FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Diane Hurns, ASSE PR
847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org
At Denver Conf. - 303-295-1234
Rodney Brown, MSHA, 202-693-9425

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS JOIN WITH
U.S. OFFICIALS IN ADDRESSING MINING SAFETY

      DENVER, CO (June 24, 2003) - American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) and U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials signed an agreement establishing an alliance to improve safety and health conditions at mines throughout the U.S. today at the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition in Denver.

      "ASSE has long supported MSHA's mission to increase mine safety, " ASSE President Mark D. Hansen, P.E., CSP, said. "This alliance marks a new opportunity, allowing ASSE to better link the professionalism of its members to MSHA's efforts to continue to improve its capabilities in ensuring safer and healthier workplaces for miners."

      The agreement signed today states that MSHA and ASSE, a 92-year-old non-profit organization with more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, will use their collaborative efforts and expertise to advance the protection of miners, promote best practices, and encourage mine operators to develop and utilize safety and health management programs.

      "ASSE represents a broad range of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, and we look forward to tapping into this vast expertise of ASSE's members to continue to improve safety and health conditions in mines," MSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary John R. Correll said as he signed the agreement.

      Mining is a quickly growing segment of ASSE's membership. The ASSE Mining Practice Specialty, one of 13 ASSE practice specialties, was established in October 1997 to link safety professionals working in or for the mining industry, including surface and underground operations, both metal and non-metal production, and related processing operations.

      Formed in 1911, the non-profit Des Plaines, IL -based American Society of Safety Engineers is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located globally who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information on the alliance and mine safety check ASSE's web site at www.asse.org and the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration at www.msha.gov.