American Society of Safety Engineers Comment on Georgia Legislation
Des Plaines, IL (March 1, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urged Georgia legislators to reject Senate Bill 43 and House Bill 143 stating that this legislation would undercut the right of an employer to determine how to best run a business.
“Many of our members work for companies that have made significant investments in complex safety systems that guard against explosions and reactions involving dangerous chemicals, gases and petroleum products,” ASSE President Donald S. Jones Sr., P.E., CSP, noted in a letter sent to Georgia legislators. “A bullet fired in such a workplace, however unintentional, could be a source of ignition that results in hazards not only to workers in a facility but to the community at large.”
Jones notes that in an effort to guard against these risks and to comply with legal responsibilities under federal and common law, companies establish safety rules they determine are needed to protect workers, their own property and the communities around their facilities.
“If this legislation is enacted individual employers in Georgia will lose the right to determine what safety measures are necessary to protect their workers. Georgia workplaces will also become less safe,” Jones stated.
The bill would amend the Official Code of Georgia related to carrying and possession of firearms in locked motor vehicles. It would prohibit private and public employers from establishing, maintaining or enforcing any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting an employee from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked motor vehicle in any parking lot, garage, or other employee parking area.
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It’s more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues. For a full copy of the letter and for more information please go to www.asse.org.