American Society of Safety Professionals | Update on Government Affairs and Standards Development

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The panel talked about the proposed 2021 federal budget, pending workplace violence and heat stress prevention legislation, and what the federal government is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they explained the various ways ASSP works with agencies like OSHA on emerging regulations and employer guidance, and with agencies like NIOSH on emerging topics like total worker health.

On the standards front, ASSP has nearly 120 standards, technical reports, subgroups and projects, and about 1,300 OSH professionals work on voluntary consensus standards. ASSP’s standards and technical reports cover a wide range of topics, from construction and demolition operations, OSH training, and fall protection to safety management systems, risk assessment, workplace violence and fleet safety, to lockout/tagout, hydrogen sulfide training and ventilation. ASSP is also working on standards related to multi-employer sites in construction and demolition, drones and psychosocial issues in safety.



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