Friday, March 17, 2006

ASSE: NIOSH Research Valuable to Increased Workplace Safety

Research is the key to improved safety ...

"At the March 13 "Direction for NORA's (National Occupational Research Agenda) Second Decade" national town hall meeting held in Washington, D.C. by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a senior official of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) noted, "Our members know that without an aggressive research agenda to addresses the risks workers face in a quickly changing workplace, their responsibilities will become increasingly difficult to fulfill."

ASSE Senior Vice President and Michael Thompson, CSP, of Houston, testified that ASSE supports the ongoing research efforts of NIOSH, saying, "This proactive approach in advancing the research our members rely on daily to fulfill their responsibilities in preventing deaths, injuries and illnesses in this nation's workplaces is very valuable."

Thompson discussed the need for research that will help determine the future of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionalism into the future; the need for NIOSH to interact aggressively with the standards development community; and the need to examine more comprehensively the role of broad safety and health management in the corporate and program structures of organizations."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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