As one that has been in the safety management business for a very long time, I always wondered what we could do to promote safety beyond the many tools that enhance safety in organizations. I’m sure we all agree that we need additional forms of safety promotion. Enter the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP), which does exactly that.
ISSP is a newly formed organization of safety management professionals from all communities of practice to include: the oil and gas industry, aviation safety, occupational safety and health, mining, healthcare, construction, general industry, transportation public safety and others. This is the first time an organization of safety professionals has formed to shape the future of safety management in the corporate environment.
It will promote and advance the profession of safety management, provide education opportunities, and create a public registry of qualified safety professionals.
This concept is the “brainchild” of D Smith of the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI). Smith is the founder of the Moral Courage Award, which TSI presented for the first time at Heli-Expo in March to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard. Smith has “hit another home run” in the safety management business with the formation of ISSP. The idea traces back to 1992 when he was a U.S. Army safety officer. He attended many international safety forums and wanted to standardize how organizations look at safety management. Smith experienced resistance at first, and had no resources to promote his idea. It took some time, but Smith was able to find a corporate sponsor that invested resources and time to enable the idea to become a reality.
The belief is that when safety professionals from around the globe join together, their voices will be so powerful that the entire world will take notice of what they have to say. Collectively, they will help to shape and define the safety profession. They want to bring enhanced creditability to the profession of safety management. Up to this point, safety management was left to individuals who attempted to convince an organization it was the right thing to do. With ISSP, there is collective voice in the safety management career field. —By Keith Cianfrani