November 1, 2021

AIHA and World Cares Center Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate on Disaster Preparedness and Response

November 1, 2021 (FALLS CHURCH, Va.)—AIHA, the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Cares Center (WCC), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to reducing the harm, suffering, and loss caused by disasters through training and protecting the Ready Responder volunteers.

Through this new partnership, AIHA and WCC will work together to enhance and integrate the role of industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals in supporting disaster volunteer safety, training, and communication. According to the MoU, the areas of collaboration will include promoting and sponsoring joint educational programs on occupational and environmental health and disaster worker and volunteer safety and professional development activities, as well as developing and producing books, pamphlets, and other educational programming of mutual interest to members of both organizations. The organizations will leverage each other’s assets and expertise to reduce duplication of efforts and maximize their strengths.

“AIHA is focused on building strategic partnerships that help keep our communities healthy and safe from occupational and environmental health and safety hazards,” said AIHA president John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. “We are looking forward to working together with World Cares Center to help our communities be better prepared when disasters hit.”

WCC founder and president Lisa Orloff said that “All community members—citizens, leaders, and local government officials—have something to contribute when a crisis occurs, and it is our commitment to train them to do so in a safe, effective and coordinated manner. The online Disaster Volunteerism Academy is a powerful tool to train all safety-minded individuals, and having AIHA working alongside us allows us to increase our outreach in the industrial arena and share our collective skills and knowledge,” she added. “We look forward to AIHA’s added expertise.”

AIHA

AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency 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 across the public and private sectors as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.

About WCC

Founded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, attacks, World Cares Center operates based upon the reality that local citizens are truly the “first, first responders” after a catastrophe. Our mission is to ease the harm, suffering, and loss caused by disasters through the empowerment and training of underserved, at-risk communities to prevent everyday accidents and react as educated and skilled Ready Responders when disasters occur. World Cares Center believes that resiliency is best promoted when all community members are prepared to respond to disasters together. For more information, please visit www.worldcares.org or our free training academy at www.disastervolunteerismacademy.org.