November 3, 2022 / Mark Ames

AIHA’s Public Policy Priorities: What Are They Used For?

Perhaps you’ve received an email from me asking for your input. Recently, I sent out three emails seeking feedback on AIHA’s possible public policy priorities on the OEHS professional pipeline and school infrastructure, noise, and thermal stress. In total, these messages were sent to more than a dozen volunteer groups and more than 1,000 AIHA members.

Now, you might wonder, “What are AIHA’s public policy priorities used for?” They guide our work with policymakers, the media, stakeholders, and the general public in the months and years to come. They provide us with more strategic focus—and that helps us get more things done faster. Policy priorities are exciting, useful, and actionable.

In each set of policy priorities, we list the crisis, the challenge, what can be done, industries and stakeholder groups that AIHA will focus on, and stakeholder engagement.

By the end of November, we’ll incorporate volunteer feedback into the documents and send them to the members who responded and the officers of the volunteer groups that were contacted. We’ll also post the updated policy priorities on AIHA’s website.

Next comes the really fun part—working with AIHA volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, the media, the general public, and of course, policymakers to take action on our public policy priorities. In so doing, we’ll demonstrate the role and value of OEHS professionals, encourage more people to join the profession, and help protect more workers and their communities, building a healthier world together.

If you want to ensure you always receive the latest news and government relations volunteer opportunities, please consider joining our Government Relations Committee, which is one of the largest, most active groups. We’d love to have you with us! Use this link to sign up.

As ever, please let me know if you have any questions or if there’s any way I can help you.

Mark Ames

Mark Ames is AIHA’s director of government relations.


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