OSHA Renews Alliance with American Society of Safety Engineers
WASHINGTON – The U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) joined again with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to formally extend their Alliance for two years. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and Jack Dobson, president of ASSE, signed the Alliance renewal during the ASSE’s 2006 Professional Development Conference in Seattle, Wash.
The Alliance was originally signed in December 2002 and renewed in June 2004.
“Our decision to enter into this formal agreement with ASSE in December 2002 has proven to be the right choice to produce results in our fight for workplace safety and health,” said Foulke. “There is much more that we can achieve together. I look forward to the next two years of cooperation with this organization.”
“ASSE is pleased to renew once more its Alliance with OSHA,” added Dobson. “The relationship that has steadily grown out of the Alliance has resulted in greater participation of OSHA staff in safety and health professional activities, better communications between our members in the states and OSHA regional offices, more member involvement in OSHA’s outreach to share knowledge about protecting workers, and greatly enhanced efforts to spread awareness of occupational safety and health through opportunities like NAOSH Week.”
As a direct result of the Alliance, local ASSE chapters are establishing Alliances with local OSHA offices. For example, the ASSE’s Granite State Chapter and Savannah Chapter formed local Alliances last year with OSHA’s Concord, N.H., and Atlanta and Savannah area offices, respectively. The Alliance also resulted in a successful safety professionals’ certification workshop at the ASSE conference last year, providing career development information for government employees in the safety, health and environmental fields.
While continuing to focus efforts on motor vehicle safety, ergonomic hazards, and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), both organizations will address safety issues that affect non-English speakers and youth employees, and support the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.
Formed in 1911 and based in Des Plaines, Ill., the ASSE consists of more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who manage, supervise research and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.