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"Occupational Safety and Health Week" Kicks Off with Consumer Awareness Campaign

ANSI Member Offers Expertise and Fellowship Award to Enhance Public Health and Safety

New York, Mar 25, 2002

Injuries in the workplace account for over 6,000 fatalities annually according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. Efforts to alleviate occupational risks are the focus of a partnership between the leading safety organizations in North America, including an ANSI membership organization, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week, May 5-11, 2002.

With "Prevention is the Cure" as its slogan, NAOSH, an annual North American continent-wide consumer awareness campaign, is intended to educate employers, employees and the general public on the benefits of preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. This year, ASSE along with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers and Mexico will encourage new safety activities aimed at reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Considered the world's oldest and largest professional safety organization, ASSE believes that occupational safety, health and the environment should be a top priority for management. Holding management accountable for worker and workplace safety will play a key role in the entire process. Through their educational initiatives, NAOSH partners will show how a company's investment in safety and health programs can lead to enhanced reputation, increased bottom line and improved work environment. Both ASSE and CSSE will encourage new safety activities for the workplace, including expert advice on best practices and tools.

ASSE members will specifically address educational programs to raise public awareness of the risks associated with hazardous materials (hazmat), which in 2000 resulted in 13 deaths, 246 injuries and $73 M in damages from U.S. hazmat-related incidents. Hazmats, defined as any material with properties that may result in risk or injury to persons or facilities, cross America's borders at an alarming rate: ASSE estimates that over 800,000 hazardous materials are shipped to the U.S. daily with 3.1 billion tons arriving annually. Additional information about hazmats is available from ASSE including the specific properties that constitute a hazardous material, emergency response information, packaging, handling and transporting guidelines, hazmat laws and protective equipment.

The NAOSH joint venture is a good example of how proactive relationships among nations is crucial to upgrading global concerns for health and safety. Their logo--three hands forming an equilateral triangle-symbolizes partnership, cooperation and commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational safety and health organizations.

Leading Insurance Company Makes Substantial Contribution to ASSE Foundation Fellowship

The Liberty Mutual Group, a diversified international group of insurance companies and one of the largest multi-line insurers in North America, recently donated $30,000 to a Research Fellowship Program designed to help insure progress in reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI membership organization, and coordinated through the ASSE Foundation (ASSEF), this program encourages research activity in safety and provides a forum for safety professionals, industry needs and quality research programs. This year's ASSEF fellows will spend four to six weeks at the Liberty Mutual Research Center and receive a stipend to cover research, transportation and room and board expenses. In addition, they will write an article for the ASSEF Advocate or ASSE's Professional Safety publications.

ASSEF is currently accepting applications for this year's two fellowships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a Ph.D. or be working toward a master's or Ph.D. Special consideration will be given to ASSE members and applicants enrolled or holding appointments in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited safety program. Applications and guidelines are available online from ASSEF; the application deadline is April 15, 2002.

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