Professional Organizations

Each Occupational Safety and Health student has access to various professional organizations and current events within these organizations. These organizations enable occupational safety and health students to look closely into their chosen area of study reviewing opportunities and information relative to current events in that field. Participation in student chapters of certain professional organizations is strongly encouraged.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.

ASSE is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 36,000 members worldwide. The Society is also a visible advocate for OSH professionals through proactive government affairs at the federal and state levels, and in member-led relationships with key federal safety and health agencies.

Members create safer work environments by preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Besides recording less lost time and lower workers’ compensation costs, organizations with strong safety performance enjoy increased productivity, a better reputation and higher employee satisfaction.

ASSE members have direct access to over 36,000 OSH professionals through our 150 chapters, 8 regions, 40 sections and 70 student sections around the world. Members are also able to participate in ASSE’s 19 practice specialties, 6 branches and 4 common interest groups. Networking enables ASSE members to share their knowledge and exchange best practices with other industry experts.

Purchase Area ASSE Chapter
The Purchase Area Chapter of ASSE is dedicated to promoting the safety profession through increased public awareness and providing opportunities for networking and professional growth.

Middle Tennessee ASSE Chapter
In the spring of 1947 a group of safety professionals in the Middle Tennessee area met regularly to discuss and promote the safety and well-being of residents living and working in the Middle Tennessee area. The group is affiliated with American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world's largest safety organization. Since that first group gathering in 1947 the Chapter has continued to be a significant member of the community, making numerous contributions. Chapter membership is in excess of 270 members who maintain the mission of ASSE: to promote the advancement of the safety profession and foster technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge, skills and competency of safety professionals.

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization devoted to achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards for its members. More than half of 10,000 members are certified industrial hygienists (CIHs), and many hold other professional designations. AIHA administers comprehensive education programs that keep occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals current in the field of industrial hygiene.​ AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving OEHS professionals practicing industrial hygiene and is a resource for those in large corporations, small businesses and who work independently as consultants.​

Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES)
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization of professional people who are involved in the human factors field. The Society promotes the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. It furthers serious consideration of such knowledge in the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. It advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance. The Society encourages appropriate education and training for those entering the human factors profession and for those who conceive, design, develop, manufacture, test, manage, and participate in systems. The purpose inherent in human factors research and application is to contribute to overall human well-being.

International Ergonomic Association (IEA)
The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies around the world entitled as international organization founded in Zurich (Switzerland) pursuant to article 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code.The mission of the IEA is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to society to improve the quality of life, working closely with its constituent societies and related international organizations.

Kentucky Safety & Health Network (KSHN)
The Kentucky Safety and Health Network, founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1986, represents individuals from all facets of Kentucky's workplaces. Membership is open to any and all individuals with an interest in occupational safety and health. The Network is governed by a President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. A volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the membership, directs the activities of the Network. The mission is to increase the awareness of safety and health in the workplace. The organization draws on the experience and knowledge of its members who represent business, education, government and labor.

National Safety Council (NSC)
The mission of the National Safety Council is to saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.