AIHA Issues New Public Policies

AIHA Issues New Public Policies

Jan. 17, 2023
Issues span from protecting workers from noise exposure to improving pathways for careers in the field.

The number of hazards in the workplace is the background for AIHA to determine the organization's policy agenda for 2023.

They cite statistics that include that approximately 170,000 workers suffer heat-related injuries each year, while about 20,000 workers suffer cold-related illnesses or injuries.

Additionally, millions of people risk permanent hearing loss due to exposure to hazardous noise levels at or outside of work.

In addition to specific policies to address these issues, the organization is focused on encouraging more students to pursue careers in occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS). This includes not only improving school infrastructure but creating better learning environments for students and better working conditions for teachers and other school personnel as well.

AIHA's three public policy priorities for 2023 are:

Protecting Workers and the Public from Hazardous Noise Exposure

Protecting Workers and the Public from Thermal Stress

Strengthening the Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) Professional Pathway and Improving the Learning and Working Conditions of Schools

For other issues not covered by these public policy priorities, AIHA will continue to engage with association members and policymakers. The association’s goal is to translate as much of its members’ technical expertise into public policy recommendations as possible to protect more workers and their communities.

“All of these issues are critical, and together, they play an important role in realizing AIHA’s vision of healthier workplaces and a healthier world,” said Mark Ames, AIHA’s director of government relations, in a statement. “This is a vision shared by millions of American workers, the companies they work for, and the agencies that serve them.”

For more information on AIHA’s public policy priorities and to access public resources for working with local, state, and federal government representatives on worker health and safety issues, please visit AIHA’s government relations and advocacy webpage.

Sponsored Recommendations

ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)

March 28, 2024
ISO 45001 certification – reduce your organizational risk and promote occupational health and safety (OHS) by working with SGS to achieve certification or migrate to the new standard...

Want to Verify your GHG Emissions Inventory?

March 28, 2024
With the increased focus on climate change, measuring your organization’s carbon footprint is an important first action step. Our Green House Gas (GHG) verification services provide...

Download Free ESG White Paper

March 28, 2024
The Rise and Challenges of ESG – Your Journey to Enhanced Sustainability, Brand and Investor Potential

Work Safety Tips: 5 Tactics to Build Employee Engagement for Workplace Safety

March 13, 2024
Employee safety engagement strategies have become increasingly key to fostering a safer workplace environment. But, how exactly do you encourage employee buy-in when it comes ...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!