Federal Communications Archive

AMERICAN SOCIETY
OF SAFETY ENGINEERS

1800 East Oakton Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018-2187
847.699.2929
FAX 847.296.3769
www.asse.org

August 16, 2005

The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush:

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) represents 30,000 member safety, health and environmental (SH+E) professionals who are committed to ensuring that workers return home from their jobs each day safe and healthy. Our members fully appreciate the vitally important role the federal agencies charged with protecting workers play in helping ensure workplace safety and health, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

ASSE is deeply concerned that, since the beginning of your second term of office, leadership positions in each of these key agencies remain unfilled when numerous highly qualified individuals, including SH+E professionals recommended by ASSE, are eager to fill those positions. With eight months of your second term already past, every day that these positions remain unfilled makes it increasingly difficult for someone to provide meaningful leadership in the limited time left until the end of your term in office.

Both OSHA and MSHA deserve to have Assistant Secretaries of Labor appointed who can provide continued leadership during your second term. But ASSE is particularly concerned that a crucial need for CSB

Board members has been overlooked. Of the five positions on the Board, two now are unfilled. At CSB, Board members personally involve themselves in the hands-on work of analyzing workplace chemical accidents and then warning industry of the risks and lessons learned from their investigations to help industry avoid making similar mistakes. Less than a full Board could very well mean a delay in sharing the possibly life-saving information CSB is charged with providing industry, leaving workers, worksites, even entire communities less safe because of it.

ASSE's own suggestions of highly qualified individuals to fill these positions are with the Office of Presidential Personnel. While we would encourage you to consider our recommendations, our greater concern is that these positions are filled from the variety of capable SH+E professionals who have expressed their willingness to serve your Administration. ASSE respectfully urges you to move these appointments forward in time for Congress to consider them on its return from recess.

Sincerely,

Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP
President

cc:
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Secretary of Labor

Senator Michael B. Enzi
Chairman
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Senator Johnny Isakson
Chairman
Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety

Senator Patty Murray
Ranking Minority Member
Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety

Representative John A. Boehner
Chairman
House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Representative George Miller
Ranking Minority Member
House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Representative Charlie Norwood
Chairman
House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Representative Major R. Owens
Ranking Minority Member
House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Ed Moy
Special Assistant to the President
and Associate Director
Office of Presidential Personnel