AIHA Tasked by CDC to Develop Public Education on Workplace Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Susan Marchese, Managing Director,
Communications & Marketing, AIHA
Feb. 8, 2021 (Falls Church, Va.)—AIHA, the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and community, today received a Notice of Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under CDC’s program “Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging Infectious Disease Threats,” AIHA will develop more public education resources aimed at various working populations to complement the Association’s current library of Back to Work Safely resources, which were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AIHA will use the $500,000 in funding from the CDC’s award to develop new training videos, books, and other knowledge products targeted at small businesses owners; first responders; workers in day care facilities, K-12 schools, and colleges; and vulnerable workers in the construction and agricultural industry sectors. AIHA’s resources will help these worker populations manage the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Using existing guidance documents as a starting point, AIHA will:
- Update existing infection control and prevention materials and create supplemental products aimed at the target audiences noted above.
- Develop and deploy targeted training modules, using media such as micro-training videos.
- Create and expand learning networks to encourage the quick proliferation of best practices.
“Being awarded this generous funding from CDC is energizing and humbling at the same time,” said Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE, the CEO of AIHA. “It indicates that our work is recognized and trusted, and as an association of OEHS professionals, this is very important to us. This project will allow us to continue our mission to empower those who apply scientific knowledge to keep workers and communities healthy and safe, even amidst a pandemic,” added Sloan.
Since the onset of the pandemic, AIHA has produced a comprehensive repository of resources to help organizations prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, including 27 Back to Work Safely guidelines, which are customized by organizational type, available in English and Spanish, and free for use by everyone.
The Back to Work Safely guidelines have been downloaded more than 1.25 million times, indicating the general public’s need for clear, practical guidance on reopening and sustaining safe operations amid the pandemic. The authors of each document are scientists and professionals with considerable expertise related to this pandemic. They are well-regarded subject matter experts in areas such as workplace respiratory protection programs, fit testing personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection protocols, and engineering control strategies.
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