Standards Development

ASSE's SDC & Involvement in Other Standards Committees' Projects

ASSE Standards Development Committee

ASSE Standards Development Committee (SDC) is the lead entity for the Society to participate globally in all aspects of standards development to expand the body of knowledge to protect people, property and the environment.

SDC consists of up to seven members who have been appointed to the committee based on their broad experience in safety and their specific expertise in standards development. This committee meets periodically to review ASSE representatives’ activities on various standards writing committees and to establish the Society’s policies with regard to consensus safety standards.

ASSE participates in the development and maintenance of key privately developed safety standards in two ways: by serving as secretariat for several standards committees and by serving on many other safety standards committees. These activities contribute to establishing the body of knowledge of the SH&E profession and consequently have been assigned to the Council on Practices and Standards. SDC is directly responsible for overseeing ASSE’s standards activities. All such standards activities are conducted within the framework established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the development of consensus standards.

ASSE is represented on committees that develop and maintain safety standards. Each representative is selected from interested applicants based on their technical expertise in the subject area of the committee, their ability to represent the broad range of ASSE’s membership and their overall knowledge of the SH&E profession. Representatives are appointed by the Vice President, Council on Practices and Standards, with SDC’s advice and recommendation.

In their respective positions, ASSE representatives attend meetings of their assigned committee, review written proposals to add to, delete or change a safety standard and vote on the final approval of a standard. They also report back to SDC and keep them apprised of significant standards developments. Many ASSE representatives share their standards knowledge with other ASSE members by writing about the standards in ASSE publications, giving presentations on the standards at the annual professional development conference and consulting with other members who have questions about the standards. All such representatives are volunteers.

To serve as an ASSE representative on a standards committee, complete and return the application form.


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