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ASSE Urges Support of Public Sector Worker Coverage
February 2, 2010

In a letter to U.S. Senator Johnny H. Isakson (R-GA), C. Christopher Patton, CSP, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President, urged support for provisions in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reform legislation that would provide federal-level safety and health protections for the more than eight million state and municipal workers now without coverage, noting that the only practical solution is a federal solution.

In his letter to Sen. Isakson, ASSE President Patton noted that under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), states without their own state OSH plans are not required to provide such safety and health protections.

Mr. Patton urges Isakson to consider the unmeasured burden that taxpayers are bearing because the states in which they live do not adequately protect workers. Mr. Patton also noted that efforts to achieve this coverage at the state level are difficult.

There is more information on this issue at the ASSE web site.

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