EHS Professionals Express Issues with Chemical Exposure and Chemical Management in New Survey

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released the results of its first-ever survey with Enviance at AIHce EXP 2017.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-17-0607-01

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

Seattle, Wa. (June 7, 2017) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in partnership with Enviance, an industry-leading EH&S software provider, released the results of the first-ever “State of the EH&S Industry” survey at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP 2017.) 

EHS professionals who completed this survey expressed their fair share of issues with chemical exposure and chemical management combined to be the single largest concern amongst the group (33.49%). Further, the survey participants believe that many of the challenges they face could be overcome with stronger support from their leadership team (32.10%), and with better training/educational programs and more investment in technology to help detect, track and monitor risks (both tied with 21%). 

Over 33% of respondents indicated that the most frequent complaint they hear from employees about their organizations’ EH&S programs is that they are understaffed.  With only 33% of respondents indicating that they plan to expand the size of their EHS department, and 37% planning to hire a third-party consultant in the next 12 months, it would seem that this complaint might still be around for the foreseeable future. 

The majority of this survey’s respondents are experienced EHS professionals who represent small to mid-size companies in the professional, scientific, technical, or manufacturing industry. While many respondents (69.52%) work for companies with less than 100 employees, the majority of EHS professionals who completed this survey are accountable for a wide range of functions and responsibilities, regardless of company size. 

Despite managing an array of tasks, the majority of EHS professionals who participated in the study are both satisfied or very satisfied (72.82%) and secure (59.27%) with their job despite the shifting socio-economic conditions of the past two years. In addition to being content, the vast majority of participants (94.3%) maintain some sort of membership or affiliation with a professional organization like the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to maintain their certifications and have access to cutting-edge education, conferences and resources.  

“We must ensure we're providing workers with the tools they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively.  Upper management needs to commit more to worker health and safety as paramount to their company's bottom line profitability and sustainability,” stated Lawrence Sloan, CAE, CEO of AIHA. “AIHA stands committed to helping forge a partnership with both industry management and organized labor to provide the tools and training needed to safeguard our nation's workers.” 

For more information and a copy of the full report, please contact Sue Marchese at smarchese@aiha.org.  

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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 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 and www.aihce2017.org.    

About Enviance®
Based in Carlsbad, California, Enviance is a leader in SaaS Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) software, leveraging cloud computing technology to deliver its platform online in real-time—anywhere, anytime and enterprise-wide. Deployed by some of the world’s leading corporations and governments, the company’s solutions enable organizations to better measure, manage and report mission-critical EH&S data. See why EH&S success starts with Enviance at
www.enviance.com.