A thought leader in the profession, the Foundation supports quality, ground-breaking research. We focus on risk-assessment, sustainability, and global governance, shoring up the profession for long-term growth and impact.

ASSE Foundation Research Grants support the development of knowledge, innovative methods, systems and other appropriate interventions for advancing safety and health in the workplace. Research grants assist safety and health professionals in mitigating the risks of injury and illness in the workplace and help develop and grow research talent in the safety and health field.

Professors and students seek positions in active, research-supportive environments where they can collaborate with engaged colleagues and study important challenges in their field. Student involvement in research promotes high-level problem solving, creative thinking, and analytical skills that are important attributes to success as a future OSH professional and leader.

The benefits of ASSE Foundation funded research programs are tremendous and extend to students, faculty, universities and the OSH profession.

If research and safety matters to you, please donate now.

The Foundation's first study is currently being conducted under the leadership of Dr. Lora Cavuoto of the University of Buffalo, using advanced sensor technology to study fatigue management.

The Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute sponsor an annual Safety Research Fellowship. The fellowship encourages safety research activity and provides a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs.

Selected fellows work with Institute researchers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA facility for up to 12 weeks. The Foundation provides a stipend, while the Institute provides reasonable access to current research projects, databases, equipment, researchers, and other necessary resources. Research must result in publication.

Applicants must be United States citizens, permanent residents, or foreign students who currently study in a US university and can submit the certification of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) if offered the fellowship. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree, or be working towards a masters or Ph.D.

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Research may be viewed by members in our publication, Professional Safety, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that promotes the linkage of practice, education, and research providing contributions to the understanding or improvement of OSH processes and outcomes. Below are some samples:

SH&E Problem Solving: Are Higher-Order Controls Ignored?

Safety professionals and their organizations should look upstream into the management and work systems during investigations as sources for organizational learning that will ultimately improve safety.

Noise Exposures: Assessing an NCAA Basketball Arena on Game Day

This study illustrates high noise levels and potential hazards at the midlevel NCAA basketball event.

Wind Turbine Safety: Developing a Technician Training Course

The wind turbine industry has grown significantly and many training programs have begun. This article examines the development of a safety course for prospective wind technicians within the OSHA-10 topics guidelines.

PtD: Building Information Modeling

Safety professionals should encourage team members to use building information modeling (BIM) for safety and educate them on how to look for safety concerns during the BIM review process.

The Effects of Restricting Space

This study has shown that the conditions and restrictions of the job environment play a large role in the selection of methods nurses use to perform patient-handling tasks.

Physical Work Exposures

SH&E professionals need to understand the physical exposures that workers encounter in order to provide appropriate treatment options for injuries and make return-to-work decisions. Such exposure estimates are made more difficult by the increasing diversity of jobs and the variability of work tasks within a single job. No universally applicable measure is available for assessing work-related physical exposures specifically for musculoskeletal disorders. A new and potentially useful source of occupational information is the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), which contains Occupational information on more than 900 occupations.

Chemical Waste

Universities are typically not viewed as industrial facilities, yet they face many of the same regulatory concerns, such as hazardous waste, air quality and storm water, as industrial facilities. University of Houston has implemented several measures to reduce the amount of chemical waste generated and shipped off campus for disposal.

Postural Control: Age-related changes in working-age men

As adults age, they are more likely to experience falls and fall related injuries. This is thought to occur as the result of age-related declines in postural control. However, little is known about how, or whether, postural control changes with age in healthy working-age populations. This research examined changes in the postural control using a set of traditional statistical measures and a nonlinear time-series analysis called Sample Entropy. The findings, their implications and future applications for developing models to predict and prevent falls are discussed.

Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers are common on today’s roadways. Although many people believe that distraction is a threat to safety, they may engage in distracting activities while driving because they believe that they can handle distractions with ease. The results from this study suggest the following: 1) Drivers’ estimates of their distracted driving ability do not become more accurate over time. 2) Feedback may play a role in calibrating people’s estimates of their distracted driving ability.

ASSE Interactive Research Session Proposal Form (Deadline to submit is March 1, 2016)

The American Society of Safety Engineers is pleased to announce the ASSE Interactive Research Poster Session at the Safety 2016 Professional Development Conference (PDC) to be held June 26-29, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Safety, health and environmental educators, students, professionals, researchers and others are urged to submit original contributions related to the fields of safety, health and environment that can be displayed in an educational poster format.

The purpose of the Safety 2016 Interactive Research Poster Session is to provide a means of stimulating interest in safety, health and environmental research, as well as communicating other useful OSH information to the profession to include best practices, new program initiatives, etc. In addition to the Interactive Research Poster Session, participants have the opportunity to submit a video presentation of their research, findings, etc. These videos provide the conference attendee an opportunity to hear about new programs and initiatives from your research findings.

Submit your proposal and have your research showcased at Safety 2016 to thousands of safety professionals from around the world!