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What is the Engineering Practice Specialty?

The Engineering Practice Specialty covers hundreds, if not thousands, of topics. The professional aspects of our practice specialty interface and overlap more and more with safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals. An understanding of regulations and issues in engineering is a must for most SH&E professionals. A strong knowledge of the issues engineers face will make you a more marketable professional. With such a vast field of knowledge to cover, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) created the Engineering Practice Specialty.

ASSE has always recognized the need for engineering professionals in the SH&E arena. The goal of the Engineering Practice Specialty is to develop and to disseminate a Body of Knowledge for the SH&E community. This Body of Knowledge also serves those who wish to become SH&E professionals with interests in engineering topics.

The practice specialty membership provides many resources. A brief overview of our resources is as follows:

By Design—The practice specialty publishes a tri-annual newsletter that includes timely articles on issues affecting engineering SH&E professionals. The newsletter also includes editorial commentary from the Administrator. Article submission is encouraged. For more information, contact the Newsletter Editor.

Engineering Practice Specialty Website—The website contains links to many topics. Additional information found on the website includes Professional Development Conference (PDC) information, Body of Knowledge links, committee activities, current projects and volunteer requests. The Engineering Practice Specialty welcomes your involvement in projects and committees.

The Engineering Practice Specialty Advisory Committee —The Advisory Committee is a group of dedicated professionals who give direction to the Engineering Practice Specialty. They meet quarterly to discuss goal setting, assign responsibilities and approve actions. Current projects include the ongoing development of a Body of Knowledge, website expansion, newsletter content and outreach to other professional associations and organizations.

This is a brief explanation of how the Engineering Practice Specialty provides value to its membership. There are many ways in which you can benefit by helping us. Your participation in projects, committees and events will not only help us reach our goals, but will provide you with invaluable experience and contacts as you grow with the SH&E profession. Let us know how we can assist you.

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