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The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) represents more than 34,000 safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professionals who work across all industries around the world protecting people, improving business, and safeguarding the environment. Through their efforts, ASSE members help employees stay safe, healthy and productive, which delivers positive bottom-line results to employers and helps enhance corporate image.

Throughout the organization's history, ASSE and its members have made many contributions to the SH&E profession through continuing education, publications and research. As a global advocate for SH&E professionals and the SH&E profession, ASSE brings a meaningful voice to the international discourse on occupational safety. Through outreach, advocacy, standards development and education, ASSE takes the lead in providing expertise and insight on occupational safety, health and environmental issues and practices. And, by growing and sharing the profession's body of knowledge, ASSE fosters a global community among SH&E professionals.

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The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA also promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.

The Association offers a series of conferences, workshops, and courses to help keep members up to date on new developments in the profession. The Annual Conference and Exhibition is the Association's largest gathering, attracting thousands of environmental professionals from around the world. Attendees gather to hear hundreds of technical papers on cutting-edge topics and to interact with exhibiting businesses and organizations demonstrating the latest environmental products and services. A&WMA’s 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held 25-28 June 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. It develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance; and is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations.

Through its member led working groups and executive leadership, IPIECA brings together the collective expertise of oil and gas companies and associations. Its unique position within the industry enables its members to respond effectively to key environmental and social issues.


The mission of NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. To accomplish this mission, NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, disseminates information, and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations. NIOSH has established an oil and gas extraction safety and health research program to reduce the rate of injury and disease among workers in the oil and gas extraction industry by implementing effective interventions.