AIHA Works with OSHA to Promote the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, Safe and Sound Week

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to promote nationwide efforts in worker health and safety through Safe and Sound Week and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-17-0503-01

CONTACT:
Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications 
(703) 846-0700; glehimdjian@aiha.org 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 3, 2017) — According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than four million workers suffer from serious job-related injuries or illnesses each year, and nearly 5,000 Americans die from work related incidents annually. The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is dedicated to making safety a priority for companies so that all workers return home to their families safe every day. AIHA supports the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 8–12 and is co-sponsoring Safe + Sound Week, June 12–18, 2017.

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of preventing falls. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.

During Safe + Sound Week, companies can showcase their commitment to safety and health through management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. Senior leadership and workers will collaborate to identify ways to keep their workplace safe and sustainable for the future. These programs are part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs in workplaces. 

“We are honored to be working with OSHA to promote these important initiatives,” said Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, president of AIHA. “Working with our federal and association partners, we aim to raise awareness of workplace health and safety through increased dialogue between employers and employees.  If you haven’t already planned an event at your work site, there’s still time.” 

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is co-sponsored by OSHA,  the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA-approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council (NSC), the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

Safe + Sound Week is co-sponsored by OSHA, NSC, AIHA, ASSE and NIOSH. 

For more information about the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction visit here and for more information on Safe + Sound Week, visit here.