The State of Women in the Occupational Safety Profession

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The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) @ASSPSafety and the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) @WISEconnects Special Interest group published a fantastic article about the state of Women in Safety, and NO, not just because it quotes me 🙂  This article was sponsored by Amazon.

The focus of this report is based on the facts that,  “Today, women in the U.S. are more educated than ever before and make up nearly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce. However, they continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles, and they typically make less money than their male colleagues

The safety industry is no exception to this trend. In fact, women make up far less than half of the safety profession, and they perhaps struggle even more than women in other industries to attain leadership roles.

Such gaps are not only problematic for women safety professionals wanting to advance their careers, but they also can make organizations and their workforces less safe — not to mention less profitable. When women aren’t adequately embedded in every level of an organization, blind spots ensue and risks affecting a large portion of the working population are often overlooked.

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a global association for occupational safety and health professionals, is committed to diversity and inclusion across the safety industry— not only to serve our members and their professional goals, but also because we believe a diverse and inclusive workplace is safer, more productive and more profitable.”

You can access the report here:  assp_women_and_safety_report_0419


About the Author:

John McBride, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Director of National Recruiting with Consentium Search, a woman-owned National Executive and Management Search Firm based out of Short Hills, NJ specializing in recruiting Safety, Environmental, Occupational Health, Risk, Human Resources and Case Management professionals. John is a self-described ‘recovering corporate executive’ having spent in excess of twenty years in roles such as Director of Human Resources and Director of Risk Management including oversight of the Safety function for 55,000 employees, He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council (NSC) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). John has spoken both locally and nationally for ASSE, NSC, SHRM; the US Army’s “Tip of the Arrow” Ultimate Warrior Demobilization Program to ready our forces for the return to civilian jobs; and the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) on Career Development, Networking and Employee Productivity. He also volunteers with the American Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity and is Past President of the Society of Human Resource Management of Central New Jersey.
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