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OSHA Regions Get Policy Background Memo on Temp Workers

OSHA has issued a memorandum on its Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative to its regional administrators. From Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs, the memo was posted July 21 on the OSHA web site.  Temporary workers has been a key initiative of OSHA this year, as the Agency’s web page on the issue indicates.
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ASSE Gov’t Affairs Committee 2014 Capitol Hill Visits

ASSE’s Government Affairs Committee met May 5-7 in Washington, DC, for the Committee’s annual Capitol Hill Visits, combining a Committee meeting with a day visiting key occupational safety and health agencies in which ASSE is a stakeholder and Congressional committee offices that impact occupational safety and health.
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ASSE and Friends of NIOSH Fight for NIOSH ERC and AgFF Research Programs

ASSE joined with 158 other Friends of NIOSH to urge leaders in both the Senate and House Appropriation Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, and Education to include in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget at least the Fiscal Year 2014 program level of $332.86 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
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ASSE Urges Chapters and Members to Join in June 2-6 National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

ASSE and its Construction Practice Specialty are supporting fully OSHA’s June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  ASSE urged its chapters and members to embrace this opportunity to demonstrate safety and health professionals’ leadership in reducing the leading cause of death in construction.
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JOIN THE EFFORT: ASSE, AIHA and NSC Back OSHA and NIOSH FY 2015 Funding

In letters to US Senate and House of Representatives appropriations subcommittees with funding oversight for OSHA and NIOSH, ASSE joined with AIHA and NSC to back adequate funding for the agencies, including a rejection of the Administration’s repeated proposal to cut funding for NIOSH Education and Research Centers and the NORA Agriculture, Fore

ASSE Testifies at OSHA Silica Public Meeting

At the March 21, 2014 session of OSHA’s informal public meeting for its proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica, Adele Abrams, Esq., represented ASSE with testimony that summarizing ASSE’s full comment for the record of the rulemaking.
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ASSE Urges OSHA to Withdraw Electronic Reporting Proposed Rule

In comments submitted for the record, ASSE urged OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until it develops clearer objectives and a stronger rationale for requiring establishments with 250 or more employees to submit quarterly electronically their injury and illness records and summary data annu

Fix Rulemaking Process, Begin with PELs, ASSE Tells House Subcommittee

In a letter to Subcommitee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg for the record of its February 4 hearing on OSHA policies and the rulemaking process, ASSE urged the adoption of specific measures to improve the rulemaking process.
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ASSE Comments on OSHA Silica Proposed Rule

In comments submitted for the record, ASSE generally supported OSHA’s proposed rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica.
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Electronic Reporting of Injury and Illness Data Proposed by OSHA

In a November 7 teleconference for news media and leading stakeholders, OSHA announced a proposed rule to amend its recordkeeping standards to require employers to submit electronically the injury and illness data OSHA already requires them to keep.  The proposal was published the next day.
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ASSE Calls for Quick End to Government Shutdown

ASSE President Kathy Seabrook called for an end to the government shutdown, saying that federal agencies like OSHA, NIOSH, MSHA, CSB and the EPA were “established by Congress in response to calls by the American people for help in protecting them from workplace-related risks.
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ASSE Comments on NIOSH Strategic Goals for Traumatic Injury Research

ASSE provided comments in response to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) proposed Strategic Goals for its Traumatic Injury Research and Prevention Program.
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ASSE Responds to OSHA Announcement of Silica Proposed Rule

UPDATE:  On September 12, OSHA published the proposed rule in the Federal Register. OSHA has announced publication of the long-awaited proposed rule to set a standard aimed at addressing workplace risks posed by silica.
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ASSE President Kathy Seabrook Congratulates New Labor Secretary on Confirmation

New Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has been appointed and is on the job.  You can find out more about Secretary Perez from the Department of Labor website at http://www.dol.gov/_sec/.
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ASSE Supports Executive Order on Chem Facility Safety

On August 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order intended to bring OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies together to address various issues related to the safety and security of chemical facilities.  The order can be found at http://www.whitehouse.
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ASSE Comments on CSB Call to Update OSHA Chem Standards, Most Wanted Standard Vote

