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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
October 10, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Collaboration on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Including Ergonomics
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) have established an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the American workplace while sharing best practices and technical knowledge in many areas, including in the field of ergonomics, announced OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw today.
"OSHA and the AIHA have always enjoyed a fruitful, close working relationship," said Henshaw. "This Alliance will bring us even closer in an important partnership to help reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace, as well as to expand our already close cooperation in the field of occupational safety and health."
Under the terms of this Alliance, OSHA and the AIHA will work together to provide AIHA members with information and guidance to help reduce and prevent employee exposure to ergonomic hazards, and to reach out to association members with specifics on developing, implementing and improving ergonomic programs.
The Alliance provides avenues for both organizations to work together on outreach and communication projects, including the development and dissemination of information at conferences, events and through their respective websites. AIHA members' worksites will be encouraged to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, the Consultation Program, and SHARP. AIHA members will also be afforded opportunities to mentor and assist OSHA personnel as they proceed with professional certifications.
OSHA and AIHA will also promote and share information on best practices with others in the occupational health and safety profession. Both organizations will participate in forums and roundtable discussions on ergonomic issues and also examples of hazard recognition strategies and analytical tools that support solutions to ergonomic hazards. Finally, OSHA and AIHA will assist association members with the development and delivery of training and education programs for reducing and eliminating ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
A team of OSHA and AIHA representatives will meet at least quarterly to develop an action plan, determine working procedures, and identify roles and responsibilities of participants.
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