The number of students pursuing degrees in occupational safety, health and environmental management has dropped significantly over the past two years, a worrisome trend that the American Society of Safety Engineers wants to turn around.

ASSE's Board of Directors recently approved the formation of an Educators Practice Specialty focusing on the needs and objectives of safety, health and environmental educators.

"We need to do more to safeguard the future of the safety profession," said ASSE's Vice President of the Council on Practices Kathy Seabrook.

The Educators Practice Specialty will survey college and university academicians this fall seeking input and suggestions on what can be done to interest students in the safety profession.

"One of our hopes is that the Educators Practice Specialty will provide the insights needed to ensure that government agencies are aware of the current crisis we are facing in this profession," ASSE President Eddie Greer said.