December 17, 1999


U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Attn: Mr. Charles Jeffress, Assistant Secretary of Labor
OSHA/DOL (S-2315)
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20210

REQUEST FOR COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION OSHA PROPOSED ERGONOMIC STANDARD

Assistant Secretary Jeffress:

The purpose of this letter from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is to formally request that the comment period for the draft OSHA Ergonomics Program Standard be extended. Due to the significant size of the draft standard, our members interest, and the need to conduct a more detailed analysis we believe a comment due date of 2/1/2000 is too short. ASSE requests that the comment period be extended to April 3, 2000, as we believe this would then be adequate enough time for ASSE and other stakeholders to complete a review and prepare comments.

We have seen from some media reports that you have already decided that an extension period is not appropriate. However, we are hoping that after receiving our letter and hearing from other stakeholders you will reconsider your decision.

Thank you for your attention to this matter as we look forward to working with you on this issue in the future. If you should have any questions or issues please do not hesitate to contact the Society.

Regards,

Frank H. Perry, CSP, PE
Society President, 1999-2000

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