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Trade News Release
July 5, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Alliance with American Industrial Hygiene Association Renewed
Hazard Communication, Ergonomics continues to be focus of agreement

WASHINGTON -- Calling the Alliance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) a valuable and proven resource in fostering workplace safety and health, OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke today extended the agreement for an additional two years.

"OSHA has enjoyed an exceptional relationship with AIHA over the years; this Alliance is but one example of how we work together to make workplaces safer and more healthful for all employees," Foulke explained. "Together, we have accomplished much since first joining ranks nearly four years ago. It is important that we stay on course, and I look forward to continuing our association with the professionals at AIHA."

"AIHA is pleased to continue its longstanding, cooperative relationship with OSHA and look forward to continuing to work on important programs, products and services," added Frank Renshaw, AIHA President. "This Alliance will help ensure that today's workers and occupational health and safety professionals are being well served."

The OSHA and AIHA Alliance was first signed in October 2002. Since then, participants have worked closely together on numerous fronts, including the inclusion of updated resources on both OSHA's and AIHA's Web sites related to ergonomics and hazard communication issues. AIHA representatives now serve on editorial boards of 27 OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, covering such issues as fire safety, machine guarding, radiation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and noise and hearing conservation, to name a few.

Two OSHA staffers participate as ad hoc members of AIHA's Ergonomics Committee to facilitate communication between the two organizations and to address and jointly resolve any ergonomic-related issues. OSHA and AIHA Alliance participants are also developing fact sheets to address various workplace safety and health issues, including PPE, respiratory protection, and noise. Additionally, Alliance participants are working with OSHA's maritime industry-related Alliances to develop safety and health resources for shipyards.

With the renewal, OSHA and AIHA will continue to provide AIHA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that address ergonomics and hazard communication issues. Both organizations will continue to participate in forums and roundtable discussions on these issues to help forge innovative soluations in the workplace.

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization of approximately 12,000 members that addresses issues affecting occupational and environmental health professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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