Employees Working out of the Home

Des Plaines, IL (December 21, 1999) - The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), has issued the following statement to address the 11/15/99 U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Letter of Interpretation addressing employees working at home.

ASSE President Frank Perry stated the following:

"The members of ASSE are aware that this is a very significant public policy statement and could potentially impact many occupational safety and health professionals in the United States from both business and personal perspectives. Employees working at home is a significant issue to many American businesses, and this letter of interpretation could have far reaching consequences. ASSE is reviewing the document and looks forward to reviewing comments from our members on this issue and forwarding this insight to OSHA for review by the Agency. 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 such issues."

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

"As Vice-President of the ASSE Council on Professional Affairs, I strongly encourage every ASSE member to review the letter of interpretation and make their views known to public policy makers. 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 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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