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Why You Should Become A Member Of “The American Society of Safety Professionals” (ASSP) & How

The American Society of Safety Professionals is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals.

Benefit of ASSP membership

Joining the American Society of Safety Professionals provides you with exclusive and discounted opportunities that will bring value to your OSH career and your organization’s safety efforts.

Membership benefits safety professionals across the career continuum. Whether you’re a student, young professional, seasoned manager or corporate leader, the American Society of Safety Professionals has something for you.

1. Professional Community and Networking Opportunities: The American Society of Safety Professionals helps them grow professionally through education, networking and advocacy for the profession. Through their member communities, ASSP connects OSH professionals across all industries, genders, generations and ethnicities, and enables them to engage with one another on a global scale.


2. Safety Education and Training: Sharing knowledge is the heart of what ASSP do. They deliver enriching member-discounted learning opportunities in a range of formats, from webinars, online courses and microlearning, to conferences, symposiums, certificate programs and certification preparation courses. In addition, ASSP will send approved trainers directly to your workplace and customize the course to meet your goals, while eliminating your organization’s travel costs.


3. Safety Publications: Get value out of both reading and being published in ASSP OSH publications that cover every facet of safety. In fact, Thier flagship peer-reviewed publication Professional Safety is ranked a top member benefit. ASSP publish everything from books and standards to a technical journal and member newsletters. Publications are included with membership or are discounted for members.


4. Career Support: Through ASSP you can find safety professionals, or be discovered by organizations looking for safety professionals. In addition to networking with industry professionals at events, conferences, and within practice specialty and common interest group communities, the ASSP job board is an online OSH career center where employers can post job openings, and members can post resumes and search for jobs.


5. Safety Advocacy: You will have an opportunity to be a part of the ASSP advocacy. ASSP is committed to advancing the OSH profession and industry as a whole by offering proactive government affairs programs at the federal and state levels, leading a global conversation on recommended competencies and credentials for safety practitioners and professionals, and working to make occupational safety and health a key component in corporate sustainability initiatives and reporting.


6. Safety Standards: Create the safest work environment possible by adopting voluntary consensus standards that define accepted industry best practices. ASSP engages in a collaborative, consensus process that brings together diverse viewpoints to develop and publish standards on a multitude of issues with the American National Standards Institute and the International Organization for Standardization. Members can serve on standards development committees or purchase standards for guidance at a member-discounted price.


7. Student Resources: ASSP offers a range of resources for students. Our student members receive access to education and webinars (often discounted or complimentary), as well as scholarship opportunities, networking and mentor experiences, and job search resources.


8. Member Recognition: Each year ASSP presents awards to outstanding volunteers who have made significant contributions to the profession and ASSP—giving members the recognition they deserve for contributing to a global culture of workplace safety. Further, through global media outreach, the ASSP public relations team promotes ASSP members, as well as OSH issues and the profession.


9. Membership So Valuable, Employers Will Pay for It: If you’re an OSH professional, you aren’t the only one who will benefit from ASSP membership: Your employer will benefit, too. We can help you make the case.



ASSP Membership types, qualifications, cost and how to join

1. Member

This membership is for those involved in all aspects of the safety industry. Annual dues are $180, plus local chapter and optional practice specialty/common interest group community fees. ASSP member benefits include access to a vibrant community of safety professionals, top-quality education and publications, industry standards, career support and more.

Join ASSP today


2. Professional Member

Professional membership is for individuals with specific designations or education. Annual dues are $180, plus local chapter and optional practice specialty and common interest group fees. To qualify as a professional member within ASSP, you must meet one of the three following criteria:

  1. You must have acquired either the CSP or CIH certification.

  2. Or, you must have a doctorate-level degree in an OSH field and 5 years of OSH experience.

  3. Or, you must have your bachelor’s degree and 5 years of OSH experience, along with one of the following certifications:

  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
  • Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
  • Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN)
  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S)
  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA)
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Certified User Experience Professional (CUXP)
  • Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)
  • Chartered Fellow-IOSH (CFIOSH)
  • Chartered Member-IOSH (CMIOSH)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST)
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Safety Management Specialist (SMS)

Join ASSP today


3. Student Member

Student membership is for individuals pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in a safety-related program. Student dues are $15 per year and include one free practice specialty and common interest group. Student applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate or advanced safety-related degree program at an accredited college or university. Applications must include faculty advisor verification.

Become a student member


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4. Military Member

We offer reduced dues to members who are active-duty personnel in any branch of the U.S. military whose job involves OSH, as well as to members who are military reservists whose job involves OSH and who are on active duty (beyond the annual two-week commitment). We will request proof of active service.

As a military member, your benefits Include:

When you apply online, please select the Military Practice Specialty, and enter promo code MILMEM at checkout to receive reduced dues. Renewing Members: Use code MILMEMR at the time of your renewal to received reduced dues.

Join ASSP today


5. Emeritus Member

Emeritus membership is available to ASSP members who are retired but want to stay connected. Retiring but want to stay in touch with the occupational safety and health (OSH) community? Retiring from the OSH profession but want to retain your affiliation with ASSP? Reclassify your membership today by sending an e-mail to ASSP’s Customer service staff.

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Become an Emeritus Member



In conclusion, you have seen the benefits of being an ASSP member, the different membership categories, requirements, cost and link to start the process; I believe the time to join is now to have access to these benefits.

Remember, as a Health and Safety professional you must identify with a professional body to get recognized, one of the best bodies to join is the ASSP.




Read Also: Requirements for attaining GRAD-IOSH membership

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