On July 25, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) held a meeting to reiterate its concern over several recommendations to OSHA the Board has made over the years to encourage OSHA to amend and adopt certain standards related to chemical safety but have not been addressed.
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ASSE Backs CSB FY 14 Budget Request, Asks Help in Setting Investigation Priorities Among Fed Agencies

In a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, ASSE stated its support for the Administration’s proposal to fund the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).  The Administration proposed funding CSB at $11.484 milion, an 8.
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Highlights of ASSE GAC Annual Hill Visits in DC

ASSE’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) conducted its annual Capitol Hill visits and meeting in Washington, DC, May 4-7 in conjunction with ASSE NAOSH Week activities hosted by OSHA at the Department of Labor.   The GAC meets twice a year, in the spring in DC and in the fall in Des Plaines, typically.
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ASSE Urges Obama to Advance I2P2 Rule as Fitting Response to West Explosion and 13 Deaths Daily in US Workplaces

In a May 16 letter, ASSE urged President Obama to direct his Administration to move forward OSHA rulemaking on an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard as an appropriate response to the April 19 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that took 15 lives as well as the nearly 13 lives lost each day in US workplaces.
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ASSE Joins 221 Stakeholders in Fight for NIOSH ERCs and Ag, Farm and Fishing Research Program

For the third year, the Obama Administration has proposed eliminating funding for the National Insitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AgFF) research program.
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ASSE and AIHA Call for Study to Move NIOSH

Citing concerns over the agency’s lack of appropriate resources with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ASSE and AIHA in a letter to Senator Tom Harken, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, to request a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on whether National Institute for Occupational Safe

Updating Consensus Standards is Focus of ASSE’s Comment on OSHA SIP IV Request for Info

ASSE provided comments for the record of OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project – Phase IV Request for Information based significantly on its role as Secretariat to the ANSI-accredited A10 Committee for Construction and Demolition Operations and the ANSI/ASSE Z9 Committee for Health and Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems.
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ASSE Comments on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Solis

Secretary Solis’ comments on her resignation can be found at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20130053.htm From a January 11, 2013, ASSE press release – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, responds to the recent resignation of U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L.
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ASSE Backs Ron Sokol as ACCSH Public Member

ASSE has nominated Ron Sokol, CSP, to serve as a public member on OSHA’s Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).  Ron is the organizational leader for the Safety Council of Texas City, Texas, which works with employers and contractors to train construction workers in the petrochemical industry.
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Fed OSHA Seeking Response from AZ DOSH in Residential Fall Protection Complaint

In response to ASSE’s effort on behalf of its Arizona members to see that the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health enforce federal OSHA’s residential fall protection standard,  ASSE received a letter from OSHA’s Phoenix Area Office outlining OSHA’s Complaint About State Program Administration (CASPA) inve

ASSE Issues Call for Help for Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up Workers in Need of PPE

ASSE has been working with its local members in the New York and New Jersey areas to get help to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
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ASSE Joins with NSC and AIHA to Back OSHA and NIOSH Budgets

In an effort to help make sure the purpose and value of OSHA and NIOSH is not lost in the fervent and highly political debate on the federal budget now underway in Washington, DC,  ASSE joined with the National Safety Council (NSC) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to raise a united voice in support of the budgets for those ag

ASSE Asks Members to Urge Employers and Other Organizations to Join 85-3 Campaign

ASSE is asking its members to reach out to employers and other organizations to join the Society as members of the 85-3 Campaign.  As the invitation from the campaign indicates, the 85-3 Campaign recognizes organizations and employers that, as part of their hearing protection strategy for workers, have adopted the 85 dBA noise protection level.
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ASSE Joins 85-3 Campaign

ASSE has joined the 85-3 Campaign, which recognizes organizations and employers that, as part of their hearing protection strategy for workers, have adopted the 85 dBA noise protection level.
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ASSE Comments for 5-Agency Expert Form on Risk-Based Reg Approaches in Oil and Gas

