Generally speaking, without a thorough survey of the employers there are in the United States, it becomes a little hard giving a full definition or description of the full spectrum of the professionals in occupational safety and health services who indeed provide these services to the United States population in active employment. Even though this is the case, for general information, these professionals have been identified in two main tranches and the first are those that have formed a core or the traditional occupational health and safety (OSH) professionals where we have the occupational safety professionals, the industrial hygiene professionals, the occupational medicine experts and the occupational health nursing experts and the other are those that have equally proved to be key to the issue of occupational safety and health going into the future where we see such professionals or designations like the employee assistance professionals, the ergonomists and the occupational health psychologists.
Even though the various traditional OSH professionals approach the issue of occupational health and safety from different angles, fact is that they however happen to as well share some common interests and goals. And that goal is in identifying hazardous conditions, materials and workplace practices and helping the employers and employees alike in eliminating the attendant risks or at the very least reducing them. One classical example is such as the case of the occupational safety professionals who though majorly concerned with the workplace hazards have all the same been very handy when it comes to the need to help emphasize on the need to prevent traumatic injuries and the attendant workplace fatalities that may follow. Generally, this as well happens to be the case with the other OSH professionals like a case of the occupational hygienists who have quite proved to be a sure resource when it comes to the need to identify and control the hazards that may be resulting from acute exposures to some of the common workplace agents, be they chemical, biological or the physical agents and at the same time have been so handy when it comes to cases of injuries at the workplace. When we come to the occupational medicine physicians, they have been largely renowned for their input in the workplace and enhancing standards therein with their services that are such as clinical care and the programs that are mainly aimed at health promotion, protection and disease prevention.
Today, we have a number of Americans have already become membership to a number of the professional societies and associations that actually represent the main OSH disciplines, the numbers already enrolled are going close to 80,000. By and large, the statistics show that there are still a number out there who by virtue of their current employment stand eligible to qualify for membership to these societies. Probably consider joining the American Society of Safety Professionals, ASSP, today and be part of the movement so dedicated to the creation of safer futures.