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ASSE statement on new Secretary of Labor

Apr 28, 2017

PARK RIDGE, Illinois — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) releases the following statement regarding the confirmation of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. This statement is attributed to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH:

“On behalf of its membership of 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers congratulates Alexander Acosta on his confirmation as Secretary of Labor. Every new administration presents an opportunity to look at workplace safety and health in a new way, and ASSE’s members look forward to working with new leadership at the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Innovative approaches must be developed to address the fact that the occurrences of serious workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities have remained relatively the same for nearly two decades. Our members succeed in bringing these numbers down for the nation’s best employers. That success can be shared with all employers to protect both workers’ safety and health and employers’ ability to compete.”

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For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Engineers has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of over 37,000 professionals covers every industry, developing safety and health management plans that prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses. ASSE advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community. Its flagship publication, Professional Safety, is a longtime leader in the field. Visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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