ASSE members have significant interest in the ergonomic standards proposed by OSHA

ASSE Des Plaines Illinois, November 23, 1999: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), has issued the following statement to address the proposed ergonomics standard released yesterday (11/22/99), by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

ASSE President Frank Perry stated the following:

"The members of ASSE are aware that this is a very significant public policy proposal and could potentially impact every occupational safety and health professional in the United States. ASSE looks forward to reviewing the proposed standard and comparing it to the original proposal, our comments, and the ASSE counterproposal. This organization has been dedicated to the protection of people, property, and the environment since 1911, and it is important that we remain heavily involved in this issue."

ASSE Vice-President for Professional Affairs Jack Dobson, made the following statement:

"ASSE was apparently the only organization to offer a complete counterproposal to OSHA on the original draft standard. Along with the counterproposal, we believe ASSE submitted perhaps the most extensive technical evaluation of the proposed rule in the country. As Vice-President of the ASSE Council on Professional Affairs, I strongly encourage every ASSE member to review the proposed standard and make their views known to public policy makers. ASSE's original comments and alternative proposal, are still more than relevant to the current ergonomics discussion. ASSE public policy statements are based on good science and sound technology. We are committed to commenting on occupational safety and health issues with the intent of ensuring that they can decrease the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. We look forward to hearing the different viewpoints on this issue."

Founded in 1911, ASSE is the world's oldest and largest professional safety society. Its 33,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education. ASSE has 12 practice specialty divisions and 148 chapters in the United States and abroad.

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