ASSE & China Occupational Safety & Health Association Sign Letter of Intent

On May 24, 2013, ASSE hosted a delegation of five representatives from the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA) led by COSHA Vice-President Liu Genyuan. On ASSE’s side, the delegation was welcomed by President Rick Pollock, CSP; President-Elect Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM; Executive Director Fred Fortman; Professional Affairs Director Dennis Hudson; Deputy Executive Director Kelly Fanella; and Global Growth and Development Manager Yassie Dunn.

COSHA is a nationwide, professional, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization established on a voluntary basis by occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners and entities and registered with the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs.

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ASSE President Rick Pollock (left) and COSHA Vice President Liu Genyuan

During the visit, the two parties shared information about their respective organizations and the state of occupational safety in their countries. The culmination of the meeting was the signing of the Letter of Intent for Cooperation to further explore such areas as the advancement of the OSH profession and professionals, both in China and the U.S., technical information exchange, and professional development and training.

China, due to the country’s rapid growth and need for qualified safety professionals, has been identified as a strategic market for development by ASSE’s leadership, who made this outreach a priority. Both Nick Yin, ASSE member and Ambassador for the Greater China Market, and Dunn were instrumental in the planning and implementation of this visit.

As the next step in this ongoing initiative, ASSE leaders received an invitation from COSHA officials to come to Beijing later this year for a reciprocal visit to discuss and sign an agreement on joint programs.

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L to R: Yassie Dunn; Cheng Guangxing, general engineer, Jizhong Energy Fengfeng Group Co. Ltd.; Dennis Hudson; Wang Dezhou, deputy general director, Shenyang Municipal Administration of Work Safety; Rick Pollock; Liu Genyuan; Kathy A. Seabrook; Fred Fortman; Wu Yanhua, COSHA deputy director of general office; Kelly Fanella.