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. In as much as this is the case, we can manage a classification or identification of the four core occupational safety and health, OSH, professions that have played such a key role in so far as occupational safety goes and these are such professionals as the occupational safety professionals, the industrial hygiene experts, the occupational medicine professionals and the occupational health nursing pros and as well we can see such other experts who have as well been considered to be proving to be critical role players when it comes to occupational safety and health going forward where we see the employee assistance professionals, the ergonomists and the occupational health psychologists.
Although it is so that each of the four traditional OSH professions emphasizes different aspects of occupational safety and health, they however happen to have some common goal anyway. And that goal is in identifying hazardous conditions, materials and workplace practices and helping the employers and employees alike in eliminating the attendant risks or at the very least reducing them. Take a case like for the occupational safety professionals whose main aim is to identify the workplace hazards but have as well been so good at emphasizing on the prevention of workplace fatalities and the like cases. 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. Looking at the statistics, we still see quite a number of those in employment who by virtue of their employment still happen to be qualified to join and subscribe membership to these societies for occupational safety and health. You can join the American Society of Safety Professionals today and be a part of this movement dedicated to creating safer futures.