ASSE Responds to the Death of Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Dear
DES PLAINES, IL (March 3, 2014) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Kathy Seabrook responds to the passing of Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
“ASSE and its members are saddened by the death of Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. We remember Assistant Secretary Dear as a creative, dedicated leader who worked hard to advance better protections for workers and to modernize OSHA. He was instrumental in beginning an effort to partner with stakeholders like ASSE, supported the professional involvement of OSHA employees in professional groups like ASSE, and always valued the views of the safety, health and environmental profession. Few are called to provide the highest level of leadership in the occupational safety and health community and even fewer accept that difficult challenge. We all benefited from his life-long dedication to public service and, so, are all lessened by his loss.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 36,000 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.