Every year, on the Wednesday during the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in May, the safety community celebrates EHS professionals through Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
Hard-working EHS professionals enter the work force daily to ensure workers are safe, healthy and protected from possible injury or harm that could arise on the job. Such professionals, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), “work behind the scenes identifying and eliminating potential hazards in workplaces around the world, and their efforts are often achieved with little or no fanfare.”
Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is a time to shower EHS professionals with some of that hard-earned fanfare.
NAOSH Week is held May 5-11 this year, with Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day falling on May 8. ASSE established Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day in 2006 to recognize these professionals for their impact on the well-being of workers nationwide. The day also serves to raise awareness and pride in the EHS profession; to salute the years of education, training and practical experience and skills that it takes to be qualified to identify workplace hazards; and to develop methods of prevention of occupational injuries, illness and property damage.
“On this day, we encourage employers, coworkers and the general public to say ‘thank you’ to those who spend work around the clock making sure that every day spent on the job is a safe one,” ASSE said.
NAOSH Week is held every year during the first full week of May to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers but for their families, friends, businesses their local communities and the global community. To learn more, visit http://www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh.