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ASSE President Patton to Share Member Views at ‘OSHA Listens’ Meeting in D.C.

Posted in on Thu, Feb 4, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (February 4, 2010) — American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, will testify at an “OSHA Listens” meeting Wednesday, February 10, at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) auditorium in Washington, D.C., on ASSE members’ concerns on key issues facing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). ASSE represents more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members.

The “OSHA Listens” meeting organized by OSHA aims to hear from key stakeholders invited to share their thoughts on issues facing OSHA. To prepare for its presentation, ASSE government affairs sent out a call to members for their input on what to include in Patton’s statement. ASSE received a strong response from members which will be reflected in Patton’s comments during his testimony. OSHA invited public input on several questions including:
A) What can the agency do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards?
B) What are the most important emerging or unaddressed health and safety issues in the workplace, and what can OSHA do to address these?
C) How can the agency improve its efforts to engage stakeholders in programs and initiatives?
D) Are there additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s current compliance assistance efforts and the onsite consultation program to ensure small businesses have the information needed to provide safe workplaces?
E) What specific actions can the agency take to enhance the voice of workers in the workplace, particularly workers who are hard to reach, who do not have ready access to information about hazards or their rights, or who are afraid to exercise their rights?

The “OSHA Listens” meeting will be held from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. at the Frances Perkins Building Auditorium, DOL, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Each presenter has five minutes for their prepared remarks, followed by a short question and answer session. Patton is slated to speak at 11:30 a.m. ASSE will also submit a longer written statement to be included in the record of the meeting. To hear the presentations one can go to http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/live/ for access to the live webcast.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.



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