May 30, 2000

The Honorable Louis F. Kosko, State Senator
New Jersey Senate
441 Market Street
Saddle Brook, N.J. 07663

SENATE BILL #531 - FULL TIME CHEMISTS

Dear Senator Kosko:

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) national office is writing to you to offer our support on behalf of the letter you received from Mr. John Clark of the ASSE Penn-Jersey Chapter on 5/2/00 addressing New Jersey Senate Bill #531 which requires mandatory hiring of individuals in chemical engineering. As evidence of the Society's credentials, we present the following:

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), is the oldest and largest society of safety professionals in the world. Founded in 1911, ASSE represents almost 33,000 dedicated safety professionals. Falling under the ASSE membership are Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Professional Engineers, ergonomists, academicians, fire protection engineers, system safety experts, health professionals, and an impressive collection of other disciplines, skills, and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on our dedication to excellence, expertise, and commitment to the protection of people, property, and environment on a world-wide basis. A fact sheet on ASSE is enclosed with this letter.

The state of New Jersey is very important for ASSE as significant numbers of our members reside in the state. In fact, many of your constituents belong to the Society. We have enclosed a directory of our members from New Jersey for your review.

We commend your commitment to ensuring that those professionals having occupational safety and health responsibilities earn and maintain cutting edge credentials. Having such measurements can only benefit employers, employees, and the public overall. However, as pointed out in Mr. Clark's letter, the exclusionary language within Senate, No. 531 is detrimental to virtually all our members and most safety professionals. We urge you to begin a discussion with Mr. Clark and other ASSE members in order to arrive at a consensus on a mutually beneficial approach. The amendments and technical comments suggested by Mr. Clark are appropriate, represent good public policy, and would help ensure safer and more healthful working environments. Finally, as noted in Mr. Clark's letter, Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs) are already recognized as a Technically Qualified Person in the New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Act (N.J.A.C. 8:59 1-3).

We thank you for your attention to this matter, and please feel free to contact the Society if you should have any questions or concerns regarding these comments.

Sincerely,

Frank Perry
Frank F. Perry, CSP, PE
Society President, 1999-2000

 

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