March 2, 2000

The Honorable Constance A. Morella, Chairwoman
C/O Mr. Christopher DeLacey, Counsel
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science
House Subcommittee on Technology
2319 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-6307

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND ADVANCEMENT ACT (NTTAA)

Dear Madam Chairwoman:

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to call upon you, and request that this letter and attached materials be entered into the official record of the March 15, 2000, hearing you are holding on The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA). Since you have received previous correspondence from the Society, we will omit the introduction, and enclose the ASSE Fact Sheet as an attachment, (Attachment #1).

We commend you for your leadership and the fine work of your staff in the area of voluntary national consensus standards. From the ASSE perspective, continued outreach by the House Subcommittee on Technology can only help decrease the number of injuries, illness, and fatalities in the United States - which is a truly noble cause. It is also important to point out that ASSE has been able to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with your subcommittee through the excellent work of Benjamin Wu. Mr. Wu has discussed standards development issues with our members each spring when the ASSE Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) travels to Washington, DC to point out safety and health issues of importance in the United States.

We believe the timing of the hearing is excellent for it will help shed light as to how the private sector can further assist federal agencies in recognizing accredited and credible standards development organizations. To this end, we are enclosing the two (2) following documents for inclusion in the hearing record. The first is titled: ASSE Position Statement on the Role of Consensus Standards and Governmental Regulations in Occupational Safety and Health. The second document is the 9/22/99 testimony delivered by Thomas F. Bresnahan, CSP, ASSE Deputy Executive Director, to the OSHA National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) titled: Use of Voluntary National Consensus Standards to Improve the Regulatory Process. The testimony is an excellent example of how safety professionals see NTTAA being implemented in today's workplace.

Representatives of the Society, ASSE Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), will be visiting Washington, DC on April 4, 2000, and we hope to be able to meet with you and your staff in order to again discuss these issues. Once more we commend you for your proactive approach to the recognition and use of voluntary national consensus standards, perhaps one of government's most untapped resources.

We thank you for your attention to this matter, and if we can be of assistance, please feel free to contact the Society.

Sincerely yours,

Frank H. Perry, CSP, PE
Society President, 1999-2000

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