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OSHA Trade Release
June 8, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright, OSHA, 202-693-1999
                 Diane Hurns, ASSE, 847-768-3413


OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Renew Alliance
Ergonomics issues, motor vehicle safety, youth workers focus of agreement

WASHINGTON -- One of the oldest and largest professional safety organizations in the nation renewed its Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration today in Las Vegas.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) joined with OSHA Administrator John Henshaw to formally extend the Alliance for two additional years during a signing ceremony following Henshaw's keynote address at ASSE's 2004 Professional Development Conference.

"The Alliance we signed with ASSE in December 2002 encouraged our organizations to work together and use our collective expertise to advance safer and more healthful American workplaces," Henshaw said. "We're encouraged by the successes already realized, and we're pleased that ASSE wants to continue moving this effective association even further for the betterment of worker health and safety."

Added ASSE President James Kendrick, CSP: "The results of the Alliance to date -- better communications, a greater understanding of the unique roles our members and OSHA staff play, and a mutual advancement of professionalism -- can