Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work day in and day out to make sure millions of people worldwide continue to go to and return home from work every day.
To recognize and celebrate their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment the American Society of Safety Engineers' board approved the creation of Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) in March of 2006 to be held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) on that Wednesday. This year NAOSH Week runs from May 2 – 8 and OSHP Day is on May 5, 2010.
The purpose of this day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment.
National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience and where one identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings to bear technical knowledge, skills and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.
“We take time this May 5th to say thanks to these remarkable men and women, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, notes. “Safety and health professionals recognize, create and promote safety processes to be utilized by our employers that help assure your family members come home safely each day. Let’s continue to work with occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never have to deal with the loss or injury of a loved one.”
“If you know an occupational safety and health professional, please take the time to thank them on this day,” Patton said.