May 18, 1999

U.S. Department of Labor, #S2315
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Attn: Mr. Charles Jeffress, Assistant Secretary of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20210


Assistant Secretary Jeffress:

On July 30, 1997, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) nominated several Society members for appointment to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). We are writing to apprise you of our ongoing commitment to see that that ASSE members are appointed to ACCSH.

As you are aware from previous correspondence to OSHA, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) with its almost 33,000 members has been committed to the protection of people, property, and the environment since 1911. Part of this commitment includes providing Society input to our national leaders. The Society believes that national agencies such as OSHA maintain a necessary national focus on occupational safety and health. Accordingly, the national committee representatives who advise OSHA will play a key role in the maintenance of this focus.

The purpose of this letter is reaffirm our support of Kimlee Lindgren and Stewart Burkhammer. Kimlee is a safety professional of the highest regard and would do an excellent job on ACCSH. Mr. Burkhammer is currently holding the position of Acting Chairman of ACCSH, and his performance speaks for itself. Stewart is one of the most widely respected safety professionals in the construction industry today. In addition, we have also learned that the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have nominated an ASSE member, Michael Hayslip, to serve as well. Michael Hayslip is also highly regarded in the construction industry, and he also warrants serious consideration for an appointment.

Our nominations are ASSE members who have the professional experience, ability, and integrity to represent the interests of the public and the safety profession itself. Each of these candidates possess the talent and commitment to effectively/efficiently manage REINVENTION at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You already have Kimlee's and Stewart's resumes/history, however, we have also enclosed Michael Hayslip's resume for your review as well. We also point out that the nomination of Kimlee was supported in the past by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and Michael is supported by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). As you are already aware, Stewart is supported by a wide range of companies, organizations, and such widespread professional and industry support is a clear indicator of the value these ASSE members could bring to ACCSH.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If we may be of further assistance in facilitating a meeting, or providing additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Society.

Sincerely Yours,

Fred F. Fleming, CSP, OHST
Society President, 1998-1999

Copy To:       B. Swanson, OSHA Construction Directorate
                        ASSE Board of Directors
                        ASSE Council on Professional Affairs
                        ASSE Governmental Affairs Committee
                        C. Heinlein, AGC



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