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AIHA Issues Its First Public Policy Agenda
Each day, approximately 150 people—more than 54,000 a year—die unnecessarily from work-related injuries and illnesses. Many more suffer nonfatal injuries and illnesses. In January, AIHA released its first-ever public policy agenda as part of the association’s continuing efforts to address these issues.  “The story of America’s workers is the story of America itself,” said AIHA President Cynthia A. Ostrowski, MS, CIH, FAIHA. “Our collective history has and continues to be made on the backs of the hardworking men and women found in our great country’s factories, construction sites, healthcare facilities, and mines, and in every other location imaginable. Truly, everywhere you look, America is at work. “Tragically, this also means that our parents, children, brothers, sisters, and friends are also being placed in harm’s way,” Ostrowski continued. “Addressing a problem of this scale calls for bold actions that are driven by scientific knowledge. That is why AIHA is proud to unveil its inaugural public policy agenda.”  This plan covers the years 2019 through 2020 and focuses attention on the following 15 worker health and safety issues: big data; cannabis industry health and safety; disaster planning, response, and recovery; hazard banding and occupational exposure limits; hearing protection; opioids in the workplace; professional title protection; sensors; teen workplace health and safety; temporary and contract workers; total worker exposure; transportation safety; worker fatigue; work force development; and workplace violence. A PDF of AIHA’s new public policy agenda is available for download on the association's website.