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Students Voice Optimism About Future
December 5, 2008

Many of the students reflecting on the future of the safety profession during the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Future Safety Leaders Conference held recently in Louisville, KY, are optimistic about the future of the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and see opportunities in construction, manufacturing, and the “green” movement despite the troubled economy. In addition, many note their school programs’ growth in popularity.

SH&E student attendees also commented on areas of safety they are studying, which include ergonomics, construction, manufacturing, industrial hygiene and maritime standards and regulations. To inform students of current trends in the SH&E profession, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Executive Director Roger L. Brauer, Ph.D., CSP, PE, noted during his breakout session titled “Achieving Success in a Safety Career”, that the quality of safety in the construction industry is improving and the safety profession in this field is also growing. He also provided students with data from the BCSP January 2008 survey of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), which showed that most CSPs were employed in manufacturing followed by insurance/finance.

Other areas students at the conference said they are studying included arena safety, fleet safety, and building with a “green” design.

Along with hope for the future, students see the value of the occupational SH&E profession.

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