Generally speaking without a deeper survey of the US employers, it is rather impossible to give an estimate or define the full spectrum of the professionals providing occupational safety and health services to the US workers. 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.
Even though the various traditional OSH professionals approach the issue of occupational health and safety from different angles, fact is that they however happen to as well share some common interests and goals. This is in the fact that they have the goal of identifying the hazardous conditions, the materials and some of the workplace practices that may be exposing employees to risk and helping the employers and employees work towards reducing or eliminating entirely the incidences of such risks. One classical example is such as the case of the occupational safety professionals who though majorly concerned with the workplace hazards have all the same been very handy when it comes to the need to help emphasize on the need to prevent traumatic injuries and the attendant workplace fatalities that may follow. This as well happens to be the case when we look at the other professionals in OSH like the occupational hygienists who have as well been quite resourceful and full of expertise when it comes to the need to identify and control hazards that may be the result of acute exposure to the various agents, chemical, biological and even physical while at the same time have never ignored 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. And there are still a number out there who are indeed qualified to join these societies by virtue of their current employment. Thus, you may be enjoined to consider subscribing membership to one of these, the American Society of Safety Professionals and be a part of this movement committed to creating safer workplaces and futures here.