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Tools for Advocacy

There are many ways you can communicate with your state and local government representatives about occupational health and safety-related issues. Although you should always strive to correspond directly with the legislator, bear in mind that when you contact a state or federal legislator’s office, you will likely be communicating with someone on the staff. Whichever way you choose to make contact, it is important to establish a clear and concise message that the reader can easily share with fellow staff, and ultimately, the legislator.

Below, you will find some tips to help you select a method of contact and shape your message. You can choose to make contact as a member of your community or as a representative of ASSE. Please keep in mind that if you are acting as a member of ASSE, you must go through the approval process with ASSE’s national headquarters.