An alliance between the OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was extended today with the continued goal of fostering a culture of prevention for safety and health hazards at U.S. jobsites, according to a press release from both the agency and the organization.
OSHA said the Alliance will remain focused on ergonomic
hazards, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and motor vehicle safety. OSHA and
ASSE will also address issues impacting non-English speaking and youth
employees, and will continue to promote the annual North American Occupational
Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.
"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
director 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."
In 2007 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 have also worked
together to sponsor a number of events and exhibits, including the NAOSH Week
kick-off events in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
A number of local ASSE chapters have established
cooperative agreements with local OSHA offices.