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AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance
On Nov. 8, AIHA and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration pledged to continue their partnership to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. Through the renewed alliance, the two organizations will pursue national priorities such as young worker health and safety; temporary worker protection; workplace hazards within emerging industries; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and opioids in the workplace. “AIHA’s long-standing alliance with OSHA is of paramount importance—no relationship is valued more,” said AIHA President Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH. “The signing of this agreement marks a renewed effort to unite our resources and expertise to solve new and persistent worker health and safety problems. With this agreement, we recommit ourselves to the promise of a world free of occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths, guided by the application of scientific knowledge.” AIHA and OSHA will partner to share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers; promote the use of safety and health programs in workplaces; and encourage AIHA local sections to build relationships with OSHA’s regional and area offices to address workplace health and safety issues. Both AIHA and OSHA recognize that safer and healthier workplaces can be achieved only through collaborative relationships. This partnership will continue to use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to identify areas of emphasis for awareness, outreach, and communication activities. View photos from the signing of the agreement at AIHA headquarters on AIHA's website.