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We share the latest news on occupational safety and health legislation and regulation as well as updates on our member-driven initiatives to ensure that safety professionals are part of the conversation.

Government Affairs News

  • ASSP Aims to Remove Barriers to Safety and Health

    Jul 31, 2020
    ASSP is taking steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the Society and throughout the occupational safety and health profession. The formation of a board-level task force this summer represents ASSP’s renewed commitment to principles of fairness, respect and equal opportunity for all.
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    Ruling: “No Scientific Basis” to Rely on NWS’s Heat Index Chart in OSHA Heat Stress Cases

    Jul 22, 2020
    Ruling by an administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission calls into question scientific basis of elements of well-known heat index chart. How will this impact how OSHA cites heat-related violations?
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    ASSP and AIHA Collaborate to Improve Worker Safety and Health

    Jul 16, 2020
    Longtime industry allies ASSP and AIHA have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that outlines how the organizations will continue to collaborate on advancing workplace safety and health, and strengthening the occupational safety and health profession.
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    Virginia Passes First-In-Nation Safety Standard for COVID-19

    Jul 16, 2020
    On July 15, 2020, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board, passed first-in-the-nation standards to address COVID-19 in workplaces. Virginia is a state-plan state that operates its own occupational safety and health program.
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    OSHA Updates Beryllium Standard

    Jul 14, 2020
    OSHA has amended its standard for occupational exposure to beryllium. The revisions will take effect Sept. 14, 2020.

Technical Comments on Issues Affecting Workplace Safety

ASSP regularly responds to requests from federal agencies seeking public comments on matters affecting workplace safety and the occupational safety and health profession. ASSP submits these comments as part of the public record.

  • FAA | Minimum Seat Dimensions | Sept. 2022
  • AIHA | ASSP Supports Blood Lead Level Comment | Sept. 2022
  • CPSC | Debris Penetration Hazards | Aug. 2022
  • USACE | Safety and Health Requirements Manual | June 2022
  • OSHA | Recordkeeping | May 2022
  • FAA | Safety Management Systems | April 2022
  • OSHA | Powered Industrial Trucks | April 2022
  • OSHA | COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard | Dec. 2021
  • NIOSH | Healthcare Workers Mental Health | Nov. 2021
  • MSHA | Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment | Oct. 2021
  • OSHA | Evaluation of OHMS | Oct. 2021
  • FAA | Safety Management Systems | Aug. 2021
  • Coast Guard | Safety Management Systems | April 2021


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