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ASSE Opposes Federal Rulemaking To Undercut Development of Voluntary Consensus Safety and Health Standards

Posted in on Fri, Jun 15, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (June 15, 2012) – Citing the negative impact it could have on occupational safety and health, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) said it strongly opposes action by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) that could harm the future development of timely and effective voluntary national consensus safety and health standards.

At issue is whether and how voluntary consensus standards should be made available when cited in a federal regulation. ASSE remains concerned the proposal overlooks the value consensus standards play in protecting workers, ignores the positive conversation among key stakeholders that is already changing how voluntary consensus standards are being made available, and, ultimately, threatens the ability of standards development organizations (SDO) like ASSE from hosting the development of such standards.

ASSE is the oldest professional safety society representing thousands of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals located globally. It is an SDO and is Secretariat for nine American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees responsible for more than 100 occupational safety and health standards including those for motor vehicle operations, fall protection, risk management, construction and demolition, confined spaces and much more. These standards help employers and employees address hazards and implement best practices.

“Through the well-established ANSI consensus standard development process, our members, other safety and health professionals, industry, trade groups and other stakeholders are able to come together to develop standards that can readily incorporate the latest knowledge about how to protect workers,” ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM wrote. “These standards are able to reflect current knowledge far beyond OSHA’s ability to do so.”

For a full copy of ASSE’s comments please go to or to ASSE standards information can be found at

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education.


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