Statement by ASSE President Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM on confirmation of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) congratulates Thomas Perez on the confirmation of his appointment as the next Secretary of the Department of Labor. ASSE fully expects Mr. Perez’ leadership will support continuing positive relationships with the Department and agencies under his direction with which ASSE members are most often engaged – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. ASSE is encouraged that the Administration has chosen someone with experience in leading a state occupational safety and health plan.
The perspective Mr. Perez gained in that role, we trust, will help him in ensuring that OSHA and MSHA have the resources they need to help protect workers and that the measures these agencies take are fairly balanced between enforcement and cooperative efforts. ASSE is also confident that, from his experience, Mr. Perez recognizes the importance of seeking out the perspective of safety, health and environmental professionals on the front lines of protecting workers in any effort the Department undertakes to advance workplace safety and health. We look forward to working with Mr. Perez.