April 21, 2020

Media Alert: Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government.

What: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) applauds the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for updating the language of its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. The updated guidance now explicitly incorporates occupational health and safety workers, as recommended by AIHA.

Why: The CISA guidance is used by state, local, tribal, and territorial officials to help protect public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Version 3.0 of the guidance includes “workers who anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that may cause workers illness or injury” as essential critical infrastructure workers. AIHA successfully requested that this language be added, as occupational health and safety professionals help protect workers and their communities.

Where: For additional information about CISA and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance, please visit CISA’s website. For more information on AIHA’s work related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit AIHA’s website.

Who: Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of worakers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.

Contact: For additional information, contact Mark Ames, AIHA's director of government relations.