On September 20-21, OSHA, BSEE, EPA, PHMSA and the Coast Guard came together with stakeholders in the oil and gas industry in Texas City, Texas, to discuss regulatory issues facing the industry at the “Expert Forum on the Use of Performance-Based Regulatory Models in the US Oil and Gas Industry, Offshore and Onshore.
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Understanding the Increased Focus on Enforcement by Federal OSHA

Recognizing ASSE members’ responsibility for managing interactions with OSHA for their employers, the Government Affairs Committee thought it important that members understand as much as possible about the variety of administrative actions OSHA is taking to focus the agency’s enforcement efforts.
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ASSE Commends OSHA for VPP Review

In a letter to Assistant Secretary David Michaels, ASSE commended OSHA for its report, Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Review. ASSE said the report was thoughtful, frank and helpful and that the report validated the value of VPP.
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ASSE President Pollock Congratulates CSB Board Member John Bresland on His Retirement

On behalf of ASSE’s members, President Rick Pollock congratulated John Bresland on his retirement from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).   His letter thanked Bresland for his leadership in helping CSB achieve deserved levels of respect and support.
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ASSE Nominates Jim Thornton for Reappointment to Chair MACOSH

ASSE nominated James Thornton, CSP, CIH, for reappointment as Chair of OSHA’s Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health(MACOSH) in a letter to Assistant Secretary for OSHA David Michaels.
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ASSE Nominates Rixio Medina to Continue to Serve on NACOSH

In a letter to Assistant Secretary David Michaels, ASSE nominated Rixio E. Medina, CSP, CPP, to continue to serve as a member of OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).
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ASSE Urges Adoption of FACOSH Recommendations to Upgrade Fed Safety and Health Jobs

In a letter to U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, ASSE urged adoption of recommendations made by OSHA’s Federal Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) to upgrade federal safety and health positions.
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All of OSHA Should be VPP, ASSE Tells House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

On June 27, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ”Promoting Safe Workplaces Through Voluntary Protection Programs.
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At Arizona Members’ Request, ASSE Urges OSHA to Ensure ADOSH “At Least As Effective” in Fall Protection

In a letter to Assistant Secretary David Michaels, ASSE urged OSHA to ensure that the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) meets its obligation as a state plan to be “at least as effective as” federal OSHA and enforce fall protection for residential construction workers at 6 feet.
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Industry Groups Challenge OSHA’s HazCom/GHS Rule

OSHA’s HazCom/GHS final rule has been challenged in the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, by the American Petroleum Institute, the American Tort Reform Association, CropLife America and a coalition of five other industry groups, including American Chemistry Council (ACC).
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Norris and Howard Renew ASSE-NIOSH Partnership

On May 7, ASSE President Terrie Norris and NIOSH Director John Howard signed a partnership agreement between ASSE and NIOSH.
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ASSE Opposes Effort to Undercut Development of Independent Consensus Standards

In a comment to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), ASSE strongly opposed possible rulemaking to amend OFR’s regulations defining “reasonably available” or change current requirements related to materials incorporated by reference (IBR) in regulations published in the Federal Register, as sought in a petition to OFR.
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ASSE Joins in Opposing NIOSH AgFF and ERC Funding Cuts in Administration’s FY13 Budget

ASSE has joined with 127 other NIOSH stakeholders to voice opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposed elimination of funding for Education and Resource Centers and the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AgFF) research program in letters to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Educat

Norris and Michaels Renew ASSE-OSHA Alliance

On March 16, ASSE President Terrie Norris and Assistant Secretary David Michaels signed a renewed Alliance agreement between ASSE and OSHA.  The overall goal of the two-year Alliance is to promote best practices for reducing and preventing worker exposures to health and physical hazards.
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Nano SNURs Can’t Overlook Engineering Controls, ASSE Tells EPA

ASSE submitted a comment on an EPA proposed rule to set significant new use rules (SNURs) for chemical substances, 7 of which included carbon nanotubes.
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ASSE States Support for OSHA Rescission of Residential Fall Protection Exemption

In light of the criticism and complaints that have followed the OSHA’s directive rescinding the Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, ASSE in a letter to Assistant Secretary David Michaels stated its support for the change in policy as a needed step forward in protecting workers.
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Consider Lower Noise PEL Instead of New Econ Feasibility Interpretation, ASSE Tells OSHA

