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April 6, 2004

The Honorable James M. Inhofe
Committee on Environment and Public Works
U.S. Senate
SD-410 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6175

Dear Chairman Inhofe:

As the Committee on Environment and Public Works considers the appointment of Gary Visscher to the U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) would like to share its view that Mr. Visscher is an individual whose career has been committed to advancing occupational safety and health. He has also supported the commitment of ASSE and its member safety, health and environmental (SHE) professionals to helping ensure that every American goes home from work each day safe and healthy.

Though not an SHE professional, Mr. Visscher has succeeded in providing leadership in managing occupational safety and health issues as they have arisen in Congress and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Over the years, Mr. Visscher's abilities have been a valuable asset in advancing occupational safety and health in the United States and in supporting the SHE profession. Mr. Visscher's capabilities could likewise be an asset in advancing the vitally important mission of CSB to help protect Americans from chemical hazards.

Thank you for this opportunity to share ASSE's views of Mr. Visscher. ASSE trusts that you and the Committee will make the best possible decisions in making this appointment.


James "Skipper" Kendrick, CSP

cc: The Honorable James M. Jeffords
Ranking Minority Member


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