December 13, 2021

Letter to the Membership: AIHA Launches New Pandemic Risk Mitigation Resources for Employers and Employees

Dear AIHA Members,

AIHA has partnered with the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) to develop a new public health awareness initiative called Commit To C.A.R.E. This effort asks employers and their employees to pledge to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace and surrounding communities. The initiative was funded by a cooperative agreement with NIOSH and CDC. To date, we have secured the following partner organizations that endorsed our initiative and pledged to Commit to C.A.R.E.: The National Safety Council, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare and Indoor Air Quality Association Australia, among others.

We encourage you to review the resources and share the Commit To C.A.R.E. (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Equity) pledge with your employers, colleagues and others in your communities. These comprehensive resources, designed to simplify the science, include micro-training videos available in seven languages, checklists and webtools designed to assess an individual’s risk, a web-based interactive assessment tool, videos addressing why masks work and how to wear them, what is ventilation and why it’s important to reduce the risk of transmission, how to develop a vaccination and testing policy and more. These free resources also include downloadable posters and fliers for use in the workplace. To access the resources directly, visit: www.BackToWorkSafely.org/CDC.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Share information about Commit To C.A.R.E with your employers and clients. Visit www.Commit2Care.org to download a tool kit of materials to get started;
  • Request that your employer send an email to employees asking them to take the Commit To C.A.R.E pledge;
  • Ask your employer to include information about Commit To C.A.R.E in the company newsletter and on social media;
  • Tell colleagues in your company about Commit to C.A.R.E.;
  • Ask a business owner you know to take the pledge and Commit to C.A.R.E.;
  • Feel free to send any of the videos, checklists, etc. that you download to friends and family via email or your social media network!

Thank you in advance for your dedication to making our workplaces safe. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback.

Best regards,
Lawrence D. Sloan, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer