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Core Legislation and Regulation Principles

When commenting on legislation and regulation, the following are the core American Society of Safety Engineers principles upon which such comments should be drafted:

  • ASSE represents the interests of the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional, the SH&E profession and the Society.
  • ASSE is committed to providing commentary to government agencies and individuals to assist and guide decision-making so that decisions are based upon good science and sound technology.
  • Federal and state agencies such as OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, EPA, DOT, and CSB have served to improve the safety and health of the American workplace.
  • ASSE actively encourages and promotes member SH&E professional involvement in governmental decision-making, whether in seeking public office, appointment to agency leadership roles, government employment, or appointment to volunteer advisory roles and boards.
  • ASSE does not believe a one-size-fits-all approach in governmental efforts to improve workplace safety and health can succeed. Increased workplace safety and health is best achieved through a cooperative partnership between employers and employees.
  • When action is necessary to ensure and improve workplace safety and health and/or the profession, ASSE will mobilize SH&E professionals to initiate actions under the guidance of the Governmental Affairs or other appropriate Society Committee.
  • Government resources are best focused on determining the causes of workplace injuries and fatalities and efforts to inform and encourage employers to apply such information. The Society regards compliance as only one facet of an effective and efficient safety and health program.
  • ASSE supports the voluntary national consensus standards process and, where appropriate, governmental reliance on such standards to increase workplace safety and health.
  • ASSE supports efforts to combine private and public capabilities to address workplace safety and health concerns.

Adopted by ASSE Government Affairs Committee, May 1, 2003