OSHA, ASSE Renew Alliance

OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) extended their alliance with the continued goal of fostering a culture of prevention for safety and health hazards at U.S. jobsites. They will remain focused on ergonomic hazards, musculoskeletal disorders, motor vehicle safety and issues impacting non-English speaking and youth employees.

"The American Society of Safety Engineers is one of our country's leading voices in the campaign for occupational safety and health, and we are very pleased to continue teaming up with them," said OSHA Administrator Edwin J. Foulke Jr. "I am proud of the joint effort by OSHA and ASSE to promote workplace hazard awareness during the past five and a half years, and we are confident that our cooperation will continue to bring rewards in the form of safer, healthier American employees."

Through the alliance, OSHA and ASSE have worked together to develop and disseminate information to help protect the health and safety of employees through outreach and communication.

In 2007, for example, ASSE representatives, along with other OSHA Alliance Program participants, helped develop a Safety Alert document for Electrocution and Shock Hazards in Shipyard Employment. OSHA and ASSE also worked together to sponsor a number of events and exhibits, including the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kick-off events from 2005-2008, aimed at fostering safe and healthful working environments.

In addition, a number of local ASSE chapters have established cooperative agreements with local OSHA offices. These alliances provide ASSE members and others with best practices and technical knowledge while working together to raise awareness about occupational hazards.

"ASSE greatly values the positive relationships and resources for our members and others that have grown out of our Alliance with OSHA," said ASSE President Michael W. Thompson. “The Alliance Program in general had resulted in a more open OSHA that has honed its ability to reach out to our members and their employers without taking away from the agency's enforcement capabilities.”

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