Safety and health professionals have wide ranging responsibilities in performing their professional functions, the major elements of which are identified in a paper entitled "The Scope of Functions of the Safety Professional," which is available from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Safety and health professionals must remain technically current in loss prevention techniques, as well as legislative and regulatory requirements and safety and heath consensus standards. Functional activities of safety and health professionals include both risk assessment and control of hazards.
A central concept of the safety and health profession is that management remains responsible for implementation of safety and health measures to control losses. Safety and health professionals serve in an advisory capacity to the organization and provide guidance and technical expertise, within the parameters of the professions' ethics, to assist in meeting these responsibilities.
Accordingly, the following are the principal responsibilities for the safety and health professional:
ASSE Position Statement on Management
and the Responsibility of the Safety Professional
Approved 2/26/93 by the ASSE Board of Directors
Updated 6/11/05 by ASSE Government Affairs Committee