These communications reflect the volunteer-led efforts of ASSE members across the U.S. to impact decisions made by state governments impacting safety, health and environmental professionals, their practice and the safety and health of their communities.
Florida’s ASSE members deserve all the credit in the world for succeeding last year at passing one of the more significant occupational safety and health (OSH) bills in recent years in any state or even at the federal level. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) recognized the achievement in its You Tube video at here. At a time when there are few initiatives to advance safety and health, legislation by Senator Lynn and Representative Gibson that ASSE championed created a task force to determine how Florida can provide OSH coverage to its public sector workers. The task force concluded that Florida can begin to do so. ASSE is supporting the task force’s recommendations contained in its full report (PDF).
In the 2009 session of the Florida Legislature, ASSE will work to see these recommendations passed into law. ASSE has engaged the lobbyist who succeeded for us last year. We have a group of dedicated Florida members who have been working on this issue from the beginning and who will lead the effort again this year. Ed Granberry Jr. was instrumental in making sure ASSE pursued this issue. Jim Smith is an ASSE Board member and is long committed to the issue. Mark Friend of Embry-Riddle University as a member of the task force helped see these recommendations through. And Frank Lakotich of Alabama, the new ARVP for Government Affairs for Region IV, is also bringing the Region’s support to the effort.
But we will need your help. We expect this effort to be difficult. There is no guarantee of success. When you are asked to help in ways like contacting your state senator or representative, we would hope that you will take the time and effort to do so. You can also write letters to the editor in your community, make sure your Chapter knows what is going on. The more voices we can bring to this effort, the better chances we have. Please watch for email announcements with more information and requests for help.
In rulemaking by the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry addressing crane safety, ASSE urged inclusion of references to a more complete set of appropriate A10 voluntary consensus standards by the Division. Letter (11/10/08)