The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has launched a new Risk Assessment Institute that is intended to facilitate occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) risk assessment's inclusion into the organizational risk management process, allowing businesses to "proactively prioritize, resource, and mitigate risk in advance of injuries or catastrophe."
ASSE president Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, says SH&E professionals, having the required competencies to manage a wide range of risks, will be key to educating executives and the business community at large on issues related to proper risk assessment within the management process. "Safety, health and environmental professionals have the valued expertise and leadership to collaborate with senior managers in the implementation of effective risk assessment and the ongoing oversight of productive risk management," she adds.
To that end, the ASSE Risk Assessment Institute will support risk-related training and education while providing a platform for the SH&E community to contribute to the development of new evidence-based risk-related policies, processes and solutions. The institute also will serve as a clearinghouse for risk-related information and tools relevant to professional SH&E.
The Risk Assessment Institute began operating out of ASSE headquarters in Chicago on July 1 under the leadership of former ASSE president Rick Pollock, CSP.
For more information about the Risk Assessment Institute, visit www.oshrisk.org.