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International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organizations Announce Growth, Change in Secretariat

Posted in on Thu, Feb 4, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (February 4, 2010) — International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations’ (INSHPO) President Martin Ralph noted recently that INSHPO has enjoyed a successful year and has grown as an international association. He also noted that as of January 1, 2010, the US-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), assumed the role of secretariat for INSHPO from the United Kingdom’s Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Founded in 2002, INSHPO is a not-for-profit group of international organizations with ‘practitioner members’ devoted to practicing and advancing the field of 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, working with other bodies in the field of safety and health in areas of common interest.

Ralph also stated, “INSHPO now has 13 members and three affiliates from 11 countries. Our members include the National Association of Centres for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOT – Russia), Associazione professionale Italiana Ambiente e Sicurezza (AIAS – Italy), New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (MZISM – New Zealand), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE – Canada), Safety Institute of Australia (SIA – Australia), China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA – China), Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO – Singapore), Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP – Australia), Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH – United Kingdom), Institution of Occupational Health and Safety Management (IOSHM – Mauritius), Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA – S. Korea), and in 2009 we welcomed the Korean Industrial Safety Association (KISA – S. Korea). INSHPO’s affiliate organizations include the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP – United States), the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH – United Kingdom), and the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP – Canada). Our expansion is evidence of the desire for, and commitment to, international co-operation on issues related to workplace safety and health, and the practitioners charged with improving global performance so as to reduce human suffering from work related activities. We look forward to having ASSE as the new secretariat and helping us continue to move the organization forward.”

As INSHPO continues to work to bridge communication gaps and promote job safety best practices throughout the world, it will continue to gather data from other countries on competence standards for occupational safety and health practitioners and providing that information to members.
“The INSHPO organization allows practitioner organizations from around the world to share information relevant to the practice of occupational safety and health,” Ralph said today. “As INSHPO grows we become more capable of advancing issues relevant to the international practice of safety and health, such as the international transportability of credentials and the value of the safety profession.”

INSHPO membership is open to generalist professional safety and health practitioner organizations throughout the world, but not to individual practitioners. For further information on INSHPO, visit its website at; 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.

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