FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jon Turnipseed, MS, CSP
(909) 384-5576
turnipseed_jo@ci.san-bernardino.ca.us

SAFETY ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE SELECTED FOR STATE LEVEL
SAFETY ADVISORY POSITION
Arrowhead Chapter member appointed to Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee

SAN BERNARDINO, CA (June 5, 2000) -- A member of the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was appointed to serve on the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee. Dr. John Howard, Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, appointed Frank Wente to serve on the committee. The committee provides a forum for discussion and offers valuable input to Cal/OSHA about the programs and standards, which set the safety guidance for the state.

Wente has been a member of the Inland Empire's Arrowhead Chapter for 16 years. He has over 26 years of occupational safety experience and holds the prestigious credential of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Wente also serves as the Chairman of the ASSE California Legislative Affairs Council (CLAC).

The CLAC represents some 3,000 members of the 11 California ASSE Chapters and the group advises legislators and regulators about the potential impact of both proposed and existing legislation and regulations. During the past legislative session, the CLAC began working with the legislators in Sacramento to update the Business and Professional Code by establishing standards for the safety career field. Assemblyman Ashburn sponsored Assembly Bill 2505 that would, for the first time, establish minimum standards of education and experience for anyone identifying themselves as "safety professionals". Recent changes strengthened safety statues and increased both potential fines and jail time for employers violating safety regulations; therefore, it has become increasingly important for California employers to be able to identify potential employees and advisors who truly are bonafide "safety professionals". AB 2505 was withdrawn to make some wording changes and a similar bill is being drafted for reintroduction when the legislature reconvenes in January 2001.

The Arrowhead Chapter has about 140 active members who live and work in the Inland Empire. The members hold varying safety, environmental and health positions in both private enterprise and governmental agencies. The chapter has monthly meetings, which are geared towards enhancing the expertise of the members and raising the knowledge level of area employers.

Founded in 1911, the ASSE is the world's oldest and largest professional national safety organization. Its 33,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education, both nationally and globally. For more information check out the web sites at: www.asse.org (for ASSE National) www.angelfire.com/ca4/arrowhead/arrowhead.html (for Arrowhead Chapter)

******************Frank Wente Appointment Letter*****************

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Occupational Safety & Health
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102-3677
(415) 703-5100

ADDRESS REPLY TO:
PO BOX 420603
SAN FRANCISCO 94142-0603

22 May 2000

Frank E. Wente, CSP
Chairman, California Governmental Affairs Council of
The American Society of Safety Engineers
1029 J Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Mr. Wente:

I am writing in response to your 10 May 2000 letter describing the important work of the nearly 3,000 members of the American Society of Safety Engineers in the State of California, and the recently formed California Governmental Affairs Council, composed of representatives from all eleven chapters of the ASSE in California.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health welcomes the participation of the newly-formed Governmental Affairs Council in the mission that we all share in eliminating safety and health hazards in California workplaces.

The Division encourages the ASSE California Governmental Affairs Council to actively participate in public discussions about the future of occupational safety and health policy in California. In order to assist California safety professionals in acquiring information from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health about occupational safety and health activities taking place within the California OSHA Program, I would like to invite the California Governmental Affairs Council of the American Society of Safety Engineers to join the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee.

The origin of the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee goes back to the early beginnings of the California Occupational Safety and Health Program. In 1978, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, Don Vial, decided to hold periodic organized public meetings with representatives of the employer and employee groups affected by the new occupational safety and health program. Until 1980, the Committee met at the call of the Director--approximately quarterly and always in San Francisco. At the request of both management and labor representatives of the Committee, the Committee's meetings were formalized in 1980 to monthly meetings. At that time, Director Vial specified that the Committee shall meet monthly except for August. Most of the meetings were held in San Francisco with occasional meetings in Los Angeles. During disengagement (1987-89), the Committee did not meet.

Up until the last five years, the meetings were held monthly in San Francisco and (occasionally) in Los Angeles. A former member of the Committee suggested that the Committee meet in Los Angeles more often to hear the concerns of Southern California management and labor. The Committee agreed that the meetings should be alternated between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In order to broaden access, the Committee began meeting in 1994 in Sacramento, San Diego and an agricultural location. Now, the Committee meets in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, in Sacramento, in San Diego, and in either Fresno or Salinas.

The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month (except for August when there is no meeting). There are twenty-one (21) members: eight (8) representing labor-related organizations, 8 (eight) representing management-related organizations and four (now, five) representing various occupational medical, nursing, industrial hygiene and safety professions and the public.

The Committee is an "advisory" committee so it does not take votes on matters facing the Cal/OSHA Program, nor does it recommend or urge specific legislation. Rather, the Committee is a forum for information dissemination and informal discussion. Such discussion centers around the direction of the program, budgetary issues, legislative issues, policy issues of concern to the members and the attendees and conflicts between the federal and state programs.

The Advisory Committee's next meeting is Thursday, 1 June 2000, in the Second Floor Conference Room of the San Francisco Headquarters of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), which is located at 1275 Market Street (corner of Ninth and Market Streets). If you should need directions to the meeting site, please call the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee Coordinator, Ed Callanan, at (415) 703-5107.

I have added your name to the Advisory Committee List as well as the name of your alternate. In addition to the membership list, I am enclosing the 2000 Meeting Schedule and a copy of the Minutes of the Committee's April 2000 Meeting for your information. I look forward to seeing on 1 June in San Francisco.

Sincerely,

John Howard
Chief

 

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