FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-13-0618-02
Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
If passed, legislation will provide United States veterans with more opportunities to align military specialty skills with civilian credentials
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (June 18, 2013) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has issued a letter to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D. Va.) in support for his legislative bill S.700 – the Troop Talent Act of 2013, which proposes expanding education and training opportunities to members and veterans of the Armed Forces and better assisting them in obtaining civilian certifications and licenses.
affirms AIHA’s support in providing military veterans with increased opportunities to transfer their military skills and experience to a private sector career, particularly in the field of occupational health and safety (OHS) where credentialing and certification is often considered necessary.
“According to a recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report, employers need to hire 25,000 OHS professionals in the next five years but only 12,000 are projected to be available,” said AIHA President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP. “AIHA is grateful for the leadership of Senator Kaine and will continue to advocate for legislation that would provide an easier way for our veterans to become employed in this growing field when they return to the private sector.”
AIHA also sent letters of support to Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), both co-sponsors of the bill.
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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.