Home » Hygienists define top priorities Today's News Hygienists define top priorities January 17, 2003 Reprints No Comments Here are the top ten public policy issues of interest to environmental health and safety pros, according to a poll of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) members: Emergency response / Homeland Security - Assigning roles and responsibilities for EHS pros. Updating permissible exposure limits (PELs) - A legislative fix is closer to being proposed. Mold exposure, inspection and remediation - The media hype, lawsuits and rush to regulate puts a premium on sound scientific data and expertise. OSHA reform / third-party workplace reviews - Republicans in Congress continue to be interested in the idea of privatizing or contracting out certain inspection functions. Ergonomics - Training and technical assistance, not standards-setting, will be the national focus for the next several years. Indoor air quality - Beyond mold, this is a long-standing issue for industrial hygienists. Professional recognition / Title protection - One of the top policy issues since 1993. Small business assistance - Can a program be developed with OSHA to provide small businesses with pro bono consulting help? Injury and illness prevention plans - OSHA had dropped the idea of a standard, but some states have requirements and voluntary guidelines, in the form of management systems, that are becoming popular. Laboratory accreditation - Accredited laboratories are the best way to ensure that test samples from food facilities, workplaces and homes are analyzed accurately. Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN. Related Articles Industrial hygienists, House member write Labor Department supporting Hamid Arabzadeh for OSHA chief post (4/1) What interests industrial hygienists? Industrial hygienists want action on PELs, ergonomics Issues on the minds of industrial hygienists Related Products Guidelines For Hot Work In Confined Spaces: Recommended Practices For Industrial Hygienists and Safety Professionals Top Ten Pitfalls in OSHA Recordkeeping and How to Avoid Them ANSI/AIHA Z9.5–2012 American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation ANSI/ASSE A10.33-2011Safety and Health Program Requirements for Multi-Employer Projects Related Events Understanding Regulations & Standards in Construction You must login or register in order to post a comment. Report Abusive Comment Thank you for helping us to improve our forums. Is this comment offensive? Please tell us why.