ASSE’s Granite State Chapter Signs Two-Year Alliance with Key Safety and Health Officials
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Granite State Chapter recently signed a two-year Alliance with key safety and health officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and the OSHA Training Institute. Granite State Chapter President Chuck Badeau and the Granite State Chapter leadership team were instrumental in securing this Alliance for the benefit of occupational safety and health advancements and education in the New England area.
The Alliance program was formed because of the value of establishing collaborative relationships with other safety professionals for the benefit of the American workplace. Overall, Alliance goals include providing members and the public with valuable information and guidance, as well as access to training resources to help protect employee safety and health. Alliance members agree to work together for the benefit of occupational safety and health and to provide a comprehensive set of tools and opportunities to ensure minimum risk of injuries or illnesses in the workplace. There are several major components to the Alliance agreement, including training and education, outreach and communication, as well as raising awareness about OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives.
For training and education, Alliance members will work to develop effective training and educational programs for employers, as well as employees to help reduce workplace hazards. Monthly roundtable meetings and opportunities to learn about workers’ rights and OSHA compliance are also priorities. When it comes to outreach and communication, Alliance participants will speak at OSHA and industry conferences and will help provide forums where eliminating workplace hazards can be openly discussed and assessed by field experts. Sharing information about occupational safety and health with other industry experts and OSHA employees, as well as working with other Alliance members to achieve goals will be key. Finally, the Alliance members will participate in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings to discuss OSHA policies and provide valuable information about OSHA rule-making policies and procedures. Further, the Alliance members will help other professionals find solutions to their occupational safety and health challenges. Overall, the work of the Alliance will provide valuable resources for its local occupational safety and health professionals.
The Granite State Chapter was formed in 2001 when the Granite State Section split from the Greater Boston Chapter of ASSE. The Granite State Chapter sponsors the Keene State College Student Section and works to raise awareness about occupational safety and health. For more information about the Granite State Chapter and upcoming activities, please visit http://granitestate.asse.org/about.php.
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 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.