AIHA Issues Letter in Support of Thomas E. Perez as Labor Secretary

Release No. SPR-13-0729-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700;​

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 29, 2013) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has issued a letter ​​in support of the Senate’s recent appointment of Thomas E. Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez previously served as the assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. He replaces Hilda L. Solis, who resigned from the position in January.

The letter applauds Perez on his appointment and outlines some of the most important issues that the association hopes he will consider when addressing occupational health and safety (OHS) in his new role. These issues include the impact of sequestration on OHS, issues in the regulatory process that delay rules, regulations, and standards to protect workers, and finding the best way to update OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PELs).

Aaron K. Trippler, AIHA’s government affairs director, is available to comment on what Perez’s appointment will mean for issues surrounding OHS. To arrange an interview with Trippler, please contact (703) 846-0700.



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