Adding to previous comments opposing OSHA’s Interpretation of Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise, ASSE suggested in a letter to Assistant Secretary David Michaels that a more valuable measure to reduce noise exposures would be lowering OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) for noise from

ASSE Nominates Gary Lopez to ACCSH

ASSE nominated Gary Lopez to OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).  Gary is a widely respected Professional Member of ASSE with strong experience in managing workplace safety and health risks in the construction industry.
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ASSE Commends NIOSH for National Assessment of OSH Workforce Report

In a letter to Director John Howard, ASSE commended NIOSH for the publication of its National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce report (http://www.cdc.
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ASSE Urges OIRA to Let OSHA Silica Rulemaking Move Forward So All Stakeholders Can Be Heard

In a letter to Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the White House, ASSE urged his office to do everything possible to advance OSHA rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica so that ASSE’s members can play a meaningful part in see

ASSE Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Reporting Requirement Changes

In a comment for the record, ASSE said it could not support proposed changes to OSHA’s reporting rules from the current requirement that employers report within 8 hours fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of 3 or more employees to 1 or more employees and to add the requirements that amputations be reported within 24 hour

I2P2: The California Experience

In the current discussion over OSHA’s efforts to advance rulemaking on an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard, NIOSH Director and former Cal OSHA Chief John Howard has given presentations on California’s experience with an I2P2 standard.  On July 15, Dr.
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ASSE Backs MSHA FY 2012 Budget Request

ASSE expressed support for MSHA’s $384.3 FY 2012 budget request in a letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders.  ”We believe that safety in mines will be enhanced not by ‘less MSHA’ but by ‘a better MSHA,’” the letter stated.
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Secretary Solis Congratulates ASSE on 100th Anniversary

In a video played first at the opening session of Safety 2011 in Chicago, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis congratulated ASSE on its 100th Anniversary, noting OSHA’s 40th Anniversary, ASSE’s alliance and the shared goal of the Department of Labor, OSHA and ASSE in helping make sure all jobs are safe jobs.
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In 100th Year of Safety, ASSE Offers OSH Reform Legislative Proposal

In the 100th year of ASSE and modern occupational safety, ASSE offered leaders of the key U.S. Senate and House of Representative committees responsible for workplace safety and health oversight draft legislation to address needed reforms in federal law to help improve U.S. workplace safety and health.
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North Carolina ASSE Members Urge Senator Hagan to Back VPP Bill

A letter on behalf of ASSE’s members in North Carolina urges Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) to join in sponsoring  the Voluntary Protection Program Act (S. 807), a bill to place OSHA’s Voluntary Protectiion Program into the Occupational Safety and Health Act, ensuring that OSHA will continue the program.
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ASSE Supports FY 2012 Budget Request for OSHA

In a letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders, ASSE stated its support for the Administration’s FY 2012 budget request for OSHA.  If adopted, the $583.4 million request would give the agency a 4.3 percent increase over OSHA’s FY 2010 budget.
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Bipartisan Effort to Codify VPP Backed by ASSE

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and House to place  OSHA’s Voluntary Protectiion Program (VPP) into law and ensure the program’s future has received ASSE’s support.
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ASSE Government Affairs Committee’s Annual Capitol Hill Visits

ASSE’s Government Affairs Committee met in Washington DC May 1-3 in conjunction with NAOSH Week for a meeting and to conduct its annual Capitol Hill Visits.  Below is a schedule of visits they made and the issues discussed.
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OSHA Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Video and Photo Contest

In the same year ASSE is celebrating its centennial year, OSHA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
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CSB Budget Request Gets ASSE Support

ASSE stated its support for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) FY 2012 budget request of $12.8 million in letters to Senate and House leaders of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.
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ASSE Supports Member Jones for CSB

In a letter to the White House, ASSE stated its support for Jerry L. Jones, a member, to be nominated to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
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ASSE Comments on MSHA PoV Proposed Rule

