In honor of Labor Day on Sept. 3, NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard celebrated American workers and asked for a renewed commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.
“This Labor Day, we celebrate the pride and dedication of our working men and women. Two hundred years ago, those qualities in the American work force propelled the growth of our young nation’s trans-Atlantic trade economy. In the last century, they were indispensable in the success of our manufacturing economy. In today’s global marketplace, American ingenuity and perseverance drive the growth of advanced information and production technologies,” Howard said.
“We in the occupational safety and health community have a unique opportunity to honor the labor of our fellow Americans,” Howard continued. “We develop, disseminate and help others to use the tools and strategies that prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. By helping to prevent pain, impairment and death on the job, we help working parents to provide for their families and plan for a secure future. With a roster of healthy, capable workers, an innovative small business has a better chance of survival in a fiercely competitive global market.”
“On Labor Day 2012, I invite you to join us in recognizing the essential contributions of American workers and renewing our national commitment to safe and healthful workplaces for all,” Howard concluded.