FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release No. SPR-13-0426-01
Amita Patel, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0741; firstname.lastname@example.org
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (April 26, 2013) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) promotes the observation of Workers’ Memorial Day and the National Day of Mourning on Sunday, April 28, in remembrance of workers who have died, been injured or disabled, or made sick due to unsafe workplaces. In the U.S., April 28 is the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971. OSHA protects workers by instituting and enforcing occupational safety and health standards that remove workplace hazards and maintain safe working environments.
This year, Workers’ Memorial Day closely follows the tragedy in West, Texas, in which a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant killed 14 people—many of them first responders—and injured 200 others.
AIHA President Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, stated, “This day of remembrance is especially poignant as we mourn those lost in the explosion in Texas. Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy, and we remember all workers who have suffered or died while on the job. AIHA’s members and volunteers are committed to the continued improvement of worker health and safety.”
AIHA’s membership comprises industrial hygienists who strive to keep workers, their families, and the community healthy and safe. They play a vital part in ensuring that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment. For over 70 years, AIHA has focused on improving occupational and environmental health and safety.
For more information about the many roles of industrial hygienists, please visit http://www.aiha.org/aboutaiha/Pages/WhatIsanIH.aspx. For more information on Workers’ Memorial Day, please visit http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/workersmemorialday.html.
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia.