AIHA and ASSP Collaborate to Improve Worker Health and Safety
Longtime industry allies AIHA and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that outlines how the organizations will continue to collaborate on advancing workplace health and safety and strengthening the occupational health and safety profession. AIHA and ASSP have worked together to improve work environments and advance the profession for more than 20 years. “We have a common mission to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, so we share best practices and work together where possible to advance legislation and improve occupational safety and health practices and outcomes,” said ASSP President Deborah Roy, MPH, RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN. “Our mutual interests in improving the well-being of workers in every industry worldwide create many opportunities for collaboration.” According to the memorandum of understanding, the cooperation between AIHA and ASSP over the next year includes sharing COVID-19 content and best practices; leading initiatives through the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability; determining criteria for academic program accreditation related to EHS; coordinating government affairs activities; developing training and continuing education programs; revising voluntary national consensus standards; and exploring regulatory and legislative issues of common interest. The organizations will develop new action plans in each subsequent year under the agreement. “We welcome this important agreement, which continues and strengthens the existing relationship between AIHA and ASSP,” said AIHA President Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. “We look forward to continuing our work together in enhancing safety and health in the workplace.” Many occupational safety and health professionals are members of both organizations. AIHA and ASSP routinely distribute each other’s safety and health information to members and social media followers, drawing attention to key issues and helpful resources. Both organizations provide each other with opportunities to speak at stakeholder meetings and safety education events throughout the year. AIHA has formed several alliances and partnerships to use collaborative efforts and expertise to advance the protection of workers, promote best practices, and encourage employers to develop and implement occupational health and safety management systems and effective prevention strategies and technologies. Learn more on AIHA's website.

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