In the United States, April 28 is the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971. OSHA protects workers by instituting and enforcing occupational safety and health standards that remove workplace hazards and maintain safe working environments. This year, April 28 also was Workers’ Memorial Day and the National Day of Mourning, an event recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
This year, Workers' Memorial Day closely followed the tragedy in West, Texas, in which a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant killed 14 people – many of them first responders – and injured 200 others.
“This day of remembrance is especially poignant as we mourn those lost in the explosion in Texas,” said AIHA President Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP. “Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy, and we remember all workers who have suffered or died while on the job. AIHA’s members and volunteers are committed to the continued improvement of worker health and safety.”
AIHA’s membership comprises industrial hygienists who strive to keep workers, their families, and the community healthy and safe. They play a vital part in ensuring that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment. For over 70 years, AIHA has focused on improving occupational and environmental health and safety.