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Occupational Safety and Health Groups Form International Organization Aimed at Promoting Best Practices Worldwide

New York, Nov 17, 2004

A new international organization has been developed in an effort to promote best practices and bridge communication gaps in occupational safety and health throughout the world. The International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO) was founded by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Canada, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Canada. ASSE is an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

The idea for INSHPO originated in 2001 when the former presidents of IOSH, ASSE, and CSSE discussed the formation of an organization that would provide a global network and international interactions allowing their members access to the most up-to-date global practices in the area of occupational safety and health. Greer noted, “We were looking to establish an organization that would bridge the gap in our global pursuit of safety and health for all workers.”

The objectives of INSHPO include promoting and developing the occupational safety and health profession throughout the world; promoting the exchange of information among member organizations; encouraging the further development of occupational safety and health at a professional level, and engaging with other bodies in the field of health and safety in areas of common interest.

Long-term objectives for INSHPO include gathering data from other countries on competence standards for occupational safety and health practitioners and providing that information to members. While the group does not intend to develop standards itself, it will serve as a resource for information on existing standards and practices utilized internationally.

"Occupational safety and health issues and concerns are not limited by national borders,” said ASSE president Gene Barfield. “Worldwide distribution of products and provision of services, migration of workers and the conduct of international corporate activities lead to the reality that almost all occupational safety and health professionals’ efforts are international in scope.”

INSHPO is a not-for-profit organization whose members are made up of and open to organizations having practitioner members devoted to the promotion and practice of the safety and health profession and which subscribe to the objectives of INSHPO. More than one organization from a country may join, as long as the two organizations represent significantly different constituencies. Currently, the Secretariat for INSHPO is IOSH, for an initial term of two years.

"The health and safety profession needs to be operating in this context to establish truly global standards of best practices in the drive to reduce the toll of death, injury, ill health and collateral losses associated with poor health and safety management," said INSHPO president Paul Faupel.

For further information on INSHPO, visit or contact IOSH’s Sascha Lemon (t: +44 (0) 0116 257 3100).

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