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Our Society Operating Guidelines describe in detail the manner in which American Society of Safety Professionals is structured and governed. They are intended to accompany and be consistent with ASSP bylaws.

Section 10.3: Government Affairs Committee Operating Procedures

I. Role and Accountability

The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) influences the regulation, legislation and development of policy related to occupational safety and health (OSH) by building meaningful and collaborative relationships with stakeholders and by engaging ASSP members in government affairs activities.

II. Committee Membership

  • Committee members shall be appointed by the vice president, professional affairs, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The committee shall not exceed eight members.
  • Experience in regulatory or government affairs is required to serve on this committee.
  • Committee members serve a three-year term and may not be reappointed. Appointments are structured to allow for staggered terms.
  • The chair shall be designated by the vice president, professional affairs.  The term of the chair is one year, renewable for a maximum of three consecutive years.

III. Committee Operations

A. Meetings

  • The committee will primarily meet by teleconference/webinar.
  • Schedule: The schedule of meetings shall be drawn up by the committee chair and agreed to by the committee members.
  • Quorum: A quorum exists when at least one-half of the members of the committee are present at a meeting, one of whom must be the committee chair. If a quorum is present, a majority vote of members present shall be decisive when a vote it taken.  
  • Committee Business: The committee may transact official business at meetings, conference calls and by electronic ballots. The committee will work with other committees and councils as necessary to meet ASSP needs and objectives.
  • Minutes: Minutes will be prepared for each committee meeting.

B. Budgeting and Finance

The committee operates within the Society budget, including travel, meeting and staff support expenses. Committees are funded through specific budget actions of the Board of Directors.

Addendum I: Specific Committee Actions

The GAC will assist with proactive measures to promote ASSP's public policies and positions.

The GAC will submit comments and position papers to Council on Professional Affairs for consultation, and to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The chair may establish subgroups or task forces with an assigned chair. Such subgroups or task forces will be given a specific charter and timeline for resolution of issues and shall be sunset upon completion of assignments.

Key activities include:

  1. Assisting ASSP in government affairs-related matters that impact OSH.
  2. Supporting relationships with key government agencies and important non-governmental and trade and professional organizations.
  3. Monitoring federal legislation, regulation and the development of policy involving OSH.
  4. Developing ASSP positions and comments on federal OSH legislation and regulation or related to OSH, (e.g., environmental management regulations). 

Approved By/Date: Board of Directors | 12/2019
Replaces Edition Dated: 
Next Revision Due: 12/2022