Generally speaking, without a thorough survey of the employers there are in the United States, it becomes a little hard giving a full definition or description of the full spectrum of the professionals in occupational safety and health services who indeed provide these services to the United States population in active employment. Even though this is the case, for general information, these professionals have been identified in two main tranches and the first are those that have formed a core or the traditional occupational health and safety (OSH) professionals where we have the occupational safety professionals, the industrial hygiene professionals, the occupational medicine experts and the occupational health nursing experts and the other are those that have equally proved to be key to the issue of occupational safety and health going into the future where we see such professionals or designations like the employee assistance professionals, the ergonomists and the occupational health psychologists.
Even though the various traditional OSH professionals approach the issue of occupational health and safety from different angles, fact is that they however happen to as well share some common interests and goals. And that goal is in identifying hazardous conditions, materials and workplace practices and helping the employers and employees alike in eliminating the attendant risks or at the very least reducing them. For the occupational safety professionals, though their main aim is to identify woekplace hazards, they have as well served and emphasized the prevention of some of the fatal workplace injuries and fatalities. And the same applies for the occupational hygienists who have as well been such a resource when it came to the need to identify and control hazards that may result from acute or chronic exposures to chemicals, the biological and physical agents, but all the same never ignore injuries. The occupational health nurses and the occupational medicine physicians on the other hand are known for their provision of clinical care and the kinds of programs that target health promotion, protection and disease prevention.
By and large, at present, there are tens of thousands of Americans who are already members of the professional societies that advocate for the core OSH disciplines. By and large, the statistics show that there are still a number out there who by virtue of their current employment stand eligible to qualify for membership to these societies. Thus, you may be enjoined to consider subscribing membership to one of these, the American Society of Safety Professionals and be a part of this movement committed to creating safer workplaces and futures here.