Go to for more information.

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