In an effort to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) plans to focus on 15 key issues with its inaugural Public Policy Agenda.
The organization's agenda focuses attention on the nation's most important worker health and safety issues through 2020.
"The story of America's workers is the story of America itself," said AIHA President Cynthia A. Ostrowski, M.S., 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, health care facilities and mines, and in every other location imaginable. Truly, everywhere you look, America is at work."
More than 54,000 people die from work-related injuries and illnesses each year, spurring AIHA's decision to target 15 key issues.
"Addressing a problem of this scale calls for bold actions that are driven by scientific knowledge," added Ostrowski.
The AIHA's 15 issues include:
- 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
- Teen Workplace Health and Safety
- Temporary and Contract Workers
- Total Worker Exposure
- Transportation Safety
- Worker Fatigue
- Workforce Development
- Workplace Violence
Resources and additional information about the Public Policy Agenda are available at AIHA's website.