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Title: Choosing a Career in Occupational Safety and Health

Choosing a Career in Occupational Safety and
  • Brought to you by
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Protecting people, property and the environment
    since 1911.

How Did the Occupational Safety and Health
Profession Begin?
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Saturday, March 25, 1911
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
  • On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at the
    Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on the 8th, 9th and
    10th floors of the Asch Building in New York
  • 146 women and men who worked sewing ladies
    blouses were killed because of unsafe working
    conditions, broken fire escapes and locked exit
    doors that prevented workers from escaping.

The American Society of Safety Engineers
  • In October of 1911, the American Society of
    Safety Engineers (ASSE) was founded to address
    occupational safety and health issues, while
    protecting people, property and the environment.
  • People began focusing on the safety of workers
    and businesses began to recognize the need for
    professionals who could help identify hazards and
    develop solutions to keep workers safe.
  • ASSE and its more than 32,000 members around the
    world still work to this day to make sure that
    millions of workers go to work and return home
    injury and illness free each day.

What is the Occupational Safety and Health
  • Safety, health and environmental (SHE)
    professionals prevent harm to people, property
    and the environment by applying principles from
    engineering, education, psychology, physiology,
    enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and
  • SHE professionals use appropriate methods and
    techniques of loss prevention and control and
    work in all industries worldwide.

What is Safety Science?
  • Safety science is the term used for everything
    that goes into the prevention of accidents,
    illnesses, fires, explosions and other events
    that harm people, property and the environment.
  • Areas of safety science include
  • Chemistry and Biology
  • Physics
  • Ergonomics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Physiology, biomechanics and medicine
  • Engineering, business management, economics,
    sociology and geology

What do SHE Professionals Do?
  • SHE professionals have many roles and
    responsibilities and do at least several of the
  • Hazard recognition
  • Inspections/Audits
  • Fire protection
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Health hazard control
  • Ergonomics
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Environmental protection
  • Workers compensation
  • Training
  • Accident and incident investigations
  • Advising management
  • Record keeping and evaluating
  • Emergency response
  • Managing safety programs
  • Product safety
  • Security
  • Planning, engineering out risk

Where do Occupational Safety and Health
Professionals Work?
  • SHE professionals work in a wide range of
    sectors, including manufacturing, transportation,
    mining, government, schools and hospitals.
  • Examples of companies that employ SHE
    professionals include Disney, NASA, Hasbro, Sara
    Lee, Kraft, GM, CNA, AON, Madison Square Garden,
    GE, Chevron, Nike, CBS, Toyota and many other

Industries Where SHE Professionals Work
  • Based on a 2008 study by the Board of Certified
    Safety Professionals (BCSP), SHE professionals
    work in the following industries
  • 38.3 in manufacturing
  • 18.8 in Insurance and Finance
  • 10 in Professional, Scientific and Technological
  • 8.8 in Public Administration and Government
  • 8.4 in Construction
  • 5.2 in Mining
  • 5.1 in Utilities

Choosing Occupational Safety and Health as a
  • Choosing occupational safety and health as a
    career path can be very rewarding. The field is
    expected to grow by 9 in the next ten years.
  • Salaries range from approximately 30,000 to
    150,000 for highly qualified individuals.
  • The personal rewards from knowing that you help
    people return safely home each day, injury and
    illness-free will be a wonderful testament to the
    importance of your job!

How You Can Get Involved
  • While youre still in school, there are many
    things you can do to prepare yourself for a
    career in occupational safety and health.
  • You Can
  • Learn about ASSE Chapters and Student Sections in
    your area, attend meetings and talk to SHE
    professionals about their careers.
  • Order copies of the free ASSE Your Guide to a
    Career in the Occupational Safety, Health
    Environmental Profession brochure by contacting or downloading it from
    the site under press kit.
  • As you learn about incidents and disasters in the
    news, think critically about how these could have
    been prevented.
  • Do a science project on worker safety and health,
    traffic safety, fire prevention, etc.
  • Check out ASSEs NexSteps career resources at to view SHE job openings and
    learn about what positions are available in the

Choosing a College Program
  • If you decide the occupational safety and health
    profession is for you, the next step is to choose
    a college program.
  • Consider SHE degree programs from accredited
    colleges and universities.
  • For more information on higher education
    accreditation of school that have SHE programs,
    you can visit
  • ASSEs listing of colleges that offer degrees in
    safety and related programs at
  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation at
  • The U.S. Department of Education at
  • The Accreditation Board for Engineering and
    Technology (ABET) at

The American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest professional
    safety society with more than 32,000 occupational
    safety, health and environmental professional
    members worldwide. For more information and a
    copy of our free Guide to a Career in the
    Occupational Safety and Health Profession,
    please visit for an
    electronic version or contact ASSE Customer
    Service at
  • ASSE is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a
    Society in 2011. Please visit for
    more information about upcoming events and ways
    you can get involved!

LS PR 9/2010
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