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OSHA Trade Release
April 23, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Hazard Communication, Ergonomics continues to be focus of agreement
WASHINGTON -- OSHA Administrator John Henshaw today extended the Alliance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for two additional years saying the collaborative relationship and the continued progress being made is too important to bring to an end.
"We want to facilitate progress, not impede it," Henshaw said, after signing the renewal in Washington. "It's been more than a year and a half since we first formalized the Alliance with AIHA, and we're just now beginning to realize the fruits of many efforts. This is not the time to fold our tents-but a time to roll up our sleeves and work even harder together to advance a culture of workplace safety and health."
"We're honored and pleased to have been one of the first professional associations to sign an Alliance with OSHA," added AIHA President Tom Grumbles, "and we're looking forward to working closely with our colleagues at the agency for another two years."
Since the Alliance's inception in October 2002, OSHA and AIHA have worked closely together on many fronts to reach goals set in the agreement. Three OSHA staffers are participating as ad hoc members on AIHA's Ergonomics Committee to facilitate communication between the two organizations and to address and jointly resolve any ergonomic-related issues. OSHA's Educational Centers now have contacts with AIHA regional chapters so the Centers may obtain training information and/or safety instructors.
AIHA has added links from its Web site to OSHA's Alliance and Ergonomics Web pages, and the Association is participating on more than twelve editorial boards for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages, including the issues related to Confined Spaces, Noise, Emergency Response, and Sampling and Analysis.
AIHA is working with other Alliance participants (e.g., the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Occupational Surgeons) to form a work group to discuss musculoskeletal disorder issues.
A major priority for the renewal is to find ways to help OSHA educate its staff about safety and health professional certifications and to work with other Alliance participants to develop the business case for safety and health. Another issue that may be on the Alliance's agenda this year includes emergency preparedness.
Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization of 12,000 members that promotes, protects, and enhances industrial hygienists and other occupational health, safety and environmental professionals in their efforts to improve the health and well being of workers, the community, and the environment.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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