ASSE and the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable the two groups to explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs. The landmark agreement marks the first time ASSE and KOSHA will partner to enhance workplace safety in each region. Other goals include advancing issues and programs beneficial to their respective members and the OSH profession. The agreement builds on ASSE’s relationship with KOSHA as part of the International Network for Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations as well as the International Social Security Association 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,” says 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 ensure safe and healthy workplaces throughout the world.”

KOSHA has also invited ASSE to participate in the upcoming 31st International Congress on Occupational Health, May 31 to June 5, which it will be hosting in Seoul.

View our video of the signing: