December 12, 2000


The President, His Excellency, Vicente Fox Quesada
Residencia Oficial, De Los Pinos
Puerta Central, #1 E.R., Piso Col.
San Miguel, Chapultepec
11850, Mexico D.F.


President Fox:

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to congratulate you on becoming President of Mexico. We hope your term will be beneficial for the Mexican people, your nation, you personally, and the advancement of occupational safety and health and environmental management on a worldwide basis. We have read in media statements and other literature that one of your goals is the enhancement of occupational safety and health, and environmental management. ASSE stands ready to assist you, or your representatives, if there is a need for expertise in such matters.

ASSE is the oldest and largest society of safety professionals in the world. Founded in 1911, ASSE represents almost 32,000 dedicated safety professionals. Falling under the ASSE membership are Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Professional Engineers, Ergonomists, Academicians, Fire Protection Engineers, System Safety Experts, Health Professionals, and an impressive collection of other disciplines, skills, and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on our dedication to excellence, expertise, and commitment to the protection of people, property, and the environment on a worldwide basis. ASSE also has 12 practice specialty divisions consisting of: Construction, Consultants, Engineering, Environmental, Health Care, Industrial Hygiene, International, Management, Public Sector, Risk Management and Insurance, Mining, and Transportation. The ASSE members in these divisions are leaders in their field with the knowledge and expertise needed to move safety and health forward on a global level. They assist in developing national and international safety standards and national regulations based on their experience and knowledge.

As President of Mexico, we call on you to support, and officially celebrate, the second North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, scheduled for May 6-12, 2001. ASSE is educating industries, corporations, organizations and the public on the significant benefits resulting from effective safety management programs and offering a series of "best practice" examples. The purpose of this multinational awareness week, is to focus the attention of employers, employees, and the general public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace and that safety is a worthwhile investment which positively impacts the organizational bottom line. ASSE sees NAOSH as a vehicle to encourage employers to survey their workplace safety programs and see if more can be done to utilize the expertise of safety professionals to prevent injuries and fatalities. ASSE is working on these initiatives with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and we would also like to establish an official NAOSH relationship with the government of Mexico.

ASSE has worked with the Mexican government in the past addressing occupational safety and health issues. These activities included the Trinational NAFTA Conference held May 17 - 19, 2000 in Mexico City. The meeting focused on the globalization of safety and health in the workplace; methodologies for the analysis of dangers in the workplace; investment and administration in the application of safety and health; and preventive medical services in the workplace were the main topics. Rixio Enrique Medina, CSP, an ASSE member from Corpus Christi, Texas, with more than 22 years of professional experience in occupational health and safety in the petroleum and petrochemical industries participated in the trinational meeting in Mexico City represented the Society. ASSE's objective was to share business "best practices" with representatives from Mexico, Canada and the U S.

ASSE believes there is great opportunity for mutual benefit if such a partnership can be achieved. The results will be innovative methods to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of occupational safety and health and environmental management. We conclude by congratulating you once more, and look forward to working with you, or your representatives, on future safety, health, and environmental issues. Please feel free to contact ASSE should you have any questions, or suggestions on how we can work together.

Warmest Regards and Congratulations,

Samuel J. Gualardo, CSP
ASSE President, 2000-2001

Copy To:

ASSE Board of Directors
ASSE International Division
Secretaria Del Trabajo Y Prevision Social
Unidad Coordinadora De Politicas y Estudias
Jesus Reyes Heroles, Ambassador



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