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Results: 15 Record(s) Found.
06/03/2014 2:26 PM

Veto Bill Stripping Safety Consultants of Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Immunity, ASSE Tells Illinois Governor

A letter from ASSE President Kathy Seabrook on behalf of ASSE’s Illinois members urged Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to veto legislation (SB 3287 ) that would strip from independent safety consultants current immunity from lawsuits under the state’s workers’ compensation law. ASSE and its Illinois members also opposed the legislation before votes in the Illinois Senate and Assembly. The bill went to the Governor’s desk for signature on June 3.

 
05/16/2014 8:53 PM

ASSE Backs Effort to Save Independent Safety Consultant Lawsuit Immunity under Illinois Workers' Comp Law

On behalf of its member independent safety consultants in Illinois, ASSE has opposed a bill ( SB 3287 ) in both the Illinois Senate and House that aims to strip unfairly their current immunity from lawsuits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act but continue to protect insurers and companies who provide the same safety services. ASSE opposed the bill because it would unfairly limit independent business person’s ability to make a living, make it much more difficult for many Illinois compani​

 
02/24/2014 9:31 PM

Maryland Bills to Require Contractor Safety Prequalification Backed by ASSE

ASSE, on behalf of its members in Maryland, supported bills in the Senate and House of Delegates to require the Maryland Department of Labor to develop and adopt a safety questionnaire and a safety rating system for use by the state's public sector employers determine if bidders on public sector construction projects are committed to workplace safety and health. "The importance of prequalification of contractors and subcontractors in managing the safety and health of workers on construction sites is widely understood by ASSE’s members and is an assumed best practice among the best construction employers," ASSE President Kathy Seabrook said. Letters expressing support went to sponsors Senator Karen Montgomery and Delegate Brian McHale . Chairs of the Senate Finance Committee and House Economic Matters Committee were urged to adopt the legislation in their committees.

 
05/31/2013 9:04 PM

Florida Governor Scott Signs ASSE-Backed Texting Ban Into Law

On May 28, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill to ban texting while driving actively supported supported by ASSE and its members in Florida . ASSE joined in a state-wide, bipartisan effort to pass the bill that was led by the FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION, as the press release announcing Governor Scott's action indicates. The new law now bans anyone from typing on a device while operating a moving vehicle, though texting while stopped at a red light would still be considered acceptab​

 
04/04/2013 7:56 PM

Contractor Prequalification Bill Backed by ASSE in Maryland

ASSE and its members in Maryland expressed support for a bill (HB 1486) that would require the Maryland Department of Labor to develop and adopt a safety questionnaire and a safety rating system for the state’s public sector employers to use to help ensure that bidders for public sector construction projects can demonstrate a commitment to worker safety and health. ASSE's letter to Delegate Brian K. McHale (D-Baltimore City) stressed the importance of contractor prequalification in managing the safety and health of workers on construction sites among ASSE's members and the best construction employers. Contractor prequalification is also an integral element in the ANSI/ASSE A10.33 Safety Requirements for Construction & Demoltion , ASSE said.

 
04/03/2013 10:22 PM

Arizona Texting Ban Sponsor Speaks Eloquently in Defeat

Facing certain defeat on the Arizona Senate floor, Senator Steve Farley still spoke with eloquence and calm determination in support of an amendment that would move forward his bill ( SB1218 ) to ban texting in the state. Senator Farley's defense of the effort and the debate against it was captured YouTube . ASSE's members in Arizona fully supported Senator Farley and his bill.

 
04/03/2013 9:31 PM

ASSE Florida Members Back Legislative Effort to Ban Texting

Inspired by fellow ASSE members' effort to ban texting in Arizona , Florida’s ASSE members have joined in an effort to pass legislation that would ban texting in their state. Letters to Senator Detert (R-Venice) and Representative Holder (R-Sarasota) back their legislation, SB 52/HB 13 , which is seen as having a good chance of passing into law this year. ASSE also has joined the FL DNT TXT+DRIVE Coalition in support of the effort. HB 13 won the support of the House Economic Affairs Committee on April 3. ASSE’s policy calls for much more comprehensive approaches to combat distracted driving. In states like Arizona and Florida where no distracted driving laws exist, though, banning texting is a first realistic step towards a more comprehensive goal.

 
01/30/2013 10:57 PM

Arizona ASSE Members Back Texting Ban Bill

On behalf of its nearly 600 Arizona members, ASSE voiced support for a bill ( SB 1218 ) by Senator Steve Farley to prohibit text messaging while operating a motor vehicle in Arizona. While ASSE's own policy position calls for a total ban on the use of electronic devices while driving, ASSE saw that SB 1218 could serve as a significant first step for Arizona in addressing the deadly and, to the economy of Arizona, expensive risk of distracted driving on the state’s highways. Based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation data, estimates can be made that 181 deaths and 10,901 injuries in Arizona could be linked to this risk in 2011. Likewise, the economic loss to the state from cell phone use on thet state's highways can be estimated at $638 million in 2011.

 
01/18/2013 4:37 PM

ASSE Asks for Public Hearing in Illinois Asbestos Abatement Rulemaking

Concerned with the lack of outreach to safety and health professionals and the quick action taken to adopt amended rules, ASSE filed a comment asking that the Illinois Department of Public Health hold a hearing on the changes to its rules governing Asbestos Abatement for Public and Private School and Commercial and Public Buildings .

 
01/18/2012 10:44 PM

ASSE Signals Opposition to Reported California Effort to Corner PEL Work for CIHs

On behalf of its nearly 3,000 members in California, ASSE sent a letter to the sponsor of state legislation that has been reported will be used by the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC) to ensure that only CIHs would be able to supervise or direct the monitoring of control methods for PELs in California workplaces. Since CIHs are not uniquely qualified to do such work, ASSE said it would oppose the CIHC's effort. ASSE's members have earned CSPs, CIHs, CHMMs and a wide variety of professional designations. As a result, ASSE is committed to ensuring that any one occupational safety and health designation is not inappropriately given an unfair competitive advantage through legislation or regulations.

 
 
Results: 15 Record(s) Found.

 
 

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