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July 29, 2004

Dr. John Howard
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
715 Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Re: Hispanic Safety and Health Summit

Dear Dr. Howard:

On behalf of its 30,000 member safety, health and environmental (SH+E) professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) commends you for your thoughtful participation in the first Hispanic Safety and Health Summit held by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) on July 22, 2004.

In ASSE's view, the Summit succeeded in bringing together leaders from all facets of occupational safety and health who can make a difference in protecting Hispanic workers from safety, health and environmental risks in this nation's workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has an essential role to play in providing the research and innovation necessary for the safety and health community to be able to reach 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-NIOSH Partnership, ASSE's members offer their assistance and expertise in helping NIOSH 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 spoke with 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 NIOSH's efforts to develop research and training tools that succeed in meeting the needs of Hispanic workers.

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

The Hispanic Safety and Health Summit provided a positive foundation for building cooperative efforts to address Hispanic safety and health issues. ASSE looks forward both to the next Summit and the work that can proceed in the meantime.

Gene Barfield, CSP


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