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ASSE Government Affairs Committee’s Annual Capitol Hill Visits

Posted in on Mon, May 9, 2011

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.

GAC Members at OSHA

 

[l to r] Bill Propes (TX), Mike Neason (KY), CoPA VP Tom Cecich (NC), Ron Sokol (TX), Chair Jim Thornton (VA), and Ernie Harper (ID)

  Discussion
8:30 – NIOSH

Frank Hearl, Chief of Staff; John Piacentino, MD, Associate Director for Science

  • ASSE support for Ag, Forestry, Fishing NORA program and ERCs in Administration’s proposed FY 12 budget
  • Cooperation on risk assessment, ASSE’s evolving Risk Assessment Task Force under CoPA
  • Cooperation on ASSE’s CoPA effort to ensure recognition of safety in corporate sustainability efforts
  • Appreciation for NIOSH’s commitment to economic studies supporting value of safety
  • ASSE involvement in NIOSH NORA Symposium July 12-13 in Cincinnati (http://www.team-psa.com/NORA2011/callforabstract.asp); NIOSH PtD Prevention through Design (PtD) Workshop August 22-24 in Washington, DC (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ptd/#workshop); and Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work, September 14-15 in Chicago (http://www.aoecdata.org/conferences/healthdisparities/index.html)
  • Update on NIOSH efforts in nanotechnology
9:45 – House Education and the Workforce lead majority (Republican) staff responsible for occupational safety and health issues
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill
  • ASSE support for legislation codifying VPP
  • Prospects of Byrd mine safety reform bill
  • Prospects of OSHA I2P2 standard setting

 

10:30 – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions lead minority (Republican) staff responsible for occupational safety and health issues
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill
  • ASSE support for legislation by Chairman Enzi codifying VPP in the Senate
  • Prospects of Byrd mine safety reform bill
12:30 – House Education and the Workforce lead minority (Democrat) staff responsible for occupational safety and health issues
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill
  • Combustible dust – efforts to address the issue at OSHA and in Congress
  • ASSE support for legislation codifying VPP

 

1:30 – CSB

Board Members Mark Griffon and John Bresland; Daniel Horowitz, Managing Director

  • ASSE support for nomination of member Jerry Jones to CSB Board and possible interest of other members
  • ASSE support for CSB’s FY 12 budget request
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill
  • Overview of CSB investigations, including Deepwater Horizon
  • Linking ASSE chapter member resources with CSB investigators – specifically with Hawaii members in Honolulu fireworks explosion investigation

 

1:30 – Office of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • ASSE support for VPP codification bill cosponsored by Senator Landrieu
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill

 

3:00 – OSHA

Jordan Barab and Rich Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretaries; Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff

  • I2P2 and next steps – SBRFA process to begin in June
  • ASSE draft OSH reform bill
  • Administration FY ’12 budget proposal for OSHA, including increased resources for whistleblower program
  • Combustible dust issue and May 13 expert panel

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