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.
In as much as the four traditional OSH professionals look at occupational safety and health from different approaches, they however share some things in common. By and large, this common goal shared is in the identifying of hazardous conditions, materials and the particular workplace practices that may be so exposing employees to risks and advice on the necessary measures to be taken so as to reduce or probably eliminate all issues of such attendant risks. One classical example is such as the case of the occupational safety professionals who though majorly concerned with the workplace hazards have all the same been very handy when it comes to the need to help emphasize on the need to prevent traumatic injuries and the attendant workplace fatalities that may follow. 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. Now coming to the occupational health nurses and physicians, in these we see teams that as well help a great deal when it comes to clinical care and such kinds of programs in the workplace that would be of help when it comes to health promotion, protection and as well disease prevention programs.
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. And there are still a number out there who are indeed qualified to join these societies by virtue of their current employment. 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.