FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-14-0428-01
Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (April 28, 2014) — “Today, AIHA observes Workers’ Memorial Day to remember workers who have suffered and died due to unhealthy or unsafe workplaces, and to renew our efforts to eliminate workplace hazards and maintain safe and healthy working environments,” says AIHA President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP.
“Since Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act more than four decades ago, we’ve made great strides in making workplaces safer and healthier. Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has moved forward with much-needed safeguards against occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica; released annotated tables of its permissible exposure limits (PELs) to encourage employers to adopt alternative occupational exposure limits that may better protect workers; and developed educational resources on safe patient handling and other workplace hazards,” notes Dawson.
She adds, “However, our efforts to improve occupational health and safety will not be complete until all workers are able to return home safe and healthy at the end of each day.”
“AIHA continues to work with Congress, OSHA, and others to deliver the standards and legislation necessary to achieve our mutual goal of protecting the safety and health of workers and communities,” Dawson says.
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. AIHA will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014, the premier event for IH and OEHS professionals.