1800 East Oakton Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018-2187
FAX 847.296.3769

July 21, 2006

John Howard, MD, JD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Humber H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Dear Dr. Howard,

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) appreciates your continued efforts to reach out to the 30,000 safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals who are members of the Society. Greater involvement between our members and the work of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in advancing research and safety and health educational opportunities can only result in better ways to save lives and prevent illnesses in workplaces.

Particularly, ASSE appreciates NIOSH’s efforts to involve our members in determining the future of occupational safety and health research through the NORA Research Councils. In our several comments through the Town Hall Meeting process, ASSE suggested that the Research Councils involve representatives from the various ANSI safety and health standards committees. ASSE is pleased that your staff has responded positively to that suggestion.

As a result of our dialogue, ASSE canvassed the chairmen and vice-chairmen of each of the relevant standards for which ASSE serves as Secretariat. The response from these dedicated professionals has been overwhelmingly positive. Each has expressed willingness to participate in the work of the NORA Research Councils in whatever way can help NIOSH reach its goals. Their contact information is included below. ASSE urges NIOSH to include them at the highest levels of participation.

Again, thank you for your continued efforts to build a positive relationship with ASSE. As the newly elected President of ASSE, I look forward to an opportunity to meet and talk with you during the coming year to see how further cooperation can serve our mutual interest in advancing this nation’s commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.


Donald S. Jones, Sr., CSP, PE



ASSE/ANSI Standards Committee Officers

A10 (Construction & Demolitions)


Richard King, CSP
Senior Vice President
Black & Veatch – Engineers/Architects
11401 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66211
Tel 913.458.7280
Fax 913.458.8700



James Tomaseski
Director, Safety & Health
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
900 7 th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel 202.728.6040
Fax 202.728.6137


A1264 (Floor and Walkway Openings)

Keith Vidal, P.E.
Vidal Engineering, L.C.
P. O. Box 31875
St. Louis, MO 63131
Tel 314.205.0088
Fax 314.579.0089


Lawrence Oldendorf, P.E
8253 S. Lorel Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459
Tel 708.424.6439
Fax 708.424.0729

Z15 - Motor Vehicle Operations


Carmen W. Daecher
Daecher Consulting Group, Inc.
3780 Trindle Road – Suite 2
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Tel 717.975.9190
Fax 717.975.3996


William Hinderks, CSP, CPCU, ARM
Director of Safety
2203 E. Empire Street, Suite I
Bloomington, IL 61704-3707
Tel 309.664.1234
Fax 309.662.0909

Z117 - Confined Spaces


Edward V. Grund, CSP
Griffin Group
2310 Little Country Road
Parrish, FL 34219
Tel 941.776.3334



Terry Krug, CIH, CSP
961 Sandalwood Court
Bartlett, IL 60103
Tel 630.736.2063 (h)
Tel 847.759.7743
Fax 847.759.7743


Z359 - Fall Arrest


Randall Wingfield
Gravitec Systems, Inc.
187 Parfitt Way, SE, #200
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel 206.780.2898
Fax 206.780.2893


Basil Tominna, PE
1220 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92132-5190
Tel 619.532.3041
Fax 619.532.2496


Z490 - Training


Steven F. Kane, CSP, P.E.
460 Peters Boulevard
Brightwaters, NY 11718-1721
Tel 631 .344.7236
Fax 631.666.2702



Frank Perry, CSP, P.E.
10965 Clyde Acord Road
Franklin, TX 77856
Tel 979.828.4374
Fax 979.828.1933