AIHA Urges Congress to Reverse Course on Worker Health and Safety Funding

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is concerned over the funding cuts to several key federal agencies and programs designed to protect worker health and safety. 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-17-0726-01

CONTACT:
Sue Marchese, AIHA Communications 
(703) 846-0700; smarchese@aiha.org    

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 26, 2017) — Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved draft legislation to fund several federal government entities that help protect worker health and safety. In response, AIHA has issued the following statement:

“Although in some ways a slight improvement over President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget requests, the House’s draft funding bills largely miss the opportunity for change, falling into the same old patterns that have prevented our workplaces from being as healthy and safe as they could be,” said AIHA’s CEO Lawrence Sloan. “By recommending funding cuts for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), these bills make it more difficult to protect worker health and safety—the very key to unlocking the latent potential productivity of the American economy.”

“These funding cuts have the potential to undermine fundamental research and educational and training grants, which strengthen our nation’s commitment to a safe and healthy workforce,” Sloan continued. “It is AIHA’s sincere hope that our elected officials pay heed to these programs that help safeguard our workforce.”

For more information, visit AIHA’s Government Relations Action Center at http://capwiz.com/caiha/home.


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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 8,500 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. More information is available at www.aiha.org.