ASSE submitted comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Proposed Rule Pattern of Violation (PoV) intended to strengthen MSHA’s ability to find that a mine has a recurring pattern of violations requiring heightened oversight by MSHA.
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Federal OSH Agencies Fare Well in New CR – EPA Slashed

In the latest Continuing Resolution for the remainder of FY 2011, the April 11 deal that is now up for a vote in Congress nearly $40 billion is cut from the federal budget through September.  EPA is cut 16%, one of the biggest percentage cuts in the whole bill, $1.6 billion less than FY 2010.
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ASSE and 110 Other Stakeholders Join to Oppose FY ’12 NIOSH Budget Cuts

In a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, 111 Friends of NIOSH  joined together to voice opposition to proposed cuts to NIOSH’s Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing program and its support for Educational Resource Centers (ERCs) contained in the Obama Administration’s FY 2012 budget proposal.
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Join in Opposing Proposed FY 2012 Cuts to NIOSH Ag, Forestry and Fishing Program and ERCs

Please join ASSE in opposing the Obama Administration’s proposed FY 2012 budget elimination of two significant NIOSH activities - the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program and Educational Research Centers (ERCs).
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ASSE Opposes Administration’s Proposed FY ’12 Cuts to NIOSH Ag, Forestry & Fishing and ERCs

ASSE voiced opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposed FY 2012 budget cuts to two significant NIOSH activities - the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program and Educational Research Centers (ERCs).
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ASSE Opposes U.S. House Cuts to OSHA in FY 2011 Budget Battle

In a letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related  Agencies, ASSE states its opposition to significant cutbacks to OSHA funding proposed in the House of Representatives’ HR 1 as a Continuing Resolution for the remainder of the federal govern

ASSE Comments on OSHA’s Interpretation of Hearing Protection Economic Feasibility

In submitting a comment on OSHA’s withdrawn Interpretation of Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise, ASSE said OSHA was correct in attempting to ensure that employers are appropriately recognizing the hierarchy of controls in minimizing noise risks.
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2011 Fed OSH Agency Appropriations Battle Details

Dominating the occupational safety and health debate in Washington, DC, in 2011 will be Congressional appropriations for OSHA, NIOSH, CSB and MSHA. Below are the current proposals. On the left are provisions contained in a bill passed by the House on February 19 that would continue funding for FY 2011.
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ASSE and AIHA Call for Study to Find Best Place for NIOSH

In a joint letter to Rep. John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ASSE and AIHA joined together to call for a GAO study to determine the best location for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the federal government.
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Secretary Solis February 14 Web Chat on Labor Budget

Secretary of labor to host live Web chat on department’s fiscal year 2012 budget request Feb. 14  WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and assistant secretaries from U.S. Department of Labor agencies will host a live Web chat to discuss the department’s fiscal year 2012 budget request on Monday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. EST.
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ASSE Shares View of OSHA I2P2 Rulemaking with House Oversight Committee

In a letter to Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, ASSE expressed its support for OSHA’s injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard rulemaking but shared its December 2010 letter to Assistant Secretary for OSHA David Michaels stating the principles ASSE will use in hel

ASSE Sets Principles for OSHA I2P2 Rulemaking

In a letter to OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels, ASSE applauded him for beginning the task of promulgating an injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) standard, which ASSE has long wanted OSHA to pursue. Set out in the letter are 10 principles to help guide ASSE’s engagement in I2P2 rulemaking.
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ASSE Comments on Latest Mine Reform Bill

ASSE provided comments to House Education and Labor Committee Chair George Miller on the latest version of his Mine Act reform legislation in the US House of Representatives, the Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 (HR 6495).  A House vote is expected in the lame duck session.
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ASSE Opposes OSHA Proposed Changes in Consultation Program

Citing its past work with OSHA and OSHA’s efforts to address recognized difficulties in getting small businesses to commit to workplace safety and health, ASSE opposed proposed changes to its consultation program making it easier for OSHA to inspect small employers engaged in consultation but make small employers even more fearful to use

ASSE Supports NIOSH in WTC Responder Health Care Bill

Legislation (HR 847) to fund health care for 9/11 World Trade Center responders failed in the House of Representatives in July while the Senate has taken no action on a companion bill (SB 1344).
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