AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS

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July 29, 2004

The Honorable John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20210

Re: Hispanic Safety and Health Summit

Dear Assistant Secretary Henshaw:

On behalf of its 30,000 member safety, health and environmental (SH+E) professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) congratulates both you and the staff of the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) for the positive leadership demonstrated in holding the first Hispanic Safety and Health Summit on July 22, 2004.

The Summit succeeded in bringing together leaders from all facets of occupational safety and health determined to protect Hispanic workers from safety, health and environmental risks in this nation's workplaces. You have made a significant first step in helping create a network of interest and information that can succeed in reaching across the language and cultural divides that keep Hispanic workers from being fully engaged in safe and healthy workplace strategies.

Furthering the purpose of the ASSE-OSHA Alliance, ASSE's members offer their assistance and expertise in helping OSHA build on the Summit's promise. Through our members' leadership, ASSE has established the Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce

(SPALW)  common interest group. This group is led by Hector Escarcega of Los Angeles, California, who you met briefly at the Summit. Members who join this group are SH+E practitioners who have been in the field developing the tools necessary to help protect Hispanic workers. Their experience and expertise can be a significant resource for OSHA's efforts in reaching out to Hispanic workers.

When an opportunity arises to engage our members through this group, please contact Dave Heidorn, Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, at dheidorn@asse.org or 847/768-3406. Our members look forward to the opportunity of working with OSHA.

Through the Hispanic Safety and Health Summit, OSHA has provided a positive foundation for building a stakeholder interest in Hispanic safety and health issues. ASSE looks forward both to the next summit and the work that can proceed in the meantime.

Sincerely,
Gene Barfield, CSP
President

cc: Kim Lazor
Paula White
Lee Anne Jillings

 

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