August 9, 2000

DOL/OSHA, Room #S-2315
Attn: Mr. Charles Jeffress
Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20210


Dear Assistant Secretary Jeffress:

As President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for 2000-2001, it is my honor to speak on behalf of the Society. The membership of ASSE appreciates the consideration and attention you have given to our views on safety and regulatory issues in the past. Through additional synergy between OSHA and ASSE, the safety and health of workers can be significantly improved.

There is a strong need for OSHA to interact with a wider range of stakeholders to support safety and health programs based on good science, sound technology, and recognized professional practices. We applaud OSHA's initiative in developing a joint website with the European Union. Increasing and diversifying levels of service for a wider range of stakeholders will go a long way in showing the American public that the Agency is committed to enhancing occupational safety and health overall, and not just writing citations. This new website is an excellent step in supporting safety professionals and their ability to obtain cutting edge safety and health information on an international basis. It is this type of initiative that enhances occupational safety and health professional practices, and will be of significant assistance in fostering international commerce. For instance, ASSE receives hundreds of calls each year requesting the type of international safety and health information now being posted. This is an excellent example of OSHA launching a program that will have long-term benefits for a wide range of stakeholders.

ASSE commends OSHA for this initiative as it represents sound public policy. We support such activities with the hope it will lead to a more effective and efficient agency, and to this we pledge our support. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society.

Sincerely Yours,

Samuel J. Gualardo, CSP
ASSE President, 2000-2001


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