CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) signed a memorandum of understanding that will explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs with the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA).
The landmark agreement marks the first time ASSE and KOSHA will partner to enhance work place safety in each region. Other goals include advancing issues and programs beneficial to their respective members and the occupational health and safety profession. The agreement builds on ASSE’s relationship with KOSHA as part of the International Network for Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations as well as the ISSA International Section on Prevention Culture. It also complements outreach work ASSE has done in Asia. In 2013, ASSE signed agreements with the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA) and the Industrial Safety and Health Association (ISHA) of R.O.C. (Taiwan).
“Partnering with KOSHA is an excellent opportunity for ASSE,” said ASSE Executive Director Fred Fortman, who signed the agreement along with KOSHA President Young-Soon Lee. “KOSHA is a most impressive organization. The opportunity to share expertise and exchange best practices with them will strengthen both organizations, our profession and work to assure safe and healthy workplaces throughout the world.”
KOSHA has also invited ASSE to participate in the upcoming 31st International Congress on Occupational Health, May 31st to June 5th, which it will be hosting in Seoul.
ASSE and KOSHA agree that more qualified professionals are needed to ensure workplace safety, saying the partnership will provide a better understanding of the needs of emerging markets and the opportunity to learn from their experiences.
Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based ASSE has more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members from around the globe who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org/newsroom.