Statement From AIHA on OSHA’s New Resources to Protect Hospital Workers

Release No. SPR-14-0115-01​


Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
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(January 15, 2014) —  American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, has released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new educational Web resource to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, enhance safe patient handling programs and implement health and safety management systems.

“AIHA has long been a supporter of the effort to reduce risk factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders, including those arising from the manual handling of patients. AIHA offers our full assistance to OSHA to deliver the guidance necessary to achieve our mutual goal of providing workers and communities with a healthier and safer environment.”

In Sept. 2013, AIHA issued a letter to U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D. Mich.) supporting a bill that would protect both health care workers and patients from injuries. The legislation, titled the “Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013,” would direct the U.S. Secretary of Labor to reduce injuries to patients, nurses and other healthcare workers by establishing a safe patient handling, mobility and injury prevention standard. AIHA assumed a leadership role on the issue of safe patient handling by adopting a position statement, “Safe Handling of Patients and Residents,” in 2009.

Visit OSHA’s website for additional information on the new resources.


About AIHA®
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. ​