AIHA and OSHA Renew Their Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. FLL-18-1108-01
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Nov. 8, 2018) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), two organizations committed to protecting the health and safety of workers, pledged today to continue their partnership to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.
Through the alliance, the two organizations will pursue the following national priorities, among others: young worker health and safety; temporary workers; workplace hazards within emerging industries; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and opioids in the workplace.
“AIHA’s long-standing alliance with OSHA is of paramount importance — no relationship is valued more,” said AIHA President Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH. “The signing of this agreement marks a renewed effort to unite our resources and expertise to solve new and persistent worker health and safety problems. With this agreement, we recommit ourselves to the promise of a world free of occupational injuries, illnesses and deaths, guided by the application of scientific knowledge.”
AIHA and OSHA will partner to achieve the following objectives:
- Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Promote the use of safety and health programs in workplaces through continued collaboration on the Safe + Sound Campaign for Safety and Health Programs.
- Encourage AIHA local sections to build relationships with OSHA’s regional and area offices to address workplace health and safety issues.
- AIHA and OSHA recognize that a safer and healthier workplace can be achieved only through collaborative relationships. This partnership will continue to use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to identify areas of emphasis for awareness, outreach and communication activities.
- AIHA President Cynthia A Ostrowski (left) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Loren Sweatt signing the agreement at AIHA headquarters.
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 workers 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. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.