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Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day Scheduled

April 07, 2006

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Board of Directors approved the creation of an “Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day” to be held this May 3 during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) which runs April 30 – May 6, 2006. Thereafter, Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day will be held on the Wednesday of NAOSH Week each year.

The purpose of the special day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment.

“They are the ones that make sure you go to and come home from work safely and without injury every day,” ASSE President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP, said. The motion was passed at the February 25th Board meeting.

National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the profession , a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience who identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings to bear technical knowledge, skill and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.

For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.

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