With similar goals as a human factors/ergonomics expert, a safety expert is concerned with assessing risks and mitigating hazards that pose harm to society. A safety expert may be asked to evaluate any engineering and administrative controls that existed at the time of an accident. The role of a safety expert may be to evaluate whether certain practices, actions or working conditions met the industry standard of care.
Large professional membership organizations with ergonomics practice specialty groups are the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Other groups are the Safety and Human Factors Standards Steering Committee of SAE International and the decades-old Division of Human Factors at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Like the human factors/ergonomics field, competence in safety is established through professional certification.
Joe Cohen (partial list)
- Certified Hazard Control Manager, International Board for Certification Services Management
- Certified XL Tribometrist, Excel Tribometers, LLC
- Member, American Society of Safety Professionals
- Member, ASTM International, F13 (pedestrian/walkway safety and footwear) and F15 (consumer products) committees
- Member, International Code Council