April 27, 2020

AIHA Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force to Ensure Employee Safety Through the Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-20-0420-01

CONTACT:
Susan Marchese

(202) 256-8986

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (April 27, 2020) -- The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), announced today that it will join the National Safety Council (NSC) task force to support the "SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns" initiative, a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and after the pandemic.

In partnership with NSC, the nation's leading nonprofit safety advocate, AIHA joins other Fortune 500 companies in leading safety organizations, public health professionals, and experts to prioritize worker safety and navigate the changed work environment.

"With SAFER, we are bringing the best minds together to ensure Americans have the safest transition back to work possible," said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "We are thrilled to have the partnership of AIHA to help us on our mission to make workplaces safer."

Led by NSC, SAFER will issue recommendations and guidance for employers, including small and mid-size companies, across a variety of industries. From best practices to data-driven recommendations, the task force will provide employers the tools and solutions they need to act in complicated and challenging times, with simple, practical implementation resources.

"Worker health and safety is the center of everything we do at AIHA," said AIHA president Kathy Murphy, "and we are looking forward to providing NSC with our best practices, expertise, tools, and solutions, so that worker safety continues to be an employer priority in a post-pandemic world."

For more information about the task force, please visit nsc.org/safer. For additional resources associated with COVID-19 including a free Guidance Document on Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures, visit AIHA's Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center.

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About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

About AIHA

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.