The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to cultivate healthy and safe American workplaces. OSHA and the AIHA therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of illness and injury prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. The agreement focuses on general injury and illness prevention programs including ergonomics.
Founded in 1939, AIHA is a premier association of professionals practicing in the field of occupational and environmental health and safety. AIHA's 12,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, academia, and government.
Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary science that uses principles based on the physical and psychological capabilities of people to design or modify jobs, equipment, process, and workplaces. In the ergonomics area, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) continue to be an important health and safety issue in the workplace. AIHA has long placed importance on workplace ergonomics improvements and elimination of MSDs.
OSHA and the AIHA agree to establish an Alliance to promote healthy and safe working conditions for all workers by:
AIHA and OSHA will work together to effect the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and the AIHA will work together in the following ways to promote a national dialogue on workplace health and safety by:
OSHA and the AIHA will also work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
AIHA currently has nine technical publications available for AIHA members and non-members to assist in ergonomics injury prevention. AIHA will continue to expand AIHA products, services and education to continue promoting the importance of understanding ergonomics.
An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA and the AIHA will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will also afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association of state Consultation Projects to participate as well.
This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed thereafter unless terminated by either of the signatories. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either of the signatories.
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